Sunday, December 7, 2008

Emily Mander's Singorama Review - Where Does It Stands Against Singing Success


I have been repeatedly asked through comments to provide a review of Emily Mander's Singorama and if I found it useful.

Let me start from the start. I decided to learn Singing a year back. After all the research on internet I could narrow it down to Singorama and Singing Success. Both of them looked to be good. While Singing Success had more reputation and better testimonials, Singorama offered more value for money.

Here is what you get with Singing Success:

● 1 Studio Training DVD
● 12 audio CDs (304 Audio files)

While this is what you get with Singorama:

● 2 workbooks
● 28 Audio Lessons (100s of Audio files)
● Singorama Mini Recording Studio software
● Perfect your Pitch Pro! software
● Jayde Musica software
● The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Reading Music e-book
● Advanced Learning Techniques for Singers e-book
● Singorama Virtual Metronome software

The good thing was that these were not fillers. These are things that are extremely useful. I can tell you that from my experience. Like the audio lessons, they cover every topic you can think off. I started off as a beginner with them. I followed each session closely. I often consulted my personal trainer and compared the courses against his material and I found that these audio lessons had a lot of content. They will help you master not only the technical aspects of singing but also real world things like how to personalize your songs.

Similarly the software. I found the Mini recording studio quite useful. It helps you practice like a pro and you can always go back and see how you need to change or improve. Similarly as a beginner, I found the Pitch Pro software very useful in learning all the 36 notes. These are the things that make a world of difference at your performances.

I have tried Singing Success through my friend who has that course. I found that while it is one of the best packages around, it fails to deliver the interaction that Singorama delivers through its software.

If you have money to spare than buy both of them. If you are on budget and are looking for maximum value for your money than Singorama should be your choice. I have tested these guys out and I can assure you that you can't get a better course than one that they offer.

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Also, if you are not too sure about which package to try, then go for Singorama's free course. It will give you a good idea!

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Monday, December 1, 2008

SING Redefined

S - Sing through your vocal weakness and breaks

The only way to learn singing perfectly is to sing through those portions that you find troublesome. You need to train your muscles. You won't achieve success till you sing through those portions again and again till you are perfect.

I - Increase control over your breathing.

To do this you need to practice breathing exercises on daily basis. To achieve versatility you will have to start breathing for different lenghts, you can compromise with a patterned breathing.

N- Never sing if you have a sore throat

Yep, dont try to be brave or give in to a request. Your voice is priceless, don't damage it for just one evening.

G- Guessing Pitch.

Dont try to guess the picth of the song of you are about to sing. You should have note read out in your mind before you begin.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Personalizing A Song


This is something that I picked up watching the last episode of American Idol. I noticed a lot of participants being booted out because the judges could not see their personalities come through when they are singing.

Being booted out at that level because of this reason is not good. So I thought to test it out on myself. Luckily Singorama came to rescue again.

Most of the other courses I have been following teach only the technical aspects of how to learn a song. While the technical aspects are essential, they certainly aren’t as much fun as putting your stamp on a piece of music. With Singorama I found that I could learn how to personalize a song so that it does not looks like a recitation.

Your emotions and personality should be brought out clearly of the song you are singing and that is what drew me towards singing in first place. After all when we sing, we first sing for ourselves than for our audience. Never try to reverse this order. It has been one of the first things I have been taught!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Singing Different Genres of Music


Ok, this is straight from Singorama,

When we’re talking about “genres,” we mean musical categories like classical, rock, jazz, and gospel. Different genres of music can be characterised by the overall make up and overall sound of the song. For example, a typical classical song may be composed of a whole orchestra of instruments with many different layers and different times when specific instruments come in for effect.

A song from the genre of “rock,” by comparison, is incredibly simple. Not only does it have a lot less variation in terms of the notes, it has far fewer instruments, and the instruments are different from what you’d find in a classical piece.

The good thing is that Singorama teaches you how vocals are used in different genres and some of their defining characteristics. It also touches on the difference between different styles of singing and different genres of music.

The good thing is that with Singorama you learn how to do all this with quite an ease without any real troubles or issues. I must say that this is very very effective.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Tips On Singing Falsetto


Falsetto is described by some music educators as superhead or whistle voice. It creates a thin, yet bright sound that extends beyond the normal range.

Realize that there are two types of voices: head voice and chest voice. Everyone has both kinds. The chest voice is what we use when we're speaking, and is what males most often use, but to sing falsetto, your head voice is necessary. To use it you need to breath deeply from the diaphragm (to where your stomach goes out) and lift your eyebrows.

One of the most important tip I have found is.... Make yourself yawn or suck in air quickly. This lifts your soft pallet which helps you reach the note more easily.

Word of Advice: Do not try this without previous musical experience and an instructor

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Singing Three Notes At A Time?

Found this really interesting:

In Mongolia, in the Republic of Touva, in certain monasteries of Tibet and among the Xhosa people of South Africa, one can hear an amazing vocal technique in which one singer can produce two stable notes at the same time while a third note varies on top. In other words, one person can sing in chords and can also provide a melody. The lowest note is so extremely low it sounds hoarse and raucous, stretching the limits of the human voice.

The vocal technique is based on a very precise control over the vocal resonators so as to amplify specific overtones. The vocal cords are used in a special way that allows them to vibrate at two different frequencies at the same time. Western voice specialists are still perplexed by this technique.


Saturday, October 6, 2007

One Style Of Singing Or Mastering Different Styles

If you flick through a whole lot of different radio stations like country or rock, opera, jazz musical theatre or pop you will find an amazing variety of different sounding songs and voices. The art of manipulating your voice and accompanying differently arranged backing instruments is something that that is highly appreciated. When you learn to how to use your voice more fully, you increase your versatility as a singer and make yourself more employable to boot! The ability to sing a variety of different styles can be especially useful when auditioning for musical theatre. Often as a performer you will need to sing a range of styles within a show.

On basis of my experience I can say that you should master one style of singing, but you should have an even hand in others. Especially if you are looking to become a professional, you will find this thing very handy.