10 Steps to Vocal Health + Wellness

Jan 27, 2015

 

By Cari Cole

 

1. Stop Shredding Your Cords

The number one thing that shreds your cords when singing or speaking is slamming your cords together. It’s called glottal strokes or the glottal attack. Say “ah” and hit it hard – chances are your cords banged together – did you feel it? To avoid it, but an “h” at the front of the ... Continue


Artists, Musicians + Songwriters: How to Ace Your Next Song Presentation

Jan 21, 2015

by Cari Cole

 

As a songwriter, musician or artist, it’s often difficult to know which songs to present. Should you show your best song first even if that means the more artistic deeper song that might not show commerciality, or the uptempo commercial song that might not showcase your deeper artistry as a writer? Is it different when you are showcasing ... Continue


5 Lessons in Music Biz Success

Jan 13, 2015

 

by Cari Cole

 

People ask me all the time how I did it. What was my path to success? Did I put in my 10,000 hours or did I take short cuts? Do I work 24/7? What are my secrets? What do I attribute my success to? Have I achieved all of my dreams or is there more?

 

Confidence

I think the ... Continue


… are you just sliding by with your vocals?

Jan 07, 2015

 

by Cari Cole

 

Are you putting in real time on your voice or do you just slide by hoping for the best? Are you often white-knuckling it through recording sessions or hoping your voice will hold up for your next gig? Do you sometimes feel like a fraud?

You’re not alone.

Many singers struggle needlessly with these fears.

Until they decide to get serious.

Until ... Continue


101 Things Every Musician Needs to Know in 2015

Dec 30, 2014

 

By Cari Cole

 

As you may know, I cut my teeth in this business first by

being a musician and artist, and second by being one of

the top vocal coaches in the world for almost 3 decades

in New York City.

 

There’s one thing I know for sure. You can market ‘til

you are blue in the face – hire the best PR or radio

promotion ... Continue


Your Music Is Bigger Than You

Dec 23, 2014

By Cari Cole

 

Life is precious. We all collectively share it, yet we are born and die alone.

And so here we are bound by gravity to ride this beautiful planet Earth

through our solar system together. What are we doing with our time

here? As my songwriting hero and Minneapolis homey Dan Wilson says,

“What are you going to do with your free life?” ... Continue


Rocking Your Artist Self in 2015

Dec 16, 2014

by Cari Cole

 

Are you getting tired of wondering when your music is going to finally take off?

When you’ll get to that place where you and everyone else knows it? Tired of

explaining to everyone why you’re not famous yet (or simply successful, who cares

about fame?)

 

I know it. I’m with you. But here’s the thing. The game that you are playing, the ... Continue


Don’t Devalue Your Music With a Crappy Brand: The Top 4 Trends for 2015

Dec 09, 2014

by Cari Cole

 

It’s one thing to become an artist and musician… you’ve got to put in

your 10,000 hours or you’ll most likely hear crickets.

 

 

But it’s another thing to get your branding right. It’s the number one

thing I see most talented artists fail at – unless they’ve got an A-List

marketing team. The world has become visual. We get our information from ... Continue


The Top 5 Tools and Rules of Vocal Artistry

Dec 02, 2014

By Cari Cole

 

The great thing about music is it is highly subjective. That means peoples

opinion of an awesome voice varies. Like 100 flavors of ice cream, the many

genres of music give the music lover choice in lifestyle and mindset. Whether

you want to chill to a heavy metal rock guitar god ripping scales like thunder or

an indie folk rock chick musing ... Continue


A Gift of Bravery for Every Musician You Know…

Nov 25, 2014

by Cari Cole

 

Being brave is an act of courage. To be brave does not mean to be

confident. Matter of fact, it may require you to act when you don’t

feel brave. Webster says brave is a fearlessness of danger, a

firmness of spirit which meets danger without fear. I would go a step

further and say a firmness of spirit which meets ... Continue