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How To Play Piano & Sing at The Same Time (Part 1)

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

Singing and playing piano at the same time takes practice. It’s hard because you are multitasking, doing both at the same time. The key is to play chords on the piano, one or two notes in the left hand and three or more in the right hand. A chord is three or more notes played or sung at the same time (blocked chord) or three notes played separately (broken chord). Chords add texture and depth to a melody and they…

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WHY IS MUSIC A UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE

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

New research from Harvard University study showed that the way music is uniquely put together with codes and patterns makes it universally understood. It doesn’t matter what language a person speaks or whether it’s an adult or an infant, we all understand music and respond to it. The feeling and emotions from it, happy or sad, we understand it. Whether it’s singing a song, or playing the instrumentals in a song on the piano, music impacts our lives and impacts…

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Emotional Connection To A Song

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

To sing or play piano with true emotion means to have the ability to create an emotional connection to a song you are singing or playing. That’s why true artists are sensitive and emotional people. To put emotion into your singing or playing piano, you must feel the emotion yourself. Whether it’s joy, sadness, longing, pain, love, etc., you must feel it in order to release it to others. For a singer or pianist, it could be the music or…

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How To Play Piano & Sing at The Same Time (Part 2)

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

Artists like Lady Gaga and Elton John make play piano and singing at the same time seem so effortless, but doing this takes time and practice to truly master! It’s very easy to lose concentration on one, while focusing on the other. It’s a delicate dance trying to focus on your voice and playing the right notes on the piano simultaneously. Mastering this skill right will take plenty of practice. The first thing to do is begin with correct posture.…

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ADDING EXPRESSION TO YOUR SINGING OR INSTRUMENT

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

Vibrato is a musical effect from an instrument or a voice. It is a technique used to add expression to a piece of music. Vibrato is the rhythmic pulsation, vibration and/or bending a pitch (note). Vibrato can happen very naturally with a singer. If it doesn’t happen naturally, it can be a learned technique. It is alternating quickly between two pitches that are close together. There are two ways to hold a note, with vibrato or holding the note solid…

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WHAT ARE LEDGER LINES?

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

It’s clear that the 5 lines and 4 spaces for each staff only represent some of the keys on the piano. This is why we use ledger lines (also spelled leger lines) to extend either staff (treble or bass staff) upward or downward. Ledger lines above the treble staff and below the bass staff take a little bit of time to learn, but because they follow the same pattern they are not difficult. Ledger lines can appear in between the…

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TIPS ON HOW TO HIT HIGH NOTES!

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

Every singer wants to increase their vocal range, and hit those high notes. No one is born with the ability to sing the highest notes perfectly, expanding your range takes time and work. Vocal cords need exercise, just like other muscles, to get stronger. Start by warming up and practice specific exercises daily to help you increase your range; the bubble (lip trills) and r roll (tongue trills) are the perfect exercises. Here are some tips to help you hit…

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HOW TO BELT OUT THE HIGH NOTES!

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

Belting out the high notes is essentially singing the high notes and producing a strong and powerful sound. We discussed falsetto in yesterday’s blog (10/27 Singing High Notes in Falsetto). Today is the opposite of falsetto; the sound is loud and commanding. There are three important components. The first component is breath support. It is important to breathe from the diaphragm and use the diaphragm support to accomplish this sound. The power in your voice comes from the diaphragm, not…

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TIPS ON HOLDING A NOTE WITHOUT VIBRATO

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

You need breath to sustain (hold) a note. Holding a note with no vibrato can get a little boring but holding them with a little dynamic (loudness & softness), variations can be useful. The opposite of singing with vibrato (a pulsating variation) is to sing with straight tone (or what I call holding the note solid in the tone) with no fluctuation in pitch. To do this you must use your diaphragm, no movement and staying on the pitch. You…

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UNDERSTANDING MUSIC

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

The understanding of music is about recognizing or identifying the structure and patterns in a song. You don’t have to be a singer or pianist, even someone with no musical background can follow the patterns of a song. You have an instinct of where the melody is going or when the chorus is coming because of patters and structure. When studying music theory, you examine all of the components that are used in writing a piece of music. It is…

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