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Ask Simply Mary

By Simply Mary
I answer questions for DIY Musicians to connect them with resources that are trusted in the music industry. I love to offer free advice and support to help others achieve their goals, no matter how big or small they may be. Ask me anything you like here or visit to ask a question and you might get to hear it answered on the podcast!
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Vocal Tips to Improve Your Range
Today on Ask Simply Mary we talk about vocals and some challenges you can overcome with a few simple tips. Every artist seems to strive to be better at one thing or another. Sometimes we just want to be the best at everything, and realistically, we just can't.  Even though we can't master every single skill,  we can however, improve every single one. Let's talk about vocals today. The question: "Whenever I sing I feel most comfortable when singing low. I feel that I sound at least a bit better than when I try to sing more high like Sopranos. Is there any tips to improve my singing voice? I'm female by the way." With every single challenge we face comes effort. Sometimes there is a considerable amount of effort that it will consume and that thought in itself can inhibit us from moving forward with reaching those goals we set for ourselves as an artist, a songwriter, or any type of creator. Before we can bring to fruition those goals we so deeply desire to achieve, we need to make a conscious effort to follow through with them and that is your first step. So with this question we know that vocals are going to be the focus here. So let's talk about how to improve these vocal skills, and how to break barriers we feel are in the way of our growth as a vocalist. In part one of the podcast we are going to talk about these tips: You have a natural vocal range, embrace that first before you try to expand your talent. Don't get to worked up, learn at your own pace. Exercise your diaphragm daily by focusing and becoming aware of your breathing. Take care of your instrument, your voice! You know, the healthy things like not smoking and staying hydrated. Do not strain your voice, this can literally cause permanent damage! Warming up and the importance of practice. Finding artists you resonate with to research for advice. As we move into part 2 of the podcast I talk about: Building slowly to reach the next octave. Higher in pitch is NOT higher in volume. Vocal cord damage is REAL. Record yourself as an amateur, and then again later to compare. Be faithful to yourself. Don't beat yourself up if you are not making the progress you think you should be making. Don't push the bar further than you can afford to. Apply these tips to many different areas that you may want to work on. Don't forget to take a break. Know that no matter what goal you are trying to reach, practice makes perfect they say. Put into it what you expect to get out and you will be successful in all you do! Best wishes always! Simply Mary
March 15, 2021
Fat girls can wear stripes. - The Diary of a Simple Girl
I once was a fat girl who tried to wear stripes, Mean things were said to me that weren't so nice, Hanging on for years and haunting my soul, Until I got rid of that demon and let it all go.... The Diary of a Simple Girl
January 28, 2021
Greatest Guitar Solos in History!
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October 17, 2020
Best Guitar Solos In History
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Today is a special podcast episode highlighting some of the best guitar solos in history with the songs included on Spotify Premium users streams! On  Ask Simply Mary today: In no specific order of grandeur let's highlight some of the greatest guitar solos in history! Judge for yourself by checking out these epic guitar solos and guitarists! Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones Keith Richards Stranglehold - Ted Nugent Reelin in the Years - Steely Dan Elliot Randall Trouble - Simply Mary Sean Andre Alive - Pearl Jam Mike McCready Bulls on Parade - Rage Against the Machine Tom Morello Highway Star - Deep Purple Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top Billy Gibbons Crossroads - Eric Clapton Sultans of Swing - Dire Straights Mark Knopfler Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne Randy Rhoads All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughn Eruption - Eddie Van Halen Floods - Pantera Dimebag Darrell One - Metallica Kirk Hammett Shock Me - Kiss Ace Frehley November Rain - Guns N Roses Slash Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Black Star - Yngwie Malmsteen Bulls on Parade - Rage Against The Machine
October 15, 2020
Does getting high make writing music easier? Writers Block & Session Musicians vs Live Performers
Today on "Ask Simply Mary" Daniel elder asks "Does writing music actually get easier if you get high or is that just a myth?" I talk about my personal feelings and experiences with marijuana and songwriting with honesty. You may or may not agree and my answer may or may not surprise you. Johnny Adams asks "What advice would you give to an aspiring artist who has lost motivation to make new music?" I basically am talking about self-care here, and the need to be grounded at all times in order to be creative freely. Writers block can occur not only with lyricists but musicians as well. Amidst this pandemic, it is more important than ever to be grounded. It is also a very trying time for artists performers and creators.  I not only touch on writers block but any block that you create within your life that is stopping you from doing something you love. Hopefully my advice can help someone out there step back and rethink their plans for the future in a new light. Farzam Mousavi asks "What is the difference between a session or studio musician and a life performer?" This is a really great question and it is some thing worth discussing. I do have my own experience to share and some thoughts to add to the pool. All this, today, on Ask Simply Mary Thank you so much to my streaming and financial supporters, I couldn't do it without you! Mary
October 12, 2020
Charles Manson Music, Instrumentation and Objectives in Songwriting
Today on Ask Simply Mary, Ray Galindo asks, "What is your opinion of Charles Manson's music?" What a crazy topic to touch on for sure! I knew that Charles Manson made music a few years back and thought that was strange but never looked into it. Today I made the decision to check out Charles Manson's lyrics and his compositions that are available on YouTube. I really think everyone should take a moment and check this guy out. He really is an artist and a surprisingly talented man. Jim Milton wants to know how to write a song with a ukulele without all the lyrics sounding unfamiliar and not right when something out loud. I touch on instrumentation and structure while songwriting and also give a few pointers on things that may help with the process. Variations with instrumentation and using metronomes can really help with songwriting when you were only using one instrument. We also talk about variations and patterns as well as structure. Finally Mary Scott asks,"If you're a songwriter what is your main objective in writing songs?" I never really realized until today that song writing objectives seem to change along the course of a songwriters life. I know for me that my objectives have changed over the years and I believe that I share this with many other artists. I think this is an important question to touch on because it made me think about a lot of things. I would like to thank everyone so much for tuning into the show! If you like what you hear and you are getting something out of this podcast you are welcome to support the podcast by clicking the button on my podcast page. All support in every form is greatly appreciated!
