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Latest Updates!

1) Message from Your Personal Singing Coach

2) NEW Website Section: Singing FAQ

o Brand-new section that answers all the FAQ that you may have about singing!

3) FEATURED Website Section: Singing Problems

o Diagnose your singing problems and find a targeted solution to your unique singing problem now.

4) RESOURCE Website Section: Pitching Exercises

o This website is becoming well-known for singing exercises, so here are some very useful pitching exercises for your reference!

5) COMMUNICATE with Your Personal Singing Coach

o Send in your questions about singing, and also compliments or feedback about this website!

Personal Singing Tips!
*Special ‘April Fool’ Focus on Tricks of the Trade*

1) Vocal Tip #11 – Miming during ‘Live’ Performances

2) Pitching Tip #9 – Tricks to Salvage Your Wrong Notes

3) Rhythm Tip #7 – Things To Do If You Miss Your Singing Cue

~~ Enjoy Issue #9 of Your Personal Singing Ezine! ~~

Homepage URL:
http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com

~~ Latest Updates ~~

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Message from Your Personal Singing Coach:

“Welcome all fellow singers, vocal coaches and singing students!

Happy April Fool’s Day!

This 9th issue of Your Personal Singing Ezine happens to coincide with an interesting day of tricks and pranks, called ‘April Fool’s Day’!

This is a day when people play tricks on one another, with some tricks being really quite terrible, and others just for the fun of it.

To those who are planning to trick your friends, do be sure to carry out your jokes in good fun and taste!

This issue of Your Personal Singing Ezine has an April Fool’s twist, giving out tips that show you some of the tricks of the singing trade, how singers can sometimes ‘fool’ their audiences.

It is not my intention to teach you to ‘cheat’ when you sing, but some of these tips can save your life as a singer, if you are caught in those situations.

Do feel free to share Your Personal Singing Ezine with your friends and loved ones, or better still, get them to come and subscribe to their very own Personal Singing Ezine! I will be glad to share my singing tips and pointers with them too!

Just be sure to tell them about this Ezine properly, so that they do not think that this is all an ‘April Fool’s’ joke!

If you wish to share with them the back-issues of our Ezine, feel free to do so too:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/Your_Personal_Singing_EZine-backissues.html

Also, if you feel that our website is really beneficial to you, please do let us know by dropping us an email through our Contact Us section on the website! Your comments will be greatly appreciated!”

Yours Sincerely,

Aaron Matthew Lim

Your Personal Singing Coach

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NEW Website Section: Singing FAQ

o This brand-new website section answers many of the frequently-asked questions (FAQ) that many singing students and singers would have about singing, vocal training and much more.

The topics covered here include Pitching, Rhythm, Breathing, Voice Training as well as Diction, encompassing most of the basics of singing that I explained in the relevant section of my website.

Now, if you have a burning question about singing that you want to be answered, do also send in your query using the
Contact Us Form

that is on this website!

Ok, check out this brand-new Singing FAQ section NOW by clicking on the URL below:

Singing FAQ URL:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/singing-tips.html

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FEATURED Website Section: Singing Problems

o Diagnose your unique singing problem, and discover the targeted solutions that tackle this problem(s) directly and effectively.

It is certainly easier to work on the problem areas of your singing, once you know what exactly are these problems, and how you should start solving them!

Topics covered include ‘Singing Out of Tune’, ‘Running Out Of Breath’ and many more.

To find out more about these singing problems and their solutions, check out the URL below:

Singing Problems URL:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/singing-problem.html

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RESOURCE Website Section: Pitching Exercises

o This website is becoming more and more well-known for our singing and vocal exercises, and one important section is this one on Pitching Exercises!

These pitching exercises and musical scales help us to improve on our pitching, and also improve our overall musicality and knowledge about musical scales and notes.

Knowing these scales (for example the major scale, major arpeggio and so on) will certainly help us to be able to visualise our pitches better when we sing.

This will allow us to be able to sing in tune more often, and will also help those who are slightly tone-deficient to be able to hit those notes more accurately!

