What You Need To Know About Proper Tongue Posture Before and After Mewing
Before and after are two different terms used to describe how one’s voice changes when they’re talking. When you speak, your vocal cords vibrate or expand to produce sound. Your throat muscles tighten up to prevent the air from escaping through your windpipe (trachea).
If you don’t do this properly, it will cause a cough.
When you’re speaking into your microphone, there’s no way to control what sounds come out of it. For example, if someone else is talking while you’re singing into your mic, their voice may not match yours perfectly. That’s why some singers have to practice their voices so much before they can sing live without having to adjust their pitch or volume levels every time they perform.
The problem with practicing too much is that it makes you lose your natural tone. So if you want to maintain your own voice tone, then you need to learn how to change the way you speak during the course of a song.
In order for your voice to become stronger and more stable, it needs regular practice. But sometimes this isn’t possible because:
You’re busy performing other things at the same time.
You’re called upon at the last minute to fill in for someone else.
One of your band member’s voice suddenly cracks or fails entirely.
The biggest challenge you face when singing live is staying focused and keeping your breathing even. Your vocal cords don’t have muscles so you can’t control them directly, but the air pressure in your lungs can.
Uncontrolled, heavy breathing can quickly tire out your vocal cords and cause them to fail. You should focus on controlling your breathing while singing at all times.
It’s always important to practice your singing before going on stage to prevent voice failure or cracking.
Singing styles are broken up into different types depending on how you produce the sound. Producing your sound in a loud or high volume can put stress on your vocal cords causing them to fail faster than normal.
The main types of singing include:
Belting: producing your sound in a loud volume
producing your sound in a loud volume Head Voice/Falsetto: producing your sound with the softest vocal cords
producing your sound with the softest vocal cords MixedVoice: any style that isn’t Belting or Head Voice
So before you go on stage, make sure you’ve warmed up your vocal cords and are in good condition to perform. If you don’t warm up, your voice can become easily fatigued causing it to sound flat or fail entirely. If this happens at a concert or other important performance, you may not be asked back or worse.
As you’re performing make sure to stay hydrated and take breaks before your voice starts to give out. While singing is fun, it’s important to remember that your career is on the line if you don’t take proper care of your voice.
If you want to be a singer, there’s no point in practicing in your room only. You need to perform for an audience and get their feedback on how you sound. Watch other singers that are more experienced than you and try to mimic how they sing or perform.
You can even try combining different techniques to see what works best for you. Doing this will greatly improve your abilities and make all the time you invest worth it.
If you’re not a singer by trade, then you probably need to work on your day job skills while you’re performing. This can be difficult as singing and focusing on something else at the same time can cause some strain. You should only practice your instrument or another art between songs or at times when you’re not directly in the spotlight.
If you’re a singer by trade, then this shouldn’t be an issue so long as you’re performing songs that are easy enough to play in your head. You should also be wary of songs that have an extremely fast or difficult riff as this can cause you to miss a note and ruin the song.
HAVE CREATIVE INPUT
One of the most important things for a musician is having creative control. If you’re in a band, this means writing songs with your fellow band mates. Writing songs is a very important part of being in a band and it’s something every member should participate in.
Most bands start by creating a sound that they like and then create songs based on that sound. Having a defined sound can be good as it gives people an idea of what to expect when listening to your music. The problem with this is you can get stuck in a rut and not try new things because they aren’t part of the sound.
If you’re in a band that does this, make an effort to innovate by either adding a new instrument or changing up the sound a little bit.
Other bands write songs individually and then bring them to the group to see if anyone wants to work on them together. This gives every member creative input and lets them choose what they feel most passionate about. This works well if everyone in the band is passionate about their craft and are willing to work together to make the song the best it can be.
Finally, you have bands that write their songs completely collectively. Everyone gets together with each other and builds on each others ideas until they’ve created a song they’re all satisfied with. This can be a slow and tedious proces, especially since every band member has to agree on the final product.
Sometimes, a member may not like how the song is going and could leave the band because of it.
No band structure is perfect and you’ll always have disagreements over the creative process. The important thing is to remember that everyone in the band should feel like their voice is being heard and their ideas are important.
WRITE A SONG
Songs are a large part of being a musician. They’re one of the main ways you can express yourself artistically. As such, writing a song is a very personal and cathartic experience.
There are a lot of different ways you can go about writing a song. The most common way is to sit down with an instrument or a recording device and just start playing around with different melodies and see where it takes you. Most of the time you’ll end up discarding whatever you came up with and move on to something else.
Sometimes though, you might stumble upon something that captures your interest.
This is where the real fun begins. You can either start making up lyrics to go along with the melody or you can save that for later. Either way, once you have a melody and a general idea of the path you want the song to take, then you can really get into fleshing it out.
A good way to do this is to create a list of words that relate to the topic or emotion the song is trying to convey. Sometimes it helps to have the lyrics written out because it can give you a better idea of how you want certain lines to be sung or what emotion you’re trying to get across. You don’t have to follow the list slavishly though, sometimes writing lines freely off the top of your head can yield better results.
Some musicians swear by writing the lyrics first, then making the music fit the words. While this is a valid way of doing it, it tends to stifle the creative process a bit since you have to focus more on the words than the music itself. It also makes it harder to fit the syllables in the right places if you’re using a language other than English.
A good lyricist can do it, but most people aren’t Bob Dylan so it’s easier if you write the music first.
As for instruments, it really depends on your skill set. Some musicians are better at writing solos for a certain instrument, while they’re hopeless at writing melodies or lyrics. It really helps to know what you’re good at and what you aren’t.
There’s nothing worse than having a band mate who only writes terrible melodies criticizing your bass lines.
Once you have all the musical bits down, you can start thinking about recording it or performing it for people. That’s a different ball game with different set of rules which we’ll discuss some other time.
And there you have it folks, the basics of how to be a musician. We didn’t go into things like mastering or album production since those are very specific and requires lots of money. However, if you’ve got the cheddar, there are companies out there that can help you with that.
Musician is a difficult road and not everyone has what it takes to succeed, but for those who do, the rewards can be quite substantial. Best of luck in your musical endeavors and until next time, stay productive citizens!
You walk into the familiar warehouse with the rest of the band. Looks like everyone made it this time.
“Alright, we didn’t lose anyone this month, that’s a good sign,” Zal remarks.
Isn’t it though?”
“Let’s hope this month is an equally good sign for our album sales,” Tom remarks.
“We need to start thinking about what we’re going to record after we finish these demos,” Fay says.
The band starts talking about the future, and you’re happy to join in the conversation. It looks like you’ve got a lot more music to make…
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