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Sunday, 10 December 2017

ARE YOU A SINGER? OF YOU HAVEN'T READ THIS, YOU ARE SERIOUSLY MISSING OUT!


If you are like most singers, you have one vocal issue or the other that is standing in your way of singing like a pro. Don't waste time worrying about this. Don't even try to give up on your dreams! Help is near! 

Get a copy of Overcoming Your Singing Challenges by Laura Etemah today and be on your way to vocal freedom! 

For more info, call 08137107137 or follow on Instagram: www.instagram.com/leeelliemusic

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Hack Your Mind and Embrace Your Dreams of Singing like Pro


The things you want in your life aren't hard to obtain. Your mind just tells you that it's hard and next thing you know you're procrastinating and sabotaging yourself. The truth is, the only thing in the way of what you want for your career and your voice is you.

If you think that's harsh then this message is DEFINITELY for you. If you're feeling stuck in your artistry, your voice or your career, then make the decision NOW to get out of your own way.

Hire a coach. I'll help you to come up with an action plan that shifts you so far ahead you'll want to clap for your damn self! Book a session today and begin your beautiful journey to vocal freedom with Laura Etemah. 
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08137107137

Friday, 8 December 2017

WHAT IS STOPPING YOU FROM SINGING LIKE THE STARS YOU ADMIRE?


A lot of people have been singing for years. Some even have singing teachers. But there is something missing in the matrix because the voice does not seem to be coming through.
A lot of people are on the verge of giving up because this 'singing thing' doesn't seem to be working well for them. Others have resorted to rapping because the voice refused to sing well. Some have been relegated to the back seat in their choir groups. I even know some who wanted to record songs in the studio but have cancelled their studio sessions several times because the voice disappointed them.

Some others have been discouraged by the negative comments of other people and have since not been able to pick back their confidence.
I don't know what your case is but if it sounds like any of the above mentioned cases, you don't have anything to worry about. Don't look down on yourself nor think less of yourself. Singing is a natural gift of God to mankind. Everyone can sing. The fact that someone else can sing better does not make you a write off.

The only difference between you and the superstar you want to sing like is information and knowledge. Do you know that there are secrets behind singing well that are reserved for a few? If you doubt me, then tell me, why is it that some people just know how to do this thing so well and they get better at it daily; while some others have been struggling with singing well for years? SECRETS!

I was doing a research recently to find out why good singers keep the secrets of good singing to themselves; because I was furious with such a selfish attitude. What did I find? I found out that the music industry is competitive that singers who are on top of their game want to remain there. They like it there at the top! (Abi who no like better tin?) They are not willing to share their million dollar secret with you because if they did, YOU WILL OUTSHINE THEM!

This is a very serious matter especially in Nigeria where we have many musical competitions that can immediately skyrocket you to fame and fortune! We all know about Star Quest, Mtn Project Fame, The Voice Nigeria, Nigerian Idol and others.

I remember when I was a contestant in Star Quest 2006 that was won by my band, D'accord. I knew that the cold environment would not work well for singers and I saw how most singers struggled with their voices. But yet, some others had a very good time with their voices. Trust me, I was the detective in the house. I was an instrumentalist for my band and concentrated on songwriting. We had 3 vocalists so I kept away from singing.

What did I find out? The best singers came in with vocal remedy substances which they secretly took to make their vocal cords more flexible! Did they tell the other singers? No! Why? You know the answer! Nobody want to lose their altitude so you've got to find a way to climb up there!
So you have singing challenges and you have found this group. I want to congratulate you for this because, you are as close to your dreams as can be! You are close to a vocal coach who is very much unlike other vocal coaches. Yes, I am not going to hoard anything from you because I want to see you shinning while doing what you love, singing. I want to show you all the tips and tricks that other coaches will make you pay a fortune for. If you have watched the few videos I sent to this group you should know what I mean. But in order for me to continue with this, you have got to show some commitment. You have got to be active! There are people in this group who have never posted a video. Why are you here? Think about this because secrets are quite expensive and I don't want to share it with people who do not need it or people who would not value it.

Therefore, following up on this, by January, members of this group will be going through a screening process that will determine who stays and who goes. I don't want to remove anybody because the readmission process will be a bit expensive for some people. So do all you can to follow up on all that is going on here. As I mentioned before, the distance between you and you star quality singing voice is information and knowledge. Which is what I am here to give you. Also, the way you grab the information I give to you will determine how much more you get from me.