Check out some of these useful pitching exercises now and try them out for yourself:

Pitching Exercises URL:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/pitching-exercises.html

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COMMUNICATE with Your Personal Singing Coach!

o Do make use of the Contact Us page on our website, for those of you who wish to ask me questions about singing, or would wish to let us know how great a job we are doing with our website.

We welcome all your comments, and hope to hear from you regularly regarding our website and how we can improve!

I would also like to invite those of you who would wish for me to answer any burning questions about singing, to write in using the online form here and let me know what your questions are.

I will certainly do my very best to answer them, and maybe some of your queries will find their way onto our
newest website section for Singing FAQ!

Do also let us know what you wish to see on our website, and we will try our best to make the improvements as quickly as we can!

In fact, many of you have already sent in your positive feedback, and I certainly look forward to receiving more from all you readers out there!

Do take note that for the security word challenge, you will need to type the word in CAPITAL LETTERS exactly as it appears, or you will not be able to send us your comments and we would have missed out on valuable feedback from you!

Click on the link below to send us your comments and feedback!

Contact Us URL:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/contact-us.html

~~ Personal Singing Tips! ~~
*Special Focus on Duet or Harmony Singing*

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Vocal Tip #11 – Miming during ‘Live’ Performances

Sometimes, what we see on television or at live performances is not necessarily what happens in reality..

Singers do mime at performances for a variety of reasons, and professionals who mime actually make it look like they are really singing the song ‘live’!

One reason why a performance may be mimed could be because the song requires a lot of dancing and moving around, and the singer is worried that all this movement may affect the stability of their voice.

It would then be better to pre-record the vocals for the song, and to mime the performance ‘live’, focussing on the dance or movement aspect of the show! This actually increases the visual impact of the performance and makes it more enjoyable for the audience.

Another reason why a singer may need to mime at a ‘live’ performance would be because his or her record company is not that confident of their singing abilities ‘live’.

So, just to make sure that nothing goes wrong during the important performance show, the vocals are pre-recorded, and all the singer has to do is to act convincingly and to emote as per the song requirements.

Of course, there is a danger that the audience may be able to tell that the performance is mimed, for example at the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, there was a big hoo-ha when everyone discovered that the cute little girl was actually miming her song performance!

Audiences still prefer to listen to ‘live’ singing, and they may get irritated if they find out that the singer had actually pre-recorded the vocals beforehand!

However, it still remains a fact that sometimes singers do mime their performances, in order to create a better show for the audience, or just to make sure that nothing goes wrong when they are doing the ‘live’ performance.

It can get quite nerve-wrecking when singing ‘live’, especially with the stagefright that sets in, and a million things can and do go wrong sometimes..

Well, for those who are looking to reduce the possibility of stagefright affecting your ‘live’ performance, check out the following URL:

Stagefright URL:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/stagefright.html

You may also wish to learn how to keep your voice more stable during a ‘live’ performance, as well as how to achieve a stronger set of vocals.

Check out the following URL for more information about sustaining your vocals well:

Vocal Sustain URL:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/singing-exercises.html

Just remember, the next time you watch a ‘live’ performance, if you feel that something is amiss, it may be because the singer is miming the performance! ;-p

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Pitching Tip #9 – Tricks to Salvage Your Wrong Notes

Even professionals do make mistakes sometimes during ‘live’ performances, and it is difficult to ensure that we hit the correct notes 100% of the time.

This is why other tricks of the trade come in, to help us to salvage what may have gone wrong, and to help cover up these mistakes.

If you notice, sometimes singers play with their microphone control when they sing, and may pull the microphone further or nearer to regulate the loudness of their voice coming out from the speakers.

I have observed at some concerts that some singers use this technique to hide the pitching mistakes that they make occasionally.

For example, one singer actually hit a long sustain note slightly off-pitch, and she immediately pulled her microphone away, and allowed the backup singers to back her up.

This quick reaction is necessary because we do not wish our audience to hear us singing off-pitch, and it is certainly easier and faster for us to adjust our microphone distance so that our mistakes are not too clearly heard.

Also, another useful technique would be for us to convert the wrong note into a slide in pitch, purposely pulling it up from the wrong note that we started off, up to the correct note that we want.

This can sometimes help to salvage what we may have sung wrong initially, and if done well, can actually increase the listening pleasure of the audience!

