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Training & insights for stage and studio singers, speakers, vocal coaches and producers from professional vocal coach and author of "Power, Path & Performance" vocal training method.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Gift Suggestions for Singers, Songwriters, Speakers and Musicians UPDATED

...whatever it is, wrap it with love

Do you have singers, speakers and/or musicians on your gift list? Here are some suggestions, updated for 2017:

$25 or less...

$26 - 65

  • Mic Check microphone cleaner
  • A limited subscription to Netflix or boxed set of a TV series (for idle hours on the tour bus)
  • A music "fake book" or sheet music
  • Stands - music stand, mic stand, guitar stand
  • iPad stand holder
  • Tickets to a live concert event
  • mini-trampoline for core and wellness physical workouts all voices need.
  • A pair of HearFones for vocal practice and rehearsals.
  • 1/2 hour vocal lesson with me in-person, Skype or phone (I'll provide gift certificate)
  • A thumb drive for music tracks and vocal exercises
  • Mp3 speakers (some of the cheap ones sound fine and work with not only iPhones but also Android phones, tablets, laptops, etc.)

$65 - 250

  • My full UPDATED 6-disc Power, Path and Performance vocal training course -bonus 15 minute vocal lesson if ordered during December 2017 (email me for gift certificate)
  • Singing In The Studio  (the definitive course for any singer who will be recording vocals.) Note, the digital version is only $49.
  • Vocal Production Workshop (for engineers/producers who want to get the best vocals possible out of their singers)
  • A course by Bree Noble in music business such as "Profitable House Concerts" (she has several more)
  • Music marketing/promotion training by Rick Barker
  • backup hard drive for recording projects
  • A Cajon, Djembe or frame drum 
  • A new smartphone and/or data package
  • Membership(s) in NSAI (for songwriters), AFM (Musician's Union) or SAG/AFTRA (singer/actor union)
  • Photoshop Elements (An affordable version to create web banners, flyers, edit photos, all kinds of photo uses)
  • Masterwriter software 
  • Gym membership and/or personal trainer (for health, looks AND vocal stamina!)
  • Acting or dance lessons... Google classes and prices in your area, get recommendations.
  • Live performance coaching
  • A microphone - spend some time finding out what is needed. Will it be for stage performance or recording? For a speaker, say a lavalier mic? A podcast? You can get as expensive you want but a time-tested stage or rehearsal workhorse is the Shure SM58 (yes, an old standby but hey, I've use mine for decades!) or Sennheiser 835.
  • Mp3 player or speaker (and if you're dealing with the iPhone6, you'll need wireless)
  • A small mixing board
  • A quality pair of headphones 
  • A camera or camcorder 
  • turntable (LP vinyl player - and hey, discriminating ears love vinyl!) 
  • An instrument case with wheels, or lightweight gig bag
  • One or two hours of vocal lessons with me in office or online (I'll provide gift certificate)
  • Portable CD player
  • Surprise your performer at a show with flowers!

$250 and up...

  • Mixing board
  • Zoom digital recorder (or other brand)
  • A web or Facebook designer
  • DragonSpeak - Voice Recognition Software  (for songwriters and speech writers)
  • In-ear monitors
  • Stage clothes and/or bling
  • Wireless mic system
  • A photo session
  • CD graphics design
  • A music marketing seminar or bootcamp
  • Portable CD player
  • Funding for demo or master recording project (contact me if you'd like an estimate)
  • Funding for video shoot
  • An instrument.. guitar, keyboard, mandolin, violin, etc
  • New road cases
  • A series of instrumental or vocal lessons (I'll be happy to provide a gift certificate)
  • Home studio recording gear
  • A live PA system
Gifts of Your time/expertise -
  • Host a karaoke party or guitar pull!
  • Write song charts for them.
  • Set them up on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reverb Nation or Google+.
  • Teach them to use some software you know they need.
  • Do or better yet, teach them how to do some video or audio editing, such as with Audacity (free software).
  • Type up and organize their worktapes and lyrics, or convert them digitally and save.
  • Write a song in honor of them them (priceless!)
  • Commit to a number of hours of computer work... updating databases, uploading videos and pictures, social network friending, researching, etc.
  • Work the door for them at a gig. Create (and/or work) a tip jar.
  • If you have a home studio, record a song demo or worktape on them.
  • Carve out special time to listen and critique their song, performance, speech.
  • Give them a day of complete voice rest! Do the talking for them.
  • Babysit or dog sit while they perform, or attend someone else's show.
  • Attend their show and invite/bring friends!
  • Recommend their music or show on your social network sites

 Or...get creative. Give to a charity in your loved one's name, buy them a star, make a memory spending some time together volunteering in a soup kitchen, caroling, helping with a food drive or meals on wheels!

Now: What do YOU want for Christmas? You can leave a hint here in the comments and then send a link to the post:) I intend to update this list every year... so bookmark this post and check back whenever it's gift giving time for you again!

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