Flashback to when you answered some questions to join this group. You will remember I asked, 'Do you know that this is a paid group?' 'Have you confirmed your payment of N5,000?'
So we are getting to the time when I will be sharing my biggest, game-changing SECRETS of singing. So by January, we will be separating the boys from the men. But I want to make this fair for all. So that everyone will benefit greatly.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
By 30th of December we shall be sanitizing this group. Rather than pay N5,000 for the month of January only, everyone who buys the book OVERCOMING YOUR SINGING CHALLENGES (You need this book! See the picture attached to this post) on or before 30th December, 2017 will have a whooping THREE MONTH subscription! January to March of unlimited singing SECRETS! Can you beat that?
I remember telling you all that we have just been scratching the surface. All I was doing was giving you a tip of the iceberg and some of you are already sharing testimonies on my Youtube and Instagram pages. What you will get in my next set of videos will blow your mind! So guys, the choice is yours! By January 2018, our professional voice training time table will be out! Do you want to be in or our of this group? Let me know in the comment box.

What will you gain from the January to March course?
-You will get a crystal clear understanding of how your voice works.
-Learn how a singer should breathe while singing
-Learn my top2bottom secret me this
-balance your breathing with what your vocal cords are doing
-experience more control of your voice than you've ever felt before
-Learn the secret thingy that makes everything work
-Learn the exercises used by stars to reverse all singing faults!
Let me stop here. You will get the full gist when you subscribe and make payment.

YES LAURA,I DON'T WANT TO BE REMOVED FROM THIS GROUP. RATHER, I WANT TO OVERCOME ALL MY SINGING CHALLENGES AND TRANSFORM MY SINGING VOICE FOR A LEGENDARY 2018!

HOW DO I SUBSCRIBE?
Send a Whatsapp message to +447435240062 or 08137107137 for payment details.
Remember deadline for subscription is 30th December, 2017. All subscribed members will get a copy of my book, OVERCOMING YOUR SINGING CHALLENGES.

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Monday, 4 December 2017

WHO WANTS TO GET MY SPECIAL SINGING SECRET WEAPONS? TAKE PART IN THIS CHALLENGE ASAP!


ARE YOU A MALE SINGER OR AN ASPIRING SINGER? JOIN THE VOCAL CHAMPION MASTERMIND VIP GROUP ON FACEBOOK AND TAKE PART IN THIS CHALLENGE TO STAND A CHANCE TO KICK START A BEAUTIFUL CAREER IN MUSIC. SEE DETAILS BELOW:
Hello guys, it's that time in your journey to vocal freedom when you have to be put on the spotlight!
This is a MEN ONLY challenge so ladies chill out and get ready to be the judges!

I bet you, this is going to be super exciting. We are over 200 members in this group (Vocal Champion Mastermind VIP group on Facebook) and have over 70 guys who are going to come all out to show what they've got for the reward of my SPECIAL SINGING SECRET WEAPONS that will avail your more flexibility in your voice and help you sing with so much ease! You don't want to miss this!

The owners of the first 5 videos with the most likes, submitted on or before the deadline will be declared WINNERS! Apart from their reward, they will receive immediate admission to the LEE ELLIE CHOIR where they will be further groomed for singing success.
Here is the link to the YouTube Karaoke video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr8wPkdHFA0

The audio version will be sent to the Lee Ellie Singing Workshop WhatsApp group. Ensure to hop in and get yours if you don't want the video option. Here is the link to join the WhatsApp group:
https://chat.whatsapp.com/CZLUJRViDOX4mJzhdn4wNP

ALL VIDEOS ARE TO BE POSTED ON THE VOCAL CHAMPION MASTERMIND VIP GROUP. Here is the link to the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vocalchampmastermindvip/
I'm hereby wishing all guys the best of luck!
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A PHENOMENAL NEW YEAR IN ADVANCE!


VOCAL HEALTH AND NUTRITION BY LAURA ETEMAH (VOCAL COACH)




How do you care for your instrument? What should you eat or drink? What will hurt the vocal cords? You will find the answer to these questions and more, in the following lines.

