Tuesday Tips: How to know what song is suited to your voice

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Tuesday Tips: How to know what song is suited to your voice

Tuesday Tips is part of our Smule Inspire program. Through shared performances, tips, guest blog posts by veteran users, we hope that Smule Inspire will do just as its name implies: inspire all users in the community – to connect, collaborate, and create music together … ultimately to have the best experience possible on Smule.

Find what is natural 

“The best way to determine if a song fits your range is to give it a quick go first then if you needed to force to get the sound (whether is too low or too high) then it’s not. It’s all about resonance. A song that fits your range shouldn’t need much effort to get a clear sound, after warm-ups( forcing the vocal chords / throat muscles). The ideal is to find songs where you can use your closest range to your speaking voice.It will sound natural, and it’s what makes the message of a song pass through your audience in the best way. Also, the songs written for a womans’ range are more difficult to be sang by a man and the opposite.” –LAURA_TV

Finding artists you love

“I usually search for songs I love and artists I adore in the songbook first. Me, personally, the songs/artists I like are songs/music I enjoy singing myself. I also listen to singers/Smulers who sing in the same range as me. I get song ideas from them as well.
However, “safe” songs are always good to sing, I try to push myself out of my range or out of my genre for a challenge. This way, I don’t get bored, and I expand my musical horizons.” –Ailina_

Finding a vocal coach 

“Personally, I think a vocal coach is very helpful in this area. I have a pretty good idea of my range but I feel I’ve been able to stretch it lower and higher by working with her.
In terms of songs suited to your voice, I think you just have to start with whatever type of music you like most and you connect with. It’s the most natural that way.” –EDOUGH

Listen to your body

“This is still a struggle for me, but a rule of thumb is that if you like to sing it, sing it 😁 some voices sound more comfortable / fit the typical sound in certain genres but it’s great to branch out. Softer voices tend to sound great on acoustic songs, gravelly on rock and blues etc. As for range and as a male, I watch for neck tension in the high ranges, that’s straining on the vocal cords and not great for longevity. I might switch to falsetto at that point. Listen to your body, if it hurts, don’t push it.” –JeffreyAKG_TV

Find your genre

“First you must know whats best genre’s with your voice. which genre’s? is it rock, RnB, ballads and others. this you must know so you can give your personal touch on every performances.
then you can learn how to maximized your vocal by learning beltings, head voice, chest voice, whistle voice so you can hit all those high and low notes you can search youtube for learning basic vocal lessons or you can take vocal clinique to learn these techniques” –blackwaters

Test your vocal skills – may not be what you expected

“Sometimes I sing a higher range song, feel great about it, save it, then listen back to it and think “WTH was I thinking?” If you scroll down my channel there’s many examples to choose from. But then there’s times when I attack a song I know is way out way of my range, feel ok about it, listen back to it and think “Damn Pu’ukani you slayed it!” LOL I guess that’s the fun thing about this app, it’s a great place to test and stretch your vocal range whether it be higher or lower. The bottom line is, have fun when you’re singing, try to relax… when you do that your notes will soar more than you think it can.” –IM_ALL_IN

Try many and see what works 

“My voice is high. So i have to octavite some songs. But the sound you can always find if you like to harmonize. And which songs are good for your voice depends on what you like.
I would say, try everything you like & if it doesn’t work, just take something else 😄”  –Angels_Nadine 

And many more tips!

“Relative to knowing your range, it’s very important to warm up and treat your voice like an instrument. Don’t just wake up and start trying to hit your highest note. In school I learned to do scales for warming up and there are good videos on YouTube that can help if you are new to the idea of warming up.

While doing scales, try using sounds like ah and oh. You’ll find that ee for example, is a much harder sound to sing.

From there, apps like SingSharp have a free “vocal range” measure where you can try singing your highest and lowest notes to get a feel for your full range.

I know my range as a baritone and know that I can stretch up a bit into low tenor notes and down into high bass notes. I’ll sometimes pick songs or versions of songs based on the time of day or how my voice feels.

