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25 Top Audition Songs for Classical Singers [With Videos]

25 Top Audition Songs for Classical Singers [With Videos]

As a classical singer, you have a variety of things you might be auditioning for, from young artist programs (also known as YAPs) and vocal contests to gigs at restaurants or on cruise ships! There are a few things to consider for each situation, so here is a helpful list of tips, as well as the top classical audition songs for sopranos, tenors, mezzos, and baritones! You can also jump ahead using these links: Classical Audition Songs for a Young Artist Program Classical Audition … Read More

25 Top Audition Songs for Classical Singers [With Videos]
As a classical singer, you have a variety of things you might be auditioning for, from young artist programs (also known as YAPs) and vocal contests to gigs at restaurants or on cruise ships! There are a few things to consider for each situation, so here is a helpful list of tips, as well as the top classical audition songs for sopranos, tenors, mezzos, and baritones! You can also jump ahead using these links: Classical Audition Songs for a Young Artist Program Classical Audition
How to Create Unique and Catchy Guitar Chord Progressions
A big part of songwriting is creating interesting guitar chord progressions. Guitar teacher Heather L. shares her secrets to finding chords that sound good together... Writing unique and catchy guitar chord progressions is one of the keys to creating unique and catchy songs. But so often, it seems like such a mystery, especially when you consider the fact that there are only so many possible combinations. In fact, thousands of doo wop tunes of the 1950's and 1960's were driven by a single pro
5 Tips to Accessorize Your First Piano | Beginning Piano Lessons
Before you can start beginning piano lessons, you'll need to have the right equipment--yes, that means more than just a piano or keyboard! Here, New Paltz, NY teacher Cheryl E. shares five helpful tips to keep in mind...    Getting your first piano is an exciting time! It’s like meeting your first pet, finding a new roommate, or buying the most amazing piece of furniture you’ll ever own. My first piano was a 1950s Henry Miller upright I bought for $200 in Manhattan. It sits in my Ha
Learning How to Sing: Getting Rid of the Culture of Fear
Do you love singing, but worry about what others might think of your voice? Has something been holding you back from performing, playing an instrument, or taking lessons? Read on as teacher Dan G. examines the culture of fear today - and how to overcome it: As a musician, student, and teacher of many years, I have become aware of a certain enigma surrounding music in our culture, specifically in relation to the experience commonly known as “fear.” Music was originally a sacred art form. In nati
Spice Up Your Playing with these Essential Guitar Strum Patterns
Many guitarists have a tendency to focus most of their practice time and energy on left-hand fretting technique. Although the left hand is very important, mastering different rhythms and guitar strum patterns with your right hand adds a whole new dimension to your guitar playing. Understanding Guitar Strum Patterns Start by playing a simple chord progression. Ideally, you should be able to play through the chords without looking at the fingers on your left hand. Starting with a simple prog

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