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How to Sing Vowels for Serious Singers

The way a singer uses vowels can really impact the overall quality of a vocal performance. In a previous blog post, we introduced singers to singing vowels, and in this post, we take a more in-depth look at singing vowels and how we use them in our singing lessons in our Latham, NY studio.
 
There are three main types of vowels in terms of their acoustic energy:
  • Forward-facing vowels: the energy sits right behind your top two front teeth and is focused on your hard palate. The sound...
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Press Release: Peak Music Studios Guitar and Singing Lessons Release New Song

music Mar 31, 2021
Peak Music Studios just released the single, Storm With Blue Eyes. The track was written and recorded in collaboration with two of the innovative studio's students.
 
Peak Music Studios Guitar and Singing Lessons in Latham, New York, is the home to the alt rock band, Dark Ballet. Jeff Moore, co-owner, vocal coach, and lead guitar instructor at Peak Music, is the founding member of the band. Storm with Blue Eyes is the first single from their second and upcoming album.

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Local Singers In and Around Albany, NY Wanted for Beta Testers for New Singing App

Has someone ever said to you, "You've got a great voice," or "Have you ever thought about being a singer," or given you another compliment about your singing and your immediate thought was, "Really? Are they just saying that? How do I know if I've got a good voice?"
 
We hear this from our students all the time, and it's one of the reasons they come to our studio in Latham, NY for a voice consultation. Jeff Moore, our lead voice instructor who is Berklee College trained and is a master...
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How Do I Prepare For a Vocal Performance?

singing lessons Mar 21, 2021
One often neglected aspect of vocal training is the performance aspect.  It is assumed that if you can technically perform a piece you will be able to knock it out of the park when you perform the piece in front of an audience.
 
This is mythology!
 
Preparing for the performance is SUPER important!
 
Even if you are technically prepared to sing a piece, don't get in front of a larger audience if you have only prepared technically.
 
If so, you risk a botched...
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Who Cares About Vowels in Singing?

Who cares about vowels in singing? Vocalists who really want to sound good care and here's why.
 
The vowels we learn in school - A  E  I  O  U and sometimes Y - are not the same vowels we use in singing. In fact, singing and speaking are are not the same. How are singing and speaking different?
 
Singing and speaking use the same physiological processes but how they are used is somewhat different.
 
This process for singing and speaking involves producing...
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5 Guitar Effects All Electric Guitar Players Need to Know

Let's cut to the chase - the best effect you can get as a guitarist is to improve your guitar playing - its really not about buying another pedal....
 
But, with that in mind, here are 5 guitar effects all electric guitar players need to know as they progress on the instrument. These effects - overdrive, fuzz, distortion, delay, and reverb - can and will up your guitar game.
 
  1. What is overdrive? Overdrive mimics a tube amp that is pushed beyond its limits and it clips the top end...
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Can I Learn to Play Guitar on YouTube? 10 Tips to Help You Succeed

guitar lessons Feb 28, 2021
YouTube has TONS of both good and not-so-good material on learning guitar. The trick is to know the difference! Here are some pointers that can help you make the most out of the awesome free resource of YouTube.
 
Remember, YouTube is a marketing platform, and people make money through views and subscribers. But just because someone has thousands of views or subscribers, it doesn't necessarily mean that the content is going to help you become a better guitarist. Even videos by...
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Can I Teach Myself to Sing or Should I Invest in Singing Lessons?

singing lessons Feb 23, 2021
Wouldn't it be great if we could teach ourselves how to sing well? If that were the case, Karaoke would sound a lot better, and the judges on The Voice would have a harder job of choosing the best singers. It's true that singers can make some progress on their own with how-to videos on YouTube and DVD, but there is no substitute for live on-line or in-person singing lessons with a competent singing coach who can give you feedback on your progress. You may be thinking, "Of course, they would...
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