Saturday, 19 August 2017

Are Your Kids Part of the Next Generation of Pianists in Training?

The upcoming generation of Instrumentalists are in the making. At Lee Ellie Music School we have a strict practice routine which is a key contributor to the  success of our lovely students. Call us today to register your children for quality music education. 08132918691. www.leevocalstudios.blogspot.com

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Where to Get the Very Best of Violin Lessons for Adults in Lagos, Nigeria.

Dont wait till you are 80 before you pick up an instrument. Learning to play an instrument as an adult has many benefits including health. Give yourself a chance to live your dreams. Register for our private violin classes today. Call or WhatsApp us on +2348132918691. More about us on www.leevovalstudios.blogspot.com

Looking for a Music School on the Lagos Mainland?

When kids gather to play music, expect the best. Our music workshop has been fun and exciting. All these talented kids are able to pull unique stunts on keys. Some have proved to be future music teachers, performers and producers. Have you got kids who show signs of musical ability? Bring them in for training. Contact us on +2348132918691. More about us on www.leevocalstudios.blogspot.com

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

You Want to Sing Like Beyoncé? Hurry! Get This Fast!


Hello friends, hope you are all doing great. As a new season ushers in, we might be considering setting new goals; one of which may be grooming the voice to sing professionally. Everybody wants a decent voice isn't it?

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Monday, 31 July 2017

5 Reasons Why Retirement is the Best Time to Learn to Play an Instrument.

If you’ve recently made the leap into full-time retirement, you may be finding yourself with a lot of extra time on your hands. There are plenty of ways to fill that time, from book clubs to board games and painting to yoga.
But if you’re interested in taking up a hobby that will enhance your mind and body, that can be enjoyed on your own, and that can open doors to new friendships, you just may want to consider learning to play an instrument.
Maybe you’re thinking that retirement is much too late in life to learn an instrument. That ship has sailed, right?
Well, think again! Studies show that there are bountiful benefits to learning new musical skills during your retirement. In fact, retirement may be the best time to study a new instrument.
Check out our top 5 reasons why you should learn to play an instrument in your golden years (whether retired or not):

1. It will keep you mentally active and help you stay sharp.

Learning to play a musical instrument is one of the best mental workouts available. The act of learning stimulates an area of the brain that’s involved with memory and concentration, putting you on the winning side of the “use it or lose it” dilemma.
Not to mention, taking part in cognitively challenging activities is proven to have a positive effect on warding off Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

2. You will reap a variety of physical health benefits.

Learning a new instrument isn’t just good for your mind, it’s good for your body, too.
Playing an instrument can increase coordination and slow certain aging conditions, such as osteoporosis and loss of muscle mass. These conditions occur when levels of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) get too low. In this study, blood tests indicated a 90% increase in levels of HGH in seniors who were given keyboard lessons, meaning they experienced a decrease in their risk of muscle and bone loss.

3. Making music is therapeutic.

Have you ever noticed that listening to music can lift your spirits, calm you down and improve your mood? According to researchers, those positive effects are amplified when you’re the one creating those soothing melodies.
Sitting down with an instrument to create music is a great way to blow off steam, release stress, express yourself, and spend time reflecting. We are glad to hint you that learning to make music can help retirees overcome depression and anxiety.

4. It will make you happier.

Making music has intrinsic value – meaning that people enjoy doing it simply for the sake of doing it, and not as a means for achieving any specific end result. When we take part in an activity that has intrinsic value, we experience instant satisfaction, fulfillment, and happiness.
Not only is making music incredibly fun, but you’ll feel great about yourself as you notice your musical abilities improving over time.

