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Three Reasons You Should NOT Practice Your Singing or Guitar Playing an Hour a Day

"I'm going to practice an hour a day!" Sound familiar?
 
If you are early on in your guitar or vocal journey, here are three reasons you shouldn't try to practice an hour a day.
  1. Lack of Stamina. Most beginning vocalists or guitarists don't have the stamina to practice effectively for an hour. You've got to build up your muscles (singing muscles and for guitar, hand strength) and that takes a while. Attempting that much practice without a solid physical foundation can result in a...
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My Singing Range is B2-F5. What the Heck Does That Mean?

In order to describe a singer's range, you've got to understand octaves. So what is an octave? Why should I care?
 
The octave relationship between two notes is a natural occurrence in music and has been referred to as the basic miracle of music. Simply put, an octave is the distance between one note (for example, C) and the next note bearing its same name that's either higher or lower in pitch.
 
Put in scientific terms, an octave is the distance between one note and another note...
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Ways to Fight Stage Fright

singing lessons Aug 19, 2021
Performance anxiety, also known as stage fright, is common among singers, and for some, it can prevent them from performing. If you have performance anxiety, working on relaxing the body, changing negative thought patterns, and reframing the anxiety is a good place to start.
 
The first step is awareness - become aware of tension in your body when you're going to perform or just thinking about performing. Sing and imagine you are in front of 500 people. See them. Feel the heat of the...
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Stage Fright? Who Me?!

singing lessons Aug 09, 2021
Have you ever felt butterflies in your stomach before you sing in front of audience? Started sweating? Worried that someone will judge your singing like Simon Cowell judges singing contestants? You're not alone. Depending on the study you read, between 17% and a whopping 60% of musicians experience stage fright which is also called performance anxiety. No two people experience the same cluster of performance anxiety symptoms - everyone is unique. But there are some symptoms people have in...
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Want to Be a Successful Vocalist or Guitarist? Make Some Space for Music!

Hopefully you're convinced that success as a vocalist or guitarist begins with consistency in practice or working out your voice. You've made the decision to be consistent with your efforts to improve your playing or singing. Congratulations! Now make it easy to keep up that consistency.
 
Do you have a space to practice or sing for your 10-15 minute dedicated music time? The easier you make it on yourself to dive into practice, the more likely you will do it daily.
 
If you are...
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How to Improve Your Singing or Guitar Playing: Do This ONE Thing

The real secret to how to improve your singing or guitar playing isn't a new video or technique or lengthy practice routine. If you do this ONE thing, you will improve your singing or guitar playing. The one thing is....drum roll please...
 
BE CONSISTENT.
 
Not very sexy, huh? Let me explain. Being consistent is building a daily practice habit. And that habit doesn't mean you need to practice an hour a day or even a half hour a day. What I'm saying is that daily, consistent...
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What is Pitch and Why Should I Care?

The ability to match pitch or sing a certain desired pitch correctly is the most important skill a vocalist can cultivate and learn. Pitch, simply defined, is the frequency of a sound. Lower tones (think the keys on the left half of the piano as compared to the right) and higher tones (keys to the right half of the piano) vibrate at different speeds, and each note either played or sung has a distinct frequency. Singers need to be able to re-create a given musical note by comparing it to a...
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Four Things to Consider When Thinking About Singing Lessons for Kids

kids singing lessons May 02, 2021
We often get calls and emails from parents inquiring about singing lessons for kids: How old does my child need to be to start singing lessons? What is involved in kids' singing lessons? How do I know if singing lessons are right for my child?
 
The first question, how old does my child need to be start singing lessons, really depends on the child. The youngest child in our singing program was 6 years old, and he was one of our most dedicated students we've ever had! The answer to this...
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Peak Music Musicians: Are You in This Video?

In 2018, we opened Peak Music Studios on Remsen Street in Cohoes. And as we all know, the pandemic changed just about everything, but as we promised a year ago, we would keep making music no matter what!

And we did just that! Although we had to close our beloved studio space on Remsen Street in August of 2020 because of the pandemic, we reopened in a new Latham location in November of 2020.

Check out our video that tells the story of the last three years. Our current and former students are...

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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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