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HOW TO STRENGTHEN YOUR WEAK VOICE

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | April 28, 2022

To strengthen a weak voice is not an easy fix. It’s just like working out at the gym, it takes time to build up strength and work out your muscles in the throat, ribcage, diaphragm and stomach. There are many reasons why a singer has a weak voice. Let’s get back to the basics and start working on strengthening your singing voice. If you wanted to tone up your body and get it into shape, what would you do? You…

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NATURAL SIGNS – HOW, WHEN AND WHERE?

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | April 26, 2022

Natural Sign: ♮ A natural sign (♮), looks like an L attached to a 7. What the natural sign does is cancel out the effect of a sharp or flat. It almost looks like a sharp sign but the line on each side is shorter. The space in the middle of the sign is placed on the line or space of the note it represents. If a note is in F sharp (F#), a natural sign will bring it back…

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WHAT IS VOCAL TECHNIQUE?

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | April 25, 2022

What is vocal technique? Good vocal technique is comprised of many things. Singing with good technique deals with your tone, the way you express the lyrics, identifying and putting your emotions into the song, beauty of your voice, musicality and expression. Those are the broad areas of vocal technique. As you break it down, good vocal technique is about warming up properly. Proper posture is very important to maintain good technique. Relaxing the throat and having the ability to control…

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DIFFERENT WAYS TO HIT HIGH NOTES

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | April 22, 2022

Every singer wants to increase their vocal range, and hit those high notes. There are different ways that you can to sing the high notes: falsetto (light), mixed voice (also called belting), staccato (short and detached), with vibrato (bouncing back and forth on a note). Each variation creates a different sound and feel for the song. When you sing high notes with a mixed voice you will produce a chest and head register sound. When you hit those high notes…

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VOICE CONNECTION MOVING THRU REGISTERS

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | April 21, 2022

Every singer wants that smooth transition from one register to another. When you sing and move into the next register, the throat has a tendency to close up causing a disconnect in the voice. It can be embarrassing. There are two natural transition points where you will experience a register shift in your singing voice. The first one is called primo passaggio and the second one is the secondo passaggio. The first register shift is between the chest and middle…

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THE BASICS TO UNDERSTAND MUSIC

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | April 20, 2022

In music every note can be identified by letter name, the first seven letters of the alphabet: A – B – C – D – E – F – G; it’s that simple. There are 8 C’s on a piano, so from one C to the next highest C is called an octave. These notes are used universally so musicians can communicate with each other. To understand what each note sound like, we are going to start with         middle…

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CREATE A BIGGER SOUND WHEN YOU SINGING

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | April 18, 2022

Voices are as distinct as a person’s face. Every voice is uniquely different and no voice is exactly alike. A singer should use their own vocal acoustic cavities in the vocal tract to amplify the voice. You want to create a bigger sound when transmitting from inside your mouth to the listening ear. A singer should use the natural acoustic properties of their voice to sing louder and create more resonance in a performance. Have you ever noticed the way…

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A LOT OF DRIVE WITH LITTLE TALENT

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | April 15, 2022

Throughout the years of working with many talent artists. I’ve learned a very important lessons, never underestimate a person’s abilities. I’ve had clients come in longing to be a great singer and I thought maybe they could be an okay singer, but it’s a long shot. There have been a few people who had such a strong desire and belief that they could really be a great singer. I’m sad to say that in my mind, I did not see…

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INVERSIONS FOR PIANISTS AND SINGERS

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | April 14, 2022

If you’ve been playing the basic chords, now it’s time to take it to the next level and play like a pro by using inversions. Inversions allow you to create more variations of sound by changing the order of the notes being played. Let’s begin with an easy chord, the C chord. The chord C chord in root position with C, E, G (and C is the root). Now, let’s put the same three notes in a different order (inversion…

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HOW TO STRENGTHEN BREATH SUPPORT!

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | April 12, 2022

The mark of a weak singer is lack of control with your breath which creates weakness and feebleness in the voice. To strengthen your breath support is easy to do. Having a solid support system when you sing lets you produce clear and solid notes without any wavering. It’s not about inhaling enough air, it’s about controlling the air as you release it to sing. That’s all it is, controlling the release of air. This does involve all the muscles…

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