5. You’ll find new ways to connect with others.

Who says that learning an instrument has to be a solo act? By taking the leap into music-making, you’ll be exposed to a whole new set of opportunities to build relationships and connect with others. At Lee Ellie Music School, we love it when you invite friends and family members to play with you, or when you put your skills to use by performing in community events.
If you have grandchildren, learning an instrument will provide you with yet another chance to bond with them. You can teach them what you know, or even take lessons together!
Whether you’re interested in learning to play an instrument for the health benefits or just for the simple joy of it, you’ll certainly enjoy many benefits that will enrich your retirement experience.
Would you consider learning to play an instrument during your retirement or even as an active CEO or VIP? Which instrument would you like to play? Tell your story in the comments below!
Looking for a place to become part of a community and make some lasting friendships with like-minded people in similar life circumstances? Join Lee Ellie Music School today! Connect with our celebrity music teacher who will keep you engaged at every age or level.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Summer Violin Classes in Lagos, Nigeria - Lee Ellie Music School.

Are you a busy adult looking for an opportunity to explore your talent in musical instrument playing?

At Lee Ellie Music School there is a personalized and customized class for each  student that matches the individual's dreams and goals. No doubts, Lee Ellie Music School is the best music school in Nigeria.

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Meet the Best Music Teacher in Lagos Nigeria - Lee Ellie Music School

Lee Ellie Music School gives quality music education at all levels. Do you want your choir to learn to read music and sight-sing? Contact us today on +2348132918691. See more videos on this channel and on our blog: www.leevocalstudios.blogspot.com. You are welcome to SUBSCRIBE and SHARE.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Achieve Your Musical Dreams with Lee Ellie Music School, Lagos - Nigeria

Lee Ellie Music School leads the industry in music instruction and customer service. Our professionally trained and experienced staff of music teachers have helped students of various skill levels and ages achieve their musical dreams.

To find out more about us, call +2348132918691 or log on to www.leevocalstudios.blogspot.com.

Artiste Grooming Session At Lee Ellie Music School, Lagos - Nigeria

Lee Ellie Music School offers private music lessons to top-notch clients. We also offer fun, motivating and personalized music lessons to VIPs, CEOs, celebrities, busy executives in the comfort of their homes. For more information on how to book your classes, log on to www.leevocalstudios.blogspot.com. you can also reach us directly on +2348132918691 or whatsApp +447435240062.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Summer Holiday Music Programs for Children in Lagos-Nigeria

The holidays have begun and the time is right to embark on a musical adventure! Which would you like your kids to learn? Strings, keys, valves or membranes? We've got well trained teachers who are more than willing to support them. Holla at us now and let's get rolling!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Our Recorder Lessons for Kids in Lagos, Nigeria are Fun

Hello friends of Lee Music School. It's summer time and our holiday music program for children in Lagos has started. What are you waiting for? Get your instruments ready and holla at us on +2348132918691 to book your classes on singing, piano, guitar, violin, trumpet, recorder etc.

We are excited to hear from you soon. Enjoy the rest of the week!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Private Violin Lessons for Children in Lekki, VGC, Ikoyi and VI Lagos-Nigeria

Are you tired of investing so much in getting your children to play musical instruments and not succeeding for whatever reason. Worry not, at Lee Music School, we know how to get your kids moving their fingers on strings and keys. At the end of 4 classes, you will witness a remarkable difference. And in case you didn't know, Lee Music School is the best in Nigeria and we help both adults and kids find their unique niches within the captivating world of music.

To book your classes, contact us on +2348132918691. Watch videos of our superkids playing on www.facebook/lauraetemah. com

Saturday, 3 June 2017

The Best Private Music Tuition in Lagos, Nigeria.

Are you interested in booking for a music classes with Lee Ellie Music School? Call us us on +2348132918691. We are excited to help me you achieve your musical goals. Also see www.leevocalstudios.Blogspot.com or WhatsApp +4474352490062.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Is It Too Late For Adults To Learn To Play The Violin??? A Must Watch!!!

Deciding to learn a new instrument as an adult can be an adventurous experience. It is common belief that people lose interest in learning something new as they grow older. But with music, it is a more exciting ball game altogether. 

