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I’m Grace Bernicker, a soulful singer-songwriter from proper exterior Philadelphia, PA. Rising up, I used to be undoubtedly influenced by my mother and father’ file assortment, Bonnie Raitt, Carol King, and The Marshall Tucker Band, to call just a few. I used to be additionally actually into artists similar to Alicia Keys, Joss Stone, Christina Aguilera, and Sara Bareilles. Rising up, I performed a little bit of piano and was at all times singing, so I used to be actually drawn to sturdy feminine vocalists or distinctive vocal stylings and nonetheless am to this present day. I truly didn’t choose up my first guitar till I used to be in my early 20s. And up till not too long ago, was primarily self-taught and performed by ear. I truly began taking actual classes through Zoom throughout quarantine from an incredible feminine session participant primarily based in LA. It has been so cool to truly study extra about totally different choosing patterns, enjoying kinds, and guitar principle!

Stylistically, I’ve at all times been drawn to a extra acoustic sound versus an digital or synth bass sound. So my music is at all times rooted in that, be it guitar or piano, after which within the studio, we could add extra on to it. For my reside exhibits, I normally duo, so it’s at all times myself and a guitar participant, actually easy straight acoustic.

Proper now, I’m engaged on a twelve-song acoustic cowl video collection, taking just a few of my favourite songs and stripping them all the way down to an all-acoustic association. It’s been a number of enjoyable to create and takes me again to how I grew up singing. I’ll be releasing the third observe and video of the collection later this month.

What’s your definition of tone, and the way has it modified through the years?
For me, tone has to do with just a few issues. I used to consider it solely from a vocal perspective, however now it’s extra concerning the groove of the music. From a songwriting perspective, I give it some thought within the sense of the house throughout the music, what’s the music really feel like, are we writing up-tempo or ballad, is it guitar or piano-driven, and is it lyrically heavy or is the melody extra on the forefront?

Which guitars, amps, and pedals are you presently utilizing and why?
I play a Breedlove and completely like it. It’s an acoustic-electric and is a part of their Atlas Collection, the Passport Plus C250/SFe. We’ve been by way of quite a bit collectively, and it’s truly the one guitar I personal. I really like the way it creates such a vibrant, full rounded tone. I’ve sometimes picked up an electrical as effectively and would like to personal an electrical. At some point!

What about strings?
I exploit Elixir strings more often than not. I like utilizing a lighter string, and thus far they’ve labored out nice!


Are there sure recording methods you like within the studio?
I truly love recording reside or a minimum of doing a scratch vocal with the complete band or whoever else I’m enjoying with versus being despatched a direct observe after which singing on prime of it. I’m so used to enjoying reside; it simply feels pure this fashion. I at all times simply felt that it gels higher this fashion, as you get all of the nooks and crannies and get to listen to and play off of the entire nuances versus becoming in to a observe that’s already been created.

How do you retain your sound constant onstage?
For me, reside exhibits are fairly easy. It’s normally simply myself and a guitar participant. We’ll examine our ranges, be certain we’re each balanced, and that the guitars aren’t louder than the vocals. Additionally, having sound engineer is at all times useful.

What does your follow include?
It is determined by what I’m engaged on. Vocally talking, I attempt to heat up day-after-day or a number of occasions per week and also will work on no matter music or songs I’m engaged on in the mean time. For guitar, I attempt to play day-after-day, particularly now. Some days it might be 20 minutes; different days, it might be two hours. Given I’ve began taking precise classes throughout quarantine, it’s been actually cool to truly have totally different finger workouts to work on, numerous bar chords to concur, and choosing patterns to work on. I’ll normally begin out with just a few finger workouts after which dive into the chords for that particular music, be certain I’m good on all of them, after which dive into the rhythmic sample. I discover it actually useful if I’ve a observe to go off of. Possibly that’s enjoying alongside to the precise music or setting a metronome at a sure velocity after which making an attempt to loop the sample so many occasions in a row with out breaking it. If I’m going to be singing and enjoying, I’ll normally attempt to grasp the guitar half first after which dive into the vocal line.

What’s your recommendation for younger ladies who hope to work within the music trade?
Above all else, know your value and don’t accept lower than you deserve. As a lady on this enterprise, fairly often, you’re the solely lady within the room. That’s OK, but additionally don’t maintain again. If you wish to change a guitar line or don’t just like the tempo, or a lyric line, say so. Don’t make your self small to slot in; take up house. Additionally, at all times be ready, know your half, and are available in with concepts. After I was youthful, I want somebody inspired me to study audio and manufacturing. I really like the manufacturing facet as effectively and have hung out now truly studying it for myself. Learn to do the entire issues the blokes do; you’ll be able to produce, be a sound engineer, be a label govt, shred on guitar, be the drummer, be the lead producer, run audio—it’s completely as much as you!

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