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Six Steps To Become A Professional Singer

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | November 3, 2021

If you are serious about becoming a professional singer, you need to treat it as a business. Having your own business means you have a hustle mentality. Your success is in your hands, don’t expect to be “discovered,” have the mindset that you need to put your voice and your music into the listening ear of everyone! It’s up to you: it takes work and dedication! The first thing you need to do is train your voice. Learning how to…

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LEARN HOW TO CONNECT TO A SONG!

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | November 3, 2021

When you sing a song or play a song on the piano, it’s important that you connect to the song (you need to feel and emotionally understand the message of the song). Sometimes people (including children) attach to the melody and beat. As a singer or pianist, you need to care about the meaning of the song. This will instantly improve your performance because you are connecting with it, enabling you to sing with emotion. If you can connect your…

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How to Choose Good Songs For Your Voice

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | November 3, 2021

Every voice has it’s unique set of strengths and weaknesses. You truly cannot compare voices because they are all different. How do you know which songs and styles are good for your voice? I’m going to give you some tips to help you find the right songs for you. It’s always important to choose songs that you like and feel a connection to them. Then sing along with the artist to learn the melody, make sure the song fits within…

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Killer Vocal Exercise To Really Strengthen Your Voice!

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | November 3, 2021

Whether you’re backstage getting ready for a performance or watching Youtube videos, it seems you can’t get away from seeing people warm up their voice by singing through a straw. The straw must be thin in order for the exercise to work. But what does this actually do for your voice? As you sing through the thin straw, it allows only a portion of the air to pass through. Because the air coming through is partially blocked by the muscles…

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A SUPRISINGLY DIFFERENT WAY TO PRACTICE!

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | November 3, 2021

If you are limited in the time you have to practice playing piano or singing, you can practice in silence from anywhere. If you are passionate about music, you probably hear music in your head often during the day and most likely hum or sing the song out loud. Here is a way to practice from any location and no one will hear you. Imagine hearing the music live in your head. Music lives in the mind first, think about…

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THE BEST APPROACH TO SINGING

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | November 3, 2021

The most important fundamental technique in singing is that of a coordinated or balanced onset. The onset is how you start a note or phrase and a coordinated onset is when breath and sound are initiated together. It is the coordinated onset that gives you a clean start to initiate your singing; it’s a well-supported first note. There are different ways to approach a note when you are singing to create a mood or feeling. You can use a coordinated…

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HOW TO FIX BAD PIANO TECHNIQUE

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | November 3, 2021

Improper piano technique can prevent you from reaching your full potential and it can even cause injury. Many pianists have learned how to play with good technique after they have suffered from pain. Many permanent injuries are a result of overuse and poor form. The first improper piano technique would be sitting too close to the piano and too low. Sitting too close or too low will cause pain and tiredness in the hands, arms and wrists. Your knees should…

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EASY WAY TO IMPROVE YOUR PITCH WHEN YOU SING!

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | November 3, 2021

Whether you are a singer or pianist, it is important to develop your musical ear. One of the most important characteristics of vocal control is the ability to listen to yourself and sing “on pitch” (singing right on the note)! A good voice embodies fine technique, which requires you to sing notes correctly, not singing a little higher (sharp) or lower (flat). If you have ever heard someone sing and thought, they can’t sing. That’s probably because they are not…

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THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL ELEMENTS OF SINGING

THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL ELEMENTS OF SINGING

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

There has been scientific proof that singing is good for you on many levels. It improves your mental health and strengthens your memory. When you sing, your vocal cords, muscles in the neck and rib cage area are getting a work out. The small muscles in the neck and head are responsible for creating sound, as well as vocal cords. It’s important to express your passion with your whole body because singing is physical. Try bending your knees and engage…

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WHAT IS VOCAL & PIANO TECHNIQUE?

WHAT IS VOCAL & PIANO TECHNIQUE?

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

Technique is a skillful way of executing a song, whether it is singing or playing the piano. Technique deals with the concept of tone, musicality and expression in your performance. It is the ability to exert optimal control of the piano or your singing voice. Improving your technique entails practicing exercises that strengthen your muscular sensitivity and agility. Proper vocal technique allows singers to produce a warm, rich sound that is conducive to achieving a good vocal performance. Your posture,…

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