At Lee Music School, we help adults to delve into a new passion through the path of music. We are well known for making the magic happen. So, it is never too late to dust off that violin and visit us today for a rewarding private violin class. 

Call us today on +2348132918691, WhatsApp +447435240062 or check us out on www.leevocalstudios.blogspot.com to book a 30 minute FREE trial class.

Private Guitar Lessons for Children in Lagos: How Much Benefit Does Music Hold for Your Kids?

Learning music gives you the opportunity to explore and discover a new talent and passion. Music is always around us and the skills you will develop in a private music class for useful for life! Amongst the benefits that music offers are:

  • Self-esteem boost
  • Improved academic skills
  • Refined organizational and time management skills
  • Improved focus and discipline
  • Strengthened respiratory system
  • Sharpened concentration and much more! 
Don't hesitate to enroll your child for private music lessons if he/ she needs to improve in mathematics, reading and comprehension. Learning music also helps to relieve stress and correct anti-socialism in children. More so, learning to play an instrument will inspire creativity, promote cultural integration and create in you a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment which in turn results in a fulfilled life.

At Lee Ellie Music School, we have competent teachers who will ensure you play at least 10 songs on your choice instrument by your 4th class. We work with students from age four and at all level of musical development - beginners, intermediate and advanced.

  • Register for a term (four months) today and get a 20% discount.
  • Call us today on +2348132918691 or WhatsApp +447435240062 to book for a FREE 30 minute trial class.
  • Refer a friend and get 5 tracks of FREE VOICE TRAINING audio files.
To visit us for a chat at 11, Agard Street, Sabo - Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria, give us a call or email etemahlaura@yahoo.com to book an appointment.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Catch Them Young - Piano Lessons for Children in Lagos

For more information on Music lessons for children in Lagos, call +2348132918691 or log on to www.leevocalstudios.blogspot.com

We are looking forward to sharing the joy of music with you and your family!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Laura Etemah - Facilitating at the Explode Event

Facilitating at the explode event about 5 years ago was a great experience for me. I was to take along Millicent who was one of the Big Brother Africa's contestant for that year. I was glad she showed up to speak with the youths. It was great listening to Linda Ikeji speak about her blog multi-million naira blog. In fact, Linda's speech gave birth to my blog! 

I just bumped unto the Explode page and saw my profile.:log on here to see it. It's been quite a journey and I want to thank all who have supported my dreams one way or the other. I have always wanted to help people discover their true singing voices and I appreciate the Peculiar Media Limited for giving me the opportunity to be an inspiration to the youths I spoke to. Surprisingly, till today, they still contact me!

Lee Music School - Essential Vocal Warm-up Exercises for the Choir

Regular vocal warm-up exercises help to loosen the voice and promote flexibility and a good tone. It is good practice to start choir practice with  some tension-releasing exercises as we have  in the video. Call us to groom your choir and chorus singers: 

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Lee Music School - Choir Practice - Guess Who is Singing?!

Lee Music School takes on the Abba House Choir - a contemporary choir; and they are trying out harmonies with hymns in the video above. Singing is such a beautiful exercise which naturally keeps your body, spirit and soul in alignment. Does your church choir need to step up their musical skills? Lee Music School is happy to help you achieve that. Call us today on +2348132918691 or check on us on: www.leevocalstudios.blogspot.com

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Lee Music School - Private/ Home Piano, Guitar, Violin, Saxophone, Drum and Singing Lessons in Lekki/ Ajah Axis, Lagos - Nigeria.

Lee Music School teaches both at homes and in classes. The video shows one of our private home singing lessons at Lekki, Lagos-Nigeria. We stand as the best music school in Lagos and our specialty is private/ home teaching. We also have home classes in piano, guitar, violin, recorder, saxophone and music production. Call us on +2348132918691 or log on to www.leevocalstudios.blogspot.com to book your music classes.

Monday, 13 March 2017

How Could She Do This on the First Day of Class???

