Saturday, October 3, 2020

5 Things to do to Start Singing Right Now

Do you love to sing? Or do you have a song in your head that you dream of singing? Whether you wish to perform on a stage someday or you just want to step up your shower singing skills, anyone can learn how to sing better.

 

A common misconception about singing well is that you’re either born with it or you’re not. Well, we believe that ‘anyone can sing’ and we are going to tell you how!

 

In this blog, we will discuss 5 things you need to know to start your singing journey right now!

 

#1 A Singer is a Vocal Athlete

Singing is actually comparable to any athletic endeavour – let’s take for instance training for a performance, we can compare it to training for a marathon. There are certain muscles that need to be worked out and we push ourselves a little more every day to build up our endurance.

 

The same thing is applied when singing, we work out several parts of our vocal anatomy including vocal cords, larynx and soft palate. The more regularly you do this, the better control and flexibility you will have over your voice.

 

While physiological differences do play a role in the tone of the voice, the fact is that vocal training can make all the difference between an amateur singer and a professional.

 

#2 Stay Motivated

Now, when you are starting to sing, you will come across many nay-sayers. Everyone encounters negative people who constantly discourage you.

 

But, try to remember why you started in the first place. Who was that person or What was that song that made you want to sing?

 

Don’t forget it.

 

No singer was great when they started their musical journey, every one of them worked hard and didn’t give in to their critics and that’s why they got where they are.

 

Remember ‘you don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great.’

 

#3 Breathing Technique

One of the most important fundamentals to get right when you sing is your breathing technique. This is what makes the difference sounding breathless to holding that note with ease.

 

For singers, the technique of breathing through the diaphragm of belly breath is essential in order to deliver better and more stable sound.

If you don’t know how, try this technique. Put your hands (one on top of the other) on your belly, with the center of your lower hand touching your navel. Watch how your breathing responds. You may notice that your belly wants to expand as you inhale and retract as you exhale. Let this happen, but don’t try to force it.

 

The best way to practice this exercise is while lying in bed. Place your hands lightly on your stomach and watch as your belly expands and contracts with your breathing.

 














#4 Posture

When singing posture is one another important piece of the puzzle. So, let’s talk about how you can maintain the right posture while singing.

 

Whether you are standing or sitting, there is a way that you can ensure that your breathing and your singing resonance does not get disturbed.

 

Starting from the top, your chin should be parallel to the floor and slightly tucked in or back. hold your chest high and your shoulders down or slightly back. Keep your tummy both firm and expandable at the same time. You will need to practice controlling these muscles while learning how to breathe using your diaphragm.

 

Singing while standing is the best posture so that your tummy or lung area is not being crushed and you have enough room to move freely. Your hands should be relaxed and held still at your side. Do not hunch or lean backwards, stand straight.

 

Singing while sitting is not the ideal posture, however, if you need to sit, please ensure that your back is straight and not hunched forward or leaning backward. Your tummy and lung are should not be crushed.

 

#5 Easy Warm Up Exercises


Lip Rolls

Lip Rolls are a great way to warm up. They get blood flowing to the vocal chords, and around the mouth area increasing flexibility. Other variations of Lip Rolls are great exercise to ensure smooth transitions between Chest Voice, Head Voice and Mix Voice.


How to do a proper Lip Roll

  1. Gently place your fingers on each cheek

  2. Lift up and, depending on preference, move your fingers slightly forward or pull back

  3. Blow*

 

*Keep your lips loose! You want the air flow to allow them to vibrate against each other. Repeat this 4-5 times to ensure your lips mouth region gets warmed up and flexible.

 

Moving Up & Down the Keyboard

Starting from the middle C (or the 3rd C on the keyboard), move slowly towards the left or the lower pitch. Go as far as you can without straining too much or hurting your voice. Similarly, do this with the upper range. Do this a few times to wake up and warm up your voice so that it is nice and clear. You voice will also feel more flexible and in control.

 

So, there you have it. Our 5 pointers to begin your singing journey today! If you want to see a video demonstration of these topics, please see the video on our YouTube channel - https://youtu.be/t77WUmix7hw

 

If you want access to detailed guided lessons and practice routines, do check out our Western Vocals lessons on https://musicpandit.com -  On Music Pandit, you get access to step-by-step lessons that cover a whole lot of topics like improving your vocal range, vocal projection, improvisation, vocal vibrato and so much more.

 

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Music Pandit offers Online Video Lessons with the support of Personalised feedback from our Music Pandits, curated step-by-step lessons, extensive content - you can choose multiple instruments, carefully organised Practice Routines, a Musical Community, Creative Challenges, Goal setting and so much more – so you can learn Anytime, Anywhere at your pace! Sign up today on https://musicpandit.com 

Saturday, July 4, 2020

4 Things to Consider When you Begin Learning the Drums

Learning the Drums can be tricky. People are especially concerned about Learning the Drums because of the noise it creates, the space that is required to store it and the investment required to get started.

 

We are here to tell you that you needn’t worry about any of these things. In this blog we are going to talk about addressing all of these pain points when it comes to learning drums. We are going to offer you solutions to each of these issues because we believe that your musical journey should not be hindered, no matter what!

 

1. Sound Proofing                        

Drums are often loud and can cause problems to your neighbour. However, there are solutions to that. First, you can opt for an electronic kit where you can control your volume levels as per required. Second, there are cheap ways to make your room sound resistant with foam blocks, heavy carpets, etc. Here is a link to easy Soundproofing ideas - https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/interior-projects/how-to/g2470/soundproofing-a-room/

 

2. Instrument Space Required

Once your fundamentals are clear, you should think about buying a drum kit to further progress your skills. However, drums take up space and it is a must to have if you are learning it. You can consider buying an ‘electronic’ drum kit which is smaller and more compact. Have a permanent space for your drum kit which will help settle the space and a proper setup for your practice. Try to set it up in a room with less windows and openings. Here is some information about electronic drum kits - https://www.shubz.in/6-best-electric-drum-sets-for-beginners-in-india/

 

Man playing the drums.


