A student of mine recently went into the studio to record for the first time. As he shared his experience with me I realized it would make a great blog article for those of you who have not yet worked in a studio environment; and a refresher for those of you who have. Perhaps you can avoid some of the issues he had.
If you’ve never heard a recording of yourself, be forewarned. The voice you hear and the voice everyone else hears is not the same. Be sure to become familiar with the way your voice actually sounds and feels before you go into the studio. There are plenty of apps and computer programs you can use to record yourself singing and many are free.
When I teach my breathing and support techniques I tell my students this is the way they should breathe and support their voices all the time, whether speaking or singing. The way you breathe and support needs to be second nature. You shouldn’t have to think about breathing and support when you are recording or performing. If you are not sure how to breathe correctly here’s a link to a blog article.
Practice is a stripped-down version of the real thing. When you go into the studio to record you should know your songs so well that you don’t have to concentrate to sing them. Before you even book a recording session practice, record yourself, listen back and analyze what works and what doesn’t work until you feel that each of your songs is a part of you.
Don’t waste your money or the producer’s time warming up at the studio, do this prior to arriving. I recommend you warm-up at home, but if it’s not possible, do it in the car on your way there. Singing songs is not warming up, singing is singing, warming up is what you do before you sing. Click here to purchase my Warm-Up CD.
Try to find someone with a home recording studio who might allow you to practice working in their studio for free. It will give you a feel for the process and how you sound. Treat it as the “real deal.” You never know, you might actually get a recording that is record ready, simply because you are too new to be nervous.
You want to make every recording count and these tips will help you to be well prepared when you are ready to go into the studio to record.
Your first several demos are simply a way to provide you with a tool to help you to obtain original material and they don’t have to be high quality. I suggest you use a home studio until you are ready to make an album for sale. Why spend money you don’t need to spend?
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