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DIFFERENT TYPES OF RHYTHMIC PATTERNS

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | December 31, 2021

There are different types of rhythmic patterns for songs. A good rhythmic pattern is an essential element in every song. Singers and pianists need good rhythmic patterns when performing a song. You can mix together sounds from singers and instruments, but without a rhythmic pattern as the backbone for the song, it will falls flat. There are many rhythmic musical instrument and they are used to provide a strong beat to a piece of music. The bass guitarist (John Entwistle)…

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WHAT MAKES YOU STAND OUT AS A SINGER?

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | December 30, 2021

What makes one singer stand out from the rest? The tone, enunciation, inflection of words and technique are a few reasons. Next time you listen to a song, notice how they sing the word “you.” How do you interpret the lyrics for a song? What do they mean to you? What feelings do the words awaken in you, and how can you evoke those feeling to the audience? Every successful singer has a distinct and recognizable sound. This has to…

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THE ONLY WAY TO BECOME A GREAT SINGER OR PIANIST!

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | December 28, 2021

To become the best singer or pianist you must practice. It is absolutely VITAL and the only way to take you to the next level.  What you put into it is what you will get out of it. First thing to do is change your mind set about practice. Think of it as an exciting time to enrich your brain, expand your mind and enlighten you soul. The best musicians spend hours practicing. It isn’t rocket science nor is it…

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT SONGS TO SING OR PLAY

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | December 27, 2021

Choosing the right songs to sing or play on the piano will be different for everyone. Singing or playing piano with a specific style depends on a few things. One of the most important things is how you connect to the song. How do you interpret the lyrics for a song? What do they mean to you? What feelings do the words awaken in you, and how can you evoke those feeling to the audience? To choose the right songs…

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TIPS TO HIT THOSE HIGH NOTES WITH POWER!

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | December 24, 2021

Every singer wants to increase their vocal range, and hit those high notes with power. No one is born with the ability to sing the highest notes perfectly, expanding your range takes time and practice. There are two main muscle groups, the arytenoids and crico-thyroid muscles, that work with the vocal cords. Vocal cords are tiny little muscles that change in size and shape to create different sounds. The vocal cords get smaller and thinner when singing the high notes.…

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Understanding Vocal Registers

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | December 23, 2021

There seems to be some confusion amongst singers with regards to certain vocal terminology. The term vocal range refers to the distance between the highest and lowest pitches that a singer is able to sing. Vocal register refers to vocal fold (vocal cord) function and the resulting sound quality. While there are general sets of notes for each register according to voice type, there’s plenty of overlap!  Research by vocal pedagogues revealed that the vocal folds are capable of producing distinct vibratory patterns. Thus…

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WHAT IS INTONATION FOR SINGERS & PIANISTS?

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | December 21, 2021

When you sing, intonation refers to the WAY your voice rises and falls as you sing. If you were telling a story and got to a scary part, you may raise you pitch higher and no one does it exactly alike. As you tell the story your voice will become softer or louder depending on words. It’s the same with singing. The accuracy of your pitch (hitting the note or notes) is also part of it. The rise and fall…

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10 COMMANDMENTS FOR A HEALTHY SINGING VOICE

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | December 20, 2021

Professional singers really work hard to maintain a healthy singing voice in order to sing on a daily basis. Here are the ten commandments to maintain a health singing voice and a problem-free vocals. Thou Shall Have a Daily Vocal Warm-Up Routine Thou Shall Eat Healthy and Drink Plenty of Water Thou Shall Get Enough Sleep Thou Shall Be Careful About What You Drink Thou Shall Not Consume Dairy Products or Sweets Before an Upcoming Performance Thou Shall Have a…

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Don’t Hold Back When Singing Or Playing Piano!

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | December 17, 2021

Singing is a primal and healthy activity for every human being. Music is a wonderful release; taking you to another place, just like reading a book. So, whether it is learning to sing or play the piano better, you want to put your heart and soul into your activity. So many singers will hold back when they sing. Professional singing require energy and pouring out the emotions and feelings inside you. It’s like pouring water out of a cup, it…

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ACCENTS FOR SINGERS!

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | December 16, 2021

There are many different ways to describe emphasis on a note. The emphasis can be placed on a word being sung or a note being played on the piano. It seems minor, but the impact of this particular technique will really make a difference in the sound of the performance. In voice lessons you learn about a “Hard Onset” which is attacking the note or putting emphasis in particular places in the lyrics, or to start a song. When playing…

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