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The Music Schop is a resource for worship musicians and pastors. Song analysis of popular worship songs, theory lessons, reviews of worship resources, and tips and tricks for drummers, keyboard players, guitar players, bass players – the entire band. Written by Chris Schopmeyer.

Guide to a Great Vocal: Pitch, Pocket, and Passion

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Image via: 123rf

Bobby Owsinski's "Big Picture Production Blog" has a great post today on vocal performances. While the piece is written for the context of the studio, it has great application to live vocals as well.

"In the studio, the three P’s, pitch, pocket and passion, are what a producer lives by. You’ve got to have all three to have a dynamite vocal. And while Pitch and Pocket problems can be fixed by studio trickery, if you don’t have Passion, you don’t have a vocal. On stage, the three P’s apply maybe even more so, since you don’t have any of the cut and paste and autotune advantages of the studio to fall back on.  Let’s take a look inside the three P’s.

In the age of Auto-Tune, it takes only a passing interest in music to know the importance of pitch in a vocal performance. Passion is also an obvious function of a great vocal. But what most people miss is the idea of "pocket" – singing the vocal with great time and groove. 

The Pocket means singing in time and in the “groove” (the rhythm) of the song. You can be in pitch, but if you’re wavering ahead or behind the beat it won’t feel right. All of the things that help instrumentalists, like dynamics, turnarounds and articulations, apply to vocals as well. Concentrate on the downbeat (on beat 1) to get your entrances. Concentrate on the snare drum (on 2 and 4) to stay in the pocket.

Read the entire post here

[This will be my only post this week. Happy Thanksgiving!]