Violin lessons for adults: At Lee Music School, we help you reach your goals at the shortest possible time, thereby helping you save time and money. The lady in the video is a total beginner. Her progress today is awesome! How we do it is our unique secret in the music education industry of Nigeria.

Call us today on +2348132918691 for your classes in singing, piano, saxophone, guitar, drums and of course, violin.

Lee Music School is here to serve you better! 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

A Young and Talented Nigerian Singer/ Songwriter Gets Trained by Lee Music School, Lagos-Nigeria

Lee Music School specializes in helping talents achieve their musical dreams. In the artiste grooming class above, one of our voice students is being prepared to launch into the music industry. She is a young Gospel singer with great prospects. Watch out for her!

To book your artiste grooming classes in Lagos, call us on +2348132918691 or WhatsApp +447435240062. www.leevocalstudios.blogspot.com


Kids' Group Singing Class

Hope you are all having a great day today. It is my pleasure to connect with you once again and thank you for your continued readership and engagement with this blog and more for your love of music. I also want to thank you for your comments, questions sent to my email and for sharing my posts with your Facebook contacts.

During my national youth service days when I served as the music director for NYSC Lagos, I carried out some music community development projects in favour of youths and children and my campaign was not well received because the officials who were to approve the project could not connect with the benefits of music to the age group I was targeting. I clearly remember a zonal officer saying, “This is jamboree!” I was frozen because I knew what it meant – the project would not be approved!

Being a beneficiary of the benefits of music, with my faculties well developed, thanks to music learning; I went into brainstorming to find a way out, the result of which led to the approval of my music projects. After the implementation of which I had an award from the Lagos State governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN).

What did I do to break past the protocols and get my darling projects approved???

Friday, 10 March 2017


As Lee Music School establishes in Lagos - Nigeria, a lot of international singers have been flying in to take singing lessons, being in the know that Laura Etemah, Nigeria's celebrity vocal coach (and founder of the Lee Vocal Studios artiste management outfit) who used to be based in the UK is now in the country. One of the international acts taking lessons from Laura is Stephanie.

Stephanie is an artiste under the management of Lee Vocal Studios.


This very traditional Eastern Nigerian hit, 'Fada Fada' by Phyno was played by Lee Music School children, using the recorder. Drop us a comment if you enjoy it and would like to learn to play the song on the recorder. 


Hello all, I know you all love Runtown. This video is the recorder version of his song, 'Mad Over You' rendered by Lee Music School students. Drop us a 'like', a comment and a share if you enjoy it.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017


Lee Music artiste (Stephanie) rehearsing with the Bella Grove (All Female Band) Band

We are really happy to have spread our wings this far to have been noticed by Finelib and placed in the number one position.

Of a truth, we are up to the task in rendering our top class private music teaching services to various individuals, families and corporations across Lagos..

It is our pleasure to bring music lessons to the doorsteps of the great people of Lagos, Nigeria.

See listing here.


Music is a powerful change agent. People are always busy with a million racing thoughts about husbands, wives, deadlines, exams, the rains... but music has a stilling influence. It calms our thoughts down. While we agree that it is so vital to retain inner peace and calm in our otherwise agitated lives, how many of us as parents and teachers try to consciously infuse music in the lives of our children?

Music has held people in their sway since time immemorial. Music represents happiness and joy. Festivals and celebrations are always associated with music. Entertainment relies heavily on music.
Music can be introduced into a child's life very early, perhaps even before they are born.

Sunday, 5 March 2017


Contact us on +2348132918691 or WhatsApp us on +447435240062

for private music lessons in Lagos for adults and children
on piano, violin, guitar, recorder
saxophone, singing and music production.

You are assured of the best offers in our private classes plus top notch professionalism in music education. Call us today and enjoy the benefits of music in all its aspects.

Drop us a comment if your area is not listed. We also serve a lot of communities on the Lagos Mainland, Accra, Tema, Ghana and across the West African coasts.