However, it is quite rare that we actually would be able to do this, because most of the time the notes that we hit wrongly are those that cannot be salvaged to become a right note..

Of course, it would be much easier for us to reduce the possibility of making pitching mistakes by working on our pitching and hearing foundations for singing. Check out the following URL for useful pitching exercises:

Pitching Exercises URL:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/pitching-exercises.html

For those who are looking to know how to sing a basic warmup scale to improve on your pitching, check out the following URL:

Scale Singing URL:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/musical-scales-warmup.html

Alright then, hope that this tip will help you during your next ‘live’ performance! Hide your mistakes and Glorify your strengths in order to present an impeccable performance!

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Rhythm Tip #7 – Things To Do If You Miss Your Singing Cue

Sometimes when we sing, we may miss certain singing cues, and fail to start at the exact time that we are supposed to have started singing.

This may be due to a variety of reasons, for example, not being able to hear the music clearly, resulting in our inability to know when we should start singing.

Another reason could be because we are unsure of the song that we are singing, or our sense of rhythm is quite bad and we really do not know when we should come in!

For those who genuinely need help with your rhythm sense, there are good books that you can consult at this URL:

Rhythm Books URL:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/singing-books-1.html

For those of us who do not have problems with our rhythm, but just need some tips to hide our cue misses, I have just what you need. ;-p

One way we can <>bhide our cue misses would be for us to improvise that section on the spot, and act as though the miss was intentional, and that we wanted to sing something really different at this part of the song.

This can only be done if our own sense of rhythm and pitch is very strong, and we are able to come up with something that is different from what we should have sung, but still sounds great!

Improvisation is actually a common phenomenon during ‘live’ performances, and your audience would not fault you for singing something that is different, as long as it still sounds nice.

It would also increase your credibility as a great ‘live’ singer, being able to sing something different each time and present the song in your own style.

Another way we can mask our mistakes would be for us to point the microphone at the audience and to invite them to sing with us.

This should only be done if we know beforehand that we are unsure of our singing cue. Before we even start singing, we can act as though we want the audience to sing at this specific section, and a responsive audience will certainly sing along with us.

Also, this will only work if the audience knows the song that you are singing, and if the audience is a responsive one. We certainly do not want our antics to fall flat, and create awkwardness onstage for ourselves…

But, this method would actually give us time to wait out the parts of the song that we are unsure, and to start singing when we have recovered ourselves and are sure of when to start singing!

Of course, we would need to have a very good listening ear when we sing, so that we would know when to start singing and what to do when we make mistakes. Check out the following URL for great Ear Training Exercises:

Ear Training URL:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/ear-training.html

Those of you who wish to check out the previous issues of our Ezine for other tips on singing can also go to the following URL:

Your Personal Singing Ezine Back-Issues URL:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/Your_Personal_Singing_EZine-backissues.html

Alright, hope that these tips will be useful to those who miss their singing cues, and do let me know if you know of other tips, or if these tips do work for you!

~~ Website Work in Progress ~~

1) Singing FAQ
2) Updating Singing Resources
3) Increasing Website Traffic

~~ Ending Words ~~

Here ends Issue #9 of Your Personal Singing Ezine!

I hope that you will find the above tips useful in your singing career or adventures, especially since it is the season to explore some tricks and jokes during April Fool’s Day!

Feel free to email me at
Your_Personal_Singing_EZine@your-personal-singing-guide.com
or use the Contact Us page provided on our website if you have any feedback, requests or any questions about singing! I will be glad to reply and also to discuss singing tips with you!

Do also subscribe to the RSS feed provided on my website so as to be constantly updated about the new and exciting content that will appear on Your Personal Singing Guide website!

Also, remember to forward this issue of Your Personal Singing Ezine to your friends and loved ones, and encourage them to come visit our website and join you in your singing practices too!

Singing is always more fun in a community with more people!

Your Personal Singing Ezine will be back in another 6 weeks’ time, but be sure to check back at our website frequently and keep practising your singing!

Happy April Fool’s Day once again, and hope you have lots of fun with your loved ones or your friends and family members! Keep on singing! ;-p

Aaron Matthew Lim
Your Personal Singing Coach
Your Personal Singing Guide



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