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Poster:callingcry
Date:2008-11-13 17:26
Subject:Voice Lessons in DC/MD/VA?
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Hello all!

Would anyone happen to know of a good, reputable voice teacher in the DC/MD/NVA area?  I looked up a place called Private Lessons .com, and found a really up-my-alley teacher by the name of Rebecah Eden...  anyone know of her, perhaps?  She does all the kinds of voicework I'm into- Classical, Rock/Pop/R&B, Midaeval, ME, New Age, Folk and Celtic. ^_^

Many Thanks,
Nae

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Poster:tabbyfoo
Date:2008-10-05 11:22
Subject:Help one of my voice students win money for college...
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Rebecca has been studying voice with me for 7 years, and she graduates next year. She's been looking for scholarships, and came across this contest for your best facial feature. Please vote for her, and help her win some money for college!

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Poster:perfectheaven3
Date:2008-08-11 08:03
Subject:I wrote this Song its called "I Hate You"
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Mood:creative

I Hate You
07-31-08
Written by Kristin Swain
I stand here in the open grass crying as it rains...
I wonder if there will ever be someone out there
For me, I keep getting hurt and I wish that I could be
With you....for once in my life I wish I could stop the flow
Of these awful tears, never knowing if there will be that
Special someone out there for me
 
I hate you; I hate you for all the things you’ve said to me
I wish you could see how badly you’ve hurt me... I hope you
Can see how many tears have spilled from my eyes, I can kiss my
Dreams good bye because of you, you broke my heart, you killed my
Spirit and now I have nothing left, because you hurt me...
 
I walk towards the gate where the grass meets the driveway to the house
I wonder if there is going to be a change in my life, I’ve been told that I
Just need to do that myself. But right now I need to clear my head and start all over
Who knows if that will seriously ever happen. I cry myself to sleep most nights
 
I hate you; I hate you for all the things you’ve said to me
I wish you could see how badly you’ve hurt me... I hope you
Can see how many tears have spilled from my eyes, I can kiss my
Dreams good bye because of you, you broke my heart, you killed my
Spirit and now I have nothing left, because you hurt me...
 
How can I live this way in fear...hoping for something to change but it never seems to
I can’t take it I can’t take it. I just wanna be happy again live my life the way I used to
With so many friends to turn to when in need, and now there’s not anyone I can really Actually trust wish there was a guy out there who wasn’t such an ass, but that seems to be Hard to find these days.
 
I hate you; I hate you for all the things you’ve said to me
I wish you could see how badly you’ve hurt me... I hope you
Can see how many tears have spilled from my eyes, I can kiss my
Dreams good bye because of you, you broke my heart, you killed my
Spirit and now I have nothing left, because you hurt me...
 
You hurt me I can’t take this life anymore... I just wanna cry...
 

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Poster:tabbyfoo
Date:2008-07-28 18:37
Subject:Minnelied
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Hello all! I need a big favor. I left my CD wallet at home, and I have a student who wants to learn Minnelied by Mendelssohn from the First Book of Soprano Solos. I have the 2nd cd here, but left the first one home. If someone could email the mp3 to me at tabbyfoo at gmail dot com, I would super appreciate it!

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Poster:callingcry
Date:2008-07-15 13:10
Subject:Planes and Stage Fright..?
Security:Public
Mood: nervous

 Okay, 2 quick questions: 
1.  I tend to go partially deaf for like two or more days after I fly for some strange, bizarro plane pressure-related reason.  Would anyone happen to know how I can prevent this, as I'm about to audition for something pretty major within that deafness window?  I don't wanna be distracted from my performance by not being able to hear fully for the next few days after I fly...

And secondly:  2.  I've pretty much suffrered from stage fright every single time I've gotten up to sing in front of people- beit a casual situation or for a formal performance.  (Unless you count the times I belted out "opera" on the bleachers as a five year-old when I was bored at local baseball games. ;))  It does get a little bit better each time I go "up there" as it were, but it never goes away, either.  I don't want to get boozed or drugged up, and aside from the classic naked-with-socks-on stuff, or the whole standard of "they -want- you to do well/they're not there to criticze you" thing (because in my audition case they kind of are...) I'd love to hear anyone's tips on overcoming the magajitters. :)

Oh yeah- and  I never just choke...  I more often get more and more panicky as my time to sing approaches, and when it's time to perform I fail to take deep enough breaths, slow down, think of my technique/performance, etc. beyond just remembering the wods.  Plus I get (at least to me anyway) vibrato from hell, and go on "automatic" as I call it:  (I'm sure lotsa folks know what I'm talking about here:  My brain just kind of goes flatline/absent like the pilot's abandoned ship, and when it's all over I'm all panicky and "oh my gawd, what did I just do??  That SUCKED!!"  Very adrenaline rush-y.)  Might anyone have any helpful pointers?

Many Many Thanks!!
Nae

x-posted from singers

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Poster:viva_la_piaf
Date:2008-07-14 22:29
Subject:The Sparrow and Falcon
Security:Public

 This is a story I wrote. I am a vocalist, myself, but I also write in my free time. I'm trying to make it as a singer in Australia. The vocal training is coming along slowly, but I've had plenty of experience. I've been singing in public since I was about four years old. I love it. Music and especially singing is my life!!

