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Hard Rock Academy: Performance Vocals
Singing TIps from the Pros with Marcus Miller and Kenn Hicks
Although this DVD departs a bit from our usual review of drum and percussion material, I thought I'd give equal time to all of our singing DrumHeads!
The Hard Rock Academy is located on the back lot of Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, and has programs to educate students in all facets of the music industry. This DVD is part of the Hard Rock Academy Performance Series and was produced in association with Warner Bros. Music. The DVD features Grammy Award winning producer/musician Marcus Miller who has appeared on nearly 500 albums to date and world famous tenor and vocal coach Kenn Hicks, whose many clients include Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Sting, Elton John, Vanessa Williams, and Jennifer Lopez. It promises to "Take your performance to the next level" and to that end, we get to watch and listen to Kenn as he trains a male and female singer throughout the video. If he is successful, they should sound like pros at the end of the video. Let's check it out.
Finding Your Flava
Covered are the importance of singing scales to even out your voice, singing out instead of up and down, timing, phonetics, and the differences between head voice and chest voice.
Included are valuable tips for taking care of your voice properly from the best forms of exercise to the best liquids to drink prior to a performance.
Making Your Song Yours
Performance Vocals Bottom Line
I liked this video and, although I'm far from an expert on the art of singing, I can say that following Kenn's tips and techniques have helped me improve my singing tremendously, as they did with the "Real" singers Kenn trained throughout video. All I can say is watch out Phil!
This hour-long instructional DVD has been discontinued by the manufacturer but is still available at:
Until next time: Stay loose!
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