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Latest Updates!

1) Message from Your Personal Singing Coach

2) POPULAR Website Section: Vocal Exercises

o This section is becoming more and more popular among our international readers!

3) FEATURED Website Section: Basics of Singing

o Revisit the basics of singing and find out more about the foundations of a good set of vocals.

4) RESOURCE Website Section: Ear Training

o Train up your listening prowess with these ear training exercises, and improve your singing too!

5) COMPLETED Website Section: About Me

o Read more about me as a vocal coach, singer and writer, and find out how my students are doing at my music school.

6) COMMUNICATE with Your Personal Singing Coach

o Keep those comments and feedback coming in, and I’ll do my best to answer your queries about singing!

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

1) Vocal Training Tip #10 – How to Handle Duet Songs or Harmony Singing

2) Pitching Training Tip #8 – The Relationship between Intervals and Duet or Harmony Songs

3) Rhythm Training Tip #6 – Keep in Sync with your Singing Partner or Group

~~ Enjoy Issue #8 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 and singing students!

Happy belated Valentine’s Day!

This 8th issue of Your Personal Singing Ezine coincides with a lovely and meaningful day, namely Valentine’s Day or Friendship Day.

This is a day that honours the special place that love has in all our hearts, be it between 2 lovers, or even between friends and loved ones!

So make it special by forwarding this Ezine to your friends and lovers, to anyone whom you feel would benefit from reading this special Ezine about singing, and I am sure that your friends would be happy that you have thought of them on this special day!

This issue of Your Personal Singing Ezine also has a special focus on duet and harmony singing, and all our tips on vocal training, pitching and rhythm training, are all focussed on helping you to master duet songs or improve on your harmony singing.

This is my way of saying that as a fellow singer, you are certainly my friend too in this meaningful learning journey towards achieving a great singing voice!

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!

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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POPULAR Website Section: Vocal Exercises

o This website section is certainly one of the MOST POPULAR and WELL-LOVED sections of Your Personal Singing Guide.Com!

Many people visit this section everyday to practice their voices and to get tips on how they should train their voices more effectively.

Of course, this section is only a guide, and should not be used as a replacement for actual voice training. Nothing beats an actual instructor helping you and listening to you to sing, so that your training is targeted and useful.

But, if you are looking to open your eyes and mind to the world of singing and voice training, check this section out!

Practice some of the vocal exercises described here and you will find that your knowledge about singing will certainly improve!

Vocal Exercises URL:

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

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FEATURED Website Section: Basics of Singing

o Learning the basics is always not as interesting as learning the more advanced techniques, like how to hit high notes or how to build up a powerful singing voice.

However, deep down in our hearts, we understand that without these basics of singing, we would be unable to achieve the heights of our singing ability and realise the potential within ourselves.

This section explains the basics of singing and breaks it down into various components so that beginners would understand them better and be able to focus on the areas that they are weaker in.

Once you have mastered these basics, you will find that moving on to the more advanced techniques of singing would be easier and less confusing too.

To find out more about these basics, check out the URL below:

Basics of Singing URL:

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

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RESOURCE Website Section: Ear Training

o Yes, our ears are important when we sing. In fact, they are almost as important as our voice!

When we sing, we need to listen at the same time. It helps us to keep in tune, and also to keep in beat with the music that we are singing to. If we do not listen, you will find that even the most talented singer will go off-key and not realise it at all!

This section is devoted to providing very useful ear training exercises for everyone to try out, and to improve on your listening skill or aural awareness for singing.

You will find that these exercises are not that difficult to do, but they will certainly yield a world of benefit for you as a singer if you are able to devote a certain amount of time each week to practise them diligently!

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

Ear Training URL:

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

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COMPLETED Website Section: About Me

o It has always been my dream to be able to build a music school that can transcend boundaries, and I believe that I am slowly moving towards my goal now.

