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Singing Lessons

Lessons From Opera Camp

Karl Romain | Posted 07.24.2014 | Arts
Karl Romain

The art of tai chi and the art of singing share many things -- discipline, regular practice, and an emphasis on the breath. But, what may surprise you, as it did me, is that the breath, as a vehicle for directing energy to the singer's stage presence, was paramount in the success of any stage production.

More Glee: Set Your Voice Free

Cortney McDermott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Cortney McDermott

These three tips alone, when applied, will dramatically and immediately change your voice. Try them out and then join us for part II of this series, in which Roger will reveal the dangers of being sound predictable and explain why speaking and singing are the same thing.

How to Sing in Tune -- How Good Is Roland's New Vocal Trainer?

Ruth Gerson | Posted 03.30.2013 | Arts
Ruth Gerson

My first thought looking at the new VT-12 Vocal Trainer (Roland) was that the cost was pretty steep for what I thought it was, but after having spent some significant time with it, I'd say it's worth it.

Singing Lessons: Singing and Breathing

Ruth Gerson | Posted 05.28.2012 | Arts
Ruth Gerson

For the singer to master diaphragmatic breathing or "abdominal breathing," as well as intercostal breathing and back breathing, it is first vital to understand what the diaphragm looks like and how it functions.

You Don't Have to Win 'American Idol' to be a Singer!

Sarah Yu | Posted 02.08.2012 | Home
Sarah Yu

Becoming a singer doesn't require you to have a record deal with Hollywood Records or winning record deals on shows like American Idol -- I call myself a singer because it's my passion.

How to Write a Song: For Writer's Block or Beginners

Ruth Gerson | Posted 09.07.2011 | Arts
Ruth Gerson

From: San Francisco Vocal Coaching's "Singing, Songwriting and Performance" Class (I've also taught it at Princeton University.) How To Write A Song,...

Is It Safe for Children to Take Singing Lessons?

Ruth Gerson | Posted 06.21.2011 | Arts
Ruth Gerson

I am often asked if it is safe for children to take voice lessons. A child's health and safety are a parent's first consideration, even when it comes...

Mike King's Got a Lot to Teach: An Online Music Marketing Guru (Q&A)

Ruth Gerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ruth Gerson

I hope I have gleaned the most important aspect of online music marketing from King. I believe his main tenet is to: establish, develop, maintain and grow the connection between artist and fan.

Richie Onori: A Quintessential DIYer Making a Living Making Music

Ruth Gerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ruth Gerson

Richie Onori -- drummer for '70s multi-platinum Brit-rock band The Sweet -- has much to say about earning a living making music.

Making a Living Making Music Part IV: Quit Your Day Job!

Ruth Gerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ruth Gerson

Whether your are a working musician, singer, songwriter or the likes thereof, someone who makes a living from music on her own has to be an entrepreneur.

Making a Living Making Music Part III: Music Licensing & Music Supervisors

Ruth Gerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ruth Gerson

I reached out to some experts about how to go from "getting lucky" in licensing to earning a steady income. There's a market for being "nobody," if your recordings are good.

Making A Living Making Music Part II: Booking House Concerts

Ruth Gerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ruth Gerson

I didn't learn how to drive until I was 39, left NYC and moved to the Bay Area. In the early 90s, I took a Greyhound bus to most gigs. Before digipack...

Making A Living Making Music. Part I: Money & Mind-Set

Ruth Gerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ruth Gerson

Singing Lessons: How To Get Your Kids To Practice Music

Ruth Gerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ruth Gerson

Parents are aware musical progress takes a commitment to daily practice. But everyone is overcommitted and overwhelmed. The question is, how do you get your kids to want to practice music?

Singing Lessons: Laryngitis -- A Twenty-Four Hour Cure for Losing My Voice

Ruth Gerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ruth Gerson

Laryngitis can cost a singer opportunity and money, or just turn a fun gig into a struggle. There are different causes for laryngitis, but the easiest one to prevent and fix is illness.

How To Take Criticism: Taylor Swift vs. Bob Lefsetz

Ruth Gerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ruth Gerson

I have been stung like Swift. It's never fun. But the more experience you have with it, and the less you care about what some guy thinks of your work, the more you learn to save your energy for what is important.

'Dance, Monkey, Dance!': How to Deal With Stage Fright

Ruth Gerson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ruth Gerson

It isn't that I'm afraid of being judged, laughed at or forgetting the words. It is a physical response for me that seems to happen at random.

Singing Lessons: The Truth About What Motivates Us To Sing, Play and Hear Music

Ruth Gerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ruth Gerson

Performance is a two way street. What I bring to a show as a listener is as important as what the performer brings. There are three components to a song: the music, the performer and the listener.