This week we’re exploring promo-tools for vocalists.
No matter what we do as vocalists, we all need a way in which to communicate with the world around us. These promotional tools give us the means to portray an outgoing image of who we are as an artist & what we represent. Accordingly they allow us to build our fan base, advertise our gigs and merchandise & of course provide a platform for the most important resource of all…our music! This week at Voice Council Magazine we’d like to hear about the promo tools you think are essential for the modern singer. Perhaps it’s the power of social media, a well crafted website or maybe just as simple as handing out business cards at your gigs. Whatever it is we’d like to know.
So the question is: In your opinion, what are the top promotional tools (online or otherwise) singers should be ‘plugged into’ in order to find success in the modern music industry?
Great Comments from last week:
Last week Craig asked: Vocal improvising is often one of the most important tools in the singers arsenal, what advice would you give to a singer looking to build their skills in this area?
Iain Roy Orbison commented…
“I always try out vocal improvisations -BEFORE I try them live because most singers start out thinking they’re tastefully embellishing their vocals in a live situation when in reality they’re just making a hash of the song. So, I try stuff when I’m recording, so I can hear back what I’m doing, keep the good bits, trash the rest and for the most part a really good performance of any song is the one which mostly based on ‘just sing the note straight’. So, if your ad-lib isn’t absolutely stunning – leave it out. Oh – and a lot of the time the thing that makes an ad lib work or not work – is often down to how you use of mic control to voice it”.
Madeleine Cordes wrote…
“Trinity Rock and Pop singing grades include this and have pieces in their tutor book. Improvise whenever you can e.g. singing over backing tracks”.
Matt Mathews responded…
“You also need to have total control of your voice as well as having a great ear for recognizing the melodic structure of the song. A lot of Jazz singers and trained Vocalists have that capability to improvise at will, without even knowing the song all that well”.
Josh W Drane posted…
“Improvising is impossible to practice. Practice doesn’t make perfect, practice makes permanent. Its like jazz: it’s not learned, it’s discovered. Get out there and do it”!
Thanks once again for all your thoughtful insights and comments. Don’t forget to look out for next weeks Q & A.
All the best,