The Anatomy of a Background Vocal Arrangement. Part 2, BGVs.

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[Originally published on AirGigs on 2/8/17] BGVs, as in “background vocals”. It is actually a synonym of “harmonies” and those 2 terms can be used interchangeably, but for the purpose of this article I have chosen to separate them. As discussed in detail in part 1, my general approach to developing background vocals involves creating […]

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The Anatomy of a Background Vocal Arrangement. Part 1, harmonies.

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[Originally published on AirGigs on 11/16/16] Hi, I’m Lydia Salnikova and I’m here to talk about one of my favorite subjects: background vocals. First, please allow me to share a bit of my own background – not only to establish credibility (which never hurts), but also to shed a little light on my perspective and […]

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Are we in sync?

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[Originally published on SoundBetter on 6/28/16] The topic of this article may seem self-explanatory and barely warranting an article written about it. Yet, in this age of online recording, where musicians rarely work in the same room anymore, it becomes one of paramount importance. And that is, staying in sync with the rest of the […]

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Session musician vs. collaborator: which one do you need?

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[Originally published on AirGigs on 8/13/15] Songwriting, like any art form, is a very personal and complex process. Sometimes it is easy and effortless, as if something (or Someone?) else is guiding your pen. Sometimes it is laborious and even strenuous, keeping you up at night and requiring all of your skill and concentration in […]

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Number Charts: crash course

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[Originally published on AirGigs on 3/15/15] For general information on when or why number charts might come in handy, see part 1 – “Number Charts: introduction”. First, a disclaimer… You don’t HAVE to know how to write number charts. Many professional session musicians (myself included) are willing to work with whatever materials clients give them, […]

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Number Charts: introduction

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[Originally published on AirGigs on 3/08/15] Also known as “Nashville number charts”. In Nashville, simply known as “charts”. Who needs them, anyway? Say you’re a songwriter/producer and would like to create a recording of your latest composition. You may not necessarily regard yourself a virtuoso musician, but you’ve got what you believe is the makings […]

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Key your song well!

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[Originally published on SoundBetter on 2/25/15] If you’re considering hiring a lead vocalist for your most recent killer song, might I suggest you contact them to find out their preferred key (or keys) for your song, before you have the instrumental track recorded. In other words, have the singer “key” your song first. That can […]

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