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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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A POWERFUL EFFECT TO YOUR SINGING OR PLAYING PIANO!

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

Staccato in Italian means detached or disconnected, applied to singing or playing piano the technique is with individual short, clear-cut notes with a small rest (silence) at the end of each note. It is the opposite of legato, which means to sing or play the notes smoothly and connected. Staccato is a short note (not holding it); it’s separated from the other notes that may follow. When singing staccato, it is a quick, precise, cut short, detached note or notes.…

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CREATE YOUR OWN RHYTHMIC PATTERN FOR A SONG!

CREATE YOUR OWN RHYTHMIC PATTERN FOR A SONG!

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

Songs are made up with patterns, repeated rhythmic patterns made up of particular types of sound. Rhythm is the most essential element in a song. You can mix together any sounds you want, but without a rhythmic backbone to the sound there is no music. A rhythmic musical instrument is used to provide a strong beat to a piece of music. Think of the song “We Will Rock You” which has a distinct rhythmic pattern you can identify in the…

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