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A Closer Look at Avril Lavigne

October 9, 2009

Music is one art form that has the capacity of capturing and touching your mind and soul completely. For music lovers and singers the whole feeling of listening to music or singing a song is just overwhelming. Avril Lavigne is one singer who firmly believes in this capacity of touching heart and souls through music. Listen to any of her songs and you will feel this touch instantly, no matter from which corner of the world you are. Avril is a Canadian singer who has sold more then twenty six million albums worldwide. It is not only music that she has a hold on, last year she was voted by a Canadian business magazine ranked her as the seventh most powerful Canadian person in Hollywood. Born Avril Ramona Lavigne Whibley to parents of French origin, she is better known in the music world as Avril Lavigne. She is just 24 years of age and has recorded many music albums.

According to Avril?s mother the musical talents of her daughter were evident very early when she began singing with her mother in the church choir; she was all of two years back at that time. The year 1998 was crucial for her singing career; in this year she got an opportunity to sing on stage with fellow Canadian singer Shania Twain on her first major tour concert. Avril got the chance to sing with Shania after winning a signing competition where she had participated, she sang the song What Made you Say That along with Shania. Later on she was discovered as a singer by Cliff Fabri while she was singing at a Chapters bookstore in Kingston. By the age of 16 she had been signed up by Ken Krongard, representative of Arista Records. It was after this that she completed work on her first album.

Avril?s album Let Go was released in the year 2002, and the album went on to reach the pole position in United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. As a result she became the youngest female lead singer to have an album in number one at that time. The song Complicated went on to became a major hit among fans world wide and turned out to be one of the best selling Canadian singles that year. This song brought many nominations and wards on her way. Some of the most prominent ones were Best New Artist in the MTV Music Video Awards of 2002, World Music Award for ?World?s Best Selling Canadian Singer, she wan nominated for six Juno Awards and ended up winning 4 of them and was nominated for eight Grammy Awards.

Under My Skin and The Best Damn Thing are a couple of albums that she recorded subsequently. The single Girlfriend from the album The Best Damn thing was a huge hit and went on to be at the top of Hot Billboard 100. Currently Avril is married to fellow Canadian Singer Deryck Whibley, the couple married in a catholic ceremony attended by friends and family on July 15th 2006.

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Eyes Of Eden – Star

October 8, 2009


Is a German gothic metal band founded in 2005 by multi-instrumentalist and record producer Waldemar Sorychta.

Become the Karaoke King (or Queen) by Changing Your Vocal Style

October 7, 2009
If you are working in a tribute band, or competing in karaoke competitions, you want as much vocal flexibility as possible. Your list of cover artists can increase dramatically if you have more choices with your voice and technique. So how do you change your vocal style, and what is vocal style anyway?

Changing your singing style is less about the sound you make, and more about the way you use your voice, and move it from note to note. Perhaps it’s the phrase shapes you use, such as many notes on one syllable, long phrases or short, single notes. Or even the type of accent or dialect you use when you sing (American, South London “reggae”, Motown, ‘Britpop’, operatic, Italian English etc).

For this article I’m going to focus on one aspect of vocal style – the way you can start and finish a note. Starting a note is called Making the Tone Onset, and it happens right at the beginning of a note, word or phrase.

You can onset a sound in several different ways. Each musical style will use different types of onset by default. Each artist usually has a few favourite ways of starting and finishing, so let’s explore.

I use the following exercise in my vocal studio to help my clients find out how to change their style. Classical or operatic singers usually use three standard onsets, so let’s begin with those. Let’s assume that you want to say the word “Ah”:

1. You can stop the breath before you begin by putting a glottal stop in front of the word or holding your breath “closed” before you say the word ( ‘ah! or ‘uh-’oh). This is the word of surprise or warning. If you do this correctly, you actually start with a silence!

2. Allow the breath to flow first, by adding an h to the start of the word (ha). If you do this correctly, your breath will already be moving before you make the note itself.

3. You can glide into the note without either breath or a stop by holding your breath “open” or “hovering” before you make the sound – (~ah). If you do this correctly, the sound and the breath happen together, and you get a very smooth start to the note – there’s no sound of breath flowing already, and there’s no sudden attack. This is in fact the one that classical singers use the most, because it’s a smooth, gliding onset.

Now let’s move to the pop and rock recording artists (and of course blues, soul, gospel, death metal, grunge – you get the picture…). Contemporary commercial music uses these three onsets, but they have much more fun using all sorts of new ones.

Here’s a few for you to play with:

- Creak like an old door opening. You can sometimes find this if you talk like you are really tired. It’s a really gentle sound and can mean you are being very tired or very sexy! If you do this correctly, your breath flow will be very small and slow, and the sound will “creak” into the note.

- Flip onto the note. This means that you usually start the note higher and flip down onto the “real” note. The most extreme cases sound like Tarzan, but it depends how much higher you start! This is a favourite with Country and Western singers. If you do this correctly, it’ll sound like a yodel or a “catch in the voice”.

