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Why You Should Turn to a Music Practice in Times of Uncertainty

Everyone deals with uncertainty in life. It might be something that impacts you, personally, like illness or the loss of a job. Or, it could be something that affects society as a whole, like wars or a pandemic.

While we can’t always avoid these things or keep them from happening, it’s important to find ways to cope with uncertainties so you don’t turn towards unhealthy habits or things that will numb you from reality.

Music might be known as the universal language, but it can also be the universal healer – especially when you feel shaken about something. Whether you’re a beginner musician still trying to reap the benefits of practicing or music has been in your blood for years, it is crucial to understand how it can help you in times of trouble.

If you feel like you’re standing on shaky ground, turn to music. Pick up an instrument, start to practice, write, or listen to your favorite songs. Now is the time to reignite your passion for music or to start understanding how it can change your life. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at why you should turn to music practice in times of uncertainty.

It Can Help You Find and Express Yourself

Music is one of the purest forms of expression. There’s no right or wrong way to play, sing, write, or practice if you’re creating something unique and genuine. Music is a fantastic way to process and express difficult emotions. Uncertainty can cause a lot of those to arise. It’s not always easy to talk about your feelings, but when you’re able to express them through a melody, life somehow feels simpler. It’s especially helpful when dealing with emotions like:

  • Anger
  • Frustration
  • Fear
  • Sadness

There’s a reason why so many people turned toward music during the pandemic. Not only did it help people process emotions that were difficult to understand or express, but it helped to reduce stress, improve mental health, and build resiliency.

A caricature of musical expression in nature.

It Can Inspire You

Speaking of resiliency, it’s often needed when you’re struck with uncertain situations. Life can throw curveball after curveball and being able to get back up every time is important. Music can help.

Think about some of the darkest times in your life. What comforted you? How do you get through moments of fear? For centuries, people have used music as a way to get through difficult situations and boost their resiliency.

Look at the history of slavery in the United States, for example. Most of us have heard some of the popular “slave songs” coined during that period, but it’s crucial to think about why those songs were so important. They provided hope and distraction and boosted the mental well-being of those being treated so unjustly. They inspired them to keep going. Others like Harriet Tubman used songs as a strategy to communicate with slaves in their struggle for freedom. Coded songs contained words giving directions on how to escape also known as signal songs or where to meet known as map songs.

When someone goes through a bad breakup or loses a loved one, there’s undoubtedly a song that fits the exact emotions they’re dealing with.

When a boxer steps into the ring with someone they’re scared about fighting, there’s a song that can inspire them and help them to stand strong.

Building resilience requires focusing on the positive and reducing your stress. Music allows you to do both, no matter how uncertain the situation is.

It Provides a Sense of Community

One of the most beautiful things about music is how communal it is. Again, it’s the universal language. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, playing instruments or singing with others is an incredible way to connect, bond, and share emotions.

It’s easy to feel alone when things are uncertain. Unfortunately, that can contribute to anxiety, depression, and isolation. You’re also more likely to cope with difficult situations in unhealthy ways when you’re on your own. For example, if you’ve had problems with alcohol abuse in the past, there are plenty of things that could trigger a relapse, including:

  • Certain groups of friends or family members
  • Important anniversaries or events
  • Disagreements
  • Feelings of anger, sadness, or frustration

Being around the right people can help you avoid those triggers and make it easier to cope in healthy ways. Because music is a natural mood booster and stress reducer, it also makes it more likely that you’ll stick with positive coping mechanisms. It’s a healthy way to pass the time when things feel out of control, and it provides a reason to come together, so you don’t feel like you’re alone when the world is shaking.

If we wanted to talk about the healing benefits of music, you would be reading all day. However, we’ve been living in a lot of global uncertainty over the last few years, and that doesn’t include what might be going on in your personal life.

Whatever you’re dealing with, let music help. Let it inspire you, heal you, provide you with passion, and speak to your soul. In so many ways, it can feel like a solid rock when everything else seems unstable.

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Katie Brenneman is a passionate writer specializing in lifestyle, mental health, education, and fitness-related content. When she isn’t writing, you can find her with her nose buried in a book or hiking with her dog. To connect with Katie, you can follow her on Twitter.

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How to Make Clean Vocal Tracks Sound Amazing

A well-executed vocal performance is what we voice actors, singers, and narrators strive for. It gets even better when we have our studio set up for an ideal recording session. For instance, you correctly set the volume levels, carefully choose the type of microphone, and a recording environment that has little to no background noise.

