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CBS TV SHOW ABOUT “ROCK CELLAR MUSIC SCHOOL”

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

THE VIDEO ATTACHED IS A CBS SEGMENT FILMED ABOUT ME AND A NEW BUSINESS I STARTED IN LOS ANGELES (CHATSWORTH). The attached video just aired on CBS, the TV Show is called Destination LA and they filmed a segment about me and a business I started in Los Angeles (Chatsworth). The new school is called Rock Cellar Music School created for artist development. We have two very talented artists teaching songwriting: Lois Blausch, 3X Grammy Nominated songwriter with her own…

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WHAT ARE FLATS & DOUBLE FLATS?

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

A flat symbol (b) looks like a lower case B and it lowers the pitch (note) a half step. Let’s say you are playing D (white key) and needed to play Db (D flat), you would play the black key to the left of the white key. A flat note is an alteration of the natural note. It lowers the note a half step (or semitone lower) than the natural note that appears on the line or space of the…

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PUSHING THROUGH THE DOUBT AS A SINGER OR PIANIST!

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

One of the most important qualities a singer or pianist can possess is confidence! The more you perform the more your confidence will grow. This is a key issue for your development if you want to be a performing artist. Being confident is nothing more than believing in yourself, confidence comes from within. You need to push through the self-doubt and replace it with positive and confident thoughts. To build confidence as a singer it is important to warm up…

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DIFFERENT TYPES OF VOICES

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

What makes one voice sound different from another? If you ever sang in a school or church choir, you know there are different categories or types singers (bass, tenor, alto and soprano). I will discuss three ways to classify six of the voice types, even though the Fach System (a German voice classification) has 29 different categories, which are mostly used for opera and classical styles of singing. We will discuss the 6 that pertain to pop, country, rock, jazz,…

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VOCAL FRY – The Sexy Growl

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

To have a great voice you have to pay your dues and work hard. There is a technique called “vocal fry”, which is a healthy husk (growl) or raspy sound you can produce in your voice. The vocal fry is the lowest register of your voice. It is considered a vocal onset, which we discussed in the previous blog “How To Put A Spark In Your Singing Voice”. How to create that sound takes time and needs to be done…

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SINGING OR PLAYING BY EAR VERSES READING MUSIC

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

Learning to read music, sight reading, is important for any good piano player and singer. To be a professional as a vocalist or musician, it is almost a must to read music, but there are a some who do not. Developing a good ear is crucial for creativity and a lot of fun too! Personally, I think it’s important to develop both, playing by ear and reading music. There are very creative people who play an instrument completely by ear…

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MENTAL WARFARE FOR PROFESSIONAL SINGERS OR PIANISTS!

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

The music business can be cruel, blunt, and harsh. It’s a business and you cannot take the opinions of others personally. Whether it’s the way you sing, or the song you wrote, or how you play the piano, just because they say something negative “does not make it true”! If you read a review or hear a comment and it’s completely false let it go; don’t take it personally. Think of it as a review or comment for someone else.…

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Creating A Breathy Sound!

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

The aspirate onset is the soft vocal onset; it is the breathy singing voice like Marilyn Monroe. This is a fancy way of saying that you start with an “h” sound. The aspirate vocal onset happens when the vocal folds (cords) come together after the airflow has started to pass through. Let’s do a little exercise, if you sing “Hey Jude” from the Beatles song; start with Hey, notice the vocal folds (cords) opening as you sing the H and…

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WHAT IS VOCAL & PIANO TECHNIQUE?

By Michelle Ostrove Vocal & Piano Studio | November 3, 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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TIPS ON HOW TO PUT FEELING INTO YOUR SINGING OR PLAYING PIANO

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

If you play a song on the piano or sing a beautiful melody without feeling or emotion, the song will fall flat. If you’ve ever paid attention to music in a movie, you’ll find loud and pulsating music in dramatic, scarry, or terrifying scenes. Or you could have soft, soothing violins in a sad moment or love scene. It’s all about the dynamics. Dynamics create the mood of the song; it’s the ever-changing loudness and softness of way a song…

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