Saturday, 25 February 2017


Hello readers, I hope you are geared up for a fantastic weekend. Today, we are going to take a look at RESONANCE. What is resonance? A lot of people apply it when singing or even speaking; but it is still a mystery to a lot more people.
Resonance is the ‘colour’ of your voice. I’m not talking about blue or green here. I am talking about the timbre of your voice; that is, what makes your voice different from somebody else’. You may have noticed that there are people who do impersonations of other people – singers, actors et.c. What they are actually doing is that they are manipulating their voices to sound like someone else.

For those of you who have a good voice and you feel there is nothing you could do about it, remember this: there is a lot of room in your head positioned by God to help you explore your resonance. I hope that this article will inspire you to start to play with your resonators to really find your God-given voice – that which has that colour, tone and timbre that you are wanting and give you the flexibility to sing different genres. You can always manipulate your resonance by experiment in order to discover how to switch between musical styles.



 We have 5 essential resonators within the vocal mechanism:

      1. The Larynx

This is the first and most important of all resonators. This resonance starts at the point where the inhaled air changes into a vocal frequency as it passes out from the lungs via the wind pipe to the vocal cords. “The vibrating vocal folds does not give rise to one single tone; instead an entire family or spectrums of tone is generated and these tones are called overtones”
Therefore the moment we start to sing or speak, vibrations begin to occur within the larynx that cause a chain reaction of beautiful overtones that can potentially be heard. So it’s very important that we allow for this resonator to work naturally and in a relaxed way; in a way that is neither pushed nor unsupported.

Bruno Mars on guitar and voice

2. The Pharynx

This is the passage way between the larynx and the nasal cavity. It is subdivided into 3 different parts anatomically – nasopharynx, oropharynx and laryngopharynx
It is always necessary for you as a singer to begin to pay attention to what is happening within and what works for you as you sing.
How do we allow the resonance to happen in the pharynx? This has a lot to do with how much air you send into the pharyngeal space. You need the right amount of air in that space – in the most open, relaxed and allowing way. Feeling the openness in the pharyngeal helps to resonate it. This is essential for a balanced vocal sound. Note that the raising of your soft palate also has a great effect on your sound.

Bruno Mars on the piano

3. The Oral cavity or the Mouth.

The mouth is considered a resonator. What I find with a lot of singers is that they think of the mouth primarily as the only resonator so they drive out air aggressively through their vocal cords, straining their voices and creating a lot of unwanted pressure.
What will affect the mouth resonance? The tongue of course! You want to ensure you are not pulling back the tongue into the pharynx. Always check that your tongue is in its natural position, lying flat with the tip behind the bottom teeth. Relaxing the tongue can be a challenge to beginning singers; but not to worry, we have got loads of tongue relaxing exercise. Drop a comment below if you want some.

Bruno on stage
How you use your teeth, tongue, lips and soft palate really matter. You want to allow your soft palate to work with your larynx and pharynx to create a well-rounded depth of sound that suits your voice – not too light and not too deep. Hence developing resonance involves the cooperative action of all the elements in the vocal structure.

4. The Nasal Cavity


Laura Etemah grooming upcoming artistes

This is usually used in singing in most genres of music. This is a natural place where I encourage singers to resonate without trying to drive in the air or push things unnecessarily. It can serve as a place where the air:pitch balance is checked. For my students who drive in air into the nasal 
cavity, I advise them to activate a yawn to open up more space in the pharynx, lifting up the soft palate and making sure the tongue is out of the way. With all these checked, the magic happens. This improves the timbre of  your voice and you sound much better. Make a recording of yourself to check this out.

Singers ought to be able to refine the way they are sensing the movement of their vibrational sound as it moves inwardly. Resonance does not depend solely on any one of the resonators but on the synergy of them all - working together. Also note that you may not feel the sensory awareness in all the resonating chambers. It takes time so be patient with your development. Singers perform better when they take the role of an observer rather than trying to be too involved in the production of their sound. Letting things happen naturally produce the best results.