 


Hi all! This is just me having a bit of fun. Any helpful suggestions or even requests or suggestions for other stories etc would be greatly appreciated. If you really like it, let me know; I will write more. I hope you enjoy it! :)

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Poster:callingcry
Date:2008-07-09 12:56
Subject:The Opportunity of a Lifetime
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Mood: hopeful

Heya!  

I'm about to audition for American Idol and I am stumped as to what to audition with.  I'm a soprano with good range up and down, and so far my ideas are "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan, "How Can I Keep From Singing" by Enya, Bonnie Raiite's "I Can't Make You Love Me," & "Arianna's Blessing," a song by a local band named Kiva.   

I'm older than the age limit and so am hoping just to be seen on one of the first few audition episodes...  (I'm only 31 and look much younger than that, but I'm also visually impaired and hope that that and my general "story" might move them into at least letting me be heard, like that older gentleman from last year who got to sing a song for his wife.)  

Any advice would be great, as would any other suggestions for potential audition songs.  
Thanks so very much,
Nae

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Poster:herfireflystare
Date:2008-06-30 00:19
Subject:
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I'm singing the song "Sampson" by Regina Spektor, for a summer talent show at the end of July. I think it sounds okay, but it's so hard to like... judge your own voice? So I made a video and posted it on youtube and I was wondering if anyone here would mind watching it and giving me their opinion. I would appreciate it so much :)
Thanks in advance.

The link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ1hOmYiXes

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Poster:callingcry
Date:2008-06-26 13:00
Subject:CALLING ALL SINGERS, MUSICIANS, STORYTELLERS & POETS!
Security:Public
Mood: optimistic

If you know me, (or have visited my myspace page with my projectplaylist.com feature on it), you know my tastes in music go all over the map. Well I'm starting up a podcast to share my best finds with the world, and I'm desperately looking for some good, diverse music.

^_^ It's still in its infant stages, but I thought that while I'm shopping for a new computer I should still go about finding music for the show, no? So here goes!

Regardless of your genre, I'm looking for quality musicians in every style- Pop, Latin, Goth/Industrial, EBM, Trance, Middle Eastern, Nwe Wave, World, Celtic, Folk and more.

From Voltaire to Omnia, Gypsy Nomads to VnV Nation, Sarah MclAchlan to Loreena McKennit, Madonna to ATB, I love all genres of music and want to share my eclectic tastes with others! If you have anything on sites like Ioda, Magnatunes or Podshow. com, please let me know so I can feature you in my new podcast called "Eclectica." If you don't have anything on such a site but would like to have your music appear on the show, please send me a wire and let me know which songs you'd like to send out, where I can find them to download for the podcast, and where listeners can buy and/or download them as well. ^_^ This could be REALLY neat, so I'd love to hear from anyone and everyone who's got something niff to share! :D:D

Oh yes, and storytellers & writers are welcome too! This show will NOT be limited to vocals, instrumentals and other types of traditional music! If you have poetry you'd like to submit, or know of a storyteller who's got a track or two they can share, pony that up, too! :D:D (Oh, and if you or someone you know has a piece of written work that they want submitted but who's too afraid to record it themselves, I'll be happy to recite it instead, and credit the appropriate author, if they'd wish. :))

Thanks so Much, & Hope to Hear From You!
Nae
eclecticradio.mypodcast.com
www.renaessance.com
www.myspace.com/renaessance

PS I've already heard back from one of the artists I'ce asked for permission to play his stuff. ^_^ His name is Joshua Safford, & he's a neat, diverse storyteller & performer who can be found at www.ravenstory.com. :D:D

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Poster:pkbarbiedoll
Date:2008-06-18 06:43
Subject:Symphony of Sorrowful Songs
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I love Henryk Gorecki's 3rd Symphony. NPR played it in it's entirety last night, and it was nice listening after not having heard it for 10 years. Amazing movements, so passionate and sad. Dawn Upshaw's voice makes me tremble.

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Poster:pkbarbiedoll
Date:2008-06-04 23:33
Subject:taking vocal lessons
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Hi, I'm taking voice lessons and am learning that I have a much harder time singing up a scale than down. It's easier to keep pitch descending.. ascending is just difficult. Is this normal?

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Poster:tabbyfoo
Date:2008-05-12 13:32
Subject:Help!
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I've caught a cold. And it's extremely unwelcome. I just finally got over the deafness and congestion of the last one, and now I'm coughing, stuffy/runny nose and that not-quite-sore-but-tender throat,and I'm a little hoarse.

So here's my dilemma: I have students today, tomorrow and Wednesday. Of these students, 5 of them are going to state on Saturday. State is the biggest competition of the year, and last year I had a student get sick and be unable to sing at the festival, after paying over a hundred dollars to enter and for the accompanist. I'm not too sick to get up and go to work, but I'm worried about exposing these singers to this annoying head cold and cough. So what should I do?

