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Singing For Dummies

by eMedia
Everyone
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Over 30 videos and animations show you exactly what to do and explain how to do it.
  • Interactive Feedback listens as you sing and tells you whether you are too high, too low or right in tune!
  • Great songs are included that include “Imagine” by John Lennon, ”Dancing in the Street,” and ”Stop! In the Name of Love,” made famous by Diana Ross and the Supremes
  • Singing lessons teach you how to sing better with voice tutorials on matching pitch, essential sight reading skills, breathing, supporting your voice, understanding resonance, and how to form vowels and consonants.
  • Interactive Feedback technology that displays the notes you’re singing on screen in notation, as the software listens to your singing via the computer microphone.
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Platform: PC/Mac Disc
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B009SHY548
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 2 x 7.5 inches ; 2.9 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: October 1, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Platform: PC/Mac Disc

eMedia Singing For Dummies offers a fun way to learn to sing; step-by-step at your own pace. Songs and exercises in over 80 lessons with interactive feedback are accompanied by full-motion videos, live-recorded audio, and variable-speed MIDI tracks. The easy-to-follow lessons show you how to sing in time and in tune, use proper singing technique, and develop and project your voice. Professional voice instructor Ory Brown,. M.M., guides you with video demonstrations of techniques. Watch the techniques demonstrated in 30 full-motion videos. Sing along as the notes are highlighted on screen as they are heard. eMedia's Interactive Feedback technology actually listens as you sing and tells you whether you are too high, too low, or right in tune! Song looping lets you highlight and repeat any section of music you wish to practice. eMedia Singing For Dummies is the fast and easy way to learn to sing! eMedia Singing For Dummies also features hit songs including "Imagine" by John Lennon, "Dancing in the Street" made famous by Martha and the Vandellas, David Bowie and Mick Jagger, and Van Halen; "Stop in the Name of Love" made famous by Diana Ross and the Supremes and many more. eMedia Singing For Dummies also includes a built-in Metronome and Recorder. eMedia Singing For Dummies offers an exceptional value and will have you singing songs in no time!

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Start to Singing December 12, 2012
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc
I'm a guitar teacher, and this is the CD I started recommending to my students (both young and old) who want to accompany their guitar playing. For me, I'm a basic singer. I got into this CD for it's interactivity. It helped me with my tempo and pitch, identify where I was singing flat or sharp, right there on the screen, and make corrections. For my students who are often new to singing techniques, the voice exercises are the most useful, helping student produce quality voice tones. For instance, I notice new singers often mangle vowel sounds when they switch from speaking to singing. This CD identifies this problem and provides techniques on how to sing vowels properly.

Most of my students have moderate goals, of wanting to sing comfortably in front of small groups, at the karaoke machine, around the campfire, or starting in a church choir. This is the CD I recommend for that. If a student was interested in further instruction after this CD, then I recommend a voice coach. This CD will lay down a solid foundation, so they're one step up when starting with a voice coach then.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Product! January 19, 2013
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc|Verified Purchase
Singing for Dummies is great product for anyone who is considering on learning to sing. I rated it four stars for the price. Once one come to realization that their singing isn't singing, you haven't waisted a paid instructor's time and you money. For example, I am a musician but I've always wanted to sing. I purchased Singing for Dummies last month and I'm still trying to work on my vocal pitch. However, my son tried and he's already singing actual songs provided by the software and he's already in the advanced vocal skills section. I guess I'll let my guitar sing for me then. Also, I like the fact that the software is Mac (Mountain Lion) and PC (Win 7) compatible. I would recommend this product to anyone who feels that their calling is to sing. Even for someone like me, if you find that a friend or someone in you family have discovered through Singing for Dummies that they are a natural at singing, its really okay because Singing For Dummies makes it fun to learn anyway.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed to say the least. June 19, 2013
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc|Verified Purchase
The first thing I noticed is in the description, it states "Over 70 hit songs from artists such as the John Lennon, Diana Ross and others". This is not all true. There are 36 songs. The second, very disappointing item on the list is there is no option to play the accompaniment, which is MIDI, while it is listening to you sing. (interactive feature). In the help section it states the interactive feature automatically turns off when playing the melody because the melody interferes with the interactive feature. This means you have to sing without the melody (Sight Singing). There are microphones that are directional and can be set to not interfere. I have a device with a built in microphone that tells me the pitch I'm singing and it also plays the sound. This is 2013, not 1990. Technology has come a long way and this application falls way short by today's standards. No one that is a beginner will know how create an E4 note by seeing it on the treble clef. No one has perfect pitch and knows what an E sounds like without hearing it in the melody. I think it is pretty important to be able to play the melody and listen to the student at the same time. If you want beginning vocal training that doesn't require singing without an accomplishment, this isn't for you. There are Karaoke games online that work very well if you want melody training.