October 05, 2020
Royalty Collection, Becoming a Producer and How I Write a Song
How does an artist collect royalties from places like Spotify, YouTube and other streaming networks? Mechanical royalties, performance royalties, neighboring rights, who collects? We touch lightly on having a Publishing Administration or Publisher along with a PRO organization to represent you and collect what is due. I strongly encourage you to check out your PRO organization or Publishing Administration website for many valuable educational resources for sure. All in all we want to know what's in it for these services as far as a benefit to paying royalties. I also try to give a realistic and honest answer to the reality of becoming a producer and producing your own track.  Check out and see all the classes they have open including the one I mention today on this podcast. Also, I share with you the way I write a song. This may not work for everyone but some of this information could help you with your own writing. I share the secret to how I come up with my crazy chord structures and bringing it all together. All of this today on Ask Simply Mary Right here on Thanks so much for tuning in and supporting my podcast!
October 01, 2020
The Six Stages of a Song
So you want to make music, but where do you start? Ask Simply Mary Podcast, Music Production, Musicians  At 14 years old, Jalyn Fisher has a strong interest in ALL things music, but where does she even begin to start when there are so many different things to learn and so many changes in this fast paced industry?  Today on Ask Simply Mary I would like to give Jalyn a plan of action to learn all the things she is dying to know about making music. We will be covering the 6 stages of Music Production that are critical to creating a good song. The great thing about this, is that each step has a future with positions and jobs in the industry somewhere. Do not fall into thinking you need to know it ALL, let me reassure you that you don't. Don't get me wrong, the more you know the better, but be realistic with your direction, you will grow along with your education and that does take time. Eventually you will be educated in all the areas you will need to be.  Below you will be able to study any process you would like to go over through Wikipedia by clicking on the words highlighted in blue. Don't forget to use your Google skills and find some suitable videos on YouTube, or other Social Media forums to place yourself among some of the musicians you most aspire to be like. You are not a copycat but you can benefit greatly learning from others.  *Don't forget to share with others later too ;)  Get yourself around people who are working in the Music Industry, if you put yourself around like minded individuals you will find the most growth. Also, don't forget to join your high school marching band, concert band or show choir! Trust me, you WILL USE THAT KNOWLEDGE LATER. IT IS PRICELESS!  Also look around your local area for different Centers for the Arts and organizations you can start to become a part of right now, in some way, shape or form. You will have more connections to people who are interested in the same things. Don't let stigmas and such petty things distract you from the big prize here. Some people won't join band in high school or they end up missing other opportunities because of what others may think. Don't let anything like this hold you back. This is the future YOU are interested in, so you need to seek out every experience that you can to be sure that you know this is what you want to do. After all, even the time you are putting into things now is an investment, you are literally investing in yourself here. So I would love to see you make good investments without missing out on anything. With all that said, let's get going on the podcast where I will elaborate some more on each important step that you will be using to make music. The 6 Stages of a Song Songwriting Lyrics, composition and song structure basics.  View the full post with live links and video at: Thanks for tuning in here on!
August 04, 2020
ASCAP, BMI, Registrations and Searching the repertories.