If I seem a little raspier and feel like I shouldn’t push my voice too much, I might pick an acoustic guitar version of a song that I love and do a soft version where I sing a little closer to my mic. In my mind I’m imaging this as a “live set” with some imperfections but a lot of character. This is in contrast to a studio version of the instrumental where I’m trying to sound like I’m in a recording studio.

If feel like my voice is really strong one day, I might pick a song with giant belts because I feel I can hold those notes without my voice cracking. If I’m singing late at night and the house is asleep, I’ll often do softer songs and give them a sort of lullaby touch.

One other piece of advice that feels relevant to my voice range…as a bass baritone I’m in the lower half of men’s voices. Similarly, an alto will be in the lower half of the female ranges. I find that most male pop songs are written for tenors (high male voices) and might not fit me well at all. Instead, I’ll often sing songs performed by women, with the instrumental in the original female key but I’ll just sing them as octave lower (in my range). If you’re an alto, you might also find that some songs performed by men can more easily be pulled into your range. I hope some of that helps.” – jessecube

If you have a question you’d like to ask or even a topic you’d like to learn more about, please fill out the form on the Smule Inspire page!

 

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Smule Meet Up: Nashville

Smule Meet up: Nashville  (photos below)

How was the overall experience?

Well this was actually our third group meet up over at @_FreeSoulzMusic_ so we knew what to expect.

We started out by planning it a few months in advance. In the end, half the group wanted to travel from all over the country (and Canada) just to meet each other.

We rented a house for 5 days and 4 nights, in Nashville,Tennesse! those attending were:

From

@_FreeSoulzMusic_
@_SarahBeth_
@AaronJamesCole
@Annah_TV
@Blikestea
@BobbayK
@CassieTheGinger
@ColinPittman
@ElliceAmendolare
@Kamco_
@MadiPintoBean
@Sharon_from_ohio
@SchmidtsnGiggls
@WillToy
@JustLalo (ME)

there, we also met up a couple of times with the pure awesomeness that were:
@Chris_TV
@MikeScott_TV
@Jessica_TV
@Valli_TV
@DanielLangston5

We toured the city, went laser tagging, went to open mics, and did 4 hours of Karaoke! a lot of time was just spent singing and enjoying each other’s company back home.

Everyone was absolutely incredible. Even with so many different personalities, we all just meshed.

Highlight of the night?

The highlight of the night was definitely seeing so many of these people perform live. It was truly a dream come true.
Also, MEATLOAF. I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t point out the meatloaf (Inside Joke).

Best karaoke song of the night?

Everyone was ridiculously talented, so I can’t pick a single one. I have to say though, WillToy at an open mic is an experience you must enjoy at least once in your lifetime. The most emotional for me was CassieTheGinger singing Adele. She really breaks your heart with that voice.

Most ridiculous song?

No Scrubs by TLC. For some reason these kids are obsessed with that song..  =0

Why are meet-ups so special to you?

Meetups are special because they give everyone a chance to come together and really get to know one another. Meeting your family and so much of the Smule community is one of the greatest feelings in life, and we have Smule and their amazing team to thank for all of this.

Would you do it again?

Oh Definitely. This is my third one, and every time, it leaves you wanting to meet more and more people, while still meeting again with the family you have on Smule.

I just want to thank everyone at Smule for what you have built here, as it really goes beyond just singing into your phone. The sense of community is like nothing else in this world.

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The Singing Songbird Competition (SSC) based on Smule Sing App

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The Singing Songbird Competition (SSC) based on Smule Sing App

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We all sing, we all know songs, but who is the true and Ultimate Sing Songbird?

Who can master all musical genres, succeed in any performance situation and make a permanent mark on Smule’s Global Community?

IT COULD BE YOU!!!

 

We are presenting The Singing Songbird Competition (SSC)!

It is the first ever competition to find the ultimate vocalist that can handle any singing obstacle that comes their way!

Are you the one we are searching for?

 

Please visit our website for details and be updated in this exciting competition in Smule Sing app!

Registration starts on Aug. 20, 2016.

 

www.thesingingsongbirdcomp.com

 

Thank you!

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#SmulePickJourney is This Weeks Theme

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#SmulePickJourney is This Weeks Theme

Happy Friday, Smuleans!

