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13 Famous Singers With Surprisingly Bad Vocal Habits

Believe it or not, your favorite singers aren't always perfect. Read on as voice teacher Elaina R. reveals the bad vocal habits you can learn from...    It’s easy to turn on the radio and assume that famous singers always sound incredible. I promise, though, that’s not the case. Every single singer has experienced vocal faults at some point (even if editing and Auto-Tune buffs every track to perfection). Here are just a few examples of some of the things that can go wrong, as demon … Read More
13 Famous Singers With Surprisingly Bad Vocal Habits
Believe it or not, your favorite singers aren't always perfect. Read on as voice teacher Elaina R. reveals the bad vocal habits you can learn from...    It’s easy to turn on the radio and assume that famous singers always sound incredible. I promise, though, that’s not the case. Every single singer has experienced vocal faults at some point (even if editing and Auto-Tune buffs every track to perfection). Here are just a few examples of some of the things that can go wrong, as demon
Infographic: 14 Career Paths for Singers & Pro Advice
Want to do what you love for a career? As an aspiring singer, you have several paths you can take -- including full-time gigs and side jobs to ensure music stays a part of your life. In this career guide, voice teacher Liz T. shares how much a singer can make, and the many tips she used along her own journey to become a professional singer...   Many people dream of becoming a professional singer but are unaware of the certain steps and criteria that will help them achieve success.
Top 5 Violin YouTube Tutorials for Beginners
Learning how to play the violin has never been easier, thanks to the wide variety of online resources available today. Whether you’re looking to teach yourself the violin or you simply want to supplement your current violin lessons, YouTube has a great selection of violin tutorials to choose from. Violin YouTube tutorials are a great alternative learning tool. Students can try out tutorials from many different violin instructors until they find the one that best fits their needs and skill
Intro to Coloratura Singing | Exercises & Examples
Interested in opera singing? You may run into the word "coloratura" in your studies. Here, vocal instructor Molly R. will give you the inside scoop on what the term means, and what you need to know to get started with the technique...   Coloratura! A fancy word for a very fancy vocal device. Coloratura is ornamentation done in classical singing: think trills, big leaps, and intricate melismas (also known as vocal runs). The most intricate coloratura singing involves cadenzas, whic
7 Tips to Master Staccato on the Piano
As you learn how to play piano notes, chords, scales, and songs, at some point you'll come across the term "staccato." What exactly does it mean, and how do you play it? Read on as New Paltz, NY teacher Cheryl E. shares her helpful tips...    Mastering staccato on the piano can be extremely beneficial, not only for performance of staccato passages but also for using it as a tool to help you memorize legato segments, improve your dexterity and finger strength, and smooth out your p

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