Why Composers Need Fake TV Simulators And Security Equipment

Today we are going to talk about some of the most important equipment any composer needs. This is equipment no one really ever mentions or thinks about. But it is absolutely vital. And that is a good security system.

Camera as part of security system

We’ll talk further down below about why you need one. First, let’s discuss some different options. Obviously, a good security system with surveillance cameras and a home station is quite expensive to buy. Then you also have to pay for the installation. In many cases you also have to pay a monthly fee for the monitoring. This all adds up.

Luckily, there are much cheaper options. Instead of buying a full-on security system, you can buy things like fake security cameras that only look like the real thing, but cost much less. They are obviously not quite as good, but they will deter most thieves.

Another great deterrent are fake TV simulators. The best of these use flashing LED lights at random, to mimic the look of a TV screen. You want to place them so that you can not see them from the outside, but so that the light shines onto a curtain. The randomly flashing lights make it look like somebody is up and watching TV. This is sure to deter any would-be burglar.

Some fake TVs

The best fake TV simulators are very inexpensive, which makes them a great alternative to a full security system. If you have a TV simulator, a few fake security cameras, and a couple of motion and door sensors, you’ll be able to keep most thieves away.

Obviously, a real security system is better, but if you don’t have the money for that, what I’m describing here is better than not having anything. But why do you even want to security system in the first place? You are a musician, composer, what need to you have for security?

Think about it. Think about all of the equipment you need to do your job and think about how much that equipment has cost you. Just a single instrument, like a violin, can cost many thousands of dollars, if you have a good one. I’m sure you have ensured all your equipment, but do you want to risk it? In fact, having a security system will usually reduce your insurance bill.

In addition to a violin, many composers have several other instruments. They also have all of the mixing and sound equipment, record players, plus microphones and everything else. Even the cables are expensive enough that someone would want to steal them. With this much expensive equipment lying around, you definitely need a security system.

Now, I know that not all of the things I mentioned above would work in every case. If all of your equipment is in a professional studio, installing a TV simulator probably would not work well, because it would seem weird for somebody to be watching TV there late at night. If you have a professional studio, I highly recommend you get a professional security system.

But if you are a composer who works from home, and your violin and other equipment is kept in that home, then a fake TV would work fairly well. The best, of course, is if no one even knows that equipment is there. If no one is aware of it, they have no need to break in. They may target your house at random, for other reasons, but not specifically for the expensive equipment.

If this is the case, a TV simulator will definitely scare them off. Why risk it for regular home, when there are plenty of other regular homes that do not have someone awake and watching TV?

Light from TV simulator

You may not see the need for security equipment at the moment, but I guarantee you, if someone breaks in and steals some of your musical equipment, like your violin, you will see the need that. The problem is that then it will be too late. That is why I highly recommend you get yourself some type of equipment to secure your home studio now.

Improve Your Orchestral Singing

Getting really good at singing takes a lot of work. The only way to get to a professional level is to find an actual vocal coach and to take real vocal lessons, be they online or in person. You can get good at singing with some of the tips below, but in order to become great, you’re going to need actual voice teacher.

Like I said, you can improve a lot if you’re starting from nothing as a singer. You can’t improve to the top level without professional help, but you can improve to an intermediate level quite easily. The first thing you need to do is to work on your posture.

professional vocalist singing

Posture is important for anything in life and singing is no different. Standing up straight allows the air to flow smoothly over your vocal cords. If you are hunched over, it impedes airflow. It also tenses up your muscles, including the vocal cords. This is detrimental to your voice. Not only does it make you sound bad, it can also damage your voice.

Once you’ve got standing up straight down, you need to work on your breathing. You probably heard people tell you to breathe from your diaphragm. This is not entirely true. What you want to do is breathe from your belly. Breathe the air into your belly and then out. You’re not breathing into your diaphragm per se, you are using your diaphragm while you’re breathing. This allows you to get a much smoother airflow over your vocal cords and will have a drastic impact on your singing voice.

A common mistake many singers make is when they reach for high notes, they literally reach up with their mouths. They point their faces upwards. When they sing low notes, they do the opposite and point their heads downward. This tenses up your vocal cords and is not good for your voice. Instead, try to keep your head level. This will help your muscles in your neck and throat relax.

The same as above goes for your tongue. People often move their tongue around too much in their mouth. Try to keep it forward as much as possible. That way it is not impeding the airflow over your vocal cords in our mouth.

