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Our blog contains current news and information from and about Lead Vocals, information and knowledge suitable for vocalists, and specific contents like exercises and lyrics that we have added to our website.

  • Browse Lyrics by Musical Decade (News from Lead Vocals) Tuesday, December 06, 2016

    Visitors at Lead Vocals can now browse our database of recordings for the purpose of practising their singing through the selection of a musical decade in addition to the year of the recording. We hope this will add to the versatility of discovering new music and artists to learn from.

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  • Practice Opeth and Annihilator (Exercises and Lyrics) Monday, November 28, 2016

    We have added a few songs from Opeth and Annihilator to the lyrics section of Lead Vocals. Have a great time practising them!

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  • Vocal Range, Voice Types, and the Sweet Spot (Information for Vocalists) Sunday, November 20, 2016

    At Lead Vocals you are able to select lyrics from the practice pool by the vocal range needed to perform the song, among other selection criteria. What exactly is vocal range though, why and how do we classify voices within the overall voice spectrum, and how may this knowledge benefit the singer?

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  • Practice Stone Temple Pilots and The Cult (Exercises and Lyrics) Monday, November 14, 2016

    We have added a few songs from Stone Temple Pilots and The Cult to the lyrics section of Lead Vocals. Have a great time practising them!

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  • How do Songwriters tell Stories? (Information for Vocalists) Monday, November 07, 2016

    Vocalists sing songs and oftentimes write their own songs too. As a creator we understand that lyrics and the underlying musical piece create a vehicle to transport the story of a song. In modern popular music the structure of the composition has a significant impact on storytelling, and therefore we want to know how songwriters tell their stories. Learn about the songwriting process, the structural elements and their placement in our article about song form and storytelling.

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  • Lead Vocals Demographics for the 3rd Quarter 2016 (News from Lead Vocals) Sunday, October 30, 2016

    … and a review about how visitors can utilize search on Lead Vocals. This quarter we worked on our visibility for search engines in the World Wide Web and expanded the way users can filter and browse music. The audience report is our interpretation of quarterly visitor demographics, this time for the third quarter 2016 which includes the months July, August, and September.

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  • Practice Beck and Tokyo Police Club (Exercises and Lyrics) Sunday, October 23, 2016

    We have added a few songs from Beck and Tokyo Police Club to the lyrics section of Lead Vocals. Have a great time practising them!

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  • Thoughts on Voice Break (Information for Vocalists) Sunday, October 16, 2016

    As a singer we learn to access vocal registers to build our vocal range. But switching from one register to another may be connected with audible shortcomings for many aspiring singers. These problems are based on a lack of control, that interestingly also has been experienced during the phase of puberty, especially evident in young men. Among other terms the unintentional or uncontrolled switching of vocal registers is called voice break.

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  • Practice Deftones and Prong (Exercises and Lyrics) Monday, October 10, 2016

    We have added a few songs from Deftones and Prong to the lyrics section of Lead Vocals. Have a great time practising them!

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  • The Mystery behind Key Change (Information for Vocalists) Sunday, October 02, 2016

    Singers have a comfort zone within their range and songs are written in original keys. Find out why vocalists change the key of a song and how they approach the key change. In an attempt to solve the mystery behind the musical key we define what a key is, and explain the background of harmonic movement, chord progressions, and modulation. We also include the consideration of emotional characteristics for keys based on the major and minor scale, that may play an additional role in the selection process for the vocalist. Further we're taking a brief look at common practice in recording sessions.

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  • Improve Relative Pitch with Functional Ear Trainer (Information for Vocalists) Saturday, September 24, 2016

    We have added a software review for Functional Ear Trainer, a mobile application available on Android and IOS. The software review section at Lead Vocals contains reviews of some of our most favourite software titles which we think are helpful for vocalists and instrumentalists.

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  • Practice Kasabian and Theory of a Deadman (Exercises and Lyrics) Sunday, September 18, 2016

    We have added a few songs from Kasabian and Theory of a Deadman to the lyrics section of Lead Vocals. Have a great time practising them!

