Sunday, September 29, 2013

How to Improve Your Voice in 15 Minutes a Day

If you are finding time to practice a major hurdle then I have, as your singing coach; 5 simple ways to improve your voice in only 15 minutes a day.
Practice problems are one of the major reasons people stop singing over and above finances. In fact, when we are seeing improvements, setting goals and achieving them we'll walk over hot coals to keep going!
But what if you don't know how to practice? Or it has become stale and boring? You'll never know if you are getting it and that's when the love affair grows cold...
These 5 simple tips put into action will see you racing onto greater vocal heights in less time than you think.
1) Set the time, place and date:
You can do this 2 ways either carve out a set 15 min time slot daily, at roughly the same time and in the same place if you can (the car doesn't count - you're worth more than that!) or chunk it to a 30 min 3 x a week again on set days, time and place. At the end of the week you will have practiced for a whopping 1hr 3/4!!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Guitar Chords - The Easy Way to Play Scale Tone Seventh Chords on Guitar

The scale tone seventh chords are created by stacking the major scale on top of itself in thirds (like a layer cake); for those of you who are familiar with modes another way of explaining this process would be...
Scale tone seventh chords created via modes:
Bottom notes = Ionian;
2nd note from bottom = Phrygian;
3rd note from bottom = Mixo-Lydian;
Top note = Locrian
Here's the process in C major:
Bottom note (Ionian Mode)
C - D - E - F - G - A - B - C
2nd note from bottom (Phrygian Mode)
E - F - G - A - B - C - D - E
3rd note from bottom (Mixo-Lydian Mode)
G - A - B - C - D - E - F - G
Top note (Locrian Mode)
B - C - D - E - F - G - A - B
Overlay these four modal scales and you have the diatonic scale tone seventh chords derived from the C major scale.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

How and Why to Tune The Guitar

There is one very common mistake among beginner guitarists. Tuning, whether that be poor tuning or just an inability to tune the instrument whatsoever. There are several ways to fix this. An electronic tuning device - There are many of these to be found, A quick delve into any search engine will result in thousands of products for you to choose from ranging from incredibly cheap options to more expensive items. Even if you are not very wealthy you can pick one of these things up for very cheap indeed.
The next aid to tuning would be a tuning fork. The way you would use one of these is quite simple really. You simply take the tuning fork and hit it against something ( your leg, a table or something relatively hard.). The tuning fork will then ring out in the pitch that it is tuned to. You can buy tuning forks in different pitches as they are more useful to some instruments in different keys. The most popular tuning fork is tuned to "a 440". When you hear a pitch being describe as a number it means that that is how many times it has to vibrate per second in order to achieve that pitch.
How to tune a guitar
The guitar Is tuned to E,A,D,G.B,E in 90% of situations and is hence called standard tuning. There are hundreds of tunings for the guitar but for now we shall stick to this one as it is by far the most common.