Style vs substance in the 2000's

Finally made it to the current millennia! This will be the last blog in this series seeing as how we are barely into the second decade of the 2000’s now. We have examined famous and notable artists from the 1950’s all the way through the 1990’s and seen a lot of shifting in this idea of style versus substance in …

Style vs. Substance in the '90's

As we enter into 2013, we are going to start to hear a more familiar style creep in. And, hopefully, it will start to make sense based on where we have been from the 50’s up to now. In the 80’s we explored the introduction of spectacle into artistry and the role that it played in the substance and tone …

Style vs. Substance in the 1980s

Oh, the 80’s…The 80’s were one of those decades, musically speaking, that people either roll their eyes over or get really excited about. Being a “child of the 80’s” is like a badge of honor to my generation. But the baby boomers are quite honestly horrified that the 80’s ever happened. So controversial! It’s comical to me. But the controversy …

Style vs. Substance in the 1970s

Style Substance in the 1970s All right everyone, we are up to the 1970s in this blog series on style throughout the decades! Check out are up my last few blogs before you dig into this one if you haven’t already. The 70s were a time when creativity really started to open up in songwriting and performance. If you listen …

Style vs. Tone: The 1960s

Style vs. Tone in the 60’s I’d like to continue the discussion I began in my previous blog about style, and dive more into the music history lesson on the last half century I started. To do a style vs. substance comparison of this decade with the good ole days, look no further than the greats: The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, …

Style vs. Substance

There’s an interesting trend in pop music lately, I like to call, “Style over substance.” Quirkiness is now an acceptable substitute for tone quality. 25 years ago, you could be a weird as a $3.00 bill and no one would buy your record cause you couldn’t actually SING. Today, weird is the new normal and unless your voice vaguely resembles …

Care for a Warm-Up?

No? Hmm… I’m consistently surprised at the number of singers I encounter that don’t have a warm up routine to use before performance. At best, they “sing the easy songs” to warm up. I’ve been intrigued as to why this is so, I’ve started asking people. I mostly hear this response… “Warming up makes my voice tired.” Y’all. I’m gonna …

What is Vocal Fry?

What is Vocal Fry? I’ve witnessed many mishaps lately when it comes to vocal fry. I think it’s important to understand both what vocal fry is and what it is not before it can be utilized correctly. Let’s first talk about what it is NOT… Vocal fry is NOT…. 1) Pressurized or Squeezed. This is perhaps the most common mistake …

Handling Your Critics

Sometimes, I feel like a big part of my job is difusing negativity in my students. Too many times someone out there has told you that you can’t sing, you shouldn’t try, or that you’ll never be any good. At times the person telling you this is no other than yourself. I’m a firm believer that this is a bold-faced …

Songwriting (Pt 2)

Ok, I hope you’ve started getting your writing juices flowing since I posted Part 1 of this mini series. We talked a little about why to write and what not to do but today we are diving into what TO do. Here goes… DO: Look for inspiration from other writers. Read fiction authors like Tolkein, CS Lewis, and other great …