Today on Ask Simply Mary: Bizzouch asks "How can I find out when a song was registered with ASCAP or BMI?" Billy Draper Hills via asks: "Who structures a song, the producer or the singer? For example, if you buy beats, who dictates where verse, chorus, and bridge should be?" Humberto Hernandez asks "Do I need to register a song with BMI even if I already released it on Spotify under my own name?" Find out about my own personal experience and answers to all kinds of other music related questions in this episode.  Visit the blog to find the links and resources mentioned here in the podcast by clicking here. Are you a music creator and want to also do it yourself to retain all of your creative control? Do you want to take your work one step further and just are not sure where to find solid resources?  Do you want to hear your music on major streaming networks such as Spotify, Napster, iTunes, Pandora, Deezer and Apple Music? Are you ready to take action on your next steps? If you want to know, you have to ask! To ask a question of your own just leave me a message through my website  or leave me a voice message right here on to be part of the podcast and find out the information you deserve to know! Thank you so much for tuning in! Mary
July 10, 2020
Self criticism, self doubt, sacrifice and spreading the word.
Veronica Thornton asks "Would you come to resent your spouse if they forced you to give up a life long dream of a career in music?" My personal experience with an ex and how that has shaped my art today. Dimitri Czapklewicz is thinking  "I am very disappointed with my songwriting/melody writing skills. It makes me feel like giving up when I don't come up with a song that satisfies me and my needs, what should I do?" I feel like this is similar to writers block in a way for many many reasons. I sure can relate. Finally... Ash asks a great question "I published my music and made a website. How do I get the word out?" I share some tried and true tips that are sure to help you boost those streams if you just take the time and be persistent with putting these into practice as a part of your music business routine. Today on Ask Simply Mary! Ask your question at and don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss your answer!
July 08, 2020
Easy gospel songs, audiobook narration and medical mistakes.
Katie Morgan asks "What are some easy gospel songs to sing in front of others at church?" Amy Potter wants to know "Did you ever have the chance to correct a medical mistake someone else made?" Breast Implant Illness Information And Aishu asks "I really want to be an audiobook reader in ACX. I think it is a good part time job opportunity. Why should I be hindered from doing the job just because I am from India?" Audiobook Creation Exchange Find the video version on IGTV!
July 07, 2020
Songwriting Tips, Content ID and Protecting your work.
Songwriting can become frustrating as a beginner or even for a seasoned pro.  Here are some suggestions that may help you with your process. Some simple strategies are things like listening to other artists that are similar to your style. Comparing the song structure among your favorite works, and taking some  much needed breaks to reinvigorate your brain power. I also talk about how I first became a lover of piano and the dream of someday writing my own song. We move on to Content ID and protecting your instrumental works from being stolen. Also, how to make sure your work is ready to receive the royalties you deserve and how to get started on your way to collecting. A few short updates are in the podcast involving my personal life and what is to come for the podcast in the near future. Thank you so much for hanging in there with me, and I can't wait to see you next time! Visit for more on what I do.
January 23, 2020
Copyright Infringement, Payola and Mic Types
Visit the blog by clicking here University Copyright Office Copyright Office Are you familiar with copyright infringement? In this episode talk about copyrights and infringement on the "Ask Simply Mary" podcast today. The above links reference copyright infringement and also link you to the copyright office so you can register your work to obtain valid copyrights. Copyright infringement is the act of violating any of the copyright owner's exclusive rights granted by the federal copyright act. There are certain elements that need to be in place for a copyright infringement to occur. This is discussed in the podcast as well. Remember there are legal penalties for copyright infringement. You need to keep your work safe and also, do not attempt to  tamper with other peoples work. It can come back to bite you! Also, today we discussed payola. It is easy for artists to think they can buy followers and spins for their music or brand to obtain fans. This my friend is called payola. This type of  "advertising"  is so wrong, and it can backfire on you. As per the Wiki: "Payola, in the music industry, is the illegal practice of payment or other inducement by record companies for the broadcast of recordings on commercial radio in which the song is presented as being part of the normal day's broadcast, without announcing that there has been consideration paid in cash or in kind for its airplay adjacent to the recording's broadcast. Under US law, a radio station can play a specific song in exchange for money, but this must be disclosed on the air as being sponsored airtime.[1] There are many artist services out there that boast they can bring you to the top for the right price. Services do not always deliver the things we are expecting, just a friendly FYI.   If you are attempting to use money to get you where you want to be it probably won't end well. I'm sure you have seen similar stories in the news recently about payola and college scandals. This is the same thing. Finally for the last part of the podcast we are going to discuss microphones and the different types that are out there. I will be referencing a question from Quora on this matter to bring a little more more clarity to the subject. Wikipedia  If you're looking for information on microphones here is a link to help you out as you learn more. Above will take you to wikipedia for more in depth breakdowns of all the different types and uses. LANDR Blog Post on Microphone Types The types we will be talking about are: Dynamic Microphones Large Diaphragm Condensor Microphones Small Diaphragm Condensor Microphones Ribbon Microphones If you would like more in depth information about these types and uses, reference the article by clicking on the link above.
