Mahalo Mark Yamanaka and Bert Nāihe!

Hilo native and four time Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner Mark Yamanaka joined IHM students this afternoon for a nice long talk-story and jam session. He shared his experiences from growing up doing backyard jams, to his times performing with kumu hula Johnny Lum Ho, playing the Hilo “wedding/graduation/birthday lū‘ai” circuit, recording his first CD and his most recently release. His guitarist Bert Nāihe, joined him before heading off to soundcheck for their concert at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center this evening. Mahalo nui, Mark!

By |January 31st, 2014|Categories: Mentors, Miscellaneous||0 Comments

The Secrets of Vocal Health on the Road

Jaime Vendera is a vocal coach, world-renowned for his wineglass-shattering voice as seen on shows like MythBusters, Dr. Oz, and Super Human Showdown. Many of his books, including Raise Your Voice 1 & 2, The Ultimate Breathing Workout, and the Sing Out Loud series have been read by countless singers, beginner and pro alike. Jaime offers some tips on Voice Council Magazine’s website that could make the difference between singing night after night or cancelling a gig.

By |November 25th, 2013|Categories: Miscellaneous||0 Comments

The Top 5 Lyric Pitfalls

Jason Blume is in this eighteenth year of teaching BMI’s Nashville Songwriters’ Workshop and has written hit songs fro many artists in a staggering variety of genres. Jason has also been a regular instructor and mentor at the Kaua’i Music Festival. He offers his list of the Top Five Pitfalls that he sees in many songs that he has seen and heard.

By |November 25th, 2013|Categories: Miscellaneous||0 Comments

A Guide to Music Performance Royalties

The folks at the website “Music • Technology • Policy” have posted an excellent and concise series of blog posts that discuss the creation of music, from composition, through copyrighting, publishing and recording, and explains how these various parties in these creative activities can make money from them.
Part One and Part Two.

By |November 25th, 2013|Categories: Miscellaneous||0 Comments

5 Top Tips to Get the Most from Your Affordable Vocal Mic

CD Baby’s DIY Musician blog is a great source for useful information on maximing your money, time and resources. This recent addition talks about how to get the most from your affordable vocal microphone.

This post should not be construed as an endorsement of CD Baby or its services, simply a link to what we believe to be a valuable resource for musicians.

By |November 25th, 2013|Categories: Miscellaneous||0 Comments