However, even perfect conditions can produce unwanted noise in your recordings. Sounds such as lip smacks, breathing noises, ambiance, hisses, and hums will somehow find a way into your audio. Thankfully, there are several ways to tweak the audio and make clean vocal tracks that sound amazing. Voice-over artists, video editors, YouTubers, and podcasters can all benefit from the editing tips included in this article. Plus, you can try them out the next time you’re working in post-production.

1. Dealing with Breathing Noise

A microphone will almost always capture the sound of breathing noises when recording vocals. Thankfully, there are many techniques to edit these noises and countless ways to make the audio sound great.

Like most things audio-related, opinions on this topic will vary. Some individuals will leave all breathing sounds in place, while others will completely remove them from the track. We think it’s best to find a happy medium in your editing process. If unwanted breathing noises tend to plague your audio tracks, you will need to spend some time cleaning them up. Keep in mind, that it’s best not to go overboard with your edits. You may end up with choppy-sounding vocals or add a very unnatural sound to your voice.

When editing, start by cutting out any filler breaths that don’t add anything to the audio. These breaths happen in-between different sentences or during a break in the vocals and will stick out like a sore thumb. Thankfully, you can easily clean up filler breaths without altering too much of the audio since they take place during the silent parts of the recording.

Additionally, you don’t have to cut out all breathing noises. Sometimes it’s better to leave a breath that has a natural sound to it. If the breathing is too loud, just select that portion of the audio and turn down the volume level so it isn’t as prominent. This will help the sound of your voice stay authentic.

Producer Jon Sine shares his way of dealing with breathing and pop sounds.

2. Tools and Techniques to Reduce Breathing Noise and Achieve a Clean Vocal Sound

Another way to address unwanted breathing noise is to use proper recording techniques and equipment to help minimize what your microphone picks up.

The power of a pop filter

The most common way to stop these breathing noises and plosive speech sounds from entering your recording is by using a pop filter. This device is one of the most powerful tools to use with your microphone to achieve professional-quality recordings and clean vocal tracks. A basic pop filter consists of a thin nylon-type fabric stretched over an adjustable frame. The device commonly has an attachment or clamp so it can be positioned near the microphone and conveniently clamp on the mic stand.

When speaking into a microphone that has a pop filter attached to it, the fabric layer of the filter is made to fix or drastically reduce the “popping” sound that comes from pronouncing words with plosives. Saying words with ‘p’ and ‘t’ sounds usually makes undesirable popping noises. The pop filter keeps these hard-sounding consonants from reaching the diaphragm of your microphone.

How to use a pop filter

Start by securing the pop filter’s clamp to the base of your microphone stand in your desired location. Next, position the pop filter closely to the microphone, but don’t let it touch. Depending on the tone of your voice and the vocal style you are trying to achieve, we recommend positioning your mouth 3″ to 6″ from the pop filter. Finally, record your vocals like you normally would.

Image of a condenser microphone with a pop filter to ensure clean vocal tracks.

How to use a pop filter

Start by securing the pop filter’s clamp to the base of your microphone stand in your desired location. Next, position the pop filter closely to the microphone, but don’t let it touch. Depending on the tone of your voice and the vocal style you are trying to achieve, we recommend positioning your mouth 3″ to 6″ from the pop filter. Finally, record your vocals like you normally would.

Positioning the microphone

The way that the microphone is positioned to the vocalist/talent will influence the result of your recordings and affect the tone of your voice. A microphone positioned horizontally to the mouth at 2 o’clock or 10 o’clock is considered the default position for recording vocals and will capture neutral characteristics of the mic. A brighter sound can be achieved by tilting the microphone upward towards the vocalist. Additionally, you can bring out the low end by aiming the microphone downward relative to the vocalist’s position.

3. How to Handle Lip Smacks

While the sentiment of kissing is appealing, the lip-smacking sound is undesirable when it sneaks into your recording. Are you bothered when you hear the sound of lip smacks? In general, our brains do a pretty good job of ignoring extraneous noise in our day-to-day activities, but recordings have a way of amplifying nuanced sounds. Keeping lip smacks and mouth clicks out of your recordings is a simple way to distinguish yourself from amateur talent.

