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  1. What do I need to be an entertainer/musician?
  2. I have accidentally made you my home page how do I stop this website being my home page?
  3. I would like to print out some of the pages at this site--like the breathing exercises--but the page colors would make the printout very hard to read. Is there a way to change the colors so that it prints with black text on a white background? If not, y
  4. Hi there, I am currently working part time in a recording studio and i am interested in studying to become a vocal trainer as there is high demand for it where i work. How do i go about this? Do i have to take exams, courses. Please would it be poss
  5. what advice to ppl who write songs....
  6. how do people go about making songs? do they make the melody for the lyrics or do they make the lyrics for the melody?...its really confusing the heck outta me...ive tried experimenting alot...and i would like to know how its done...or even if it is a mat
  7. Hi. Thanks for offering your expertieze. My question is rather technical. Our band is just starting out and we are considering the best way (economically speaking) to utilize the mic. Where should we plug it into, a pre-amp and then a speaker? one of the
  8. I have been singing with my band now for about a year and a half. I am 17 and we want record a cd but i am afraid, and i know, my voice as of right now, wont even be able to record more than one song. It sucks so much. I need serious help on my breathing



  1. What do I need to be an entertainer/musician?
    Actually you need very little while your learning. Your talent, dedication and a willingness to learn cost nothing. If you want to play an instrument then beg, borrow or buy secondhand equipment to start with. The rest is a matter of learning the art of singing/performing and tons of hard work (albeit fun!!). For a full list of musical, audio & other requirements/manufacturers go to the Material, Equipment & Links pages at Vocalist.org.uk and Electric Blues Club.
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  2. I have accidentally made you my home page how do I stop this website being my home page?
    If your using a windows program go to the start menu click on Settings then Control Panel then Internet Options. In the window that opens go to General and you will see a section called 'Home Page'. Delete the url you find in the box and/or click 'Use Blank' then at the bottom of the window click 'OK'. This will reset your browser window to open as a blank page. Unfortunately I don't know the procedure for netscape or any other browser but I think most have similar functions.
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  3. I would like to print out some of the pages at this site--like the breathing exercises--but the page colors would make the printout very hard to read. Is there a way to change the colors so that it prints with black text on a white background? If not, y
    Hi Laura, The original intention was to have a 'print' link on the page going to a text only version, however the changeover from Tripod to Lycos has limited the amount of space available. If I ever move the site to a host with more space (and no pop-ups!) then I will add the text feature. In the meantime it is possible to copy the sections for printing in Word, Wordpad, Notepad or similar. Left click and hold on the first word of the paragraph and run the mouse down the page to the end of the section to highlight it. Right click and click 'copy' then 'paste' it into your chosen editor. Save As then Print ;-) If you still have problems write to me using the contact form stating the pages you would like and I'll send them to you in a .zip file. Hope this helps Tracey Vocalist Webmaster
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  4. Hi there, I am currently working part time in a recording studio and i am interested in studying to become a vocal trainer as there is high demand for it where i work. How do i go about this? Do i have to take exams, courses. Please would it be poss
    Hi Rachel, There are two ways to become a singing teacher: 1. Through experience of live performance and gaining hands on knowledge, with recommendations from pupils, fellow teachers and music industry personnel. 2. Training for a recognised music qualification Many professional singers become teachers via requests from potential pupils, collegues etc., they use the experience gained from their own knowledge of singing and the music industry. This is often the case with vocalists may no longer be able to pursue a singing career, although plenty of singers who are still active choose to teach. Some also choose to gain recognised qualifications whilst others do not. There are music and singing teacher training courses which provide recognised qualifications, most musicians/singers who have taken a music degree are competant to teach and there are colleges, courses, conservatoires, and universities throughout the UK who take all ages. Either way is valid, although anyone who wishes to become a teacher should strive to continue the learning process throughout their career, qualifications help and will certainly give you the training you require if you don't have any other teaching or singing experience plus ensures that you are teaching your students using a healthy method. The best place to make enquiries about courses would be the Association of Teachers of Singing http://www.aotos.co.uk who also run a singing teachers training course. The British Kodaly Academy in Cheltenham provides a certificate in Kodaly Music Education and your local branch of the Incorporated Society of Musicians http://www.ism.org will probably have details of courses in the area. To teach in Schools you can apply for Teacher Training by contacting the Teacher Training Agency for a list of courses think their site is either http://www.icanteach.gov.uk or http://www.canteach.gov.uk Hope this helps Tracey Vocalist Webmaster
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  5. what advice to ppl who write songs....
