How to start your singing career

Singer, stage, talent.Having a successful singing career is what most amateur singers dream of on a daily basis.

Imagine being able to be paid to do what you love and not have to worry about going to a boring office job, just to be able to make enough money to pay for your singing lessons.

Being a professional singer is a highly competitive career path to take and it is important that you understand what you need to do in order to achieve your goals, before giving up your day job.

Here are some tips on how to start your singing career! Take a look at each of them and see how you can adapt it to your own situation and make it beneficial to your case. Best of luck, like everything else in life, singing career can be a bumpy road but very rewarding and fulfilling at the end.

Find your niche

There are thousands of excellent singers in the world today. You just need to switch on the TV and watch an episode of the latest X-factor to get an idea of just how many people pursue their dreams and how few actually make it.

In order to start your singing career off the right way, you need to define your niche. Some people have voices that are perfectly suited to Jazz, whilst others have a unique way of singing Opera.

Spend some time practicing different musical genres and find out which one suits your voice the best and then focus on that. You can´t appeal to absolutely everyone, so you will be more successful if you narrow down your audience and focus on pleasing them, instead of the global masses.

 Practice makes perfect

Whilst the ability to sing does contain a degree of natural talent, many singers make the mistake of not practicing enough. They incorrectly assume that they can just waltz into an audition and get the job, just because they have been blessed with a beautiful voice.

This is simply not the case and even if you think you are a good singer already, you should be continuously working on improving your technique, pitch and style on a daily basis. You never know what you might be asked to sing in an audition, so it is advisable to increase your repertoire by familiarizing yourself with a wider range of songs.

If you don´t know where to get started with your practice, then visit this site to access some free exercises and techniques.

Learn to read sheet music

If you are looking to have a paid singing career, then prepare yourself to be asked to read sheet music at an audition. Although most people would just want you to sing something off by heart, it is a possibility that the one gig that you really, really want requires you to be able to read sheet music.

Don´t risk missing out and either watch some videos online, or take some lessons so you can learn to read sheet music.

Put yourself out there

The likelihood of your talent being discovered in your local supermarket is slim to none. If you want to increase your chances of being signed to a major record label, then you need to put yourself out there and show the world what you can do!

Try visiting your local bars and asking if you can sing, or even visit Karaoke joints more often- as long as you are singing in public often, your chances of being heard by the right people will significantly increase.

How To Improve Your Guitar Playing

Guitar.Almost everyone who decides they would like to learn to play the guitar, reaches a point where their technique plateaus.

They dream of being able to play just like their idols- whether that be Jimmy Hendrix or Eric Clapton, but they easily become frustrated when no matter how much they practice, they keep getting it wrong.

Like most things in life, the more frustration you put into your guitar practice, the more you will attract a negative outcome, which is why it is important to follow these expert tips when you are in a cool, calm and collected frame of mind. Here are 4 easy ways you can improve your guitar playing today.

Once you have mastered these, then check out this article for more exercises.

A perfect technique comes from repetition and muscle memory.

Contrary to popular belief, there is no secret to playing faster. It just comes down to memorising which fingers need to hit which string and when!

Practice makes perfect, so if you take a deep breath and focus hard, then you will soon notice that you are able to increase the pace of your finger movements without even thinking about it. And that is exactly what you need to do- not think about what it is you are trying to do, or the next step.

Just practice and then practice some more, until playing even the most complicated riff comes naturally. This video gives some great guidance on speed and picking tech, so be sure to check it out once you have mastered the basics.

Take frequent breaks

As I mentioned earlier in the introduction to this article, no good comes of trying to play the guitar when you are feeling frustrated and tense.

Of course you are going to get it wrong, but the key is to keep going until you get it right! In order to do that effectively, you must make sure to take breathing breaks at least every 20 minutes, allowing you to practice for longer periods of time overall.

Additionally, you can master the best technique in the world, but if you are not pouring the right emotion into your guitar playing chances are the song is not going to sound good in any event.

Being a good guitar player means being able to put your own groove into the song and to sound confident in your ability whilst doing so.

Pick your pick!

Your pick, or plectrum as it is officially called, is also essential to playing the guitar with fluidity and ease. Oftentimes people find that experimenting with different picks allows them to improve their techniques in leaps and bounds.

The way you hold your plectrum is also crucial to your success as a guitar player. Many amateur guitarists hold their plectrum as if it is something they are terrified to drop, yet tension of any kind when it comes to playing the guitar is only going to be counterproductive.

You should be holding the plectrum just tightly enough that it does not fall out of your fingers, no more.

Set clear practice goals

Another key to successful guitar playing aside from the points mentioned above, is to have clear goals in mind of what you want to achieve from your practice sessions.

Overwhelm is the result of focusing on the big picture of becoming a pro guitarist, rather than breaking down your goals into bite sized, achievable pieces.

It is disheartening and demoralizing when we keep tripping up and getting things wrong no matter how hard we try, therefore it is always better to set yourself small and reachable goals so your sense of personal achievement will keep morale high and add to your motivation.