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How to Scream Sing Without Hurting Your Vocal Cords

How to Scream Sing Without Hurting Your Vocal Cords

Do you love metal, punk, or "screamo" music? As a vocalist, you'll need to take extra precautions if you're singing in these styles. Read on for tips from Austin, TX teacher Gfire M...   I live in Austin, Texas, the “live music capital of the world,” so I have worked with loads of vocalists who sing in touring rock bands. Some of these students only have one section of a song in which they scream -- others scream for an entire set -- so I work with them to not hurt their vocal cords. … Read More

How to Scream Sing Without Hurting Your Vocal Cords
Do you love metal, punk, or "screamo" music? As a vocalist, you'll need to take extra precautions if you're singing in these styles. Read on for tips from Austin, TX teacher Gfire M...   I live in Austin, Texas, the “live music capital of the world,” so I have worked with loads of vocalists who sing in touring rock bands. Some of these students only have one section of a song in which they scream -- others scream for an entire set -- so I work with them to not hurt their vocal cords.
Five Reasons Why Learning Barre Chords Is Not As Complicated As You Might Think
Learning guitar barre chords, or chords created while clamping down all six strings with your index finger, intimidates many guitar students. However, these new chords don't need to be so scary! Austin guitar teacher Samuel B. breaks down five reasons why learning barre chords is not so bad... I maintain little to no doubt that learning guitar barre chords is the most challenging advance for a student. Along the way there, I recommend practicing chords such as F (which involves holding down t
5 New Year's Resolutions Every Pianist Should Make
Thinking about making some New Year's resolutions? If you're new to the piano, we challenge you to make some specific to your lessons! Here, St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. shares a few suggestions...   The beginning of a new year is fast approaching, and the one thing that comes to the minds of most of us this season is that formidable word "resolution." We can choose to think of the word with dread and annoyance, reminded of all the times that we've tried to stick to our resolu
How to Play Ukulele: Easy Chords to Get You Started
When you first start learning how to play ukulele, chords are a great place to begin. Chords are groups of notes that, when played together, create a harmony. Learning to strum a sequence of chords is a great way to practice ukulele and eventually learn to play songs. Luckily, learning how to play ukulele chords can be quite simple once you get started. First we'll go over one basic chord and how to read chord charts and by the end of this article you'll be ready to strum away! Note: Make
Get Lost in Indie Band Decker's Emotional Psychedelic Folk
Indie-folk group Decker is a band on the move. When I called guitarist and singer Brandon Decker for an interview, he was signing the paperwork for a brand new van for the band. "I think it's the nicest vehicle I've ever owned. It's gonna be very nice to not have to worry about being stranded roadside." Decker admitted. And with their busy touring schedule, Decker needs reliable transportation now more than ever. I chatted with Decker about his musical roots, his prolific songwriting,

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