    You need to be a little more specific with your question! If you are looking for songwriting advice, articles and resources visit the songwriting section at vocalist.org.uk http://members.lycos.co.uk/vocalist/songwriting.html If you want to start performing your songs in public, there are listings for open mic and showcase nights in the vocalist gig guide and if you want exposure and a deal read through the marketing, publishing and record deal sections.
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  6. how do people go about making songs? do they make the melody for the lyrics or do they make the lyrics for the melody?...its really confusing the heck outta me...ive tried experimenting alot...and i would like to know how its done...or even if it is a mat
    It's a matter of preferance. Each songwriter has their own way of writing that suits the way they create. Some write the lyrics, hear a 'hook' line or create a title idea that they then create the song around. Others hear the music and write an arrangement which they later add lyrics to whilst many 'hear' the music and lyrics in their head at the same time. Not all lyricists can write music and not all musicians can write lyrics so these two tend to find people to collaberate with. One way that is quite effective for beginners is to start by creating the title or title idea, set the title to music. Write the lyric of the first section, repeat this with different lyrics then examine what you've written to see if you need a bridge or chorus, if you do then write the lyrics for this section and later set them to music. Work back and forth this way until you complete the song. It may be that you are a good lyricist but unable to create music that is most effective for the song, in which case write the lyrics and find a musician/arranger who you can collaberate with or visa versa if your music composition is good but your lyrics shaky. There are further tips, books and resources available in the Songwriting section at Vocalist. http://members.lycos.co.uk/vocalist/songwriting.html Hope this helps Tracey Vocalist.org.uk Webmaster
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  7. Hi. Thanks for offering your expertieze. My question is rather technical. Our band is just starting out and we are considering the best way (economically speaking) to utilize the mic. Where should we plug it into, a pre-amp and then a speaker? one of the
    Hi, Ideally the mic should be plugged into a mixer or mixer amp which is connected to a speaker. I've personally only used the above methods although it's possible your pre-amp is ok. I wouldn't use a spare guitar amp although I've used a powered moniter driving the speakers when my mixer amp broke down (the sound was pretty naff tho!) There are articles on setting a p.a. system and getting a good sound at the sites which may help. http://www.vocalist.org.uk/equipment_advice.html http://www.vocalist.org.uk/ebc1/sound_engineering_articles.html Best advice I can give you is to visit a local rehearsal/recording studio and get one of the sound engineers to show you how to set up and get the best sound from your particular system, the offer of few quid will persuade them to come to your aid and they will also be able to tell you wether you need additions for your current equipment, what they are and the most compatible makes. Hope this helps Tracey Vocalist.org.uk Webmaster
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  8. I have been singing with my band now for about a year and a half. I am 17 and we want record a cd but i am afraid, and i know, my voice as of right now, wont even be able to record more than one song. It sucks so much. I need serious help on my breathing
    Hi Rodger, Sounds like you are using bad techniques which by the sound of it may be damaging your voice. If you are using healthy techniques you would not have a problem with hoarseness or shortness of breath! It certainly wouldn't be worth producing a demo until these issues are sorted out and your voice can cope with a potentially heavy studio session. I suggest you find a vocal coach or singing teacher who can teach you the right techniques, there is a list available at the site where you can also find advice and exercises for correct breathing. http://members.lycos.co.uk/vocalist/breathing_exercises.html Whilst you are working on improving your voice you could use a small home 4 track or other recording medium to work out song arrangements, order of recording, track order, backing vocals and hone the melody line - it can take hours to produce just one track in a studio and you'll save tons of time if you prepare as much as possible before booking a studio. Hope this helps Tracey Vocalist Webmaster
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