This website section is about the music school that I have founded in Singapore, which is currently doing quite well despite of the current economic crisis and all the trouble that the world is facing. It turns out that many people still do love to sing, and students come to our school looking for good music programmes, as well as for opportunities to perform their favourite songs onstage!

My dream is to open music schools in various countries of the world, or even to turn my website (your-personal-singing-guide.com) into a one-stop educational resource centre for everyone in the world to learn all they want to know about singing!

When I have achieved this, I can finally say that my life has not been in vain, and I have contributed towards making this world a better place.

Check out some information about me as a vocal coach, artiste, song composer, as well as a business owner in Singapore. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same in your own country too!

About Me URL:

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

You can also check out many performance videos featuring many of my students as well as myself, and see how we do our performances here in Singapore! We have over 130+ performance videos for you to choose from, so start watching now!

Intune Music School Performance Videos URL:

http://www.youtube.com/user/intunemusicschool

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COMMUNICATE with Your Personal Singing Coach!

o We have set up a 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!

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~~

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Vocal Training Tip #10 – How to Handle Duet Songs or Harmony Singing

Many singers think that when they sing duet or harmony songs, they should sing it in the same way that they sing solo songs. This is actually incorrect!

In fact, it probably takes more skill to be able to sing good harmony, and you can find really great singers hidden quietly in the backup singing team at live concerts of many popular solo singers. These are the unsung heroes who dedicate their voices towards making the solo singer sound great!

How exactly should we sing in order to be able to perform a great duet song, or even sing harmony parts that sound that they fit well with the rest of the song?

Well, firstly, we need to make sure that our voice is able to blend with our duet partner, and that our voice does not stick out too much when we sing. This can be done by adjusting the dynamics of our singing voice, and making sure that we coordinate with our partner and achieve an understanding as to how the song is to be performed.

This would include tying down the various sections in the song that are to be highlighted, and also coordinating the dynamic variations in the song so as to not let our solo voice stick out like a sore thumb when we sing!

Another important point would be for us to try to use a more mellow tone when we sing, especially when we are singing backup harmony parts for live concerts or even for a recorded song on a CD. This is because a more forward and nasal tone tends to stick out and attract more attention, and applying a more mellow tone allows us to blend into the background and support the solo voice more.

For duet songs, it would also do well for you to practice your eye contact with your partner, and make sure that you arrange to have your eyes meet during pre-arranged parts of the song. This is so that your presentation onstage looks more professional, and it also gives the audience the impression that the 2 of you have great chemistry with each other!

Finally, you might wish to also make sure that you clarify the exact notes that you have to sing when you do harmony or backup singing. This is because the slightest variation in pitch or in the way that you sing will affect the presentation of the harmony parts.

For example, you might prefer to join 2 syllables of a word together with a slur in pitch, whereas another singer might prefer to not do a slur but to just join the 2 syllables together directly. These subtle pitch changes and intonations all have to be discussed and rehearsed so as to achieve more uniformity when singing harmony or backup singing parts! It certainly is not as easy it looks…

For those who are looking to develop a greater ability to be able to pick out these subtle nuances in your singing, do check out some of the ear training exercises at the following URL:

Ear Training URL:

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

You may also wish to learn more about the various voice types in men and women, so that you can know how to coordinate with these different voices and blend your own voice better with them.

Check out the following URL for more information about Voice Types:

Voice Types URL:

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

Ok, hope this helps those who are going to sing duet songs or harmony backup parts at concerts or recordings! I just love to sing harmony, and I hope that my tips are useful to you! ;-p

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Pitching Training Tip #8 – The Relationship between Intervals and Duet or Harmony Songs

I am pretty sure that you should know what are musical intervals by now, and how to train yourself to pitch these intervals better. If not, you could check out the following link on my website for more information:

Pitching Exercises URL:

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

Now, you may be wondering what is the relationship between these intervals, and singing duet or harmony songs?

Well, it’s simple actually. Intervals are the distance between any 2 notes, and when we sing duet or harmony songs, we are actually singing 2 ‘melody’ lines that are blending with each other.

