Dubs Ear Plugs Review

Just Don’t Call Them Ear Plugs!

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Hello and welcome back to my channel. One of my subscribers asked me to review a specific kind of ear plugs to see if they were better for musicians than Vaters or Etymotics. The brand is called, Dubs and one thing is for sure, they are not your typical ear plug. In fact, no where on the package does it say “ear plug.” Instead, they like to be referred to as “Acoustic Filters.” Is this title warranted? Watch video to find out.

If you think Dubs are for you, here is a link to buy your own Dubs: Click Here 

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If you have any questions or comments to add, please do so below.

I am here to help. If there’s a certain review or topic you’d like me to cover, let me know.

Thanks for watching and go protect your ears!

-Michael

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How to Play Major 7 Chords on Piano

Welcome back my fellow musicians. This week is for all my beginner piano players who may be struggling to play Major 7 chords.

If you’re trying to grasp the theory and it’s not coming to you, try the method I describe in this video, which is the 8va, 1/2 step method.

This formula works on all major 7 chords. If you know how to play a major triad, then you should be able to transform all of those major triads into major 7’s by using this method.

If you have any questions, or have your own method of playing 7 chords, then please leave them in comment section below.

Thanks for watching and I’ll see you all next week. Keep practicing!

Your friend in music,

-Michael

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Man in the Mirror Cover (as Finn Hudson)

This is my rendition of Finn Hudson singing “Man in the Mirror,” originally performed by Michael Jackson and covered by Cory Monteith and the cast of Glee.

I think this is the perfect time to release my new music video, Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson. Considering what has been going on in the world, I think we all need to make more of a concentrated effort to change things for the better.

In addition, I wanted to pay tribute to two artists that inspired and motivated me and so many others, that were taken away from us too soon. More on Cory Monteith and Michael Jackson (if you’re interested) below.

I want to thank one of my subscribers, Ellesse-jo (Little Wonders) for requesting me to cover this song. You inspired me to reprise my role as Finn and at the same time pay tribute to Michael Jackson and deliver his message, which is so desperately needed today. So, thank you. You made this happen.

A special thanks to Patrick Sherrard for all your great ideas and who helped me get those last minute, much needed shots in. To Manuela, and all the Sherrard siblings: thank you so much for helping me out and being a part of this video. You all rock!

A very special thanks so my sister, Jackie. You spent your Sunday with me shooting this music video and I asked you last minute. Thanks for always being there for me. You’re talent always shines through! I love you!

To all my subscribers and viewers, thank you so much for being a part of my channel here. You’re support means the world to me.
I urge us all to go out into the world today and meet everyone with love and be that shining example you were meant to be!

-Michael

My inspiration and Motivation:

Cory Monteith was a very big inspiration to myself, as well as, many other singers and actors alike. His story of how he landed the role of Finn Hudson on Glee inspired me to pursue acting and to never quit. I only wish I had the chance to have met him.
Michael Jackson had such an amazing and dynamic career. His talent is still unmatched to this day! But as amazing as his talent was, his uplifting messages in many of his songs were all about peace, love, and harmony.
May they both rest in peace.

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How to Play Stairway to Heaven on the Drums


In this video, learn to play like drummer, John Bonham. Bonham is one of my favorite all time drummers. He was a revolutionary player that added such an important element to the band, Led Zepplin and to rock as a whole.

I still see drummers who are WAY better than me playing Stairway to Heaven incorrectly. People and musicians chalk it up to a simple power ballad. But, with John Bonham, nothing is quite that simple.

I get it though. For years, I was playing something that “worked” but wasn’t exactly what John was playing on the track.

This ends now!

In this video, I break down the 3 big areas that give drummers the most difficulty. I break down the 3 parts and then put it all together for you and play along with the track.

At the very end of the video, I have an EXTRA HELP section. For those who still didn’t get all of the beats and fills, I slowed it down even more for you.

Drummers, I hope this helped you. If you still need additional help, please contact me here and I will gladly assist you.

If you’ve liked this video, please give it a “thumbs up” and I will see you next week!

-Michael

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Vibrato: When and How to Use It


Vibrato – what is it and how can we leverage it as singers?

In this video, I cover all areas of vibrato. There are 3 types a singer can use: Diaphragm, 1/2 step, and Machine Gun. Do you have to learn all 3? No, but if you do, it will absolutely make you a more versatile singer.

Vibrato gives movement and emotion to a melody. I would hope you’re using at least one of the 3. However, just because a singer has a great vibrato, it doesn’t always mean he/she should use it 100% of the time.

