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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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.