Saturday, September 16, 2017

Standby for Book Launch – 101 Letters from a Vocal Coach

When I asked the General Manager of Business Times Newspaper, Aga Mbuguni, to give me a column in his newspaper, it was the beginning of an exhilarating journey into the life of a vocal coach, in that not only was I inspired to write, I was motivated.

I wanted to bring what was happening in my classroom, or shall we say—studio, to readers all across Tanzania in written content and with links to supporting audio and video illustration.

What you’re now about to enjoy is a book filled with a collection of my very best articles, containing an array of scintillating tips for singers.

And so—finally, here's a warm welcome to the highly anticipated must-have book for singers all around the world, 101 Letters from a Vocal Coach!

Walking you through almost every conceivable vocal problem imaginable, and zeroing in on solutions as they unfold in my voice studio, is probably the most essential fabric of this book, because in the pages of this extraordinary memoir lie the answers to seemingly insurmountable problems concerning the voice, and most importantly, singing.

101 Letters from a Vocal Coach is stacked with riveting case studies and is written in a style that is not only informal, it is an easy read. And that is the beauty of it... as the last thing you want is a publication that looks more like an ostensibly boring text book.

The book, whose release date is yet to be announced, will be rolled out in two phases: the first being a digital release via Canadian bookstore platform Lulu; followed by a paperback release on the same platform several months later.

Included with the eBook is a collection of audio vocal training exercises, namely, the English version of Joett Vocal Drills Vol. 1-7 in MP3 format; Whilst, the publication in paperback is to include the exact same audio files on CD.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working on this book project over the past couple of years, and I’m certainly hoping you will enjoy reading my memoirs. I guarantee that you will come away with loads of helpful information to help you become a better singer.

You Are the Instrument, Learn to Sing Like a Pro!

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Learning to Sing On YouTube? Don’t Bank On it! Here's Why

If you’ve ever wondered why learn to sing YouTube videos don’t give you much to go on, then you will certainly appreciate what I’m about to reveal.

Whilst chatting on WhatsApp with one of my new online pupils recently, they opined that despite their efforts to learn to sing on YouTube, they were not getting any results whatsoever.

When I asked with whom they’d been training, I was given a name. Honestly, I can’t remember the name now. However, I was quick to point out that, most vocal coaches on YouTube only post videos for marketing purposes. Their videos are more like teasers to introduce their products—which, if you really want you’ll have to purchase.

And if you want their private coaching services, again, you’ll have to pay. And so, if you have this misguided notion that you can take voice lessons on YouTube outright, you'll need to think again.

There are millions of videos on YouTube on all manner of topics that hand out advice and handy tips. However, the reason why these tips go online—it has to be understood—is to promote some sort of product the video poster is selling. Pure and simple!

So, if you think you can learn to sing straight off the tips they're giving on video, you are well and truly mistaken. It’s never going to happen, unless you purchase the products they are promoting… which, usually, will contain a collection of vocal exercises compiled for the product.

I hope this has shed a little bit of light on the purpose of the YouTube video that offers tips on singing. To watch voice training videos straight out of my voice studio sessions, simply Like my Facebook Fan Page here!

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Getting a Little Overzealous with the Vocal Training? Here's Why You Shouldn't Read too much Into the Technical Details

If you worry about how you’re fairing in voice training, then you will find some reassurance in this article. Please understand that it is of critical importance that you don’t read too much into the technical details of voice training, like where your chest voice is and what your head voice is meant to sound like, because all of this is really irrelevant. If anything, getting too involved in all of that could actually work against you. In this article, I try to explain why, when it comes to voice training, you ought to apply the KISS formula. Keep It Simple Stupid.

Having been a voice coach over the last 8 years, I have discovered some truly remarkable stumbling blocks. In context with the message in this article, those that hardly delved into the whys in relation to singing and only focused on doing the exercises correctly… not even knowing specifically why or what these lifeless exercises were for in the first place, tend to get quick results with the training because their only focus is in listening to instruction and doing the exercises.

My point being, the less you read into this, the quicker the results. I’ve seen people worrying a lot, thinking a lot, and reading way too deep into this, and I’ll tell you this for nothing… it works against them. So, the next time you’re feeling a little overzealous and rather tempted to overindulge, stop!

In fact, I would go to the extent of suggesting you simply become a robot. Because it is important that you don't crowd your mind with too many things. Only do the training. I hope this article helps you resolve a rather common problem.

You Are the Instrument, Learn to Sing Like a Pro!