There are other interface issues that are very frustrating. If you click on a note to actually use the interactive feature, it gets in a loop and will only play part of the song. I've not found a way to get it turn off that feature without restarting the application. I have their other products (keyboards and guitar) and I'm very happy with them. This is a disappointment. I was considering buying their Singing Method application, I'm glad I only lost 1/2 of that price if it is merely an expanded version of this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Basic Information! June 4, 2014
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc|Verified Purchase
I'm almost embarrassed at the title as the "Dummies" books always seemed like a joke to me. This CD book is no joke and is written by a professional teacher in basic and totally understandable way. It includes video examples that are great. One of the cool things about it is the ability to choose the kind of voice: male female, low, high, etc. used in the audio examples. Makes the whole thing seem personalized. There are great basic drawings even showing a bit of anatomy to demonstrate breathing techniques and tongue placement for good vowel sounds and tone production. If you need a good basic home study. This is darned good!

In the first portion of the lessons, it gives an opportunity to use a microphone to show whether you can replicate pitches sung to you. Again, a cool thing. I did find that I needed to purchase an exterior microphone rather than depending on the internal microphone. That was worth the purchase, however.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! March 12, 2014
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc
I love to sing but have never had lessons because I assumed I was simply a natural talent. Thanks to Singing For Dummies, I now realize what I have been doing can't be considered singing at all and that I had much to learn. I have been working hard and already can notice big differences in my rendition of Stop! In the Name of Love. I had no idea that I had been really wrecking one of my favorite songs for many years. Fortunately, I have never performed in public and have limited my singing to entertaining at family get together's. I am a bit embarrassed now when I recall some of those sessions and what I did to personal favorites like Stevie Nicks' Landslide and Strangers in the Night, which I thought I had really brought something fresh to. Obviously, people were just being polite and enduring a lot of this. Singing For Dummies has been a real wake-up call. However, it offers hope and direction and I am not giving up. I have so much work to do it seems overwhelming. But this is like having an understanding and patient teacher and I hope to be in top form by Christmas. I just love to sing and with Singing For Dummies, there's no stopping me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not run; no tech support
It doesn't run. Even if the content of the lessons is awesome, the lack of attention to programming detail is astounding. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Lewis Worthington
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I like it but I don't use it much... I have a 2year old.
Published 17 days ago by Meghann
3.0 out of 5 stars This dummy crashed
Ok. Check the title - we are working with dummies here! Somehow I installed it several times and now I can't open it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mollygamu
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to learn and build your skill
great tool My son enjoy's singing but is shy and does not want to actually join a group to teach him. He is comfortable in his room enjoying interacting with the teaching sessions.
Published 9 months ago by Elaine
5.0 out of 5 stars SINGING FOR DUMMIES
ELEMENTARY BUT GOOD, SOLID, BASIC INFO THAT EVERYONE SHOULD BE TAUGHT BEFORE MOVING ON TO MORE SPECIALIZED LESSONS COULD BE MORE IN DEPTH BUT THIS IS EASILY FIXED BY BUYING... Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. A. Brin
5.0 out of 5 stars worth it
another enter active dvd were you can get feed back on your range and pitch lets you know if you hit the notes... Read more
Published 12 months ago by sozome
2.0 out of 5 stars Much less than expected
Too little for the price. It was over so soon that at first I thought it was a mistake. Just one song is a known one...
Published 17 months ago by Lorena
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
Wouldn't run correctly on my pc or my mac. No tech support to speak of. Songs in it are outdated.
Published 20 months ago by K. Hendricks
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent software for beginners.
I purchased this item as a beginner singer to supplement my teacher guided vocal training. I would recommend this software to any beginner. Read more
Published 21 months ago by R.Zimmerman
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a CD
This product is a CD in a box. The code is on the CD envelope.I am now beginning to follow the CD. It is a bit difficult because there is no book. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lynn
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