This means that the notes at each time or beat of each melody are a certain distance from the corresponding notes in the other melody, and they form harmonic relationships or musical intervals!

A simple example would be if our melody were to be a simple ‘Doh Re Mi (1 2 3)’. Then our duet harmony part could be a ‘Mi Fa Sol (3 4 5)’ which just so happens to form a ‘Third’ interval with the melody line.

Doh and Mi (1 and 3) form a third, Re and Fa (2 and 4) form a third, and Mi and Sol (3 and 5) also form a third interval, although these could be major or minor intervals. ;-p

In fact, if we were to extend this relationship and talk about how to write simple harmony parts, you would find that a basic harmony part is actually your basic chord. (Singers who have musical knowledge would certainly know this.)

For example, if were looking to harmonise with a Doh (1) note, we could probably sing a Mi (3) note, forming a third relationship, or we could sing a Sol (5) note, forming a fifth relationship.

Doh, Mi and Sol (1, 3, 5) form a major chord, and are also good notes to sing as harmony.

Certainly, knowing more about musical intervals and understanding the theory that lies behind them will improve your understanding of harmony greatly. A lot of this knowledge becomes extremely technical, and it takes years of musical training before we finally truly understand how to apply what we have learnt.

If you do wish to find out more about musical intervals and their various structures, check out the link on Pitching Exercises that I have provided above.

For those who are looking to know how to apply these musical scales or intervals in your vocal warmups, check out the following URL:

Vocal Warmups URL:

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

Alright then, keep practising, and don’t forget to send me your feedback and comments regularly!

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Rhythm Training Tip #6 – Keep in Sync with your Singing Partner or Group

In the previous Issue #3 of Your Personal Singing Ezine, I talked about how to keep a steady rhythm or beat. This is certainly important to the topic that I am going to talk more about now.

For those who have not read this issue, you can check out the following URL:

Your Personal Singing Ezines (Back-Issues) URL:

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

Well, here in this issue, I would like to focus more on duet or harmony singing, and give you tips on how to keep in sync with your singing partner or group.

One very important thing that you have to do is to tie down in detail the exact melody or harmony parts that you will be singing, and to have everyone clear on what they have to sing exactly. This is because the slightest variation will cause you all to sound like you have gone out of sync with each other, or that you have little chemistry in your singing as a group.

Another tip that would be extremely useful is for you to look occasionally at your duet partner when you are singing. Facial and body movement cues are extremely important in a duet scenario, and these can help to tie down the rhythm and phrasing of the songs that you are singing.

For example, if you are both going to start harmonising at a certain sentence, it would be easier if you were to look at each other before you begin, and give each other a slight nod when you start singing, so that you know when you are going to start. This will make your voices sound well-synchronised, and also achieve a certain tidiness in your singing as a couple.

You may also give facial cues by mouthing the words a little clearer so that your partner can follow these cues and keep to the timing that you are singing to. Eye contact also helps to indicate to your partner when to start or stop singing, and also gives the audience the impression that you are both focussed on singing the song well!

Of course, rehearsals are important, and having more practice sessions with your partner or group is essential in building up true chemistry with the singers. This also gives you more time to tie down the singing cues, and to understand how each singer operates, so as to be more alert to the more subtle cues that each singer uses, be it small movements in the body or hands or even the slightest movement of the head or changes in facial expression.

Finally, it is certainly important to build up your personal sense of rhythm to an acceptable level, so that others do not need to be worried about you going off beat or singing to the wrong tempo!

For those who wish to check out more resources on rhythm training to build up your basic sense of rhythm, you can go to the following URL:

Rhythm Resources URL:

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

~~ Website Work in Progress ~~

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

~~ Ending Words ~~

Here ends Issue #8 of Your Personal Singing Ezine!

I hope that you will find the above tips useful in your singing practices, especially during this lovely Valentine’s Day season! 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!

Lastly, Happy belated Valentine’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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