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  1. Singing Riffs, Runs and Embellishments by Jeannie DevaBy Jeannie Deva

    What is a Riff?

    Vocal riffs, runs and embellishments are melodic notes added by the singer to enhance the expression and emotional intensity of the song.

  2. Jeannie Deva PerformaningBy Jeannie Deva

    Just as a change of room size and acoustics can make it more difficult to sing (see Part 1), so can electronic equipment that is used to amplify your voice.

  3. Jeannie Deva in ConcertBy Jeannie Deva

    If you do all your vocal practicing in the same room, you may be setting yourself up for a difficulty you’d never suspect. Read my story and you’ll see what I mean.

    Years ago I was preparing for a two hour concert so I started my preparation a few months earlier. To fully develop my song interpretation, melodic improvisation and intonation, I worked on the songs a cappella (without accompaniment) for many weeks prior to starting band rehearsals.
  4. By Jeannie Deva

    "The club's second act canceled - now I have to sing for three hours - how do I do that?"

    Be a P.E.P. – Prepared Expert Professional. A prepared singer can handle surprise circumstances and succeed in the face of unexpected events. An expert singer has stamina because he/she has correctly developed their voice and can sing without tension or strain.

  5. Singer's Guide to Powerful Performances by Jeannie Deva(Excerpted from Singer’s Guide to Powerful Performances by Jeannie Deva)

    Ultimately, you’ve got to sing what you believe in. If you don’t believe in your choices, can’t relate to the message, don’t like the musical style, there will be no passion.

  6. Performance Microphone
    By Jeannie Deva

    The microphone should be thought of as part of your instrument. A key to good microphone technique lies in distance and direction. The best direction for your mic is straight in front of your mouth or slightly below and angled up towards your mouth.
    Generally, keeping a microphone between one half to one inch away from your mouth will help to capture the full tone of your voice.
  7. Vocal ResonanceBy Jeannie Deva

    No Tension = Big Sound

    Many singers subconsciously associate tension with big emotion and a powerful voice. Unfortunately, just the opposite is true. To sing louder and harder you need less tension so you can get more resonance. How to do this is the trick.
  8. Resonant Singer Head
    By Jeannie Deva

    Surveying the thousands of singers I have coached, I’d say that wanting to sing with volume and power is perhaps the second most common wish right behind the number one request which is expanded vocal range. Before we discuss what may prevent you from acquiring these illusive gems, let’s take a look at singing with power.

  9. Singer in Spotlight

    Fifth Harmony and their lesser known British counter-parts Little Mix are quite popular right now and for good reason. Besides singing harmonies very well, looking fantastic, enamouring young men and making young women envious, they use riffs, runs and embellishments well to enhance their vocal performance.

  10. Lyrics to Songs
    (This exercise is excerpted from “The Singer’s Guide to Powerful Performances” by Jeannie Deva.)  

    Here is an exercise to help you learn lyrics faster and express them with more feeling when singing.
    1) This exercise is done without musical accompaniment and using printed lyrics for a song you are learning.
  11. Singer on a StageDo you get stage fright? Stage fright is more common for novice performers but even seasoned professionals may be plagued by it. While the specific reasons for it vary, there is one general state of mind that is common to all stage fright.  

    Center of Attention- The Singer

    In general the singer is the center of attention for the audience except when their perception is drawn to other band members during solos or other stage antics.
  12. Here are four steps to learn a riff, run or embellishment:

    1. First learn the notes. Most riffs are short, two, three or four note patterns. Longer riffs are usually several short riffs strung together. Listen to the melody carefully and don't worry about the vowels or words initially. Focus on learning the melody first.
  13. Jeannie Deva Singing RiffsHistory

    Most Pop R&B singers I have coached in recent years want to sing riffs, runs and embellishments like Christina Aguilera, Beyonce or Mariah Carey. These divas and other Pop R&B singers like Yolanda Adams, James Ingram, Justin Timberlake and Luther Vandross are outstanding singers who have made vocal embellishment a hallmark of contemporary singing.

  14. The Voice Open Call Auditions just took place this weekend in Los Angeles and have been done in other US cities over the last two months. So why am I posting this blog now? You can always submit a video audtion to The Voice. The 2016 season starts September 21st, so there is still time to become involved.

  15. Free Singer Tips
    On a scale of one to ten how enjoyable is singing for you? Is it still as much fun as it was at some time in the past? If you are enjoying it more, keep doing what you are doing, as it is obviously successful. If you are enjoying it less, perhaps it is time to change some things and adopt a new perspective.
  16. Rock Singer Performance TipsMusical Genre
    How do musical genres such as Hip Hop, Pop, Rock or Jazz intertwine with your personality, vocal skill and ultimately your personal style? Since each of these qualities will vary from singer to singer, there is no one answer, but you can use what we have covered in this and earlier blog tips to guide your journey to your own unique vocal style.
  17. Rock Singer Performance TipsVocal Technique
    You might ask, “What does vocal technique have to do with my style?” Well, I believe that the purpose of vocal technique is to give you the skill to sing what you want in the way you want, without hurting your voice. As long as your vocal instrument can function properly and freely you will have vocal consistency, control, increased range, and yes, a wealth of different sounds such as rasp, belt and wails.
  18. Rock Singer Performance TipsLearn - Don't Clone
    Copying what others do is a fundamental way to learn. Babies and young children do this all the time. So how do you copy and learn from singers you admire without becoming a clone? The keyword is “knowingly” copying your favorite singers.
    When you sing a song, a phrase or even just a riff like a singer you admire, do it to learn how they do it.
  19. Rock Singer Performance Tips
    "You gotta have style" - a slogan popularized by celebrity fashionista Diana Vreeland, the editor of Harper's Bazaar (1936-1962) and Vogue Magazines  (1962-1971), may now have become trite; but, if we define it as "a characteristic or distinctive manner of expression," it remains to this day as a keystone of every successful performer.
  20. Microphone Technique and TCH Mic Review Video

  21. Singer Performance Skills BlogWhat a Difference a Mic Makes

    This blog tip is adapted from Jeannie Deva’s eBook: Singer’s Guide to Powerful Performances, Chapter 22: Finding the Right Microphone.
  22. Singer Performance Skills BlogThere’s a secret reason and wonderful result achieved when you practice the melody separately from the lyrics.

    Some years ago, while I was helping an experienced singer learn a song for her next show, I noticed that certain spots in the song sounded off.

  23. Singer Performance Skills Blog

    At each point in your ever-developing career, it’s essential to always put forth your best presentation. This includes knowing how to choose a song key that enables you to sound your best and feel comfortable. In general, it’s important to base your choices on your current ability rather than what you hope to be able to achieve in the future.
  24. Singer Performance Skills Blog

    Basically, anyone can sing a song. But not everyone can sing a song that captivates and enchants the listener. To help you develop this ability, I’m going to detail the process of how to become one with a song.

    You might think that the process is obvious: learn the words; learn the melody.

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