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Latest Updates!

1) Message from Your Personal Singing Coach

2) SURVEY for all singers and supporters of Your Personal Singing Guide

o Do help us out by answering this simple survey of about 10 questions, so that we can improve on our website and Ezine!

3) FEATURED Website Section: Singing Books

o For those who want to know more about singing, check out some useful singing books now.

4) RESOURCE Website Section: Voice Care

o Learn how to take care of your voice, and eat the right foods before and after singing.

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!

1) Vocal Tip #15 – Special Feature on Vocal Exercises Recommended by one of our Readers

2) Pitching Tip #13 – How to use MusicTheory.net

3) Rhythm Tip #11 – Beats are just like Playing Blocks

~~ Enjoy Issue #13 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!

For all those around the world who do celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, do have a great time sharing mooncakes, drinking tea, and basking in the moonlight while chatting with friends and loved ones! Festivals are certainly great times for us to bond with our family members, and also to meet up with old friends.

Halloween will also be coming up at the end of the month of October, so do have a scary time and have fun trick-or-treating! I once did a Halloween performance, and we had to don scary goulish makeup.. couldn’t recognise myself once the makeup was on, and I had a tough time removing the makeup afterwards! ;-p

This issue of Your Personal Singing Ezine will have a special online survey that I have designed specifically to gather feedback from everyone about our website and Ezine, and to understand your needs better. I will be sending out surveys more regularly, so that everyone can give me your input, and also so that I know what my readers want, and I can give you more of what you would like to know about.

I am also revisiting some of the topics that I shared with you earlier, so that nobody misses out on any of the information that I send out every 6 weeks.

Do enjoy the tips that I am providing for you in this 13th issue of this Ezine, and 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 your friends 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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SURVEY for all singers and supporters of Your Personal Singing Guide

o This online survey is specially designed to gather feedback about everyone’s interests in singing, and also what you would like to see more of on Your Personal Singing Guide.com.

There are a total of 10 easy questions, regarding our website and its information, as well as what other services you would like us to provide.

We also would like to start providing vocal drills and exercises for everyone to purchase and download for use at home, so do let us know how we should proceed with this.

Ok, check out the survey by clicking on the link provided below:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/survey1

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FEATURED Website Section: Singing Books

o Our website regularly features singing books that we personally recommend, for their unique features, as well as the ideas that they represent.

We do try to make sure that there is a variety of books on offer, but not so many that you do not which ones to choose.

So, you will find that there is only very limited choice, because we are helping you to shortlist from the long long list of singing books online.

We hope that this will help you to save time, and also save money when purchasing these singing resources.

To find out more about what singing books we write about, check out the URL below:

Singing Books URL:

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

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RESOURCE Website Section: Voice Care

o Voice care is certainly going to be very important, if you wish to continue training your singing voice without abusing or tiring it out.

It is akin to taking care of your car engine regularly, or making sure you brush or floss your teeth everyday in order to prevent tooth decay.

The human voice is certainly more fragile than we think, and we have to make sure that we eat right and drink well in order to be healthy and be strong.

In general, good health translates to a good foundation for singing, and you certainly will have more energy for your singing adventures too!

Check out the information on good Voice Care now:

Voice Care URL:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/voice-care.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! ~~

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Vocal Tip #15 – Special Feature on Vocal Exercises Recommended by one of our Readers

We are proud to recommend some of the vocal exercises that have been sent in by our readers, which we have also put up on our website in the section on Vocal Exercises.

If you would like to read the article sent in by our readers, check out the following URL on Vocal Exercises (be sure to scroll down to see the vocal exercises sent in):

Vocal Exercises URL:

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

Our dearest reader has been kind enough to write an article on my favourite topic, which is how to develop pitching and reading skills using Solfege.

In my vocal lessons, I also use solfege (Doh-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol-La-Ti-Doh) to teach my students, and also to educate them on music intervals, scales as well as ear training drills too.

It is an extremely useful tool, and I thank our readers for sending in such a wonderful article that illustrates this point.

Solfege certainly is easier to pick up and learn as compared to reading notes on a stave, and it is also more adaptable and suitable for beginner students to learn and understand.

Of course, once you have progressed to a more advanced level, it is most certainly beneficial for us as singers to be able to read classical score and notation!

Thank you once again to my readers for sending in this article, and we hope to receive more of such articles from everyone in the future!

Should you wish to check out other musical terms used during singing, do visit the URL below:

Musical Terms URL:

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

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Pitching Tip #13 – How to use MusicTheory.net

In the previous issue of Your Personal Singing Ezine, I first introduced this wonderful website to all you readers out there, and recommended it as a useful resource for ear training and voice training.

