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This is a 25 minute session where I cover some foundational concepts to consider and help the modern worship keyboard musician apply his or her skill to fit into the modern worship platform.  This is also a good resource for pop and rock music in general.  There are some very useful and valuable tips to apply across styles and platforms.  Do yourself a favor and take the time to watch these videos.  They will make a huge difference in your[…]

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In the last Multitrack Video I showed you how you can use Logic to change the key of your multitrack stems for re-exporting and using in Mainstage.  It is also possible to accomplish this directly in Mainstage.  It is a lot easier to do and works really well.  This video covers how to do this and the pro’s and cons for doing this directly in Mainstage. Share This Page

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Here I briefly talk about vibrato and the role I believe plays on the vocal performance.  When I was young, I was instructed by my voice teacher that in order to maintain pitch and keep the vocal cords healthy, I had to always sing with vibrato.  I used to work hard to produce what they referred to as “Natural Spin.”  Well since I was trying to make it happen and it was pretty much expressed to me emphatically that it[…]

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Here I will talk about how to sing with a neutral larynx.  This is also called the adams apple for many can prove to be a problem when singing.  Many singers find that their larynx moves up as they sing higher and down as the sing lower.  I will demonstrate how to keep the larynx neutral which in turn relaxes the voice while producing strong and clear sound.  This type of singing is also called speech level singing because most[…]

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In this video I am going to differentiate between what I call Technical vs Passionate singing.  While technique is an important part of singing that must be learned, it is NOT what makes a good singer.  I could scan a piece of sheet music into a computer and it could play it back technically perfect but it will not be satisfying to ear until it is played by a human with feelings and passion.  The same is true for singing.[…]

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In this second video, I cover some of the many questions vocalists have regarding their voice and singing.  There are many different approaches to singing and many have their merits, but singing is not an art that is one size fits all.  Conventions that might be true in one type of singing, may not necessarily be true for another.  Wether you are a classical or thrash metal vocalist, the basic goals are the same, produce credible and pleasing performances and[…]

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In this video, I am going to give you an introduction to a technique to singing that can really improve your dynamic range.  This approach to singing is best utilized for Pop, Rock and Contemporary Worship styles.  Every technique that is covered in these videos is very attainable for every singer at any level.  These principles were taught to me by Bryan Schexnay, an incredible vocal coach who teaches at Gateway Church in Southlake TX and I am very grateful[…]

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In this video I describe how you can transpose stems to change the key of your multitrack.  This can be very useful as we often need to have multiple options of keys for the songs we do.  The process is very simple as you will see. Share This Page

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Here we are at the end.  We are almost done importing our first Multitrack into Mainstage.  I hope after going through this process, you are inspired to dig deeper into the world of Mainstage.  It is a powerful program and well worth $29.  Please feel free to contact me at claycollinsmusic@gmail.com for any question or if you would like to see other tutorials.  I hope you have enjoyed this one and that it is useful to you. Share This Page

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Here we get into some fun stuff.  We get to do a little engineering and connect all of our interface buttons to the right function.  We are making the final machine work properly. Share This Page