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

How Long Has Singing Been Around? Here's the Evolution of Singing

If you have wondered how the evolution of singing came about, then you will certainly find some answers in this article. In the beginning, man sang out their feelings. And this is long before they were able to speak their thoughts.

That being said, there was absolutely no similarity back then to singing in a modern day concert hall. The reference to speech originating in song, therefore, means our comparatively monotonous spoken language and our highly developed vocal music are differentiations of primitive utterances, which had more in them of the latter than of the former. We can relate these utterances to the singing of birds and the roaring of a myriad of animals and the crooning of babies—exclamatory, not communicative.

It came forth from our ancestors’ inner craving of the individual without any thought of fellow creatures. They didn’t have the slightest idea that communicating ideas and feelings to someone else was even remotely possible.

The more you explore how long singing has been around, the deeper you’ll want to dig to discover the evolution of singing. The voice, presumed to be the original musical instrument, and the vocal production of musical tones, are so intrinsically basic to man, its origins are long lost in antiquity and predate the development of spoken language. You’re going to be surprised to discover that there is no human culture, no matter how remote or isolated, that does not sing.

Not only is singing ancient and universal, in primitive cultures it is an important function associated not so much with entertainment or frivolity as with matters vital to the individual, social group, or religion. Primitive man sings to invoke his gods with prayers and incantations; celebrate his rites of passage with chants and songs; and recount his history and heroics with ballads and epics. There are even cultures that regard singing as so incredibly potent an act that they have myths that suggest creation was sung into existence.

It is likely the earliest singing was mainly individualistic and more improvisatory, imitating the sounds of nature, but at what point it became meaningful and communicative cannot be established. No doubt, it was an important step in the creation of language. Anthropologists believe the development of a lowered larynx (important to articulate speech, as it effectively makes the flexible lower tongue the front wall of the pharynx), was a relatively recent aspect of human evolution.

As there are no bones in the human larynx, archaeological remains offer no direct physical evidence of the vocal apparatus of prehistoric man. We also lack studies that correlate vocal characteristics to body size (basic gender difference aside), and there is general belief large-bodied peoples like Slavs, tend to produce low-voiced singers, while small-bodied peoples like those in the Mediterranean, would produce more high-voiced singers. If there is any validity in this, the voice that belonged to the owner of the prehistoric jaw bone half the size of a modern jaw unearthed in 1909, at Heidelberg, Germany, may have been a remarkable discovery.

Some experts would suggest that carrying the idea of relating body size to vocalism into more recent periods, sees modern man as having grown too large to fit the armor of medieval knights. And more recently, it is suspected that, increasingly, the male alto voice type is becoming somewhat of a rarity. Tempting though it is to see a relationship between such things, we lack the means to support it factually.

In Conclusion: Based on our knowledge of the singing of present-day primitive peoples, a possible scenario of musical development in the evolution of singing would begin with simple melodic patterns based on several tones. Also, pitch matching where several persons sing in unison might emerge next, with singing in parallel motion with women or children singing with men; and call-and-answer phrases, and drone basses as subsequent steps. All of which would lead to an evolving sense of tone and scale structure giving rise to the development of such basic musical devices as melodic sequences and formulae.

I do sincerely hope that this article has given you some insight as to how long singing has been around. Thank you for dropping by.


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Friday, August 11, 2017

AFRIMA 2017 Adjudication Process Concludes in Lagos

Strangely enough, I’m writing this blog post on flight ET 900 from Lagos to Addis Ababa. My nine days in Lagos, where I attended the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) 2017 adjudication process as a member of the Jury, was—to say the least, a bit of a whirlwind. And that’s putting it—well, rather mildly. I remember at the press conference yesterday, when the press, knowing it was my first visit to Lagos, wanted to know of my experience of Lagos. Quite literally, I wasn’t going to lie.

For me Lagos had been a series of back and forth trips from my hotel room; to the boardroom (on the same floor) and the dining room. I never had the chance to sightsee, as it were. We worked back-to-back and flat out into the night to sift through a combination of 4,800 video and audio entries. (I'm sure I'll get to see Lagos some other time).

If I’m honest, I’ve sat on the jury panels for EATV Music Awards and the Kilimanjaro Tanzania Music Awards and it was nothing like this. The sheer volume of entries at AFRIMA was just unbelievable. Not complaining, just reporting the facts. This was WORK! Tons of work.

That being said, it was a wonderful experience and I met some truly awesome individuals on the panel—fellow jurors from all over Africa, whom I now consider family—and the AFRIMA management, who did their very best to ensure that we all had a pleasant stay.

It is quite incredible how the music industry has grown on the African continent. But what truly took me by surprise was how little I knew about what was happening in other parts of Africa. In essence, myself, as well as the other members of the jury were discovering new music from across the African continent every minute every hour. And I think from this point on, I’ll want to stay abreast with the African music scene right across the board as best I can.

We're on the same continent, and yet our music is so diverse. What probably came as a shock was the HUMONGOUS followings North African artists had... some had as many as half a billion views on YouTube! Which is completely unheard of in the rest of Africa. Fascinating.

Well, it’s nice to be home. And I shall now look forward to attending the AFRIMA 2017 Awards Ceremony coming up in November.

Thank you for dropping by.


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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Jiunge na Darasa Moja La Kukusaidia Ukae Sawa na Mazoezi Ya Sauti

Ili kufikisha huduma yangu ya mafunzo ya sauti bila gharama, nilitengeneza na kupandisha program za mafunzo Joett Vocal Drills Volume. 1-7 Mkito.

Pamoja na hayo, kwa baadhi yenu kujifunzia na program hizo bado mnakua mnahitaji muongozo.

Nilichokifanya ni kuwapandishia video za darasani mwangu mara kwa mara kwenye Instagram yangu @joettmusic ili muweze kuona mifano, na vile vile kuna video nyingi tu kwenye channel yangu ya YouTube.

Na sasa nimeamua kufungua darasa kwa mafunzo ya lisaa limoja tu ndani ya studio yangu, ili kuwasaidia wale wanaotaka kukaa darasani na mimi kwa lisaa limoja tu, waweze kupata uelewa zaidi wa jinsi ya kufanya haya mazoezi ili wapate mafanikio ya haraka zaidi. Huduma hii inaanza mara moja.

Kama ungependa kujiunga, tafadhali nitumie ujumbe WhatsApp nikupe utaratibu.

Je, ungependa kusoma Nakala Nyeti za Mazoezi na Maelekezo ya Uimbaji Bora? Bofya hapa!


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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Je, Utajuaje Kama Unakosea Katika Mazoezi Ya Sauti ?

Mazoezi yangu ya sauti, yaani Joett Vocal Drills Vol. 1-4 yana madhumuni moja tu. Kuondoa tabia ya kupiga makelele na kuimbia kooni. Kwa maana nyingine, kama wewe unaimbia kooni na unapata shida kupanda na kushuka na vile vile unaumia unapo imba nyimbo, basi maana yake ni kwamba wewe hauna mpangilio stahiki wa kuimba.

Hivyo basi, unahitaji kufanya mazoezi stahiki ya sauti ili kurekebisha sauti yako uweze kuimba kwa kutumia mfumo mpya, ambao hauumizi koo wala hauchoshi sauti yako. Na juu ya hapo, mfumo huu wa mazoezi ya kuimba utakuwezesha wewe kuimba kwa upeo mkubwa na kwa urahisi kabisa.

Ukisha download Vol. 1-7 ntahitaji kusikia voice note yako ukiyafanya mazoezi ili nikupe muongozo zaidi. Usifanye Vol. 5-7 mpaka sauti imekaa sawa na mazoezi ya Vol. 1-4. Jipe muda wa wiki kadhaa. 


Usilazimishe notes na wala usiimbie kooni katika training. Na tafadhali fuata piano na uimbe ndani ya funguo (key). Nenda Instagram @joettmusic au #JaphyRoss uangalie video za Japhy Ross darasani. Itakupa uelewa zaidi.

Sasa basi, kama unafanya mazoezi ya Vol. 1-4 na unashindwa kuenda na funguo (key) bila ya kupiga kelelele na kujiumiza koo, basi ujue unakosea. Wacha mazoezi mara moja alafu niombe mimi ushauri kupitia WhatsApp (namba ipo kwenye bango hapo juu).

ONYO: Ukiendelea kubamiza sauti, utaua kabisa sauti yako. 

KUMBUKA: Mifano ya jinsi ya kufanya mazoezi kifasaha na bila shida yeyote wala kutumia nguvu, yapo kwenye Instagram page yangu @joettmusic au #JaphyRoss na vile vile kwenye YoutTube Channel yangu.

Tafadhali Soma Nakala Nyeti za Mazoezi na Maelekezo ya Uimbaji Bora. Na kama ungependa nikuweke sawa, natoa madarasa ya lisaa limoja ana kwa ana ndani ya studio yangu, Oysterbay. Kwa maelekezo zaidi, bofya hapa!

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