5. The Chest Resonator
This is kind of a residual vibration sensed when singing low notes. It is essential to ensure that the onset of your tone is balanced and supported with appropriate amount of air in relation to the pitch involved. Some of the exercises I share on this blog with you will help you find that resonance.

In conclusion, I would hint you play with all your resonance chambers. If at any point in time while practicing, you encounter a discomfort in your voice, discontinue the exercise. If it works well, continue with it.

Are you a performing or recording artiste looking to record your single or album in Nigeria or anywhere around the world; and need a vocal coach/ singing teacher to help groom your voice before you hit the studio? Are you a choir director in need of a voice trainer for your choristers? Or are you a multinational company supporting musical talents at grassroots level? Do you want a professional judge for your music talent hunt show (American Idol, X Factor, MTN Project Fame)?

Call us on +2348132918691 or WhatsApp +447435240062.

Lee Music School appreciates you all. Feel free to drop a comment if you like this information. Also ask whatever questions you may have, using the comment box below.

Thursday, 23 February 2017


If You Aspire to be a Successful Musician, Read on…

There are three questions most young aspiring musicians usually have:

1.       How do I become an outstanding live performer?
2.       How do I perfect my singing and instrument playing skills?
3.       How do I make a record, get it out there and get people to hear it and become successful?

Firstly, you need to identify with what it is that you really want, because your heart will naturally resonate with whatever you really want. What is it that you are most comfortable with? Singing? Recording? Playing in a band? Instrumentalist? You name it. This is the first port of call and it determines the path you will take towards fine tuning your talent.

Everyone has got strengths and weaknesses. You ought to clearly know where you are strong and weak then pay no attention to your weaknesses and build rigorously on your strengths until they swallow up your weaknesses.

The level of achievement that we have at anything is a reflection of how well we were able to focus on it. The only thing that is holding you back is the way that you are thinking. Here is what I recommend:

Pick a song that you really love and will be able to play - something that is within your reach. Imagine that song right now and picture yourself playing or singing that song perfectly. That’s the first and most important part of the exercise that will lead you to achieve your dreams.

As you picture yourself playing and singing, imagine what you sound like, imaging how you are sitting or standing on the stage – how you are performing the song. Feel the atmosphere and see the stage lights dancing all around you. At this point in time, you should feel a lift in your spirit if this is what you really want. See and hear yourself playing or singing the song elegantly, beautifully, whether it’s a pop, rock, blues, metal, folk, country, reggae, high life, hip hop music in whatever style – just see yourself doing it from beginning to end perfectly and with confidence. The more you are able to crystallize that vision, the more you draw closer to manifesting it!

Secondly, let’s look into practice and talk about spending time to reach your goal. A lot of musicians and singers complain about having no time for practice because of their obligations in life, responsibilities and so many other things that have to be done. How then do we find time to practice because it is in practice that we find perfection. I recommend that you find a special time for yourself. A time when you shut off the TV, cellphone, Internet…a time when you shut out the world, then sit and focus on your goal.

Whenever you get discouraged, go to the big picture – that place of excitement and recall all the good feeling of accomplishment that you mustered while you pictured yourself doing what you love to do. This singular action will usher in a fresh burst of energy that will soar you through any hard times you may be going through and you will immediately feel encouraged to get on with the pursuit of your goal because a new world of possibility and a new door of opportunity is opened when you go back to the big picture. At this point, you will see yourself doing what was seemingly impossible.
At this point, there is no work involved, no stress, it’s all becomes fun because you are doing what you really love. You feel joyful because you know you’re reaching your goal.

