Backstage at the 2013 NBA All-Star game, Legend hipped Billboard to how singers can nail the national anthem and spoke a bit about his forthcoming, Kanye West-assisted album.
On Sunday (Feb. 17) John Legend sang the “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the NBA All-Star Game in Houston, continuing trend of top R&B singers performing the national anthem on huge stages. Alicia Keys sang a lengthy version of it at the Super Bowl earlier this month, while (albeit with a bit of hullabaloo) Beyonce knocked it out at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in January.
“This is probably one of the most high profile years for controversy and for virtuosity,” Legend said backstage to Billboard before he sang in Houston’s Toyota Center, where the All-Star game was held.
“It’s just something that is part of the cannon of songs that, if you are a singer, you should be able to nail,” Legend added. “It’s almost like a demonstration of ability. It takes some ability to do it right. It takes some range and it takes some skill. It’s not an easy song.” That said, Legend provided some tips for how to sing it well from the jump.
“Start low enough,” he cautioned. “Because you have to take it high by the end. You’re going to start slightly lower than what’s comfortable for you because you have to get so high by the end and if you start right in the heart of your range, it’ll get too high by the end. So the biggest key is starting low enough. So I have my little pitch pipe on my iPhone to make sure I start off in the right range.”
Later this year John will release his fourth solo album, “Love in the Future,” targeting June as its drop date.
“We’re basically done with it,” Legend said. “Kanye [West] produced it with me, the same core team we’ve had since [my debut album] “Get Lifted.”
Kanye West lately hasn’t been a producer in the sense of making music from scratch. On “Cruel Summer,” his 2012 album G.O.O.D. Music record label’s compilation album that he executive produced, he opted to be more of an editor to productions provided by others. The same goes for how he’s assisting John on “Future.”
“He doesn’t actually make beats anymore,” Legend said of Kanye. “That’s what he’s been doing on my album, kind of supervising and getting younger producers to kind of craft the sound. We oversee it together. It’s been great working with Kanye, because I think he has a great ear and he pushes me in the right direction and that’s been good for the project.” [Billboard]
Ben Caplan, the man behind the voice behind the new record “In the Time of the Great Remembering”, sits down with Glenn Gould’s favourite piano to share a quick lesson on vocal technique in Studio Q.
William (Bill) Wesbrooks is Director of Vocal Performance at New York University’s Steinhardt School. Bill Wesbrooks, from NYU, talks about the performing arts department and what is takes to get in.
We were extremely excited to welcome the legendary Robert Owens to the Point Blank Studios for the next instalment in our Live Masterclass series. The Chicago house music mainstay offered an insight into how he lays down and records vocals in the studio by working on a new track with producer and Point Blank tutor Raffertie live in front of the students watching in the audience.
In this clip from www.artistshousemusic.org – Phil Frohnmayer is a Professor of Voice and Coordinator of Vocal Activities at Loyola University New Orleans. He has recorded for Centaur and Albany Records and regularly appears as a soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Orleans Opera.
Philip Frohnmayer talks about his career and about teaching classical voice.
Vocal techniques from the great Eric. He presents some great techniques and pointers explaining that everyone can sing.
Singing Lesson video series for all the singers out there who are interested in how to sing from the diaphragm. You should do the exercises in this voice lesson every day for a week or until you can feel the results I describe in this video. Do this if you want to achieve maximum results in learning how to sing properly from the diaphragm.
In this video, I share 3 tips to help you sing better. This is a response to the large number of vocal coach questions I get about the voice. I hope it helps.
There’s been an amazing response to these videos on vocal technique. Here are some more “Quick Tips.” This vid deals with nasality in the voice. The same principles that apply in this vid for alleviating nasality also apply to developing a healthy belt voice sound.
Voice lesson series on Vibrato. When he give lessons as a voice coach he gets asked about it all the time. In this video, I answer the following questions: What is vibrato? What are wrong ways of producing it? What is good approach for getting it in my voice?
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Great techniques for connecting your head and chest voices smoothly. Watch and learn!
Jacqueline Bobak, from California Institute of the Arts, talks about being the coordinator for vocal studies at Cal Arts. Great stuff!
Voice coaches, get asked all the time “How do I learn to sing from the diaphragm?” So in order to help you out, here is an online singing class that talks about it.
World Famous Vocal Coach, Author, Composer, Video Producer and Screenwriter Jonathan Morgan Jenkins teaches how important it is for every performer to breath properly before beginning to learn how to perform with the maximum amount of energy.
Dianna Heldman, Professor of Vocal Performance at New York University’s Steinhardt School, discusses some of the strategies she uses to impart good vocal technique to her students, and how she approaches working with the student to identify and resolve problems of physical and technical natures.
Dane Chalfin is an industry vocal coach and the only officially contracted voice rehabilitation specialist working for the National Health Service in the UK. His clients include well-known artists and actors and his teacher training courses attract professional vocal coaches and singing teachers from around the world. He is a director of the British Voice Association and Principal Lecturer in Voice at Leeds College of Music, Europe’s leading contemporary conservatoire.
Brian Gill from NYU gives advice to those wishing pursue music professionally. He emphasizes exploring what your voice can do and not to limit yourself vocally. He believes if you limit yourself it can be a hinderance.
Tips on how to become a great back vocalist. Great video tutorial for all you aspiring musicians!
It’s really amazing how many singers with big reputations still couldn’t hit all of their range without pushing or having their voice crack or fall apart. This video explains how to prevent that. Enjoy!
Taylor comes to Brett with a simple request. More power in head voice. So in todays update we give you some of the very best exercises and techniques to build a clear and powerful head voice from the smallest beautiful sound to the amazing epic quality that only head voice can deliver. Listen and watch as Brett uses his inventive exercises to close Taylors vocal cords and clear up her high operatic range. Even one of Claude McKnights secret voice building exercise is laid bare in this revealing lesson. We all need to be reminded of how important building a strong foundation in our HEAD VOICE brings clarity and power to our mix voice. Finally, Brett brings in a mix voice application as the bottom foundation to the legit head voice. If you have trouble with either head or mix, you will want to see the end of this lesson as Taylor and Brett work through some difficult parts that we left unedited for your benefit.
This four part Singing Lesson video series is for those are interested in how to warm up your voice. You should do a warm up like this before every voice lesson with your voice teacher if you want to achieve maximum notes and hit high notes with straining.
A look into a vocal class on how to not pull your chest while singing! Enjoy!
Catch Jono talk about Mic & Vocal technique in the Worship Central Vocal Tutorials. These are great tips!