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  • Considerations for Singers Entering the Professional World (Information for Vocalists) Sunday, September 11, 2016

    Before someone decides to take his passion of singing into a profession, he or she could reflect upon a couple of important considerations. What does success mean for you personally, and how can it be achieved? The occupation as a professional vocalist offers choices and satisfies different fields of interest. In the article ensuing the blog we have reviewed some of these occupations, created a list of skills that we think are essential to have success in the business, and have outlined what the vocalist can do to prepare for entering into assignments. We also collected ideas of how a singer can gain support for his or her career.

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  • Practice Royal Blood and Billy Talent (Exercises and Lyrics) Sunday, September 04, 2016

    We have added a few songs from Royal Blood and Billy Talent to the lyrics section of Lead Vocals. Have a great time practising them!

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  • Types and the Purpose of Music Licensing (Information for Vocalists) Monday, August 29, 2016

    If a singer, instrumentalist or a band wants to record, use, or perform music that is owned or controlled by somebody else, it is very likely that a license has to be obtained to do this on legal ground. Find out what kind of licenses control the use and recreation of music compositions, audio recordings, the use of music in public, the reproduction of sheet music, and the performance of theatrical productions. At Lead Vocals we also offer links and services to help you obtaining licenses for cover songs.

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  • Lead Vocals partners with Easy Song Licensing (News from Lead Vocals) Sunday, August 28, 2016

    At Lead Vocals we are actively looking for opportunities to make the life of our visitors easier. We've just completed an extensive article about the different types of copyright licenses in music and have been reminded that any artist will get in touch with researching and obtaining music licenses at some point in time. We have arranged a way for our visitors coming from the United States to clear cover songs fast and easy. For Canadian and other visitors we have collected some additional information on the topic.

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  • Practice The Tragically Hip and Sam Roberts Band (Exercises and Lyrics) Sunday, August 21, 2016

    We have added a few songs from The Tragically Hip and Sam Roberts Band to the lyrics section of Lead Vocals. Have a great time practising them!

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  • The Importance of Vocal Anatomy for Singers (Information for Vocalists) Sunday, August 14, 2016

    A practical understanding of the physiological mechanisms of the human voice is helpful for the singer to develop better vocal techniques, and it is essential for the purpose of communication between instructor and student, or in literature. Find out how the voice is created in the human body, how we achieve a powerful voice, how we produce pitch, and how we influence our vocal qualities.

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  • Lead Vocals Demographics for the 2nd Quarter 2016 (News from Lead Vocals) Sunday, August 07, 2016

    … or the story of how Lead Vocals came into existence. Our article releases have drawn a small but growing user base during the last months, so we decided to release a first audience report already now. We desire to update you on this subject on a quarterly base, starting with the second quarter 2016 which includes the months April, May, and June.

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  • Practice Avenged Sevenfold and Godsmack (Exercises and Lyrics) Saturday, July 30, 2016

    We have added a few songs from Avenged Sevenfold and Godsmack to the lyrics section of Lead Vocals. Have a great time practising them!

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  • Vocal Sheet Standard, Version 1.03 (News from Lead Vocals) Friday, July 29, 2016

    The Vocal Sheet Standard has been released to enable vocalists to understand a new piece of music better. It includes a symbolic system used in lyrics that carries additional instructions for the vocalist. We have made an update to the Standardization, which is now in Version 1.03.

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  • Command your Singing with Pitch (Information for Vocalists) Sunday, July 24, 2016

    Pitch is a quality of sound, that is measurable by the rate of vibrations of an object producing that sound. Having command over pitch enables a singer not only to stay in tune, but to use the manipulation of pitch as a form of expression, per example through use of slides, vibrato, or pitch bends. Pitch gives a vocal interpretation of a musical piece its distinctiveness.

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  • Practice Monster Magnet and Serj Tankian (Exercises and Lyrics) Sunday, July 17, 2016

    We have added a few songs from Monster Magnet and Serj Tankian to the lyrics section of Lead Vocals. Have a great time practising them!

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  • Proper Breathing for Vocalists (Information for Vocalists) Sunday, July 10, 2016

    Knowing how to breathe correctly and being able to control it is one of the most important skills a singer can have. A proper breathing technique will enable us to sound great and to improve the tone of our voice. Our ability to sustain notes will increase and we will master to sing longer phrases more effortless.

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  • Practice Red Hot Chili Peppers and Our Lady Peace (Exercises and Lyrics) Sunday, July 03, 2016

    We have added a few songs from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Our Lady Peace to the lyrics section of Lead Vocals. Have a great time practising them!

