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GREAT SINGER USE THEIR CHEST VOICE!

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

Are you a soprano or tenor who’s hoping to expand your range into those lower notes? While you may have mastered those high notes, you need to develop your lower range to be an amazing singer. When you are practicing your daily vocal exercises really push into those lower notes. With practice, you will be able to sing a range of notes that span from the top of the range down to the bottom. There are five groups of muscles…

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How To Make A Performance (Singing or Piano) Look Easy

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

An insane amount of work goes into making a performance look easy. Whenever an artist performs there is a lot of preparation that goes into the performance. People want to hear a singer or pianist who will make it sound easy. The words and notes need to flow out from them effortlessly in a natural way. This helps the listener feel relaxed. If the singer is straining their vocal cords and throat, or a pianist is trying too hard playing…

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TAKE YOUR SINGING OR PIANO PLAYING TO THE NEXT LEVEL!

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

There are different ways to add variety and create your own sound when you sing or play the piano. If you use inflections, dynamics, accents, staccatos and emotion into your performance it takes you to a whole new level. If you are singing or playing in a band, timing is essential! For voice using inflections is related to a change in pitch or tone; the rise and fall of a singer’s pitch. Adding inflection into your singing voice adds variety…

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HOW SINGING WORKS!

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

When you begin to sing, you will inhale causing the diaphragm muscles to constrict, which causes the lungs to expand and fill up with air. As you exhale, the diaphragm muscles contract causing increased pressure and creating a vibration of the vocal cords (folds). The exhaled breath is then forced out of the lungs along the trachea, passing through the vocal cords, which are capable of vibrating at an incredibly fast rate. For singing to exist, the vocal cords must…

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NEXT LEVEL – SINGING OR PLAYING PIANO CHORDS

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

A chord is also called a triad, which is typically a group or a set of three (or more) notes played simultaneously. A chord can be three notes or more, whereas a triad is always three notes arranged in thirds. Any chord can be inverted, when you arranged a chord in a different order it’s called an inversion. What is an inversion? Webster’s Dictionary defines it as “the process or result of changing or reversing the relative positions of the…

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HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR VOICE INSTANTLY!

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

Diction is the art of speaking (rap) or singing so that each word is clearly heard. It is the way in which you enunciate our words as you sing them. Good diction includes the accent, inflection, intonation and the sound; how you sing your vowels sounds and close out your words. Closing out words is very important. For instance, “important” people tend to leave off the “t” at the end. Another word “listen,” make sure you enunciate the last letter…

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WHAT IS A MOTIF (MOTIVE)?

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

A motif is the smallest possible group of notes encapsulating an idea or theme. A motif is a molecule of music, reoccurring throughout the song in different variations. It may have melodic (melody), harmonic (harmonies), and/or rhythmic aspects to the music phrase. A motif can be played on a piano, sung by a singer or played with other instruments. A composer will use a motif to build a larger piece of music by duplicating, modifying and combining it with other…

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EASY WAY TO LEARN HOW TO WRITE A SONG

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

This method is basically a way to learn how to write a song by using a “template” guide. Choose one of your favorite songs and use it as a template to build and write your own song. Learning from successful songwriters will give you a good understanding of the process. This method is to help you put a song together and to get your creativity juices flowing. You will begin by taking the song apart. You want to figure out…

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How To Improve Your Singing Tone

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

Your voice is your calling card; it has the power to communicate confidence and emotion in your singing. Your singing voice can make you sound like a professional singer or a nervous Nellie. Have you ever had someone comment “you have good tone?” The tone of your voice is the unique sound, color and timbre qualities that give you a distinctly different sound than anyone else. It is the overall sound of your voice. For example, Joe Cocker had a…

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THE MECHANICS OF SINGING

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

It helps to understand how all the pieces fit together and what is going on inside your body when you sing is amazing. Singing is the air flow from exhaling breath as it passes over the vocal cords. The air flow causes the vocal cords to vibrate and the sound is the made louder and modified by the resonance spaces located in the mouth, throat and behind the nose. There are three basic elements to produce sound when singing: air…

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