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THE HEARTBEAT OF A SONG

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

To sing or play piano like a pro you must understand tempo. The tempo of a piece of music is the pace or the speed (slow or fast) at which a song is played or sung. The tempo or tempi (plural form of tempo) can create a feeling of intensity or it can create a feeling of relaxation. The speed of music is measured in beats per minute or BPM (example 60 BPM is slow or 160 BPM is faster).…

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HOW TO HAVE STRONG BREATH SUPPORT WHEN SINGING!

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

Breath support is how you regulate the outward flow of air (when you exhale) while singing. Breathing is so natural and automatic to us; it’s hard to believe that we could be doing it wrong. Every note relies on the gradual exhale of air and the control of that air stream. Proper breathing for a singer is crucial! When you exhale the diaphragm pushes the air from the lungs through the vocal folds (vocal cords), producing a stream of air.…

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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 FIND THE WEAK AREAS IN YOUR VOICE

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

How do you find the weak areas in your voice? The perfect solution is to record yourself. You don’t need a professional recording from a studio, just use voice memo or whatever your phone uses to record; computers also have a way to record your voice as you sing. As you listen to yourself, you need to analyze your voice, as if you were listening to someone else. Don’t go down a critical path, think of yourself as a judge…

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FINDING INSPIRATION TO WRITE A SONG!

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

Song ideas come when you least expect it. Some of the greatest hits came from a dream. Other hits came from personal life experiences. You never know when or where an idea will strike! Some of the most famous hits came from a dream. Paul McCartney said that some of his greatest hits came to him when he was dreaming. Many other songwriters have had the same experience. Billy Joel’s song “River of Dreams” and Sting’s song “Every Breath You…

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HOW TO OVERCOME STAGE FRIGHT!

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

Singing or playing piano for a large audience or a few people can be intimidating. Some of the world’s most famous performers have suffered from extreme performance anxiety or stage fright like Ozzy Osbourne, Brian Wilson, Cher and Harry Styles to name a few. Harry Styles had severe stage fright when performing with One Direction. During a concert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was forced to leave the stage in the middle of a song because he got sick and threw…

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3 STEPS TO SOUND AMAZING WHEN YOU SING!

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

Singing with good technique is essential no matter what genre you are singing. That means you must use excellent technique when singing rock music, classical music or even pop music. classical music. There are three elements for a great voice. The first step for an amazing sound is blending both the chest and head voice together (mixed voice), which will give you a full and solid sound. The middle voice feels like a lighter version of chest voice and a…

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CHANGES IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

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

Streaming songs has become the #1 way for consumers to experience new songs, album or single song releases. The purchase of a physical album is declined immensely. Beyonce has become a trend setter by releasing a new song with a “surprise drop” and this has become common practice among artists. The music industry has gone through a vast transformation in the past decade. Even though 2011 does not seem that long ago, the difference in the music industry is immense!…

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HOW TO BE A GREAT SINGER

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

To become a great singer and have total freedom with your voice requires much work. An exceptional vocalist is someone who is dedicated to their craft, works hard, and is willing to do whatever it takes to become the best they can be. There are some distinct qualities of an amazing singer. The first trait is pitch control! You must have the ability to hit the note, stay on the note, It is necessary to be able to hold a…

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HOW TO PERFECT YOUR PERFORMANCE!

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

If you are serious about your singing or piano performance and want to perfect your craft, practice in front of a full-length mirror. This exercise will allow you to see your body movements and facial expressions while singing or play. There is no better tool to really make improvements while you perform. To really make an impact, your presentation needs to be smooth, seamless and polished, which means the delivery of the song will really touch the audience. Your singing,…

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