- Squeeze the note! This is a more dangerous one (after all, that’s what it’s supposed to sound like). You start by aiming for the note in your head and squeezing it out of a tighter throat. The best version of this is to begin the note with the squeeze then open your throat quickly to get a clearer sound. If you do this correctly, you’ll stay on the same note but start it with a more muffled, “strained” sound and open onto a clearer note straight away.

Here’s a tip: onsets work best when the word starts with a vowel, but you can do them on words beginning with other letters. So start by using words such as “ah”, “yeah”, “oh”, and “uh”

And anything you can do to start a note, you can do to finish it. So experiment with these ideas:

- Sing a word and practise ending it with a creak.

- Do it again, but this time finish with a flip.

- Now sing the same word and end with a squeeze.

- Have fun mixing and matching

- Start a note with a squeeze and end with a flip

- Now start and stop with a creak

- Start with breath flowing and end with a creak.

Now that you’re getting the feel of these onsets and offsets, go back and listen to your favorite artist again. Remember that these onsets only happen at the very beginning of the note or phrase, and the offsets happen at the very end. Notice which onsets and offsets your singer uses.

In fact, they’ll use some of the sounds you’ve just learned and not others. That’s because their style includes certain things and excludes others, and they wouldn’t want to change their style too much, or they might lose you as a fan!

Once you’ve found these onsets in your own voice, sing a few lines of your favourite artist’s songs and experiment with using different onsets at the beginning of the phrases. When you copy the onsets and offsets they use, you start to sound much more like them.

For articles, free downloads and information on effective vocal training, check out Vocal Process, the voice training company that’s “revolutionising the way singing is taught” (LINK magazine)
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Avril Lavigne’s Music Appeals Top the Mass

October 6, 2009

Avril Lavigne is not just any other singer in the music word, but she is someone who has done very well in her career. The huge number of fan and the large number of her record albums sold is a testimony to this. Avril Ramona Lavigne Whibley is popularly known to fans as Avril Lavigne or simply Avril. She belonged to a family of devout Christians and very early, when she was just a kid of two her musical talents were spotted by her mother. Back in those days, Avril used to sing with her mother in the church choir and it was here that her mother spotted her wonderful singing talents. Avril took part in many singing competitions and she won one, where she got a chance to sing with fellow Canadian singer Shania Twain. This was one of the beigest breaks in her singing career. She sang the song What Made you Say That appearing on stage along with Shania and this was just the beginning.

Avril was discovered professionally by her first manager Cliff Fabri while she was singing at a Chapter s Bookstore in Ontario. Avril’s first album was Let Go, released in the United States in the year 2002. This album witnessed phenomenal success and went on to be at the top of the charts in several places like Canada, Australia and United Kingdom. This is a record and Avril went on to become the youngest female soloist at the age of 18 years to have a number one album in the United Kingdom at that time. This album went on achieve many more records subsequently, it reached the multi platinum status and after that was certified as having reached the status of triple platinum after two weeks.

The album sold more than 1 million copies worldwide and turned out to be the best selling album of a female artist who debuted in 2002. A single from the album complicated want on to reach the top of the charts in Australia. In America Avril’s single reached the top of the Hot 100 Billboard countdown besides being one of the best selling singles in Canada that year. Under My Skin was Avril’s next album which was released in the year 2004. The album debuted at the top in Germany, Japan, Canada, Australia, Thailand, United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and many other places. The album sold more then 300,000 copies in the first week itself in the United States. Most of the lyrics of the album were written by Lavigne in collaboration with Chantal Kreviazuk, a Canadian songwriter.

Avril has won many awards in her short singing career till date. Some of the major awards won by her are MTV Awards, Juno Awards, World Music Award and Grammy Awards. Avril has also worked in movies like Over the Hedge and The Flock. Right now Avril is married to Deryck Whibley, a Canadian singer. Avril Lavigne’s musical journey ahs been very successful though it is pretty early to say how she her future albums will do and if she can carry over her success or not. With the amount of talent that she has, it appears she is here to stay for a long time and entertain her fans.

Tom Janison is a music fanatic. He loves downloading music of all his favorite artists. www.ez-tracks.com is one of his favorites sites forAvril Lavigne ,free MP3 downloads and online music.

The Band That Rocked the World

October 6, 2009

Progressive rock music first came to life in the 1960s, as an electric, ambitious and imposing rock music style and in less than a decade, the whole world embraced this form of rock. Although the 197?s were considered the best years of progressive rock music, this type of music has not died, and to this day people fill stadiums to listen to progressive rock bands. This form of rock started in England and soon conquered the whole of Europe with its grandiose style, influenced by jazz or classical music.

Rush and Kansas where the first two bands that adopted the European rock style and brought it to America, where rock was mainly influenced by country or rhythm and blues music. Rush is a Canadian band formed in the 1968 in Toronto, Ontario. After its birth, this progressive rock music band was faced with many challenges until the year 1974, when it finally achieved its definitive form. Rush embraced the progressive rock style and took it to another level, due to its members? instrumental skills, eclectic motifs and complex compositions. The three band members, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart, began by playing heavy metal that was inspired by blues and moved on to encompassing modern rock or hard rock, until they have established their own form of progressive rock music.