Preferably, we can address lip-smacking sounds directly at the source. Having a glass of room temperature water nearby during your recording time is a simple way to moisten your mouth and throat before performing. Additionally, lip balm helps your lips from making unwanted noises. If lip smacks and mouth clicks sneak into your audio file, eliminate them by using your audio editing software. These noises usually stick out as a small spike in the waveform and can be cut out or muted. Your audience will appreciate your detailed editing!

4. Hum and Hissing Sounds

If you find a buzz, hum, or hissing sound trying to sneak its way into your session, you need to address the issue. These noises are usually the result of the electronic gear that you are using. So how can we get rid of those noises?

Ground loops

Humming sounds typically come from a ground loop and are characterized by a 50 or 60 Hz hum. A ground loop happens when 2 or more AC plugs have different ground potentials and are connected with an audio cable to the computer’s recording software. AC outlets with varying potential that cause this problem are most commonly found in older buildings.

Thankfully, fixing a ground loop is usually easy to do. If your audio equipment is plugged into multiple AC outlets you can break the loop by connecting everything to a single outlet with the use of a power strip. Additionally, a hum eliminator will also work if you need to use more than one outlet for your gear.

Three cables plugged into and extension cord.

Radio Frequency Interference (RFI)

Have you ever experienced distant high-pitched buzzing and hissing sounds that mysteriously sneak into your vocal recordings? These perplexing noises are commonly caused by electromagnetic interference.

Wireless phones, microwaves, fluorescent lights, TV/AM/FM transmitters, and many other devices can transmit a high-frequency electromagnetic interference called radio frequency interference. This type of interference is most commonly picked up by an improperly shielded audio/microphone cable. Additionally, some vintage microphones and older gear make great hosts for RFI.

It is very difficult to fix recorded audio that has captured this kind of interference. Thankfully, there are ways to combat this issue before recording. Shielded XLR cables for your microphone usually help with the issue and it is important to check for any ground issues/ground loops. Also, remember to keep your cell phone away from the interface, microphone, and/or preamps when recording.

Final Thoughts

We hope this article helps you consider some different ways to ensure that you record clean vocal tracks every time. By properly approaching each of your sessions as a true professional, you can minimize frustrations and spend less time editing in post-production. Happy recording!

Promoting Your Music on TikTok

Are you a fan of music? Want to promote your own songs online? Then you’re in luck!

In today’s world, people are looking for the next big thing in music and social media platforms like TikTok making people’s music dreams come true. It all starts with you – the music creative.

This brief guide will have you step into the world of TikTok, and how you can dominate the platform with your great music. Let’s dive in!

TikTok

TikTok is one of the most popular social media platforms on the Internet. According to Apptopia’s annual list, TikTok was the #1 most downloaded app in 2021 with over 656 million downloads. With over 3 billion total downloads, it dominates one-third of all social media. On TikTok, you can express yourself by singing, dancing, lip-syncing, offering advice, and anything else in short-video form.

Helpful Tips

So, now that you know what TikTok is about, it’s time to learn how to use it for music promotion. Here are 5 helpful tips on using TikTok to promote your music:

1. Be TikTok-Friendly

First and foremost, being TokTok-friendly is key. In other words, think about the time limits that TikTok offers. It used to be that videos could only be 15 to 60 seconds long. However, this has since changed. Now, your videos can be as long as 3 minutes.

You may want to take some pointers from some of your favorite TikTok videos. Think of how long their videos are. Are they 15 seconds long? Are they 60 seconds long?

Ultimately, being TikTok-friendly comes down to how you edit your video. Most of the time, you’ll end up editing out extra parts of your video, and that’s totally okay.

2. Do TikTok Challenges

Challenges and contests are a huge part of TikTok. From dance routines to cosplaying and lipsyncing, a lot can be done on the platform. And, the challenges come with their own hashtags.

Therefore, it’s important that you pick a challenge or contest – one that looks like fun – to make yourself known on TikTok. Believe it or not, people are more likely to follow you if they like seeing your submission in a TikTok challenge.

And don’t forget to use their hashtag when you submit a video for a TikTok challenge. It’s imperative that you use the challenge’s hashtag so that people know why you’re submitting a TikTok. Plus, that hashtag pulls you closer to that challenge’s audience, which means you have people following you because of your exciting submission.

Speaking of hashtags…

3. Take Advantage of Hashtags

Hashtags (#) are the “currency” of TikTok. You’ll normally see hashtags in viral content. For example, when you post music on TikTok, what are some keywords that you think of? #music? #songs? #dance? Yes, hashtags are “keywords” that you place in the description of your video.