Stay away from mucous-forming foods like red meat, diary products and cheese. These products tend to make you form a little extra mucous in your throat which can get in the way of what you are trying to do with your vocal cords. They also take a long time to digest and almost drain your energy, as opposed to giving you energy. Light foods that could give sustenance and energy while you perform are ideal.

Eating big meals before going on stage could hinder your singing by affecting your breathing. This is because so much goes on in your stomach during digestion and could get in your way of reaching high notes. Digestive “burbs” may come up while you are on stage and cause embarrassment. It is therefore advisable not to eat anything four hours before performance. A good meal may favour a bassist, drummer or any other instrumentalist but don’t try it if you are a vocalist. It would get you in trouble. Eat chicken, fish or soup and sandwich.

Also note, that prolonged singing at the extremes of your range and not stopping when you should are two voice-killing habits that you want to avoid.


To get the best out of yourself as a singer, get together with like minded musicians and get involved in shows, back-up singing and other musical events; and just sing your heart out. 

For more information on this topic, request your copy of my ebook, Overcoming Your Singing Challenges. Call or WhatsApp +2348137107137. Follow on Instagram here: www.instagram.com/leeelliemusic.

I CAN HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR MUSICAL DREAMS - VOCAL COACH, LAURA ETEMAH


Here is King Bernard, one of Nigeria's trending artistes in a voice session with me. Have you listened to any of his songs? Watch: https://youtu.be/_LnO4rXSn3w

Stephanie Ghaida took my artiste grooming course early this year. She went on to record two songs with videos and featured Mr P of Square in one of her songs. See her video here:
https://youtu.be/NeB9BTobyJM (subscribe to my channel for more videos)

Watch us here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BakeWy-BpIz/ (follow me on Instagram for more stories)

What are your musical dreams? Have you started working on them? Need someone to help you out? Send me a private message on www.instagram.com/leeelliemusic or WhatsApp 08137107137.

STRETCHING DRILLS FOR SINGERS BY VOCAL COACH - LAURA ETEMAH



This 10 to 15-minute tone up aims to help you warm up and relax the body prior to singing practice. Study picture above to guide you on how to breathe as you go through the exercises.

Please Note: - Check with your doctor prior to attempting any of these exercises. Stand with your arms by your side, breath normally and keep the head and shoulders relaxed at all times.

·          Neck Release: Drop your chin to your chest. Imagine you are drawing a line on your chest with your chin; slowly move your chin to the left, towards your shoulder. Reverse direction to the right and then back down to the front.
 (A complete cycle). Repeat this 5 times.

·         Shoulder Release: Raise your shoulders towards your head, slowly rotate them back, down and forward. Repeat this 5 times then reverse the direction. Shake your arms out when finished.

·         Full Body Roll-down: Bend forward from the waist and let your arms drop towards the floor. Slowly unfold the body and raise your arms above your head, stretching your arms upward, then out to the side lowering them slowly back to their natural position. Repeat this 3 times.

·         Rotation of the upper body: Stand in position with legs slightly apart and hands by the side. Inhale, hold your breath and rotate only your upper body left and exhale. Return back to position and repeat the process moving right. While doing this exercise, endeavour to keep your back and shoulder relaxed. Repeat this 3 times.
·         Rib Cage Stretch: Inhale, raise right arm then curve your body left-wards; exhale. Return to position and repeat the exercise in the opposite direction. How do you feel? Repeat three times.

·         Keeping your head relaxed and facing forward, open your mouth and yawn. Repeat twice then inhale a deep breath to a count of 5 and exhale steadily to a count of 10.

Now you are set to start your vocal warm-ups.
For more information about booking a singing class, or if you have a question, see below:

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

YOUR GREAT CHANCE TO SING IN A COMMUNITY CHOIR IS HERE! APPLY NOW!


Would you love to sing in a group?
Have you always wanted to sing in harmony with others but find it difficult?
Do you love the sound of Christmas carols? Would you love to discover you true singing voice part?
What does 'Reading Music' sound like to you? Would you like to learn it?

Lee Ellie Music School is scouting for singers (beginners to professionals) to take part in a Christmas carol choral seminar (audition and rehearsal dates will be announced on Instagram @leeelliemusic).

What you will learn:
1. Voice warm-up tips for choristers
2. How to care for your voice
3. How to find your range
4. How to pitch high notes without strain
5. How to sing without cracking
6. How to care for your voice
7. Blending with other voices
8. How to read music and learn a bunch of exciting and heart-warming Christmas songs.
9. How to overcome diction problems
10. How to sing on key and on beat

PLUS MUCH MORE!!!

