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Articles by Joey Elkins

  • Better to be fit?

    This week we’re asking if being fit makes you a better singer! There are many reasons to keep fit and doing so can have many personal benefits. We’d like to know: do you think that one of these benefits is that you are able to sing better as a result… So the question is: “Is it […]

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  • Your Personal Motto

    This week we’re finding out about your personal motto! Your personal motto is that heartfelt belief that keeps you going through all the trials and tribulations as a performer and also reflects your attitude and approach to being a singer and musician. We’d love to know what yours is… So the question is: “What’s your own […]

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  • Keeping Fit?

    This week we’re finding out about the fitness routine that supports your singing! Keeping yourself in peak physical condition is a very important part of the mix when you’re a vocalist. Whether you regularly run, play a specific sport or perhaps have a different exercise routine, we’d love to know what you do to keep […]

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  • Change the Music Industry?

    This week we’re finding out what you would change about the music industry! Whether it’s cheaper CDs, more gigs, a better attitude from record labels or perhaps just more promotion for live music, we all have something we’d like to change about the music industry. We’d love to know what it is for you… So […]

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  • Singing Success

    This week we’re finding out how you define success as a vocal artist! Getting that dream gig, recording your best song, playing live more often or perhaps just content in achieving your own personal creative goals – there are many ways to define what success could be for a musician. We’d like to know what […]

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  • Most Frustrating…

    This week we’re finding out what it is that frustrates you as a vocalist! Whether it’s band members playing too loud, equipment breaking down, challenges with your own voice or even the work needed to find gigs – we all have something that we find frustrating as vocalists! We’d love to know what it is […]

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  • The Funniest Thing

    This week we’re looking at the funny things that can happen during a performance! No matter how well prepared you are, there’s always the possibility of something unexpected happening during a gig. As difficult as this can be, the benefit is that sometimes these occurrences can be pretty amusing… We’d like to hear what the […]

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  • The Best Advice

    This week we’re interested in the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given! Throughout our lives we’re offered so much advice from different places. Everything and everyone from friends, family, newspapers, websites and TV seek to influence what we should be doing with our music and how we should be doing it… We’d like […]

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  • Being Unique

    This week we’re looking at what makes your music or singing different from everybody else! Throughout musical history there have been many artists who have made a difference due to their sound being uncommon and distinct. In fact, those who strived to be different have done more to shape music throughout the years than those […]

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  • The Significant Song

    This week we’re looking at music that’s changed your life! There are many different way in which a song or entire album can affect you as a listener and have an impact on who you are. Whether it was a song you heard at a poignant moment, the first song you played live or even […]

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  • Making a Connection

    This week we’re wondering what makes you connect with a song! There are so many varied types of music in the world. Differences in tempo, lyrical content, mood and other factors all affect how we relate to songs and are part of the deciding factor in our personal choices of what we listen to and […]

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  • The Biggest Challenge

    This week we’re wondering what your biggest challenge is as a vocalist! Generally, there are so many things that you need to work on to maintain and improve your ability to sing and perform. We’d love to know what it is that you personally consider the toughest out of them all! So the question is:  Out […]

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  • New Year’s Resolution

    This week we’re wondering what your new year’s resolution is for 2012! The start of a new year is always a good time to look back and think forward about what you can achieve, fix or improve. Musically there are also many things we can set as goals for a new year’s resolution… We’d love […]

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  • Warming Up

    This week we’re wondering what you do to warm up your voice! There are so many different ways that singers warm up before rehearsing, performing or recording. In some ways this is dependent on the style of music being sung but this can also be due to personal preference… We’d love to hear which exercises […]

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  • Your Fav. Christmas Music

    This week we’re getting into the festive spirit and thinking about our favourite Christmas music! Music is such a big part of Christmas celebrations all over the world. From traditional hymns to celebrity Christmas albums – there are so many different types of music that different people listen to or sing during the Christmas season… […]

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  • Local Support?

    This week we’re wondering what you get from being a part of your local musicians union or any other music support group! The musicians union is something that many of us as performers and musicians will join at some point during our career. As well as this, there are many different types of local music […]

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  • Saying No….

    This week we’re wondering which gigs you haven’t accepted and why! Sometimes you just can’t do a gig. Either because something else got in the way or perhaps the gig itself just had something about it that you couldn’t handle. Whether it was the outfit you were asked to wear or perhaps the place itself […]

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  • What’s in the Bag?

    This week we’re looking in your gig bag to see what weird and wonderful things exist in there! We’re interested in finding out what unique, different or downright strange items you carry to your gigs and why. It could be anything from a gorilla mask to a kitchen appliance. Whatever it is, we want to […]

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  • Your Dream Backing Band?

    This week we’re putting together your dream backing band! We’re interested in hearing who it you would choose out of all the musicians past and present to be a part of your ultimate ensemble… So the question is: Let’s dream for a second… If you could create the ultimate band to back you… who would […]

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  • Spreading the Word

    This week we’re checking out which internet sites or services you use to spread the word about your music? From social media hubs to digital music stores and everywhere in between, there are now so many different places to place your music to gain exposure, feedback and expand your fanbase. We’d like to know what […]

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  • Your Encouraging Force

    This week we’re wondering who it is that has encouraged you to be who you are musically today?

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  • Finding Inspiration

    What makes you want to get up and sing?

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  • Vocal Potions

    This week we’re looking at all the products you can buy which promise either to fix or improve your voice.

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  • The Non-Stop Voice

    This week we’re thinking about vocal stress and fatigue and how you cope with it.

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  • The Measure of Vocal Success

    This week we’re thinking about how you evaluate and measure your own success as a singer and performer.

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  • Your Starting Note – Top 5 Tips

    No more fumbling; you can find that first note every time – says Joey Elkins.

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  • Write a Bad Song

    Stop letting your inner critic interfere with your flow – says Joey Elkins

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  • Sing Outside of the Box

    Release yourself from confining musical boundaries – urges Joey Elkins.

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  • Rock Solid on Rhythm

    A better sense of internal time will help you add the icing to your musical cake.

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  • Set the Groove

    “It’s not my job to lay down the rhythm, is it? That’s what drummers are for - right?”

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