Happy New Year! I am posting singing exercises for you to get back into singing if you have had a break over the holidays. This week I will be focusing on breathing exercises. The first exercise is about keeping a steady exhalation for as long as you can. Practice this daily for a week to see how much you can improve.
Today we are going to have a look at a very small section of Adele’s song Easy on me.
We are just going to do the very beginning of the chorus: Go easy on me baby.
There are a couple of things to look at in this small section of the song.
It’s a great song, and if you haven’t listened to the whole song you can click on this link to listen to it on you tube.
The song is in F major, and this phrase begins with the tonic note, which is the beginning not of the scale -F and then you sing up a fifth, or leap up, which is the fifth note of the scale which is C.
You will find fifth intervals in lots of songs. Intervals are important to practice so that when we sing them, we land accurately on them.
Practice on the sound ng, which is the sound at the end of the word sing. The sound is closed (the tongue and soft palate are together) but you can open your mouth when you sing. This aims the sound into the front of the face.
You want to glissando (slide) up and down. As you go up, think more like you are landing on the note rather than revving up a hill.
Glissando’s on fifths exercise
When you are attacking a phrase, especially one that begins with a vowel, there are a number of different ways you can sing it.
- Clean onset: the vocal chords come together cleanly with the sound to make a smooth, light and clear sound. To do this, connect the two words go-easy, like one word to keep it smooth.
- Aspirate/breathy onset. Air is pushed through the vocal chords to make a breathy, airy sound. Adding a h also makes it even more breathy.
- Glottal onset. The vocal chords come together quite hard to make a very strong and hard sound.
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This video is all about the 5 note scale and singing it on different vowels.
Make sure that you have a low relaxed breath, legato singing (smooth and connected). Remember to have a focused sound.
Fricatives are consonants that are formed by impeding the flow of air somewhere in the vocal apparatus so that a friction-sound is produced.
They are great for warming up the voice and help to develop a legato (smooth and connected sound) in your singing.
The ones used in this exercise are v, z, and th. Audio of exercise below.
Welcome back to another year of singing!
It has been wonderful greeting students for the new year, hearing about their holiday adventures and seeing their joy at returning to lessons.
For the adult students there has been less about holidays ( unfortunately) but there has certainly be the same enthusiasm as they arrive for lessons.
For students who have been studying with me for a while, it has been great to hear their voices again and realize the progress they have been making vocally. It has been so exciting to hear the way their voices have matured and developed. For new students it has been exciting starting with them and helping them uncover the voice they have inside them.
A big welcome to all the new students who have started for 2016. I look forward to working with you on your musical journey!
News from the Studio:
Students have new repertoire to start working on for 2016.
To get you into a practice routine I am holding a practice blitz for the next two weeks.
The blitz will run from Monday 22nd February until Sunday 6th March . All you need to do is practice consistently and record your practice times on the singing strong website. (remember you have to log into your account to fill in the details. If you need help with this please let me know.) You can log in at the bottom of this post.
There will be prizes and surprises for the person who clocks up the most practice hours!
Take some time now to work out times during the week when you can dedicate 15 -20 minutes to practice. Record this on your calendar and then stick to it!
Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Summer Pantomime “Aladdin”. It was a fun show and I thoroughly enjoyed myself when I went to see it.
Congratulations to Alicia Hooimeyer who played the title role and to Sophia Patikisa who was a gorgeous Jasmine.
Hollie Gibson was terrific as the dog and there were other fantastic performances from the following students as well:
There are numerous students involved in the many productions that will be held during 2016. I will keep you informed as they come up.
I have tentatively booked our first term Cafe Concert for Wednesday 16th March from 6.30pm. Please put this date in your diary. I understand that some of you will have commitments on this evening, but it would be appreciated if you are able to come and sing, even if you are only able to pop in and out.
I will put out some more information about this event during the week.
So let’s get singing! Have a great week.
It’s the beginning of 2016 and you haven’t practiced any singing since before Christmas. Does that sound like you? I am a little bit guilty of this too. The Christmas season was so busy for me I hardly had any time for anything else. It was a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends and I did sing heaps of Christmas carols, but most things like practice got put aside. Now with the new year we find ourselves back into more of a routine, but finding the motivation to get back into practice can be a bit challenging.
You might want to start by sitting down and writing out a couple of goals for your singing this next couple of months. My goal at the moment is to come up with a list of ten songs I would like to start learning as I need to build up my repertoire for performance and auditions.
However, it is important that I don’t start singing all these 10 songs straight away. Over this week all I am trying to do is get my voice back in shape. I need to do my vocal “push ups”. Just like the rest of our body, if we don’t exercise consistently, things get out of shape. My vocal chords and the surrounding muscles need to get a good work out.
I need to do this slowly, a bit to start with and then lengthen my sessions later on in the week.
So to start I will just do some light warm ups. Sirens, bubbling lips, humming etc.. through my vocal range. Then some exercises to extend my vocal range and work on my resonance and then get into learning songs.
Starting with 15 – 20 minutes and then gradually increase this time over the week.
Just like the rest of your body, if you go out and exercise full on straight away, you will most likely be very sore the next day or may even do some damage. Your voice is the same. Go slowly and gradually build up your strength and stamina.
Here are a couple of exercises to get you started:
5 note scale on ah: