How to Develop Your Radio and Singing Voice

Listening to the radio as a young boy I always had a dream to be both an announcer and also a singer.  That meant that I would always be singing or doing grocery store announcements.  I am glad my parents supported me through out my child hood.  I am sure they were annoyed a time or two.  So as I got older I had enough money to pay for some private lessons from my local music teacher.  I was thrilled.

Today is different and you can find great lessons on line to develop your voice.  I have found two great resources for you today that you can start with.  The great news is there is no startup costs involved.  Just your time and practice.  First things first though, Glenn Halbrooks gives some pointers on what not to do and a few ideas.

Singing and Speech Lessons

Working On Your Authentic Voice

People who work in broadcasting want to develop their voice for TV or radio so that they sound professional the minute they first speak into a microphone. Decades ago, finding your broadcast voice was simple. Men tried to speak with as deep a voice as possible, while ladies wanted to sound happy, as if they’d just baked a pie.

Today, such speech sounds artificial on the air, which often makes the audience suspicious of what’s being said.

Vocal training means sounding less like an announcer and more like your natural self when the TV or radio microphone is turned on.

Listen to Your Voice
To build a natural-sounding broadcast voice, listen to yourself. Record a conversation you have with a friend and compare it to how you sound on the air.

What you want to hear is the tone of your voice. A conversation has peaks and valleys in inflection, speed and emphasis. Too often, a broadcast voice sounds flat, especially when you are reading from a script. The opposite extreme is a vocal delivery with a repetitive punch, which sounds sing-songy because the pitch goes up and down at the same rate in each sentence.

Here’s an exercise: Take a script that you would read on the air and put it aside. Now record yourself saying the same information — not in script form, but as you would say it to a friend. That is the vocal delivery style you want on the air.  Full article here.

Doing Some Exercises To Develop Your Voice

With speaking or singing, it is always a good habit to have good posture.  This will help you breathe better as well as speak.  It promotes wellness in the body and is more attractive in appearance.  We have followed up with Kevin McClintock for some tips.

You want to make sure that you have good balance and relaxation in your body and we have some great tips below. Keeping a good attitude and following these steps will allow you to take control of your breathing. Remember to go easy on yourself when learning because this won’t happen over night:
1. Make sure to be conscious of your hips and that there is no tension in them. Try to find the center of your hips which gives you that straight line position with everything else in your body.
2. Give yourself enough room between your feet and rock back and forth on feet to find that balance of your body weight.
3. Make sure that there isn’t a lot of tension in your knees. Knee tension can put strain on your back and move up and down your body affecting your voice.
4. Make sure you have that “proud” chest to give your lungs enough space to function properly.
5. Make sure your neck is tension free and is in line with your frame.
6. Rotate your shoulders lifting them up and down to release tension. Put your shoulders in the low position when done.
When doing breathe work, you always want to engage the diaphragm and fill up the bottom portion of your lungs. This will help you carry and support your voice. We have included some exercises to help your technique. Now you make feel light headed at first and it might be a good idea to take breaks, but keep at it.
Some Breathing Exercises so that you can try:

Feel free to practice this as often as you like.  Full article here: http://www.snagmusic.com/free-online-singing-lessons/

 Youtube video music lesson:

The more practice you put in, the better your voice will become.  If you have not checked out Snag Music, there are a lot of tips there as well as other resources on the web.  If you need any vocal help I would recommend reaching out to Kevin McClintock.

Posted on December 3, 2016
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How to Get Started Being a Radio DJ

Just like many other people out there, I wanted to become a radio DJ.  Now there is no formal training out there but many places have training.  If you are serious about becoming a radio DJ then you will need specific skills.  One thing to keep in mind is that you will want to be the person and live the life of a DJ.  Specially if  you are in the hip hop scene.  Also, you will need a clear voice and to speak clearly.  Thousands, if not millions of people will be listening to you on a regular basis.  They will be able to get an idea of your personality through your voice.  I have found a great article from learn.org about what you can expect in the field.

How to become a radio dj

What Education Will I Need to Become a Radio Disc Jockey?

Radio broadcasting is a challenging field to enter. Although there are no formal training requirements for this position, the first thing you should do is enroll in a broadcast journalism or Radio/TV Broadcasting program. These can be found in accredited universities, community colleges, or through vocational or technical schools. You can pursue a certificate, associate’s degree or obtain your bachelor’s degree.
You will take courses such as audio and radio production, mass communication, public speaking, radio and television announcing and computer applications. A background in English and drama will also be helpful. As you complete your studies, gain experience by working at small, local radio stations or at a college radio studio. Be prepared to work your way up in the business, perhaps by starting out as an intern.  Read more here.

Now depending on what kind of DJ and the size of the radio station your salary vary greatly.  Your best bet is to get your foot in the door somewhere after you get some type of training just to have something on your resume.  If you want to become an online radio DJ, the process will be a little easier but you will have to come up with the equipment.  In today’s world, equipment is much cheaper and you can start with just a laptop.

Getting Started Becoming a Radio DJ

Some of the best ways to get started learning to become a DJ may be easier than you think.  The best way to go about it is to get over your learning curve.  Telegraph has some great ideas on how to get started on a low budget.

If you have an idea, you don’t have to wait for someone to commission it, and you can execute it exactly how you want. If you want to be a presenter or a producer or a writer, you can try out all three, perhaps even simultaneously. You can practice and experiment with those roles without the pressure of your employer witnessing, and wasting their money on, your embarrassing learning curve. And if you’re serious about pursuing a career in audio, you really should demonstrate your enthusiasm for the medium by making some audio. Frankly there’s no excuse not to; it’s not expensive or difficult, because at its simplest you can record onto a smartphone, edit on free software, upload to a free hosting service. I had precisely zero knowledge or experience of any of these things when I started podcasting; indeed I barely knew what a podcast was. Seems I learnt the hard way.
Podcasting is a solitary business, so it doesn’t immediately lend itself to being that most vital tool for career-getting: making contacts. Yes, radio is one of the many industries that rewards the gregarious, and practically everybody I’ve met in radio has found jobs through people they know, or through people that the people they know. But even if, like me, you’re a shut-in making a podcast in the living room that you rarely leave, you can make a concerted effort to make contacts. Note the names of producers who have made shows you admire, and email or tweet them to ask if you can meet to discuss possible work prospects over a cup of tea (NB you should pay for the cup of tea if they agree). Get the full post here.

There are so many creative ways on how to get started with being a radio DJ.  The first step to anything is do a little bit of research, then take some serious action.  If you want to make a career out of being a radio DJ, you have to stand out.  Bring out your personality and get social with other DJ’s you will run in to for some great advice.

Youtube Video On Radio DJ tips:

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Rocking Out on The Drums

I was listening to one of my favorite drummers on the radio the other day.  Mitch Mitchell is one of those drummers that you can listen to and just jam out.  One thing I always wanted to try was to play the drums.  I didn’t need to be the best drummer out there but I wanted to learn how to do some basic drum beats.  As all of my posts go, I looked on the internet for someone that is willing to help and I ran into Spencer Smith.  He told me before I get started a needed at least a practice pad and some drum sticks.  So, off to the local music store to pick up my first pair of drum sticks.

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Picking Out My First Pair of Drum Sticks

So out at the store I was looking to get something basic to get me started.  As I looked at the wall I found a whole section of different drum sticks.  Each drum stick I noticed had a number and a letter behind it.  This signifies the type and style of a drum stick.  As I held each in my hand, some were much wider in my hand than others.  There were so many different drum sticks available that I went here first http://musicnuke.com/how-to-find-the-ultimate-drumsticks-guide/.  I ended up going with a set of beginner 5A’s.  The were 10 bucks and they seemed like the best choice at my skill level.

You can get easily confused on which drum stick to pick when you start looking at different types of woods and tips.  I recommend not over complicating things and getting what feels good to you.  The other thing I purchased was a simple practice pad.  It shouldn’t cost you more than 30 bucks for a simple practice pad.  Now that we have all the basics, lets find a simple exercise we can start with.

Rudiments Are A Great Place to Start

I went researched rudiments and found that they are essentially the building blocks on how to learn to drum.  They are repeated patterns that you play to learn limb independence and rhythm.  Even though the patterns seemed easy, it took me a few tries to get the hang of things.  I have included a video to show you how to play one of the easiest rudiments.

The single stroke roll is something you should stick with until you have some mastery over it.  Drumming isn’t hard to get the hang of and it is fun, but I can see that practice will be needed on a regular basis if you want to get really good.  I have no desire to join a band so after this  I will start learning the cymbals and bass drum.

My main goal with learning the drums is to go over to my friends house to play his set.  It may be a long time from now before I can actually sound decent.  It is well worth it in my eyes though.  I would recommend looking at different drum sites and eventually get private lessons if you are serious about the drums.

Posted on December 2, 2016
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Listening and Learning the Piano

Some of my favorite music to listen to was the old classical music on some of the AM stations when I was a child.  My grandfather and I would sit back and listen, he would then tell me about some his favorite artists like Back, Mozart, and Beethoven.  We would listen for hours on end.  The instrument that always intrigued by the piano and how many different sounds you could make with it.  Later in life this sparked me to want to play the piano as a hobby.  I will probably never be as good as some of the greats out there but here are some good tips on getting started.  I ended up reaching out to Josh Roland to get some ideas on starting the piano and I have shared some of that below.

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Getting Started On the Piano With a Budget

The main problem with learning a piano is that they can be expensive and they will take up a lot of space in your home.  So some things to consider before you make a purchase.  With a keyboard you will be able to still learn the piano, and they are a portion of the price.  The best part is their size.  You can take a keyboard with you just about anywhere and put it in a closet if needed.  In most cases I prefer my keyboard over a piano because I can hook it up to my laptop and make jingles for my radio station.  If you are on a serious budget you can find a keyboard for a low price online.

When purchasing a keyboard you will have different selections based on how many keys.  Quality options include 61, 78, 88 keys are it will come down to preference and space.  If you go used make sure you can try it out in person before paying.

The most important thing before you learn an instrument is to make sure you have enough enthusiasm to play it.  If not, you will just have another instrument laying around the house collecting dust.  I did the same thing for the longest time.  I would find great deals on instruments but would never have the time to play all of them.

Getting Started With Some Easy Piano Songs

There are some beginner piano songs at Burning Bushes music that are free to use and is what I started with.  You can pay for a subscription but most of the beginner songs and lessons are on the site.  You can start on this page here and just follow the videos: http://www.burningbushesmusic.com/easy-songs-to-learn-on-piano/.   You can also learn about posture and all the basic tips on other pages.  I do recommend getting a music teacher after you have the basics down though.  Online music lessons will only take you so far.

Setting up time to practice is one of the most important things to do on a regular basis.  Easy piano songs may become boring after a while and it could be time to take the next step.  Make sure to have new content to practice after you have mastered the basics.  The piano is one of the harder instruments to learn and I always recommend going easy on yourself.  The last thing you need is to stop motivating yourself.  Let 2016 be the year you start learning a new instrument.

 

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Is there Magic on the Radio?

We were very poor when I was growing up as a child and didn’t have much TV around.  Now that is a different story of course.  Technology has changed so much that everyone can have a TV for a very low cost and most people have more than one TV.  When I was a child though, the device that would transport me to different places was my radio.  It was the one thing that I would listen to for hours.  I would listen pianists, big band music, jazz, and radio personalities.  This is where I would dream and spend hours of my time.  I believe this was more powerful than watching television, it made me expand my imagination.

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 What is On the Radio Now

Radio has changed and music has advanced.  Now there are so many different genres of music out there that it is hard to keep up.  Also, satellite radio has made a large impact on when and where we can listen to the radio.  I think over time radio just keeps getting better and better.  I also now have the ability to play music on my own radio station.  The only problem now that I face is finding listeners to tune in because there is so many options available on the market. The best thing is, you can find anything you want to listen to at any time.

The radio is still a device that you can reach thousands of listeners with and influence many.  There isn’t as much power in radio though than there is with video, but the radio sparks more imagination than video.  So you should ask yourself, when was the last time you looked for a new radio station?  What would you like to see from a radio station if you can select one to be the way you wanted.  Please if you have any feedback, let me know if the comments or contact page.

Relaxing to the Radio

The best time I feel when to listen to the radio is when I am relaxed and close my eyes.  Some of the best music is heard when there is no distractions and you get to lay back and listen.  When you close your eyes, it puts you in the audience and you can hear your favorite classical tunes.  This is where the imagination flies.  Radio will almost always change my mood.  When I go on long road trips I make my satellite radio with me and listen to my favorite comedy channel.  This is one of the best ways to enjoy my time.

So no matter how you listen to the radio or tune into satellite, you will gain so much more pleasure from listening on a regular basis.  If you want to get involved with making your own radio station then now it is easier then ever.  Technology is on your side and costs are at an all time low.  If you need help or have questions then please reach out on our website.  I would love to help.

Posted on September 11, 2016
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How and Where to Get Started Making an Online Radio Station

Is Online Radio For You?

If you are looking to get started with your vary own online radio station, there are some things to consider before getting started.  This video is a great starting place and this website will host many different ideas on music and radio.

Posted on April 2, 2015
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