Warming up is vital for any singer. Any time you want to sing, even if it is just a song at karaoke, you need to warm up. Do some of the warm-up exercises on musicaroo.com, my favorite site that teaches people how to sing and you will see a huge improvement in your vocal techniques.

And after singing, you should cool down your voice. This helps your vocal cords relax after a singing session and helps prevent any damage.

There are also a lot of simple things you can do, like avoid any cold liquids before singing. You want to keep your vocal cords moisturized, but cold liquids tense them up. Instead, drink room temperature water. It is by far the best thing you could drink for your vocal cords. If you want something with flavor, go with tea. Avoid things that contain too much caffeine and definitely no alcohol. It goes without saying that you should not smoke.

Exercising actually helps your vocal cords, too. A big factor in harming your singing is stress and exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Furthermore, it relaxes you. It relaxes all your muscles, including the vocal ones. This will help you sing better. Similarly, relaxation exercises like yoga or meditation will help out your singing, too.

The final tip I can give you is to practice. Practice every day. Actually, you should probably take one or two days off a week to give your vocal cords a rest. But every other day practice.

They say practice makes perfect and while it might not make you perfect, it will make you much better. So sing a few songs every single day. Mostly you want to sing songs that are easy for you, but always add one or two that are a bit challenging. They shouldn’t be too hard, but maybe just slightly outside your comfortable range, so that they force you to improve your range.

The 5 Best Tools For Composing Music

Introduction

For all aspiring musicians and even the seasoned ones, it is common knowledge that there is a lot that goes into composing a piece of captivating music. While good vocals is necessary, the role of composing tools simply cannot be over-emphasized. In this article, we shall discuss some of the best tools for composing music, with a view to educating you on what you need to look out for before you go for your next rendition.

Cornets

cornetCornets are commonly confused with trumpets though they are fundamentally different. Cornets are divided into various categories depending on the kind of music they are used to compose. The Soprano cornet is used as a dressing over the top of an ensemble and may also be used as an absolute laser beam though in the latter case, it will depend on how it is scored. There is also the other variety known as the Repiano cornet hose function is to double instruments that often do not project well. It may also used to perform exposed passages and is a common inclusion in bands.

Horns

hornsLike Cornets, horns are sub-divided depending on their roles. The most common one is the flugelhorn which is common in jazz compositions. The flugelhorn is mainly used to compose solo passages. The Tenor Horn is classified in the middle range of the ensemble. It is often used as a solo instrument, serving the same role as a viola and in most cases, written in conjunction with baritones especially when used as a section. Lastly, we have the baritone and though commonly confused with the Euphonium, it appears to resemble the Tenor Horns in the brass band. However, it is operated in the same way as a Euphonium and often scored as a Euphonium double.

The Trombone

tromboneThe trombone is especially used to compose quick packages that require some degree of soloist capabilities. Commonly used in jazz roles, the trombone has proven to be one of the most difficult tools to use in composing music due to the slide mechanism required. The bass trombone which is a slight variation of the trombone is used in situations where the composer wishes to explore various depths of the Bass while still retaining the strength of their music.

Tuba

tubaThe tuba has often been referred to as the bedrock of an ensemble, the very groundwork upon which it relies. Tubas are classified into 2 different categories namely the E-flat and the B-flat. The former kind is mostly used for solo passages while the latter kind works best for sustained tones. Because of this versatility, the tuba forms a fundamental part of a brass band and may be used to carry out the various levels of music composition such as chord building and dove tailing.

The Euphonium

euphoniumThe Euphonium is yet another inseparable part of the bass brand. One of the reasons why many music composers prefer this tool is due to the fact that it can be doubled with almost anything to achieve great results. It especially excels in soloist compositions and due to its great range, it is a favorite for cutting through an ensemble. It is also worth mentioning that since it is considered to be closely related to the tuba, it can also be added where a strong sound consistency is required.

Finally, there is one more tool that I am not counting in my list but wanted to add anyway: your voice. The singing voice, via the vocal cords, are one of the most important tools for any good composer.

And I will add one more, though it is not really a tool. And that is healthy living. Composing for long hours can be detrimental to your health, so you want to make sure you put good food in your body. They only way to really know your food is good is to grow it yourself. If you don’t have a garden or you live somewhere with a cold climate, you can still grow your own food indoors.

All you need is some simple T5 LED grow lights and a space to keep the plants. The grow light ensures the plants get the light they need and there is no danger of bad weather destroying your crop like outdoors. You always get freshly grown food and you live healthier, meaning you get much more composing done.