Since I started pursuing my musical goals, I have never worked a day in my life. It has been having fun from one level to a higher level. I love two things: music and teaching. What do I do for a living…or better still, what do I do for fun? TEACHING MUSIC. I live a beautiful life and I want as many musician as are within my sphere of influence to catch on this and replicate a similar lifestyle. In doing what you love, you find fulfilment and are always charged up with energy and a sort of contagious enthusiasm that will draw the right people, situations and events to you. Hence you live in a state of NO STRUGGLE. Don’t get me wrong, I have been through a lot and had my own fair share of challenges but for me, the game changed when I discovered myself and what I stand for. Winning Star Quest 2006 is still a mystery to me because I went to have fun and ended up in the United Kingdom for the MOBO awards with so much cash to throw around. That’s the magic in doing what you love.

Back to the topic of practicing, I usually advise my students to take things step by step because slow and steady wins the race. Don’t try to do so much at once or force yourself to learn a lengthy piece of music all at a go. Break things down into workable chunks – a little a day does it better. This way, you will have laid a good foundation for yourself and will experience a steady and sure growth that will lead to the mastery of the piece of music – a level where things begin to flow naturally and effortlessly. At this point if feels like something comes over you and takes perfect control of your art – a higher force that gives you the ability to become the music!

Do you have a musical dream and need a mentor to guide you through the process of attaining your goal?  Stop procrastinating and make the best of 2017. The year is still very young and fresh and you’ve got your dreams to work on. Get on to writing your song, hop into the studio to record and launch your lifelong dream. We at Lee Music School are looking forward to help you through the process. Call us on +2348132918691 or WhatsApp +447435240062 to discuss your aims or book a musical class towards the development of your music career.
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Monday, 20 February 2017

The 5 Laws of Great Singing

Hello singers, I am up and running to the studio this morning to record some artistes but before I dash out of the house, let me quickly answer a question from an email I got from one of my students on the other end of the world. He wants to know the events that guide a great singing like that of Beyonce, Adele and the likes of other great singers; and I have decided to title this: The 5 Laws of Great Singing. Now, let me tell you this, when you benefit from something, share with more people and leave a comment. This is how we appreciate ourselves and make the world a better place. Lets get down with it!

1. Support

Everyone talks about diaphragmatic support. But what is that really??? It is actually the whole abdominal cavity not just the diaphragm. Think of what happens when you breathe. Or let me rather say, try to feel what's going on when you take a breath. As s singer, when you breathe in, your tummy area should expand like you have just taken a big meal (diaphragm expands). And when you breathe out, the exact opposite should happen - you should flatten out (diaphragm contracts). See image below:

Diaphragmatic or abdominal support is the engine that controls and drives a great singing. It is so important in the activity of singing and contributes a lot to the powering of your voice. So, if you notice, that your voice is not carrying much power and confidence, this could be a pointer. A very good singing teacher could help you achieve this.

2. Vowel Placement

Vocal clarity is every singer's aim. Singing exercises using vowels can help you achieve a great, clean and crisp sound. Yes, it's got to be flawless. You want to sing your vowels with an open throat just like it is when you take a really satisfying yawn - that automatically lifts up your soft palate. You also want to ensure that your tongue is not jumping all around in your mouth. It should be in it's natural position, resting flat and lying with tip touching the back of the lower teeth set; of course not forgetting that a relaxed jaw is indispensable. With this technique you are able to generate that bright sound which is all you need to develop a fantastic voice.

3. Breath Control

I usually tell singers to sing high notes with less air so as not to blow off the vocal cords. When you sing a song, you are manipulating your organs of articulation (lips, teeth, palate, tongue et.c.), supporting your notes with your abdominal muscles and most importantly, controlling your air flow. You don't just blow out all the air you have stored up in your lungs, you let it out in a controlled manner and let your resonance take over. You see, every earlier mentioned technique works hand-in-hand with other techniques to contribute to that beautiful sound you want to create with the voice. You need to take these techniques one after the other for development. Don't try to do all at once. Start with one, develop it to a good level then add another. For breath control exercises, I recommend a simple one. Pick a comfortable note and sing the English alphabets on it from A to Z and then continue from A to G. Do this on one breath. That means your want to take your best big breathe before starting. A demonstration will be posted here soon. Also keep your eyes on our Lee Music School Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lauraetemah/ (Also LIKE and share our page with your friends) for more tips.