For newcomers, Smule Picks is a curated playlist of Smule’s favorite performances from the Sing! community based on a theme each week. Any community member can add the weekly Smule Picks hashtag to his or her recording description for a chance to be featured in this playlist, which we publish every Friday. And since today is Friday, it’s time to unveil a brand new playlist for this past week’s theme and announce the next one!

This week’s Featured Smule Picks playlist was based on the theme: Pop. Check out the playlist right now on Smule or open up the Sing! Karaoke app and tap on the Hot Performances screen.

Selections from #SmulePickPop Playlist


 

Enter Your #SmulePickJourney Recording!

This coming week’s theme is: Journey! Here’s what you have to do for a chance to be featured in our Smule Picks playlist next week:

1) Take us on a musical journey – be creative, think outside of the box, express yourself.

2) Add the hashtag#SmulePickJourney!

3) Upload your recording by the deadline on Thursday, August 25th, at noon PST.

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Smule Spotlight: SophiaRead

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Smule Spotlight: SophiaRead 

I’m Sophia and I’m from Norfolk, England. I’m constantly singing around the house and always used to find karaokes online to sing to and record them on my phone or laptop, but never showed them to anyone! I had heard of Sing for some time but could never download it as I never had enough storage on my old phone!

What makes you excited to Sing!?

I study a science degree which can be quite difficult at times, but my music keeps me grounded and gives me something else to focus on when stressed. The app has also given me something to do in my summer holidays, and I love the professional sound to the recordings as well as the great community on Sing!

Who influences you the most?

I love Adele – her voice is natural, she doesn’t try to show off with vocal gymnastics and her song writing skills are amazing. Also, my opera teacher has played a big part in the development of my voice too.

Share a personal fact about you that nobody would every guess 

I actually had lessons in opera singing from the age of 13 up until I started university, so if I ever did perform vocals to an audience it would always be opera. You learn so much from classical singing – it improved my vocal range and strength greatly, and technique!

If you could have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Oh wow, that’s a hard one. I suppose it would have to be my mum’s Sunday Roast – definitely something I miss at university!!

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Tuesday Tips: How to keep my voice from cracking

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Tuesday Tips is part of our Smule Inspire program. Through shared performances, tips, guest blog posts by veteran users, we hope that Smule Inspire will do just as its name implies: inspire all users in the community – to connect, collaborate, and create music together … ultimately to have the best experience possible on Smule.

Q: How do I keep my voice from cracking? 

Warm up

“Warm up before you sing. Relax.. When you relax the vocal chords open up, making it easier for the song to flow. Breath .. Get enough air in your belly/lungs and I find soothing lozenges help. Most importantly hydrate. H20 is king😉. It would be nice if I practiced this😂”  –Lolosingss

“What Lo says! :) ” –sonnysinay

Water

“Water water water water water water water!! Also, don’t hit puberty, but lots of water is probably easier 😋” –JeffreyAKG_TV

Body posture 

“Placement, breathing and open space. If you keep the sound forward in your face, toward the front of your lips and use good breath support and make sure you you are completely relaxed in your neck you should avoid most cracking cause by improper vocal technique.

If you’re sick: water, humidifier, lemon/honey water, and rest your voice.” –tamara_hope

Humming

“Just keep your mouth shut.
Just kidding!! 😂😂😂

Basically the things that were already said. Water helps a lot! Also; try to avoid milk before singing. When you start singing, make sure you warm up your voice. (Imitating a siren is a quick way to warm up your voice, although be careful to not do it too loud. Also humming is a way to warm up your voice <— official Smule sing tip, right there 😁) Try to build it up, and don’t start with a hard song where you need to belt a lot.
Keep your head up while singing to ‘free your throat'” –LESTERHARMONY

“All these tips are great! Water is a must, humming the scales to warm up is great too. I have found that “Throat Coat” brand tea also works wonders! I have went from not being able to speak to performing a show using that tea when my voice wasn’t cooperating.” –Shane_TV

If you have a question you’d like to ask or even a topic you’d like to learn more about, please fill out the form on the Smule Inspire page!

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