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The first three steps to get started on learning how to sing

May 20, 2009

Learning how to sing is inexpensive. Here are several items recommends to start out with.

1. A Creative XiFi sound card (approximately $40 on sale) and a hifi audio cable to tie your computer into your stereo’s speakers. The XiFi has an audio processor chip that makes music, including downloaded music sound great!

2. An Internet connection to websites such as  and’s karaoke section; both sites have free karaoke music plays and tens of thousands of songs.

3. A supportive person or audience. Find the most supportive karaoke bar crowd you can find.

That’s all you need. Everything else can be figured out.


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What is stage presence worth?

April 16, 2009

Research shows that approximately 50% of our communications is non-verbal. The remaining 50%–about 20% of this are the word themselves and 30% is the vocal quality.

As a singer, one would guess that the vocal quality adds another 20 to 30%. This means, your stage presence is about 20% to 30% of the value of your entertainment.

How to energize or connect with a crowd?

April 15, 2009

FAQ– how do I energize a crowd?

In a sense, performing and creating fans is like being a leader. Audiences like to follow…. They just want to follow someone who leads and give them something they want to follow.

If they haven’t heard your band before, and you don’t have any fans in the audience, you’ll need a minimum of 3 good songs to persuade you’re really good at giving them what they’re in the mood for. And what’s good depends much on the age of the audience, their energy level at the event, their desired music genre they initially want to hear, and the energy level of the music. So, if they’re feeling energetic, give them energetic songs. If they’re mellow, sing mellow songs initially to see if they can become energized. If metal crowd, curse. If audience is vulgar, use vulgar terms. If you have initial women fans, this is easier. They want someone who is romantic and will cheer rapidly then. Are they in a partying mood? If so, issue partying songs immediately. This leadership-followers positioning is important—you have to size the situation and then lead accordingly.

Leading nonverbally means be loose, confident, and frequently romantic. Talk with the audience a bit. Enjoy your interactions. Audiences are already primed to follow—you just have to lead. If you’re short or a woman, use your arms to project your image and create energy. Taller men don’t have to do much but sing.

After you’ve persuaded them with 3 good songs, you’ll probably get a few fans. These start start the cheering. Crowds won’t do much until these initial cheerers. After you get them interested in your band, you can play almost anything. Revving up with the initial fans is important, because they are the ones that motivate the rest to set the cheering and partying mood.

I can’t stand clichés such “Are you having a good time?”, “Hello, (City)” but these do work, but not as well as perhaps “Are you having a good time?” “Damned if I care. Drink some more if you wanna have a good time! Well, here’s our drinking song Hey babe, (point at a few) wanna have a drink with me (after the show?)J”

Getting crowd interaction is a very complicated matter, more complicated than singing. I think it’s fair to say the most successful entertainers are actually better at this than singing, musicianship, or even song-writing. So, it takes time and learning.

Chen Sun

FAQ–Mixed voice

April 15, 2009

The question is what is a mixed voice?


Form a standing wave with the vocal tract’s resonating tube-cavity.  The result is that most of the amplification is through resonance and standing wave.   If you form the standing and resonating wave correctly, it will automatically have the mixed or full sounds—because the entire vocal tract is resonating.


To “mix” this sound, it is more a matter of subtraction—put a barrier to muffle or absorb the head or chest voice.


The question now is—how does one form the standing wave resonating tube cavity to begin with?  Obviously, if your posture isn’t correct, it won’t form correctly.   And if you have back of mouth obstructions it may not form the highs correctly.   So, the first step is to get your posture correct and then your vocal structure correct, which is what is described extensively in  


From a “ZenSinging” perspective, the question should be, why don’t you already have a mixed voice?  The Zen answer is that you lost it.  So, the focus should be on restoring what was lost, instead of getting the mixed voice.   The restoration techniques are different from standard singing training techniques.


How to buy dynamic microphones

April 15, 2009

Dynamic mics’ create very different sounds. How do you know which one to buy for your voice, particularly, as most sellers won’t accept returns (there are also some health laws preventing returns).

1. Call the manufacturers and ask them to recommend a specific model. When their rep hears you over the phone, he can offer a suggestion.

2. Buy the mic from a seller who has a return policy on mics. Many of the major Internet sellers have this.

3. Test the mic out on your own equipment.

4. Dynamic mics frequently have lowest advertised price. If you shop carefully, you’ll find a lower price.

Recorder review Olympus WS-321M

April 13, 2009

First review of Olympus WS-321M digital micro recoder


OK, I tried this.  



  1. Very compact.
  2. Can be used as a music player as well.
  3. Better than my prior Panasonic RR-US430
  4. Maybe being phased out, so can get at very good prices.
  5. Far better recordings than my Flip videocam.




  1. Lacks bass in recording.   This is a major problem, but to solve it may be very expensive on any digital recorder.
  2. Cannot be used with a dynamic mic.   This is also a major problem, but I’m unsure any digital recorder will solve this.
  3. Very bad voice recording in live venues.


I talked with Olympus, and believe their new, expensive LS-10 may be the ideal solution for portable recording devices.

Are singing-method patents commercially viable?

April 13, 2009

Does anyone see commercial value in patenting methods to learn singing?  I just can’t see how patenting teaching methods of singing can be profitably enforced, except at institutions, and that would be difficult as well. 

Does anyone know about patents and singinging learning methods?


Chen Sun,

Vision and revenue

April 13, 2009, creator of, seeks your input on how to generate revenue with this site.   WebAndNet has numerous vocal-posture web content material and would like to create free teaching videos.  These take time to create professionaly.

WebAndNet has an ergonomics possible-invention that may solve the revenue issue, and we can sell ergonomic products through this site.   We lack time to teach students individually though, which is the revenue model for many free singing websites.

If you have any ideas, appreciate your input. 


Chen Sun,