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Brett Manning

How to Practice Acapella Singing

Singing without instruments is called singing “a cappella,” and it’s an important skill to learn. “Why?” you ask. Good question. Aside from knowing and being ...

Baritone Vocal Range

The concepts of vocal ranges are crucial for singers to fully comprehend their voices. This knowledge will help them appreciate their unique abilities, enabling them ...

How to Get a Record Deal… For Those That Absolutely Want One

In today’s music industry, you will see many artists creating music through various mediums. An independent artist might release music through platforms they can control ...
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Lip Bubbles and Lip Trills

The lip bubble or lip trill (also called lip roll) is a semi-occluded vocal sound, which means that the mouth is partially closed off by ...

Difference Between Baritone and Bass Vocal Ranges

The world is full of diverse voices that complement each other in unique ways. They have different qualities, capabilities and roles. In this article, we ...

Understanding Bass Vocal Range (What Is Your Voice Type?)

There are six standard voice types. You’re probably familiar with them all, and you’ve probably heard them separated into two groups: Women tend to take ...

How To Find Your Vocal Range (Free Guide)

Before we figure out how to find your vocal range, there are a few things about it that we need to discuss. Voices are delightfully ...

How Long Does it Take to Learn to Sing?

I’ve had the honor, joy, struggle, challenge, privilege and pleasure of coaching 10’s of 1,000’s of singers for nearly 3 and 1/2 decades. So…you could ...

Can You Learn To Sing At Any Age?

Let me give you the short answer first….. ABSOLUTELY. Read on to see the advantages and challenges of singing from a young age or a ...

Why Do I Yawn When I Sing?

by Brett Manning If you’ve ever had to fight off a yawn during a performance, you can understand how frustrating it can feel. Not only ...

How To Get Started In Singing

Before I start, I want to quickly address a few common concerns and replace those concerns with strategies. Here are a few of them: I ...

How To Get Noticed As A Singer

How to Get Noticed as a Singer  By Brett Manning The social media posts read: “I’m releasing my new EP.” “I’m releasing my single. Pre-save ...

Deciding On Your Sound

[The hardest decision for a singer] – By Brett Manning  Actually, this could have several subtitles because of the seriousness and complexity of this almost ...
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How Much Are Singing Lessons?

The Myth of ‘Affordable’ Lessons – By Brett Manning  your life is too short to learn slowly!! How Much Do Singing Lessons Cost? I’ll get ...

Beginner Vocal Exercises

Did you know there are 3 types of beginners that come to our vocal studios for vocal lessons? Yes, a beginner may have been singing ...

Hydration and Singing-Exposing the Myth

Believe it or not… THIS is the most controversial blog I’ve written to this date. Because so many would understandably ask, “What’s the big deal… ...
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How to Never Get Tired of Singing the Same Song

“FREE BIRD! FREE BIRD! FREE BIRD” the typical audience members shouted longingly and some shouted mockingly. “Sweet Caroline! Wonderwall! Margaritaville! Superstitious! Baby Got back! Piano ...

Fear Of Vulnerability

If you have a fear of vulnerability, especially as a vocalist, welcome to an extremely large club. Research professor Pat LaDouceur, Ph.D., says, “You’ve probably ...
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Voice Scales For Singers

In 1998, I released what has become an international best selling, systematic vocal training program titled Singing Success, which was revised and update in 2015 ...

Why Do I Sound Bad When I Record Myself Singing?

Before you ask yourself “does my singing voice sound awful?” remember this crucial concept: Multifactorial– involving or dependent on a number of factors or causes. ...

Vocal Warmup Exercises

Why My Opinion matters “I’m famous, and I just don’t care” was the ostentatious, playful, very non-serious line from a song I wrote featuring a ...

Can Anyone Learn To Sing?

Can Anyone Learn to Sing?  Let me start by saying that I’ve taught countless, ‘so-called’ non-singers to sing and to sing well. But guess who ...

Why Does My Throat Hurt When Singing?

“My throat hurts” is one of the most common stressful situations for a singer to experience, especially with a performance just around the corner. Just ...

Icons of Rock Music

Baseline Rock (straightforward): Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison Chuck Berry: electric blues w/ some distortion 50’s Rock: Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, ...
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How To Start A Singing Career

So, you want to be a singer and start a singing career… First things first, before you even think of a singing career, you have ...

Vocal Rest 101

Many singers learn about the need for vocal rest the hard way: by experiencing vocal damage. Don't let this be you!

Is Marijuana Good For My Singing Voice?

A letter from one of our clients… Hello, we have a little bit of a problem here because our lead singer seems to think that ...
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How to Come Up With a Stage Name

Stage names can evoke associations with certain genres, feelings, and attitudes. They can even pay homage to other artists. Ultimately, a stage name is an ...

5th Man Obligation 

You're the 5th man on the basketball team. If you don’t show up, the game is ruined. Greatness makes no excuses. Do you?

Patience Does Not Equal Productivity

Good things DON'T come to those who wait. NOT true? True? Here's Brett Manning's take on patience and productivity!