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Song Analysis: Anna Kendrick “Cups” (Pitch Perfect’s When Im Gone)

Sometimes hits can come from the most unexpected places.

Usher’s Get Low was only suppose to a mixtape hit.  Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody experienced a resurrection due to Wayne’s World.  Home by Philip Philips.

These and a handful of others song struck a chord within the general audience and just kept going and going like a runaway freight train.

One another accidental hit is Anna Kendrick’s “Cups.”

The theme hits home because we all have that someone that we just want to say , “Listen, your life would be better with me in it. So why are you leaving? WHY???!!!”

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SongWriting Analysis – The Eagles “Lyin Eyes”

This is my absolute favorite song in the world. In terms of songwriting and harmonies and pure awesomeness, you can’t get any better then this track right here.

It started out as a bar scene between a girl and an older gentlemen that Glenn Frey saw and him coming up with the line ” Look at her, she can’t even hide those lyin eyes“, it quickly became the perfect example of what a song should be.

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4 Amazing Videos On Vocal Fry Singing Exercises

Doing vocal fry helps you build a solid foundation in order to strenghten your voice. It makes for a really effective warmup.  When you sing the notes below of what you’re trying to sing, and you go back up, it helps make it a lot stronger.

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4 Champion Tips Before A Singing Performance

Singing in public can be a bit daunting at times. You go through nerves. Self-doubt. FEAR!!!!

BUT!

Don’t worry, there is always a solution.

You have to prepare yourself in four key areas

Physical – Make sure to get enough sleep and eat right. Those are two cliches for a reason. You give your best performances when you’re well rested and when you’re not hungry. There’s that perfect pocket of awesomeness that lets you know when you’re ready. These exercises will help you get ready.
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Skills – Champions keep playing until they get it right. Practice. Practice. PRACTICE. So when the time is right, all you have to do is let yourself go and perform. I always feel like there’s a voice in my head mid performance that tells me Im doing pretty good.

Mental –  What’s your setlist? or maybe you enjoy the winging it setlist. Which is perfectly fine. How are you gonna perform your songs? Who are you gonna give shout-outs to? Are you gonna take a breath here or here to give the maximum emotional impact? Develop a meditation and an imagery practice so you can really prepare yourself.

Balance – Do your best to get everything in order before you perform. And if not, know that you did everything you can.

Preparation isn’t just about your performance. It’s about taking care of all of your responsibilities so you can focus on doing what you need to do, whether it’s for a show or practice.

The more prepared you are in these areas, the more confident you’ll be.

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How Doing Lip Roll Exercises Help You With Your Singing

shoutout to the Aussie Vocal Coach for this video! check out his site right here

The lip roll is one of my favorite exercises. Even though it is deceptively easy, It  helps you develop a steady tone for your singing voice. It teaches your voice to do really advanced coordination. So when you’re singing vocal melodies, doing this exercise will extend your range of notes. It does this by training your inner larynx muscles, which are the ones responsible for taking care of your vocal chords.

And the lip rolls also help release all the tension around your jaw. That’s because it disengages the outer larynx muscles. Those are the ones that help you swallow food. But when it comes to singing, they don’t really aid in the technique.

Practicing this exercise will allow you to feel a big difference with your registers. So much so, that singing will as simple as talking.

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What Is Singing?

Singing is when you make musical sounds with your voice. When you make a sound and you hold that note. One of the best ways to describe it is that it is sustained speech. So if you can speak, you can sing.

You can either sing with musical instruments, or acapella, which is just singing without accompaniment. There are many different benefits of singing, which you can find here.

Musicians can develop their voices through systematic practice of both songs and vocal exercises.

Basically, anyone can sing as long as you’re willing to put in work into it.

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The Voice Season 4 Episode 8 Review

To be honest, this is the first full episode the Voice I’ve watched. I thought Warren’s performance was stronger than Michael’s. And this is the first time where I was able to withstand listening to country for prolonged periods of time. Gotta admit, Blake’s a pretty cool guy. But yea Warren just looked a lot more confident up there even though Michael sounded a bit more country.

“What’s funny? Why are you smiling? This is funny to you?”

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Tension And Release

All the best songs build up tension and find a way to release it in the chorus. Whether it’s through packing a lot of words in a section of the verse, or writing a melody that ascends in pitch, there are many effective ways to build it. In Pink’s Song “Just Give Me A Reason” ft  Nate Ruess, massive tension is gathered right when they’re both singing love… Love…. LOVE right before the hook.

Remember, a great song is a lot like an emotional rollercoaster audience wants to ride over and over again.

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The Benefits Of Singing

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Music is the universal language.  When you take the time to learn how to sing, there are numerous benefits, whether physically, mentally or spiritually.

It’s Good For The Body

The biggest benefit that singing gives us is that exercises our lungs. You use your lungs in a different way,  deeply and openly. More oxygen gets into our blood, which promotes for better circulation. Your abdominal and diaphragm muscles get a workout. Singing release endorphins, which makes you feel uplifted and energized.

Feelings Of “I Can Do This”

When you are singing in front of people, it takes you out of your comfort zone and builds confidence. I don’t care how long you’ve been performing, everyone, if they care about the performance, gets super scared before they go on stage. The feeling you get after a performance is like no other.  And when you concentrate on having a great vocal performance, you forget about all your worries in the world. And you are just in the moment.


I Like Singing With A Group

One of the best concerts I’ve ever been to was when I saw Dashboard Confessional at the Allstate Arena. EVERYONE was singing along and it was awesome! Singing brings people together. When you sing with other people, you become part of something bigger than yourself. How many times have we been in a car and it erupted in a big sing-along? I remember driving from Milwaukee Summerfest with three friends and we were singing along to System Of A Down’s  (selftitled) album!  And it was one of the greatest car rides ever !

When you sing, you are doing a lot of good for yourself. So sing everytime you can, GODDAMN!

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