One of the hardest things for some people is catching a groove. This can be especially more difficult if you are trying to find the groove for a vocal on top of a beat. Here’s a few tips and tricks that will help you on your way when trying to sing, rap, or vocalize on top of a beat.
- Listen first to the kick drum and bass. Often times bass and kick drum define the “groove” to a song. Paying attention to these elements first will get you on the fast track to falling in “the pocket” with the song.
- Hum along and find the resonant root note to the beat. Hey, let’s face it, nobody likes someone vocalizing out of tune. Unless it’s your grandmother, it is simply intolerable. By finding the resonant “root” to a song, you will allow yourself to maintain overall pitch with the beat. This is a sure fire way to create more sentiment and attention to the vibe which you are seeking.
- Use dynamics. Do you like someone talking monotone to you? Do you like someone shouting in your face? You know the answer to this question. By using dynamics you display tension and release cycles to your listener. Dynamics have the ability to lure a listener in and bring them to new heights. Try starting softly and building into your choruses. You’ll be amazed at peoples positive response.
Most of all utilize all three of these concepts together to bring the best possible vocal performance to every beat that crosses your path.
Access to free beats and instrumentals is an important factor for the young developing urban musician. Let’s face it, not everybody has a couple thousand dollars sitting around to invest in an arsenal of beat making equipment. This might include drum machines, samplers, computers, keyboards and the like. On top of this, one must have the drive and passion to learn how to use this equipment. With all this in mind, beat making is not for everyone.
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So let’s pay mind to the young budding vocal artist – that might be you! The main priority to a vocalist is practicing vocals. Often times a high quality instrumental beat is the right thing to bring inspiration for the latest hook, rhyme, or verse. Whether you are a singer, rapper, or vocalist access to free beat material is imperative to development as an artist. Let’s look at it this way – if you can charm them with a free beat, imagine what you can do when you gain access to the industries top musicians and producers.
Kanye West started with a simple beat machine – now he’s got a full band on the nightly shows. THAT can one day be you – but you’ll have to start somewhere. Free beats are just the right thing to lead you on your way. Just remember to find sounds that truly inspire you, bringing your deepest emotions to the surface – sounds that help people to understand and feel what you are saying.
Finally we’ve done it, we’re bringing you one of the industries best free beat and instrumental music libraries available. Free beats are made available through creative commons license here at Studio 11 Chicago. You will find some amazing hip hop, rap, and dance beats browsing the collection. After 20 years in the urban music industry we think it’s of the utmost importance that you are able to get started producing your rap and hip hop songs with no impedance. Free beats from Studio 11 are also great for instrumental beds on youtube videos, corporate videos, and other multimedia applications.
The Studio 11 Team