Rush was not only a great example of progressive rock music, but also an model for many other artists. This progressive rock band has influenced many great artists, such as The Smashing Pumpkins or Metallica, and they have also paved the way for progressive metal bands such as Dream Theatre. Rush have incorporated many music styles in their songs and, with every album, they have grown and evolved as a band. The rough times they have gone through at the beginning of their career only made it possible for this band to be where it is today, promoting their nineteenth album, Snakes & Arrows, released in 2007.

Progressive rock music is fortunate to have known a band such as Rush. Since 1974, when the band released its first album, called Rush, they have managed to release no less than twenty-four gold records and fourteen platinum records, placing the band on the fifth place in the top of the consecutive gold records by a rock band. However, for Rush, gold or platinum albums are not enough, for they care a lot about the message they are sending out there, as well as about their fans. The live performances that Rush gives are truly amazing, as this band accurately describes all the songs that they perform. On stage they recreate various sounds through the use of digital samplers; they play their primary instrument and also trigger sounds with their available limbs, so every song they perform can be identical to the one on the album.

Since the year progressive rock music came to life, Rush has always found a way to deliver this form of rock to people?s hearts, mixing various sounds and using eclectic lyrical motifs, but always staying true to rock and what they believe in.

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Calming the Freight Train in the Mind

October 4, 2009

Do you find it difficult to meditate? Meditation is often defined as quieting or calming the mind. There are many ways to do this. And that is good news.

An effective way of calming the mind is to create a very strong focus on one thing. Singing bowls are a successful tool for creating this focus. Their sound has such a powerful presence that it is difficult not to focus the mind, especially when you are playing one. It is a wonderful way to create a meditative state with minimum effort. And that is even better news.

Sound moves through your body faster than it moves through the air. The sound of the singing bowls affects you physically in three main ways. The first is the effect of the sound on your brain waves. It stimulates more brain waves in the alpha frequency range (around 8 to 13 Hertz), calming the mind. The second is the effect of the physical motion of playing the bowl. This simple and repetitive motion commands your attention as does the sound created by the bowl. This in turn creates the third effect. Your breathing and heartbeat slow down, putting you into a relaxed state.

I have assisted many people in learning how to play the Tibetan and crystal singing bowls and have found a few simple things to make your first experience playing the bowls successful. A singing bowl is played either by striking the outside of the bowl or by rubbing the stick or mallet around the outside rim. Some people find that there is a subtle difference in the feeling and effect created within them by choosing either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction for the rubbing movement. If you have a singing bowl, I invite you to play with this. Below are a few helpful hints.

Tibetan (or metal) singing bowl: 1. If the bowl is small enough to fit in your hand to play, make sure you hold the bowl in a way that does as little as possible to muffle the sound. Wrapping your fingers around the bowl will muffle its sound more. Two ways that work well are either to hold your hand flat and place the bowl in the middle of the palm or to balance the bowl on your fingertips.

2. If the bowl has a straight rim, hold the stick straight up and down as you move the stick around the rim of the bowl. If the bowl has a curved rim, try holding the stick at an angle toward the center of the bowl as you move the stick around the rim. You can vary the pressure of the stick against the bowl to control the volume of the sound. You can also give the bowl a gentle tap to get the sound started.

3. As the bowl begins to sound and vibrate more, you may notice the stick rattles against the edge of the bowl. The rattle can be minimized by slowing down the movement of the stick around the bowl and by adding more pressure on the stick against the bowl.

Crystal singing bowl: 1. Crystal bowls are more fragile that Tibetan bowls. They are played usually with a rubber mallet covered with suede. You can use the mallet to chime (i.e. gently strike the side) of the bowl or to rub it around the outside rim as for the Tibetan bowl.

2. Please be aware that crystal singing bowls can get very loud. Loud enough to cause discomfort or damage to your hearing. You can control the volume of your bowl by the varying speed of moving the mallet around the bowl and by varying the pressure of the mallet against the outside of the bowl.

As you are playing your bowl, turn your awareness to the effect of the sound on your body, emotions and mental state. Often as a person plays a bowl for several minutes, the physical change in their body is quite dramatic. Their shoulders relax and their breathing slows down. The whole body becomes more relaxed and the mind becomes more calm. Often, the person becomes so engrossed in the sound that they become oblivious to their surroundings. That is powerful focus.

Sharon Carne has transformed a successful 30-year career of teaching and performing the classical guitar to teaching within the wellness programs of corporations. She is asked to speak for numerous groups on the power of healing sound to reduce stress, create deeper meditations, ease emotional release, create focus and concentration and ease the symptoms of illness and disease. http://www.mountainrosemusic.com

Metalheads: What Band Encouraged You To Start Listening To Metal?

October 4, 2009

What was the first metal band that you listened to that really made you get into metal?

Who Are The Best Metal Bands In The World That Are Hard But That Have Good Sounding Lyrics?

October 3, 2009

Bands like Lamb of god, Hatebreed, Korn, Kittie, soulfly, slipknot, system of a down .

In Memoriam – How To Sing

October 3, 2009


The Best Way to Sing

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October 2, 2009

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