HOW TO TAKE PART
1. Fill registration form, scan and send to heroscake.2012@gmail.com. See link here: http://www.leevocalstudios.com/p/blog-page_9.html?m=1

2. Follow on www.instagram.com/leeelliemusic for updates. Date, time and venue will be announced on Instagram.

3. Join the Vocal Champion Mastermind VIP group on Facebook - a community for professional and upcoming singers. See link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vocalchampmastermindvip. You will receive free singing lessons in this group.

4. Join the Lee Ellie Singing Workshop group on Whatsapp to link directly with Africa's celebrity vocal coach, Laura Etemah, where you will get professional support for your singing talent. Free voice training classes will be posted here.

5. Confirm your registration by sending a Whatsapp message to 08137107137.

There will be refreshments and music sheets will be provided.

Do not miss this life-transforming opportunity! Register today and you will be glad you did!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

What is Stopping You from Singing with the Voice of Your Soul?


What singing challenges are holding you back? Now is the time to nip it in the bud, unstuck yourself and get get ready for a vocal transformation. This ebook is loaded with secrets the professionals don't want you to know because they do not want you to outshine them. I have laid them bare! THIS IS YOUR TIME TO SHINE!

Buying directly from me costs N5000. Call or WhatsApp  08137107137 to get yours. It's cheaper to buy from Amazon because they are doing a promotion for me. Get it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0768JVQ3H

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

LAURA ETEMAH AKA LEE ELLIE, THE OWNER OF LEE ELLIE MUSIC SCHOOL, CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY IN STYLE - OFFERS LAGOS YOUTHS A SURPRISE PACKAGE!


I am thanking God for His mercies, guidance, love, protection and blessings. I am +1 today and it is by his special grace! I am grateful to all who have contributed to this beautiful life from the start to this point, most especially to my lovely family and beautiful friends - God bless you all richly! Happy birthday to me!

Community development through music has always been my passion; hence to mark my birthday celebration, I have decided to personally give the first 50 lucky people (Lagos residents) to drop their WhatsApp numbers in the comment box a FREE voice training masterclass. This masterclass will end in a concert where the singers will be given a platform to showcase their talents.

The date, time and venue will be communicated via WhatsApp to the lucky 50. 

THE TIME STARTS NOW!!! COMMENT TO SAVE YOUR SPOT!

Friday, 27 October 2017

HOW TO BECOME A MUSIC PRODUCER IN NIGERIA



HOW TO BECOME A MUSIC PRODUCER IN NIGERIA

Who is a music producer? A music producer is a one who carries many feathers on his head. One who is musically sound. One who is multi-talented and mostly a multi-instrumentalist. Sometimes, a vocalist. Do you really want to become a music producer? This is not a job for the lazy at all. On top of it all, your knowledge of music has got to be epic! As a music producer, you are expected to be able to oversee the entire music production project which certainly demands that you possess the following skills:
*Song writing
*Music directing
*Arranger
*Recording
*Performance and voice instructor
*Marketing
*Artiste management
*Promoting and bunch of business skills!

More recently, more is demanded from a music producer as he/ she has to put in optimum effort to ensure for the all-round success of the artiste. Indeed as the saying goes, uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. The producer is the king/ queen of any music production project and the outcome of the producer’s input will determine the extent of the success of the project.
Still on the producer’s skill set, I discovered during my training in the United Kingdom for my Masters in music production at Leeds Beckett University, (by the way, I am the very first African woman to obtain a Masters in this field – bragging rights…lol), the requirement of a good knowledge of music theory is also paramount. You have also got to be a good scientist! You would be dealing with sound waves and their effects, which is an aspect of Physics, a most dreaded secondary school subject! Let me not cause a scare here. Lol. Physics is actually not difficult. It’s just like any other subject. Once you study well, you will get a grip of it.
Ok, so back to the producer’s skill set. As a wannabe producer, you must be ready to sit in one place for long hours. I remember spending two nights at my school’s studio during my final project. You should also be a good negotiator, as you may even find yourself lobbying for shows for your artiste. Most producers in Nigeria, take the game further by learning to mix and master. I am sure a lot of you here are good at this. This is just the reality of things in Nigeria. Although in very big projects with hefty sponsorship, experts in other fields are brought in for a highly professional touch.
Let me use myself as an example. I am also a singing teacher, artiste groomer and performance instructor. I gained different experiences at different stages of my life. I function more as a vocal coach these days because more and more artiste are getting to find out about that ‘Vocal Coach’ who just landed from the UK. So I have worked with three artistes who are doing pretty much well now: Dee – Z, Stephanie Ghaida and King Bernard. They all took voice lessons with me amongst countless other singers as can be seen from my social media handles.
A producer’s work is indeed huge, tasking but interesting and fulfilling. Do you want to make it big as a producer in Nigeria? You need to get ready to unlearn and relearn. The job is highly professional, therefore, you need patience, determination, hardwork, consistency and persistence to pull through.
This is the way to go if you want to become a successful Naija made music producer:

*Enroll to study music: It is shocking that up till date our tertiary institutions do not offer music production as a course despite the proliferation of music producers and studios in the country. But not to worry, all you need do is hook up with local music schools like Lee Ellie Music School, Tenstrings Music School and others, to get trained in singing and keyboard playing (you need this knowledge badly); plus any other musical instrument that interests you. Also enroll to learn some music theory. You won’t regret this at all. Take a course in songwriting if you can. Then, most importantly, enroll for the music production course proper. At Lee Ellie Music School, you can cover the course between 4 – 6 months but you need to have your own set up at home for personal development and to carry out your assignments. You can also seek outside the shores of Nigeria for this training, just like I did.

Ensure you are copyright protected: You want to ensure that you register with a copyright organization to protect your intellectual property. Your personal work which sprung out from you creative efforts must not be left without protection as it has the capacity, ability or potential to earn you serious money. We have the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) which you can join for free by supplying a few requirements like photos, valid identity card and filled application form. This will ensure that you receive royalties and your work does not get stolen. COSON will take a list of your work and negotiate your earnings from them on your behalf.

Set up a recording studio: A studio is the hub for recording activities and a reference point people associate with the professionals in the industry; so you want to invest in setting up one, even if it means starting small. As you improve in your skills, you will attract the big shots and that will facilitate the expansion that you have always dreamed of. Don’t wait for anyone to validate you! Start a studio. The experts you see today were once beginners.

Show up in music industry events: If you are not social, you will find it quite challenging to achieve your aims as a music producers. You need to hangout where the artistes are so that you can be relevant. You must be actively involved in contests, live shows, parties, etc., where you could meet top players in the industry, who can avail you the connections and exposure you need to make it in the business. Print a business card and have it handy as you socialize. You never can tell who you might come across!

Be active on social media: I cannot over emphasize the importance of social media. It is a very important ingredient in the mix of requirements. Open a Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Soundcloud and the list is almost endless! Pick a few of them that serves your purpose and connect to the world with them. Post your studio activities for potential clients to see. Upload your music and make money online also.

What do music producers really do? Producers have multiple roles that may include but not limited to:
§  Artiste grooming and management
§  Coordinating recording sessions
§  Promoting the musician and music produced.
§  Signing an artist to a record label.
§  Manning project logistics and budgets
§  Putting ideas together for the success of the project
§  Selecting songs for a recording project
§  Promotion of artiste and music
§  Recruiting session musicians
§  Coaching and guiding the artiste in the studio for excellent vocal delivery
§  Supervising the entire recording project from song writing/ arrangement to final mix

Is music production a profitable profession?
In Nigeria for example, the number of music producers that have emerged in the last 20 years have really proved to show that our music industry is buzzing with money-producing activities. So many music schools are opening up music production departments following the huge success achieved by big names in the industry like Don Jazzy, Sarz, Masterkraft, Cobhams Asuquo, and Wole Oni.
More and more youngsters are emerging and enrolling for music production education. You can only imagine the number of studios springing up daily. This is a huge sign that the music production industry in Nigeria is a big earner! So in what ways do music producers earn? What do they do to attract all the bank-breaking amount of monies we read and hear about? Read on.

They make beats, instrumentals and sound tracks for artistes, movies makers and companies.

They hire their studios to bands and artistes for rehearsals and recording sessions.

They receive royalties for the online download of their works.

They sign on artistes to their record labels and receive commissions from record sales.