4. Stress Management

Most people believe that they have to tense up their muscles whenever they want to do anything tremendous with their voices. NO. The exact opposite is the real deal. Relax. You don't need to freak out to hit that high note, just relax. Prior to your routine vocal warm-up exercises, do some physical warm-up exercises. Some of which are: facial muscle stretch, tongue sweep, neck release, upper body twist et.c. These will release tension and help you relax. Do let us know if you need a description of any of these suggested exercises. 

5. Imagination

Your imagination is another important factor in singing. What you are thinking about can affect your singing positively or negatively a great deal. I use the reverse technique for my students. If you are going for a high note, imagine it's a low note. That in itself make a world of difference. If you tend to stretch your neck to sing high notes, move downwards when you are going for the note. That keeps your stress level in check and makes singing easy and fun. the same thing goes for adlibs, riffs and runs. Just relax in the process of executing them and they will come out great.

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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Top 3 Tips to Help You Sing Better

1. Insufficient warm-up and lack of daily vocal exercises.

Your vocal folds are muscle tissues and just like any other muscle, they can get stronger with proper use; get weaker with lack of use. More so, they can also be damaged with improper use. In the same way an Olympic athlete has to be in an exceptionally good shape to run that race or to execute that leap, we as singers need to be in an exceptionally good vocal shape to belt out that high note, to execute that run or to power that scream that we want without damaging our voices. It begins with daily warm-ups. People really underestimate just how powerful a daily warm-up can be. Just 20 minutes a day of exercise can make a whole of difference in how you sing and how long your voice lasts.

Singing a song is not a sufficient vocal warm-up. A warm-up session should comprise exercises that stretch the vocal folds and relax the throat to prepare your voice to sing. If you need a basic idea of how a warm-up should be done, just checkout our Vocal Workout audio program at the top right of this blog or call +2348132918691 for more information. It gives you a solid general warm-up that any vocalist can use.

2. Poor Cord Closure.

Your vocal cords have to come together in order to make sound. They need to come together along their thin edges in order to make a clean sound with minimal efforts. So if you want a powerful sound, it is about how you close the cords. It is not about tightening the throat. Let me give you an example about a recent client that I had. She sings pop and she sounded airy every time - gasping for breath as a result of breathy singing. This allows excessive air to be released to the vocal cords which makes it a lot harder for the vocal cords to do their job, it also wears the vocal cords out a lot faster, the voice is lass distinct and powerless, causing the singer to keep pushing and stressing to sing. More annoying is the fact that the singer keeps gasping for air because she is constantly losing it fast. So what's the solution? I usually advise singers to get rid of the excessively airy tone by singing the song with the 'e' vowel sound in a short, sharp and detached manner (staccato); then alternating it with the words of the song. With this technique, you will hear an instant difference in your voice.

3. Register Coordination.

You have a chest, mix and head voice and you need to learn to be able to connect them properly. One of my quick tips to help you connect all your voices is to replace the lyrics with a lip roll. The key to a powerful voice is not by forcing things. Freedom is the key. By alternating the lip roll with the voice, you direct the voice into doing the right thing. If you don't know how to do a lip roll call us on +2348132918691 to get a free demonstration. The lip roll helps you connect all your chest and head voices in a smooth manner. Wherever the notes resonate when you do the lip roll is where they should originally sound when you sing normally so pay attention as your alternate from lip roll to singing, In other words, let the lip roll be your guide and show you where too place your voice as far as register coordination is concerned. Try it. It takes practice but you will get it eventually. This works for all genres of music and the singers inherent.

In Summary I would say, don't be afraid of your voice. Don't be afraid to use all your voices because they are the ingredients for embellishing the songs that you sing. Also, don't be in a hurry with your vocal development. It takes time and practice to develop a beautiful voice. Slow and steady wins the race.

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