Write Your Song!

Have you ever heard a melody floating in your head? You feel it could be a hook to your next hit song, but you are probably unsure of how to reproduce it. You have come to the right place. The melody in your head is the beginning of your story and is complimented by words that marry the music that is birthed within you.

As soon as you think of your ideas, record them whether in your notebook in your phone or on a software. This way you can always come back to the song to add, edit and improve on your work. As you go along, the rhythm becomes the engine of your music and guides you to a structure that cultivates patterns of beats needed to make notes and pitches in the melody. This is called the composition structure.

The melody is the driving force of your song, the lyrics are the storytelling part of the song, and is the link to making your listeners have an emotional connection. When they listen to the words they feel they can relate to what inspired you to write your song. This is why lyrics are so important because you are building on your story and taking your listeners on your journey.

 A major contributor to songwriting is using an instrument to assist in your composition. Both the Piano and the guitar help with song patterns and chord progressions. Using any of these classic instruments will assist in honing your skills in songwriting since you are able to identify the chords and key signatures that match the melodies that you have created.

Most importantly, it is the steppingstone for finding creative ways to structure your songs. Sometimes the chorus of your song is what first pops in your head. Use that as a lead to compose your song. Start by finetuning your chorus and then use the words in your chorus to help to tell the rest of your story. 

Keep the basic structure of your song in mind which will be Intro, Verse, Chorus, Verse 2, Chorus, Verse 3, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus and then Outro. The instrument you choose is an extension of your songwriting that helps to deliver your story in the way you envisioned it when putting your words down on paper. The goal is to inspire your audience and to mirror the same feeling you have, by igniting those emotions.

The Advantage of Stage Presence

Grabbing the attention of your audience and keeping them captivated throughout your performance is an art.

This ability to command attention and engagement is a skill that is sharpened overtime as the artist progresses through their career on stage.

Stage presence is often realized when the performer becomes comfortable in their delivery and is able to connect with their audience when they are completely in the moment and executing their work with confidence. Coupled with the musical talent and vocal abilities of an artist, an audience is drawn by his or her facial expressions, movement, body language, and verbal and non-verbal communications.

In doing so, the performer is able to see the rewards of completely surrendering themselves to the moment and inviting their onlookers into their world. In drawing them into your performance you incite audience participation by making them feel the emotions generated from your artistry and share in the passion that you exude.

Leaving a lasting memory of your production through your stage presence will create a magnetic appeal that will pull them to your next performance. The key to this end goal is hard work and commitment in preparing for your performance.

Once the artist is completely confident in his or her act and has determined the techniques that will be used to lure the audience, he or she is bound to mesmerize their fans. Once you leave a lasting impression, your audience will support you and be drawn to follow your performances. They will spread your work on social media platforms, bring attention to your artistry, and share the good news about your professionalism and charisma.  

Finding your voice

So often we go above and beyond trying to find our voices when truly what we need to do is discover our own voices and establish who we are as singers. Spending regular time hearing our voices and identifying how we can improve vocal range, tone, diction, clarity and expression is the cornerstone of uncovering our unique voices.

The journey will take the patience of fine tuning what you already have and to improve on what you hear. There is always the opportunity to strengthen those weaknesses. All singers work on developing their voices to get them to the place where they are comfortable. A regular routine to build and train your voice is necessary to get to this point. This will include rhythmic exercises through speaking or singing.

The journey of discovery and mastering your singing voice is in spending time alone with your voice and connecting with your mind, your soul, your heart and your spirit. This will help to build your confidence, and you will learn to trust your own natural instrument. Believe in yourself and validate your gift. Find a teacher, mentor or coach that will tap into your inner voice and bring it to life.

You will find that application of breathing exercises is essential to reaching the octaves you may not have thought were possible. With advanced training you will feel more confident in using an instrument at the same time, and connect with music whether it be your own or another artist.

Give yourself permission to surrender to the training that you need to improve your natural sound, eye contact with your audience and overall expression in order to master your singing voice and unleash the treasure that you already possess.

Social Media Buzz

Connecting with fans 24/7 is pivotal to inciting fan engagement. Your followers want to hear from their favorite artist to see what’s new. Dominant communication channels such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube are the best ways to gain the attention of your supporters in the cyber world. Use these platforms to post photos, videos and stories from live events and studio time. This gives the artist an opportunity to show off their talent and to demonstrate what genre of music they represent. This must be done consistently so that your audience can connect with your work.

The more items you post is the more supporters around the world will begin to follow, like, comment, share and engage in your buzz feed. This is a great way to boost your social media success without paying. Posting daily stories which include music, and hashtags will bring clarity to your image and multiply your supporters.

The more they share your work the more your brand will be circulated on social media platforms. You may even find it rewarding to broadcast live videos on Instagram and Facebook, that invite your followers to have chats with you, and generate interest in who you are and what you represent. Another productive way of reaching the masses is to have an email list to connect with your fans. This can be done through incentives and clever ways such as through merch, music, singles and digital downloads.

In this way, fans hear from their favorite artist and it brings exposure to upcoming events and tours. By directing them to your website domain, you are giving permission to find out more about who you are and what you offer to the community and the wider world.