Want to know a secret? When you type in a word or phrase after the hashtag (#), you’ll see how many times people have used that hashtag. If the usage is in the millions or billions, then it’s a very popular hashtag. You can even check out the “Discover” and “For You” tabs to see what hashtags are popular.

Again, hashtags are what keeps TikTok running.

4. Follow Other Creators

TikTok is where creatives can get together. For example, you might like a popular musician on TikTok. So it makes sense to follow them, right? Chance are, if you make music content as they do, they might follow you back.

Here’s how you can benefit from following other musicians on TikTok:

  • Gain inspiration from musicians
  • Have a chance to collaborate with other creators
  • Participate in contests and challenges
  • Discover ways to have fun with others on TikTok

One of the best ways to have fun with other creators is with the feature Duet. This feature lets you put two videos side-by-side as they play simultaneously. With Duets, you can collaborate with other creators/musicians, or react to someone’s video. To Duet, hit the “Share” button, and then hit the “Duet” button.

5. Be Authentic

Finally, it’s important to be yourself on TikTok. Don’t try to copy other content creators and musicians. Otherwise, people will see you and your music content as generic and unoriginal.

On TikTok, it’s all about authenticity. Whatever makes you happy, whatever lets you have fun, do it! Whether you have a big budget for video and music production or a small one, anyone can make it on the platform. The important thing is to be yourself.

Conclusion

As you can see, TikTok is where rising stars in music can create a fanbase. So, if you love creating music, then consider promoting your music on TikTok. And remember:

  • Be TikTok-friendly.
  • Participate in TikTok challenges.
  • Use hashtags.
  • Follow content creators like you.
  • Be yourself.

By following these helpful tips, you may soon be the next rising music star on TikTok.

Good luck and have fun!

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Madelin Miller is a writer at Top essay writing services and Studentwritingservices. She is also a contributing writer for Via Writing. As a content writer, she writes articles about music production and social media trends.

Songwriting: 5 Elements of a Memorable Song

Everyone is familiar with the feeling of having certain songs stuck in their heads. Furthermore, these motives invade thoughts, repeating themselves over and over. As a result, such songs quickly become hits and win numerous awards. Do you know how to write a memorable song?

One can often hear that composing music and songs is easy and anyone can do it. Of course, anyone can do it, but not everyone can write memorable songs. Everyone has had the experience of hearing a song only once and having it stuck in their head for the rest of the day.

Scientists often refer to such hits as “earworm songs.” Numerous elements in their structure contribute to them being a memorable hit. So, how does this magic work?

What Elements Make a Great Song?

There is no single hit formula. You cannot string together a few good lines and expect them to become a memorable motive. However, there are five elements that are common to all hit songs. Let’s find out what they are.

1. Memorable Melody

In addition to the lyrics, a hit song usually has a melody that is easy to remember. If you hear it once, you will be able to repeat it again over time.

To see if your song’s melody is memorable, sing/play it to your friends. Will they be able to repeat it right away? If that is the case, other listeners will likely be able to remember it as well.

2. Catchy Title

The name of a song is yet another mechanism for remembering it. It should be a “trigger” for the listeners’ brains – easy to remember and recall as soon as they see or hear the word or phrase somewhere.

For example, George Michael’s song “Faith”. It is a very common word, so it is often used in different places. Furthermore, many brands use it to name their new perfume or shoe line. So, while trying on a new pair of shoes, the client can unobtrusively recall a song they heard many years ago in a taxi.

3. Unpredictability of Text

People who listen to music want it to be clear and memorable, but they also want something unique. Each genre usually has its distinct vocabulary. On the other hand, the presence of two or more genres in the song at the same time is a factor ensuring a higher ranking. In other words, songs that go beyond the genre go beyond ordinary patterns, and in most cases, are more likely to succeed. If you are having trouble formatting your lyrics properly or require assistance, go to an essay writing service such as Trust My Paper.

4. Make Your First Lines

The first line in the lyrics is important because it introduces the subject the song is dedicated to, sets the mood for the entire hit, and helps draw listeners’ attention from the very beginning. The first line should pique the listener’s interest and entice them to hear how the story unfolds throughout the song.

Then, create a strong lyrical “hook”. Musicians frequently emphasize its importance in capturing the attention of the audience. In a particular section of the song, the hook is a magical combination of text, melody, and rhythm.

From the standpoint of lyrics, it is a memorable phrase repeated throughout the song. It is frequently (but not always) found in the chorus section.

