Sunday, September 30, 2007


I recommend you try Singorama for learning Singing.

Their lesson on Major And Minor keys will tell you all about major and minor keys and scales, as well as a system called Solfege. You will be building on things like time signatures, key signatures and rhythm.

You will understand the difference between major and minor keys and scales and to be able to hear the differences as well. Plus you will master the Solfege system that will help you in your singing training now and in the future.

What Are Solfege

In music, solfege (pronounced /'soʊlfɛʒ/, also called solmization /sɒlmɨˈzeɪʃən/) is a pedagogical technique for the teaching of sight-singing in which each note of the score is sung to a special syllable, called a "solfege syllable" (or "sol-fa syllable"). The seven syllables normally used for this practice in English-speaking countries are: Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, and Ti.

Traditionally, solfege is taught in a series of exercises of gradually increasing difficulty, each of which is also known as a "solfege". By extension, the word "solfege" may be used of an instrumental étude.

There are two main types of solfege:

Fixed Do, in which each syllable corresponds to a note-name. This is analogous to the Romance system naming pitches after the solfege syllables, and is used in Romance and Slavic countries, among others.

Movable Do, or Solfa in which each syllable corresponds to a scale degree. This is analogous to the Guidonian practice of giving each degree of the hexachord a solfege name, and is mostly used in Anglo-Saxon and Germanic countries.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Say No To Alcohol & Smoking

I already wrote about the effects of Alcohol and what the courses like Singorama and Singing Success have to say about them.

If you don't smoke you are lucky enough, if you Smoke then giving it up for Singing is a worthwhile cause.

Remember that whatever you breathe moves directly through the vocal folds and affects them accordingly.  Smoke of any kind is hot and toxic.  It causes burning, drying and irritation which in turn causes the vocal folds to swell making a good singing tone difficult at first and over time impossible for the habitual smoker.  Young peoples' bodies seem to be resilient and thus young singers who smoke may not notice any ill effects, so they may think that smoking isn't doing them or their voice any harm.  What they don't understand is that the damage that is being done to the vocal folds and the breathing mechanism is cumulative and often cannot be reversed once they notice problems singing.  My advice is to find a way to quit smoking immediately.

Stop Smoking Now!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Serious About Singing? Avoid Alcohol


Here is what I got to know:

"Alcohol, like caffeine, dehydrates the body and thus the vocal folds.  The condition of dehydrated vocal folds makes for an inferior singing instrument. In addition to the physiological problems inherent in alcohol, anything that distorts the mind or nervous system is going to impair the vocalist's ability to sing properly.  An occasional glass of wine or cocktail will not destroy your voice, however drinking alcohol even a day or two prior to singing is absolutely a bad idea."

I have tried both Singorama and Singing success packages and alcohol is something that is the first thing you will have to give up if you are serious about Singing.