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  • Tips and Exercises to Improve Diction for Vocalists (Information for Vocalists) Sunday, June 26, 2016

    We all may have experienced that day, when we went out to a concert to enjoy live music. As a listener sometimes we may notice a mismatch between the voice of the singer and the music played by the band. We can't understand a word or are unable to hear the singer! This may be caused by lack of professional sound engineering, or a bad mix, but often it could be a problem of the singer's diction. Thankfully the vocalist can work on diction so that this is unlikely to happen.

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  • Practice Death From Above 1979 and July Talk (Exercises and Lyrics) Sunday, June 19, 2016

    We have added a few songs from Death From Above 1979 and July Talk to the lyrics section of Lead Vocals. Have a great time practising them!

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  • Choose the Right Song (Information for Vocalists) Sunday, June 12, 2016

    Singing songs from other artists is a great way to practice singing, and a great means to learn a specific vocal technique or ability. The practice will develop you further as an artist and will give you confidence in the craft. But with so many potential cover songs out there, what is the right song choice for you?

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  • Release of the Vocal Sheet Standardization (News from Lead Vocals) Monday, June 06, 2016

    Lyrics include the vocal message of a song. We can structure lyrics, so that its display also transports an idea of song structure. But a lyric sheet doesn't include much additional instructions for the vocalist. This is why we thought we would develop the Vocal Sheet Standard, which includes a symbolic system for the vocalist to understand a new piece of music better.

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  • Practice Death Cab for Cutie and Metric (Exercises and Lyrics) Sunday, June 05, 2016

    We have added a few songs from Death Cab for Cutie and Metric to the lyrics section of Lead Vocals. Have a great time practising them!

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  • Anatomy of a Song (Information for Vocalists) Sunday, May 29, 2016

    Understanding song structure enables musicians to play songs they never heard before, because in popular music most songs share common structures that are formed from various patterns, some of which we already are very familiar with. The Anatomy of a Song takes a deeper look into what these patterns are and gives tips on how combinations build a song structure, both musically and lyrically. For these patterns we will use names commonly used in popular music.

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  • Practice Die Krupps and Diary of Dreams (Exercises and Lyrics) Saturday, May 21, 2016

    We have added a few songs from Die Krupps and Diary of Dreams to the lyrics section of Lead Vocals. Have a great time practising them!

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  • Improve Your Posture (Information for Vocalists) Saturday, May 14, 2016

    The quality of a vocal performance depends on many factors, factors which in sum separate the good vocalists from the great. There's a lot of important things the vocalist can work on, for example breathing, diction and pitch. One of the more fundamental concepts though is posture, and coming with it is movement.

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  • Practice PJ Harvey and Your Favorite Enemies (Exercises and Lyrics) Sunday, May 08, 2016

    We have added a few songs from PJ Harvey and Your Favorite Enemies to the lyrics section of Lead Vocals. Have a great time practising them!

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  • The Structure of Vocal Practice (Information for Vocalists) Friday, April 29, 2016

    Passionate hobbyists and sincere vocalists should structure the vocal practice session into 15-20 minute long practice blocks while considering not only exercising and improvement, but also the overall vocal health.

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  • Practice Monster Truck and Suicidal Tendencies (Exercises and Lyrics) Friday, April 22, 2016

    We have added a few songs from Monster Truck and Suicidal Tendencies to the lyrics section of Lead Vocals. Have a great time practising them!

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  • Helpful Software for Singers and Musicians (Information for Vocalists) Saturday, April 16, 2016

    We have added a new software review section under Resources, and reviewed some of our favourite software titles which we think can be of help for the aspiring vocalist.

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  • Practice Alter Bridge and D-A-D (Exercises and Lyrics) Monday, April 11, 2016

    We have added a few songs from Alter Bridge and D-A-D to the lyrics section of Lead Vocals. Have a great time practising them!

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  • Lead Vocals Goes Beta (News from Lead Vocals) Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    Test our free of charge resource for the aspiring vocalist. Lead Vocals is for anybody who wants to learn the craft of singing and who likes to sing along to playback recordings and other selected performances on video.

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  • Lead Vocals Goes Social (News from Lead Vocals) Wednesday, January 27, 2016

    Our team at Lead Vocals has created a new set of accounts on common social media platforms to be able to connect with you!

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