They receive a percentage of income from gig deals of their artistes.

They receive money for being brand ambassadors to big companies.

When invited for a live show, they are paid for appearances.

Most of them are judges for music competitions. They also make money through this means.

Some producers run a music production academy where they teach for a fee.


Depending on their expertise, according to world statistics, well recognized producers earn up to N10,000,000 (ten million naira) a month!

In conclusion, it is not at all difficult to become a producer in Nigeria. It only demands that you have an insane love for music and sound. You also need to develop good musical ears and multiple musical skills. You will also need a little bit of audio engineering training. You also need to develop social and diplomatic skills as you may be dealing with a lot of people and companies. Computer, IT and Internet skills are a must! To really succeed in the business of music production, your patience must be really patient and your passion for music has to generate the kind of heat that can be felt by anyone who comes around your space! And lastly, remember, it is not like the 9-5 kind of work, you have to be ready to put in your best round the clock! Consistency, skills development and the right connections will bring the molla for you!

If you need guidance on how to become a music producer or on how to develop your music production skills, drop a comment below. Also if you want to hang out with other Nigerian music producers, and exchange skills and knowledge, send a request to join them in this group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1865511777009085/





Laura Etemah
Music Producer/ Vocal Coach/ Performance instructor/ Music teacher/ Star Quest winner, 2006.
www.leevocalstudio.com








Lee Ellie Music School Private/ Home Student Plays 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star' on the Violin


The city of Lagos can sometimes be hectic and your daily schedule may not offer you enough time to bring your children to our Yaba centre for violin lessons. If this is your case, we are happy to announce to you that you can now book private/ home lessons for your children and a teacher will come over to teach them. It has always been our pleasure to serve you better!

To book your classes, call us on +2348132918691.
See our social media handles below:
Instagram: @leeelliemusic
Facebook: @lauraetemah

Don't trade your children's future for any reason! Call us today for quality music education for your children. The best thing you can give a child is the gift of music. The benefits of music in the lives of children cannot be overemphasized.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

HOW TO OVERCOME CRACKING IN YOUR VOICE BY LAURA ETEMAH





Hello singers!

I hope you are all doing great. I want to address a particular vocal issue that poses a challenge to a majority of singers – VOICE CRACK.
Do you experience voice crack when you sing? Especially when you want to hit those top notes? I understand how embarrassing this could be especially when you are right in the middle of a song on stage! I went through this when I just started out singing and I almost gave up on my talent because of this. Lol

I will share with you 4 powerful exercises that will address this issue once and for all. But take note: if these exercises don’t help smoothen out your voice, then you may need to seek medical help; as it could be as a result of a medical condition. But overall, these exercises have help countless singers solve a bunch of singing challenges.

So back to business, I call these exercises the SIREN and if you are a subscriber to my YouTube page, you would have seen me demonstrate them.

Among the causes of vocal cracks are:

·         Pulling up chest voice
·         Not warming up properly before you sing
·         Too much tension in your body
·         Not enough airflow coming through your instrument as you sing
·         Improper vocal placement
·         Lack of rest, dehydration and poor diet

Now to deal with the demons of vocal cracks, find a secluded place where you can freely make some noise because these exercises could sound weird to neighbours. During my university days, I used to leave my residential area to an open field to do my vocal exercises. This gave me the freedom to top up my volume whenever I wanted, without worrying about disturbing anyone.

I use these exercises particularly if I haven’t sung for a while because the voice does get out of shape due to under-use; the same way an athlete needs to exercise to bring their muscles back in shape if they haven’t done so in a while.

As mentioned earlier, you want to sound these exercises like a siren.

1.      The Lip Rolls
2.      The Tongue Trills
3.      The ‘weee’ sound (you could also use the ‘a’sound, to shift back resonance where it is more likely to crack) and
4.      The Yawn

Watch this viral video that shows demonstrations of these 4 powerful exercises: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPL925_YnaE&t=667s

While doing these exercises, you want to concentrate for a while on the area of your voice where the crack is prominent, until it smoothens up.

Really, cracking shouldn’t scare you. The more you think about it while performing, the more you are likely to crack. So make it a point of duty to keep a positive mind while performing. I usually advise singers to first of all see themselves perform their songs brilliantly in their mind’s eye before ever getting on stage. This gives you great courage, confidence and motivation to pull off your performance like the star that you are! 