December 23, 2019
Why you should register with ASCAP or BMI
Today I talk about registering with the pro organization and what it means for you as an artist. We are going to discuss as And how to register. We will also touch on as Fees and why these licenses are needed.  If you are an artist and are ready to register with ASCAP: Go to If you have a questions you want answered you can always visit my website and shoot me an email. You can also connect with me on social media Or by leaving me a voice message right here on
December 20, 2019
Promo Codes, Mouthing that mic? 12-18-19
Answering more questions from that Quora feed for ya'll. Today we talk about my parents, microphones and performers who mouth them, and we touch a bit on promo codes and more. If you want to know something, you have to ask! Tune in now and don't forget to support this podcast by sharing, following or giving! Thank you so much for all of the wonderful support out there!
December 18, 2019
Laptop Recording, ASCAP and Creative Ways to Create Videos 12-17-19
Ask me pretty much anything at this point. I will do my best to answer all of your questions even if it does not quite pertain to music, it's all good. So today we are talking about recording using a laptop, ASCAP and Royalties for live venues and creative ways to record yourself! Tune in for more to come! Thank you so much for supporting this podcast by donating, liking, sharing, or following!
December 17, 2019
Happy Holidays and Tis another Season!
Update on the plans and a little shout out to Lauren Diagle and Billie Ellish!  Plus, adding video lyrics to stories and your release! You can ask me anything actually. My podcast is now open to tell all. Have a question? Send me a message or call in on the studio line! Thanks for tuning in to Ask Simply Mary
December 17, 2019
SEO, Traffic, Optimize your Online Brand
Why aren't you being found? Let's talk about that and more today. Also information on Influencer and Affiliate linking. Let's be found! 100% Free Tips!
December 20, 2018
Is there software with LIVE Green Screen Capability?
Why YES! And the best part is, it is 100% FREE! Check out this Episode of Ask Simply Mary to give your Live Stream Videos some super Professional Love!
December 13, 2018
Breast Implant Illness - My Explant Announcement
Please visit for more information on Breast Augmentation and silicone implants and the toxic illness they are causing. I will be blogging my journey to my own explant surgery at to help amplify awareness on Breast Implant Illness. Follow Arizona 5's Kris Pickel on Facebook as she investigates this matter along with our Warrior Nicole who is connecting women everywhere and helping 56,000 of us and counting through this difficult healing process. Join her Facebook group if you suspect you have BII. It can be found by searching "Healing Breast Implant Illness by Nicole" please pass this information on to anyone suffering mysterious medical conditions that have breast implants.
December 12, 2018
Mechanical Rights and Public Domain Works
Today Filbert asks on Quora about covering a National Anthem and what steps he needs to take. Join me right here on AnchorFM or hop on over to my YouTube channel or Dailymotion for more Ask Simply Mary questions! ask me on Quora and you might be featured! Find me at SIMPLYMARYMUSIC .com
June 13, 2018
Transposing Vocals and For Vocalists
Having trouble hitting the high note? Check this out! Transposing Hack!
June 01, 2018
Tracking Guitars and Lined Instruments
How do you track your Guitar? Is there more than one method? Do I have to use my Recording Software for my Amp? Via Quora on Ask Simply Mary
June 01, 2018
Ask Simply Mary -Music Review Sources
Looking for new music? Maybe you made some yourself? In any case, you want these links!
May 30, 2018
New Music Industry Tips! Introducing Ask Simply Mary
Mary explains about how critical timing is to your release, in more ways than one! Grab a pencil for notes! Call in with Questions! Only on Anchor.Fm
May 24, 2018
Don't Look Back! Simply Personal
A personal message and a little about my upcoming release. Studio One or Pro Tools? Listen to find out which Program I chose for Don't Look Back, my very First Full Production!
April 29, 2018
Should You Use Services such as Online Mastering With LANDR
Is it okay to use online services for Mastering? Via Quora Here is my take.
January 25, 2018
Indie artists In The 2000s
Why were Indie Artists exploding in the 2010s? Via Quora
January 23, 2018
In Ear Monitors - Protect your hearing!
What are they for anyway? A multi purpose gadget every stage performer should have.
January 21, 2018
Rock Musicians To Learn From
Hear their words - for they are wise. Great Music Legends to listen to and learn from. Via Quora
January 18, 2018
Studio Cost - Professional Vs Home
How much does it cost to record in a professional studio? Via Quora
January 18, 2018
DistroKid Legacy Accounts and New Publisher
Lets talk about a couple of good options for your music publishing and distribution. Check out the Legacy Account option at DistroKid!
January 17, 2018