3. Investment Costs

To begin with, you can invest in a practice pad, a pair of drumsticks and get used to the simple rhythm patterns before you invest in an entire drum kit. Here is a link to purchase practice pads - https://www.amazon.in/Drums-Percussions-Practice-Pads/b?ie=UTF8&node=4654358031

 

4. How to Begin Playing

Once you have figured out the space for your instrument and solutions to control the volume, the kit should not be just lying there. If you are committed to learning the drums, you have to commit time to practice as it requires good coordination between your hand and feet which can only be mastered by repeating and practicing your exercises. Make sure you give time to practice drums as often as you can.

 

Next, get a hold of drum sticks as it is the basic requirement to start playing drums. Here’s an article about how to choose drumsticks - https://bluetimbre.blogspot.com/2017/02/tips-for-drummers-4-how-to-select-right.html

 

You should then sign up on a website such as Music Pandit to learn the fundamentals of drums and get started on your musical journey.

 

Conclusion

So, make sure you consider all these aspects before you begin with learning the drums so that you have a smooth and informed drums learning experience.



Music Pandit brings you the best and the most effective way to learn music online with a complete 360-degree approach to learning music.

Music Pandit offers Online Video Lessons with the support of Personalised feedback from our Music Pandits, curated step-by-step lessons, extensive content - you can choose multiple instruments with One subscription, carefully organised Practice Routines, a Musical Community, Creative ChallengesGoal setting and so much more – so you can learn Anytime, Anywhere at your pace! Sign up today on https://musicpandit.com 

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Online vs. Offline – What is the Right Way to Learn Music?

There are so many online music courses on the internet today but how do you know if they are any good? But then again, if you are going to a Music School in your city, you might not have the time to attend those music classes. So, what is the best option to learn music?

 

Online Music Education

 

Advantages 

 

  1. Flexibility: can pursue your music lessons at your own time and in your own pace, there aren't strict time constraints. So, you can adjust your time from your schedule and put your free time towards learning music.
  2. Organised Lessons: Because the lessons are pre-recorded, they are usually very crisp and clear, it does not change with teachers, accents or moods. The lessons are designed with a clear objective and everything essential to your learning is available in the lessons. All the theory and concepts surrounding the topic are all covered in the lesson.
  3. Practice Routines: You get structured practice routines to help you develop specific skills.
  4. Affordable: Online Music Learning is much more affordable compared to a Music School or private lessons.
  5. No Teacher Issues: Online lessons usually have good instructors who are also responsible to building the course and have vast knowledge when it comes to the topic. Instructors will be available anytime as the lessons are readily available and thus ensuring that you don’t have any challenges when it comes to your learning. Finally, the instructor’s mood and behaviour will be consistent and motivating throughout the course unlike in real life – thus ensuring you have a smooth learning experience.
  6. Multiple Subjects: You have many options when it comes to choosing an instrument in the online learning model. Websites can provide any number of courses that allow students to pick their favourite instruments or topics and learn.
  7. High Quality Video Lessons: the great thing about online music lessons, especially the pre-recorded classes is that the content is easy to view and understand. Unlike online LIVE sessions, there are no internet issues, lags or drop-offs.

 

Disadvantages

 

  1. No Instant Feedback: The drawback to online curriculum is the feedback system. There is a process involved for direct interaction through online and sometimes can be frustrating and time consuming. However, on platforms like Music Pandit, you will get personalised feedback in 24 hours.

 



 

Music school (Offline)

 

Advantages 

 

  1. Personal Interaction & Feedback: It allows direct interaction with your instructor. Every lesson can be immediately provided with feedback, so if you have any doubts or questions, it can be resolved right there.
  2. Network: You may meet fellow musicians who are at the same level as you. It is really healthy and fun to socialise with your peers as it encourages growth and more interest in that particular subject.
  3. Performance: You may perform as a part of the music school or with your peer group.

 

Disadvantages

 

  1. Less Subject Options: A Music school will only be able to provide a limited portfolio of subjects due to difficultly in getting specialised instruments and instructors.
  2. No Flexibility: If you are a working adult or learning in school or college, you might not get much time to go for music classes and the timings won’t be very flexible.
  3. Monotonous: It requires commitment as you may be rehearsed through the same drills again and again, especially if you are a beginner which, might make the sessions little monotonous.
  4. Instructor Issues: The teacher may not be very skilled and have limited knowledge. The teacher may be irregular due to other commitments like personal classes and shows. The teacher may not be in a good mood some days and can thus affect the learning of that day.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, it is really useful to consider the benefits and dis-advantages before embarking on your music learning journey. It is good to ensure that your goals align with the method of teaching, affordability and the time required. 


Music Pandit brings you the best and the most effective way to learn music online with a complete 360-degree approach to learning music.

Music Pandit offers Online Video Lessons with the support of Personalised feedback from our Music Pandits, curated step-by-step lessons, extensive content - you can choose multiple instruments with One subscription, carefully organised Practice Routines, a Musical Community, Creative ChallengesGoal setting and so much more – so you can learn Anytime, Anywhere at your pace! Sign up today on https://musicpandit.com 

5 Things to do to Start Singing Right Now

Do you love to sing? Or do you have a song in your head that you dream of singing? Whether you wish to perform on a stage someday or you jus...