In this video I also cover when you shouldn’t use it. The great thing about vibrato (concerning style) is that rules are made to be broken. Some of the topics on vibrato I cover in this video are purely opinion. You can choose what you like to show off your style and your voice.

Have another method on how you use vibrato? I’d love to learn about it. Leave a comment below.

If you have more questions on vibrato, please leave it below as well. I am here to help. If I can’t answer your questions through commenting, I am available for one on one and group lessons.

Thank you so much for watching. I will see you next week!

-Michael

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My Talented Student, Chris Conquers Broadway!


This week’s video I wanted to spread the word of my very talented student, Chris Mannarino. He is so very talented and a great, all-around person. At just 17 years of age (today’s his birthday), he’s recording a Broadway album and donating the proceeds to charity. How awesome is he?!?!

Check it out. The album has such a diverse range that challenges and showcases his abilities as a singer. This is just a small taste. Album coming out soon and I will be sure to let everyone know where they can purchase it.

I’m proud of you, Chris! You’re going places!

-Michael

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Record with me and Get Heard on iTunes and Spotify!

Hey Singers! Please watch the above video first and find out if you qualify. If you qualify and you want to get heard on iTunes and Spotify, then please show me now that you’re serious about working with me. Follow the 5 steps below:

1. Please Like My Facebook Page – Click Here

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3. Please subscribe and be on my email list. Go to my website- click here. If you’re viewing this on your smart phone, just type your name and email in the box below this description box. If you’re on your laptop or tablet, you should see it in the upper right hand corner.

4. Hit record! Tell me a little bit about yourself (name, age, where town you’re from, favorite artist etc.) and then sing a song for me. You can sing with an instrument, a cappella, or with a karaoke track if you like. I just need to hear your voice. Please sing for at least 90 seconds and you should choose a song that best suits your range. You can choose any song from any genre.

5. Please submit your finished product by posting it to my Facebook page – Click Here

That’s it. I really hope we can work together. Please forward this to anyone whom you think may want to be a part of this recording project!

Thanks

-Michael

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Which Ear Plugs Are Best For Musicians?

All musicians must go through it at one time in their musical life or another. It’s the time when we realize, “hey I better protect the one thing that allows me to do music – my hearing.” We often take our hearing for granted. But once we realize we must protect our ears, then the fun really begins – which ear plugs are the best for you???

In this video, I review the pro’s and con’s of my 3 favorite ear plugs: Skull Screws, Vaters, and Etymotics. Each are distinctively different and I use these 3 all for different reasons. Depending on your unique circumstance, you may only need one of these. Watch the video and form your own opinions on them.

Skull Screws: Great for blocking out maximum amounts of sound. Not so great when you need to listen to rest of band for cues.

Well wonders never cease! I was able to find pairs without the case but for under $2.00 before S & P. Get a pair here. 

Vater’s – Great for drummers and bassists. Get a pair here.

Etymotic: Great for singers! Get a pair here.

I hope this helps. If you have any questions or suggestions of your own, please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear them!

Until next week,

-Michael

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Tea Review: Throat Coat Pro’s and Con’s

Is there a tea that is best for singers voices? You hear so much about what is good and bad for the voice. Throat Coat is one tea that has gotten a lot of press recently over the past few years and I decided to do a review on it for anyone who was on the fence about trying this herbal tea.

In this video I discuss the many benefits I found while using this tea and one HUGE CON!

I hope this video helps.

Have you tried this tea? Has it helped? I’d love to know your experiences. If you have any other questions please leave them below.

Thanks for watching.

If you’re interested in more tips for the voice, check out my book, How to Sing When You’re Sick

-Michael

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Singing in Head Voice

How to find and use your head voice in today’s Top 40 hit market:

Singing in your head voice is more popular in today’s commercial music than ever before. Artists like Sia, Coldplay, Adele, and Sam Smith are just a few of the Pop artists using their head voice register to get across a certain emotion in their songs.

In this video, I explain how you too can find and use it to your advantage.

If you are a beginner, the methods described here might be easier for you than someone who is intermediate. It all depends on what style of music you listen to and practice doing.

There are many ways to explain how to find the head voice. If you are still unsure how to find your head voice after watching this video, please leave a comment below and I’ll try teaching another way.  I did a video on finding your break. It’s the same area of the voice, just used differently (deliberately obvious).

You can watch that video here.

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Thanks for watching. See you next week!

-Michael

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