Vote in my poll about it here.

ETA: I ended up doing a combination of things for my lessons: I called the kids who were going to state and told them about my illness so they could decide whether or not they wanted a lesson this week. I also bought surgical masks, hand sanitizer, and "anywhere" sanitizing spray and used all three liberally before, during and after lessons. Only one student opted not to have a lesson, but she is the majority of my work-hours on Tuesday, so I went ahead and rescheduled all the Tuesday lessons and canceled my Kindermusik class, hoping to spend a quiet day in bed.

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Poster:thezebras
Date:2008-05-04 17:25
Subject:New Song!
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The Zebras have finally put out a new song on our MySpace. It's a cover of a Ronettes song called Woman in Love (With You). We're very pleased with it and hope everyone will check it out and tell us what you think.

www.myspace.com/sutoraipu

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Poster:thezebras
Date:2008-03-14 17:09
Subject:Hello Everyone - from the Zebras
Security:Public
Mood: calm

This is our first posting here. It seems like a cool community. We're a fairly new band and we've just recently created a Music MySpace. You guys should check us out. We're just starting out and haven't gotten into a studio yet so they're home recorded.  Warning, these songs aren't serious, we're still working on getting our full length songs to post so listen to what we have so far. If you like us, add us to your MySpace and LiveJournal. The best song we have up is a cover of Black Horse and Cherry Tree by KT Tunstall. Tell us what you think!


-the Zebras

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Poster:lintbelly
Date:2008-03-13 07:47
Subject:
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Mood: aggravated

 I'm a tenor/kinda high bass.My problem is occasionally,even if I warm up,my voice becomes gravely right in the middle of a note.I've sung in chorus for four or five years and I can't figure out why this is happening.I've only been out of chorus for acouple months and it seems like my voice is going downhill already.But I haven't stopped singing out of chorus.And I've gotten multiple offers to be the lead singer of bnads.Anybody know how to cure this.

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Poster:uhlease
Date:2008-03-05 16:26
Subject:Hi, I'm new
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Hi, I was looking for some sheet music for "The Worst Pies in London" from Sweeney Todd and "Therapy" from Tick, Tick...BOOM!

Does anyone know a website where I can download sheet music for free? Or does anyone have the sheet music and can just email it to me or something?

Any help would be great. Thanks!

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Poster:amyb0223
Date:2008-03-05 07:52
Subject:Vocalists may be interested...
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Hello all.

As we are all vocalists here, I thought that I would mention the Explore Your Voice podcast.
Everyone can use info from people actually performing and recording professionally.

Enjoy!

Also cross posted to the "singers" community.

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Poster:tabbyfoo
Date:2007-08-16 08:26
Subject:Ear training method/curriculum?
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Can any of you recommend a good ear training curriculum for singers? I have sight singing material galore, but I have a couple of students with intonation issues, and my normal methods for teaching about pitch matching and pre-hearing notes, etc, are not working for them. It's been almost 10 years since I was in college, and I can't even remember what books we used in my sight singing and ear training class for the ear training portion. All suggestions are appreciated!

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Poster:tabbyfoo
Date:2007-02-28 23:56
Subject:Judging guidelines
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If you were going to try and draft a document clearly delineating what you would expect a singer of a certain age and school-grade level to be able to do, what would your criteria be? At a local student festival for young musicians, they've changed the rating guidelines to be much stricter, but because of the change, it's made it nearly impossible for these young singers to make the top rating in the festival unless they have a really extraordinary talent, so me and the other voice teacher in the association are planning to draft this document and submit it to the state association for consideration, and I wanted to get some ideas from other singers and teachers.

The grade levels go from Pre-Primary (Kindergarten) through every grade (P1 = 1st, P2 = 2nd, P3 = 3rd, Elementary 1 = 4th, E2 = 5th, E3 = 6th, Junior 1 = 7th), all the way up through Senior 3, which is 12th grade. Then there are also Musically Advanced levels 1-3 for the especially gifted students, or students who started singing before kindergarten. Registration is not restricted to age or grade, but is just a guideline, so a more advanced 7th grader could be put in Junior 3, where someone with less skill could be entered in Elementary 2, and so forth. Once a student has achieved the top score in one level, they cannot repeat it but must move ahead, otherwise, levels may be repeated twice before moving ahead.

My thought is that years of study would increase the difficulty of the judging. So, for instance, here's what I would expect, assuming the student had studied for less than 1 year:

Pre-Primary, age 5. Should be able to sing the song with 70% correct notes and rhythms from memory.
Primary 1, age 6. Same as Pre-Primary with 80% correct notes/rhythms, and addition of some dynamics.
Primary 2, age 7. Previous categories plus clear dynamic contrast
Primary 3, age 8. Previous, plus good phrasing choices.

What would your expectations be? I'll leave a comment with each level defined with an age, and I'd love to see what you guys have to say.

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Poster:eya_kulyatova
Date:2007-02-27 13:51
Subject:my song
Security:Public

http://2u.ifolder.ru/1187146 this is my song, push "sonia/ it is you"

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