Try these exercises and let me know how they work for you in the comment box. Also ask me any questions you might have concerning your vocal development. I will be glad to help you overcome whatever challenges might be hindering you from singing at your best.

Once again, watch the demonstrations here, share and subscribe to my channel if you would like more tips to help you overcome all your singing challenges:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPL925_YnaE&t=667s

Visit my website for more guidance to help you discover the full potential of your voice: www.leevocalstudios.com
Get my free voice training audio program here: http://bit.ly/2yDxiii

Enjoy the rest of the week! 

Yours musically

Laura Etemah







Wednesday, 25 October 2017

HOW TO SING HIGH NOTES WITHOUT STRAIN


As a singing coach I have come to discover that singing high notes is the dread of most singers. There is this weird feeling that comes with the concept of singing high notes. It puts the majority of singers on their toes and they are locked in this air of panic. I recently published a book. 'Overcoming Your Singing Challenges' which is available on Amazon through this link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0768JVQ3H and I did a book tour via Facebook live video to let people know the geography of my book and how they could benefit from it. The response was awesome!

You can watch here: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=846999452128352&id=240569249438045

Back on track, I asked people to write down their singing challenges in the comment box and I noticed that a lot of people complained about their inabilities to sing high notes. Some said they could do it but with a lot of strain.

Now, if there is something you get out of this post, let it be this: Singing should never stress or hurt you. Singing should be comfortable. So whenever you sing and you feel pain, know that you are doing something incorrectly.

One of the main reasons why people get stuck while trying to sing high notes is lack of abdominal support, breath and preparation. Sit ups will help to build the abdominal muscle. As regards breath, there are a couple of exercises shared in my video that will help. Watch here:


As regards to preparation, the singer ought to learn to prepare for the high notes physically and mentally. Don't wait till it is time to sing it before you make a move. Here are the points to note:

1. Imagine that you are already at the note before you sing it. Here you need to engage your mind in such a way that it brings you the desired results. Imagery helps singers a lot; so use it as much as possible. Furthermore, you want to open up your face (I am going to teach about this in my next video) in order to facilitate resonance or vocal placement. Sound travels up the head the same way notes go up a scale. So you need to space up your head to be able to reach higher pitches. Opening up the mouth and lifting the soft palate are also very key to singing high notes.

2. The next thing you want to do to ensure that you sing high notes without strain is to prepare the space in your head when singing the low notes preceding the high note. This ensures that you do not crack when going up; it and takes away the panic associated with high notes. This is as good as preparing for an exam early enough such that you don't have to read in anxiety through the night before the exam.

3. The third direction for singing high notes without strain is to think downwards while vocalizing upwards. This takes your attention away from the throat, eliminating any potential tension around the throat and face; thereby creating the freedom and power you need to pull off the high note.

Some singers scrunch their faces when singing high notes. Although the majority of them succeed in singing the note, it doesn't come out as powerfully as it should; as with a stretched and spaced out face, open mouth and dropped jaw.

So you see, high notes are really not scary, you only need to change your perception about them and ensure you adequately prepare for them.

Do you have any singing challenge you would like to tell me about? Write it in the comment box below and I would help you get over it.

Are you interested in taking voice lessons with me but live outside Lagos-Nigeria? Join my Facebook group, Vocal Champion Mastermind VIP via this link:

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Also sign up for my FREE voice training audio here: http://bit.ly/2yDxiii

See you sometime soon again,

Vocal Coach/ Performance Instructor
Laura Etemah 




Sunday, 22 October 2017

Do You Want to Sing like a Superstar? Join Laura Etemah Tomorrow on Facebook for a Live Masterclass!



I will be going LIVE on the Lee Ellie Music School Page (www.facebook.com/lauraetemah) tomorrow by 12pm to run a tour of my ebook OVERCOMING YOUR SINGING CHALLENGES. 

You can get your copy from Amazon here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0768JVQ3H. 

I will also be addressing all your singing challenges in a question-and-answer session and show you tips to help you develop a STAR quality voice. Do invite your friends who have a passion for music but do not know how to launch into the business of their talents. Also share this post to alert others. 

If you have any challenges with your singing skills, now is the time to resolve them all! Get your pens and papers ready. YOUR VOICE MUST BE HEARD!
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