To find a “hook” for your song, listen to catchy phrases that appear in everyday life or popular culture. Look for inspiration in books, films, and popular TV shows. Remember that although the hook is only a five-second segment, it can be enough to get your song stuck in people’s heads.

5. Produce More Written Material Than Needed

Writing lyrics for a song is similar to writing an essay or conducting research. Before you get a good piece of writing, you must make dozens of corrections to make it look professional and relevant to the subject. If you require writing assistance, go to an essay writing service like SupremeDissertations to find the help you need.

While composing the song, write more than you need and choose the best. After you have a chorus or chorus and a couple of verses, you have an almost finished first draft of your song.

However, it would be nice to keep writing to see if you can come up with something better than what you have. You can then edit the lyrics by selecting the best lines for your song.

The quality of your song is crucial. It must not only be well-written but also well-executed. Invest in the necessary equipment and technical capabilities. If necessary, contact the recording studio’s professionals. The majority of the music heard on the radio is produced using digital audio system software (for example, Ableton and Pro Tools). It enables musicians to produce high-quality songs without the need to visit a professional studio.

Part 1 from SongWriters Chop Shop for writing a hook.
Part 2 from SongWriters Chop Shop for writing a hook.

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Frank Hamilton is a blogger and translator from Manchester. He is a professional writing expert in such topics as blogging, digital marketing, and self-education. He also loves traveling and speaks Spanish, French, German, and English.

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5 Tips for Marketing Your Music Online

Thanks to the internet, the world of music has been more democratized than ever. Online streaming platforms now allow independent artists to generate revenue without being signed to a major record label. In fact, in 2020, streaming revenues from indie musicians amounted to a total of $2 billion. And as the pandemic limits possibilities for live shows and events, it is more imperative than ever for musicians to build a presence online.

However, because almost anyone can participate in online streaming, it’s also harder to stand out. Independent musicians that want to hold the shortening attention span of internet users need to put extra effort into marketing their music. To help, we’ve gone over the different ways musicians can promote their music online.

1. Post Short-Form Content

Since you’re competing with thousands of other online brands for the attention of internet users, it can help to capture the attention of your audience through short, snappy videos. Build interest in your music by posting demos on short-form video platforms such as TikTok, YouTube Shorts, and Instagram Stories. TikTok, in particular, has become a popular tool for discovering new music.

2. Connect with Fans on Social Media

Social media is a key tool for building audience loyalty and marketing your music online. Use social media to create more intimate interactions with your audience. For example, you can use Instagram Stories to show behind-the-scenes content, such as recording sessions or private jam sessions. Or, you can host live videos to interact with fans all over the world as you perform. Fans who get to see your more authentic side through these less-filtered live sessions and stories will feel a stronger and more personal connection with you and are thus more likely to stay loyal to your brand.

KDMR Music talks about more content ideas for musicians.

3. Partner with Influencers

If you want to grow your following, it can help to tap into somebody else’s audience. Influencers are individuals that have already mastered the art of marketing on digital media. Because influencers have already built a strong relationship with their followers, many people trust their recommendations, which means that influencer endorsement can lead to an immediate boost in engagement. Contact TikTok personalities and have them include your music in their clips. Or, have a YouTuber create a reaction video or review for your songs or albums.

4. Get Featured on a Podcast

Podcasts have become increasingly popular over the years. Data from Pew Research shows that 41% of Americans aged twelve and older listen to podcasts. Just like endorsements from influencers, getting featured on a podcast allows you to tap into a personality’s existing audience. However, the podcast medium can dive more deeply into a subject than short-form social media posts. If you score an interview with a podcaster, you can use that opportunity to discuss your music in-depth while gaining the trust of your partner podcaster’s regular listeners.

5. Get Featured on Spotify Playlists

The popular music platform Spotify lets users and staff curate and share their own playlists. Musicians can gain a substantial amount of listeners just by being included in a well-followed playlist. To land a spot in one of these playlists, you can contact popular playlist curators, such as influencers, record labels, and music blogs, and tell them a little about your work. If you have a verified Spotify for Artists account, you can submit songs for official Spotify playlist consideration.

BRANDMAN NETWORK has great advice for getting on playlists.

Thanks to the internet, artists no longer need to get discovered by major record labels to get their music on the public’s radar. Social media, influencer marketing, podcasts, and playlists can all help bring your music to the right listeners.

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Written exclusively for whisperroom.com

by Amanda Clifford

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