In this current issue of our Ezine, I would like to build on this further, and show everyone exactly how to use the website, because some readers have wrote in to say that there is so much information there that they do not know how to use it!

Before you proceed with reading this writeup, click on the link below to check out the URL now:

MusicTheory.Net URL:

http://www.musictheory.net/

The website is called Ricci Adams’ Music Theory.net, and it is certainly such a wonderful website for us to use for our training purposes!

On the homepage, you will see 3 categories: Lessons, Trainers and Utilities. Should you wish to read up more information about topics in music, choose the ‘Lessons’ category.

If you should wish to train your pitching and your hearing, choose the ‘Trainers’ category. The ‘Utilities’ category is more for those who would like to calculate chords, or generate printouts for score sheets.

For our purpose here, we can focus on the ‘Trainers’ category, and pick from the various training exercises available. Some train your hearing, whereas others test your musical knowledge and score/note reading skills.

The first 4 trainer topics in this category (Note, Key, Interval and Triad trainers) will test you on your note reading, and give you questions for you to identify various notes, keys, intervals and triads as scored on the staff.

The next 3 trainer topics (Keyboard, Guitar, Brass trainers) test you on identifying the notes as shown on the instrument itself, so that you are familiar with the notes and how to press them on the instrument.

The final 3 trainer topics (Interval, Scale and Chord Ear Trainers) test your aural awareness and whether you are able to pick out musical intervals, identify musical scales just by hearing, and also chords just based on your listening ability.

I would usually use the Interval Ear Trainer to test my students and get them to identify intervals based on hearing. This improves their sense of aural awareness, and makes them more acutely aware of pitch changes, keeping them more in tune when they sing.

Ok, I hope you have fun trying out these music trainers on the website, and do let me know if you should encounter any problems while using them!

For those of you who wish to read about other Ear Training exercises, you are free to check out my webpage on it:

Ear Training URL:

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

You can also check out more pitching and ear training books at my webpage on Singing Books:

Singing Books URL:

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

Hopefully there will be more people in this world like Ricci Adams, who would be willing to share their knowledge with everyone else!

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Rhythm Tip #11 – Beats are just like Playing Blocks

A lot of my students have problems when it comes to rhythm, and they certainly find it difficult to visualise the beats and how they relate to each other.

I would probably recommend that we look at beats and rhythm just like we see and use playing blocks.

For example, if we imagine a half beat to be one block, then in a bar of 4 beats, we would have…. 8 blocks! Correct? ;-p

So, with these 8 blocks, we can group them into 4 groups of 2 in each group, making them 1 beat per group.

Or, we can group them in 2 groups of 4 in each group, making them 2 beats per group.

In this way, we can visualise the beat durations more clearly, and also physically look at how many half-beat blocks it takes to build a 4-beat bar.

We can also see which beats are longer, and which beats are shorter in duration. For example, a 1 beat group would have only 2 blocks, whereas a 4 beat group would have 8 blocks.

This would then translate to longer durations when we sing or when we rest for 4 beats, as compared to singing or resting for just 1 beat.

Sounds simple? ;-p

We can then test ourselves by singing note durations based on the block patterns that we lay out.

For example, if we have blocks laid out like this: XXXX XX XX, then we know that the first note is 2 beats, and each subsequent note is 1 beat in duration.

Another example: XXX X XXXX shows us that the first note is 1 1/2 beats, whereas the next note is only 1/2 a beat, and the final note is 2 beats.

All this is assuming that each block is half a beat in duration. You can also vary this by assuming each block to be 1/4 beat in duration, or even 1 or 2 beats in duration!

Ok, do go ahead and have fun with your playing blocks, and try not to make too much of a mess in your room. ;-p

For those who wish to find out more about some basic Rhythm FAQ, you can check out the relevant section on our website:

Rhythm FAQ URL:

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

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

Check out the following URL for some Useful Rhythm Terms that we may come across during our rhythm training:

Rhythm Terms URL:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/rhythm-terms.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

Keep up your training as a singer, and do also keep me updated about your progress!

~~ Website Work in Progress ~~

1) Online Survey Results Collection
2) Facebook Group for ‘Your Personal Singing Guide’ Community
3) Increasing Website Traffic

~~ Ending Words ~~

Here ends Issue #13 of Your Personal Singing Ezine!

I hope that this issue is useful to you, and that you are able to gain some knowledge from what I have written in this Ezine. I always try to provide tips that you can use, in a manner that is easy to understand and apply in daily life.

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!

Aaron Matthew Lim
Your Personal Singing Coach
Your Personal Singing Guide



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