vocal techniques

How to become a singer with good vocal techniques

While flicking through YouTube, I discovered amazing videos about vocal techniques. I created this guide to help you use your voice effectively to sing better while sparing your voice.

1. VOCAL RANGE

So, for those who aren’t familiar with vocal techniques and notes, I’d recommend you to start reading this article on Wikipedia. This will give you a better understanding of what will be talked about later on in this blog post.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocal_range

But what are the different vocal ranges for men and women?

Take a look!  Depending on your voice type, some notes will be easier or harder to hit.

However, if you don’t know what’s your voice range is, don’t worry. This video will help you figure it out. Note this is both suitable for men and women.

2. BAD VOCAL TEchnique EXAMPLES

As a matter of fact, some singers are able to sing higher notes or even have a whistle register. Yet they may use improper vocal techniques resulting in voice damages over time.

As a result, they can’t hit the same notes they used to. Although, with better practice, they may recover part of their register. Here are few examples of singers who damaged their voice :

3. VOCAL TECHNIQUES

Therefore, let’s me explain you to what is considered good or bad techniques.

First of all, let’s start with what a bad technique is. It is a lack of singing warming-up and over-pushing some of the notes, often distinguished by a lack of breath support and throaty sound.

Additionally, please find below other examples of bad techniques:

Instead, why vocal technique matters so much? This video explains you why.

Accordingly, what is a good vocal technique? 

It’s an unstrained, controlled and consistent voice accompanied by a healthy lifestyle. But, how do singers get good voices? Well, they have a dedicated vocal coach to train their voices for performances or studio recordings.

Contrarily, this video shows you what is bad or good technique (starting at 1.09 minute):

 

4. VOCAL WARMING-UP

Consequently, to develop your singing skills, start with a good vocal warming-up.

Obviously, you may want to start with warming-up basics for yourself at this stage!

5. UNDERSTANDING YOUR VOICE

Moreover, you need to be aware of your voice placement and tone/timber:

6. VOCAL TIPS

Finally, here are few tips on how to get a more powerful and consistent voice.

Do you have other tips to share with us?

 

History of Brazilian Baile Funk music and dance styles

Baile Funk MUSIC

Baile Funk is a big mix of different music styles. To have a better understanding of this music and dance style, I’d like you to have a read of this comprehensive Wikipedia article on the topic:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funk_carioca

Want to hear how it sounds or how people dance on it? Go no further, I’m going to share with you few music playlists and dance videos.

First of all, there’s a great mixtape playlist you need to subscribe to and this is the following one from Rio:

baile funk dance

I will share with you a couple of dance choreography I have found. However, please note that they aren’t actual tutorials. Unfortunately, I haven’t found any real dance tutorials.😞

Finally, you might want to read another blog on how this music and dance style became exported:

https://www.thefader.com/2015/01/17/how-diplo-took-baile-funk-out-of-brazil

Do you have any Baile Funk dance choreography you’d like to teach us? If so, share them with us in the comment section!

Favela Chic: eclectic DJ and reggae band (Paris, 2016)

FAVELA CHIC

This was a rather unplanned night out I went for on Wednesday 25th May 2016. Had dinner across the street and was attracted to this Favela Chic bar and restaurant. So, I came in and must say this was a great idea!

Favela Chic

This ‘Favela Chic’ club isn’t only playing – as the name suggests – Brazilian sounds, but a great variety of world music.

FAVELA CHIC IN PICTURES

Here are few pictures of the venue, which I thought is quite rather original:

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DJ ARTHUR CHAP

The main focus for this night was on DJ Arthur Chap. He played a nice mix of world music and more mainstream music such as Afrobeats, Afrodisco, Soul, Groove, Funk, …

If you want to know more about him, check this link:

https://www.mixcloud.com/arthur_chaps/

REGGAE GUEST BAND

There was also a guest reggae band. Unfortunately, the band name is unknown to me.

Here are few videos taken at the event of both DJ and band performances:

Traditional West African live shows at Festival Rare Talents 2016

Traditional West African Music

First of all, I managed to catch two performances of Traditional West African music bands at Festival Rare Talents.

Secondly, it was the festival’s closing performances on Saturday 28th May 2016 in Montreuil (Paris). I’m glad I didn’t miss them! I truly enjoyed the performances!

Traditional West African Music

Traditional West African BANDs

The support band was Ibrahim Keita and Nankama from Burkina Faso.

The main band was Sékouba Bambino from Guinea. The latter band is composed of:

  • Sékouba as lead singer,
  • a choir from Mali
  • and musicians from Sénégal.

To know more about these respective bands, check their Facebook pages:

https://www.facebook.com/Ibrahim-keita-et-les-nankama-533951590017754/timeline

https://www.facebook.com/SekoubaBambinoDiabate/

Sékouba has a little biography in English here:

http://www.last.fm/music/Sekouba+Bambino/+wiki

FESTIVAL LIVE RECORDINGS 

Finally, I haven’t taken pictures at the event. But don’t worry, you’ll get plenty of videos!

Sankofa Soul TV Contest – Live Semi-final 2 (Paris 2016)

Sankofa Soul TV Contest

I had booked my tickets for the Sankofa Soul TV Contest in advance. I had initially found the event advertised on Facebook.

TICKET OPTIONS

There were offering two options:

  1. dinner + live performances (25  Euros)
  2. live performances alone (pre-sale for 10 Euros and at the door for 12 Euros).

I took the first option and didn’t regret it. The ‘Petite Halle’ concert room was full and I would have otherwise kept standing for 4 hours!

SANKOFA SOUL TV CONTEST FINALS

For those who would like to watch the soul singers’ final (10 singers selected from the two previous semi-finals), it will take place on Saturday 18th June at 8.30pm in the ‘New Morning’ concert place, 7 rue des petites écuries, 75010 Paris, France.

There is no dinner option for the final but there are seats, so come early and pre-buy your ticket if you want to sit! Tickets on pre-sale are for 14 Euro.

candidates singing at the contest’s semi-finals 2

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SANKOFA SOUL TV CONTEST RECORDINGS

Curious to hear how they sound? Here are few samples recorded of their performances (not necessarily the winners). Which one(s) do you like most? Comment!

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Now, want to know who were the semi-final’s winners?

They are Antonia, Sarah, Romina, Natan and Mel.

For more information about them, check the ‘Les Candidats’ tab from the official website: http://sankofasoulcontest.com/

‘Paris Hip Hop’ Rendez-Vous – Week’s festival 2016 in videos

PARIS HIP-HOP FESTIVAL

Paris Hip-Hop is a great festival with multiple events organised in different locations of Paris for a week from 20th May until 5th June 2016.

FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

Before I go and talk about the free entry open-air event I attended, let me share with you the overall festival’s programme.

Paris Hip-Hop

PARC DE LA VILLE FESTIVAL EVENTS

I attended myself the below events on Saturday 28th May 2016 which took place at Périphérique (Parc de la Villette), 2 rue de la Clôture, 75019 Paris.

It was a mix of different kind of hip-hop arts such as:

  • street arts,
  • djing (vinyl),
  • dance battles,
  • dance shows,
  • music shows and battles.

We could also order some yummy Caribbean and/or African food.

PARC DE LA VILLETTE EVENTS’ PROGRAMME

Please find a summary of the different activities organised for all ages! Then underneath watch the slideshow (pictures) taken on the day!

Paris Hip-Hop

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LIVE EVENTS’ RECORDINGS

Finally, what you were all been waiting for…Videos were taken at the event (mainly dance battles/freestyles and shows)!

Which show or battle/freestyle do you like most? Comment on the post!

Black and white expatriate networking party (Paris, 2016)

expatriate networking IN PARIS

While I was spending a holiday trip in Paris (France) in April 2016, I thought I might go to an expatriate networking party. I wanted to meet international people living in the city and have some fun with them!

I had found a black and white expatriate networking party in Paris advertised on the meetup.com website (Expats Paris) taking place at ‘rue du Colisée’  close to Champs-Elysées and Franklin D. Roosevelt metro station. I was curious to see what it’d be like.

There were around 60 people from different nationalities attending the event, meeting either to build communities or to improve their language skills.

I was greeted by meetup members and organisers. Then I was introduced to Michael, who I had asked few questions online before coming to the event. He was friendly and introduced me to few guests.

Then, we spent a bit of time chatting around on the ground floor before hitting the dancefloor. Music was an eclectic mix of Latin, Arabic, pop and hip-hop music.

I hope you will enjoy the below video and mixed tapes!

Do you also have other videos you want to share? Please don’t hesitate to do so in the comment section!

‘Early House’ cover band live concert playing funk and soul (Dublin, 2016)

EARLY HOUSE COVER BAND

Thanks to the Dublin Event Guide, I heard about this amazing Irish ‘Early House’ cover band live concert taking place at the Whelan’s, Dublin 2 (Ireland) on Saturday 16th April 2016.

FUNK AND SOUL MUSIC COVERS

I didn’t regret attending it! Great musicians and singers. They played hits from famous singers such as James Brown, Amy Winehouse, Doobie Brothers, Etta James, Sly and Family Stone, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner and so much more.

Here are two pictures from the band:

I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I did their performances. If you want to be updated on their next gig, check their Facebook  fan page here:

https://www.facebook.com/earlyhouseband/?fref=ts

EARLY HOUSE LIVE RECORDINGS

There are 5 videos in total for this band, so don’t forget to view them all in my channel! Subscribe to have all newly uploaded videos appearing on your Youtube newsfeeds for FREE! The direct link to my channel is the following:

https://www.youtube.com/user/emelinej1/videos

 

2016 Juste Debout world hip-hop dance championships

JUSTE DEBOUT 2016

First of all, f you have missed this year’s Juste Debout world hip-hop dances (now generally held in March each year), don’t worry! You can catch up the finals right now!

Secondly, if you don’t know what ‘Juste Debout’ is, check this article:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juste_Debout

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JUSTE DEBOUT HIP-HOP DANCE CATEGORIES

I filmed dance videos from the following categories:

  • New Style Hip Hop,
  • Locking,
  • House
  • Experimental.

JUSTE DEBOUT 2016 LIVE RECORDINGS

Please note these are not all categories that were present at the championships. However, there are snippets of the event!

GUEST PERFORMANCE: FLYING ILLUSION

Thirdly, Juste Debout also welcomed a b-boy/illusion show at the start of the event. If you are interested in, you can watch a snippet of it.

But first, let me share with you the flyer and their tour dates!

They are currently performing in Berlin, Germany for several dates in 2018. For bookings, please visit their website:

http://flyingillusion.redbull.com/de/de/termine-und-tickets/

Finally, please find below:

  • recorded finals in all categories
  • the flying illusion show.

http://www.redbull.com/en/music/stories/1331780818881/juste-debout-2016-world-finals-report