SINGING AND VOCAL TECHNIQUE
Wednesday 4:45pm - 5:15pm
This class is all about learning how to improve our singing through correct use of tone, diction, breath support and posture.
We will be learning a range of techniques to support strong, powerful and emotional vocal recitals.
If you want to improve your singing and learn more about vocal techniques that can help you,then this is the class for you.
RESOURCES AND LESSONS
Make sure you are standing up nice and straight so that your spine is aligned and not twisted.
Feet should be shoulder width apart.
Shoulders relaxed and arms hanging loosely by your side.
Good posture will optimise breath control and will result in your voice sounding better.
PHYSICAL WARM UP
Singing is a whole body experience, so it is important that you are relaxed and there is no tension in your body.
Look as far left as you can, then right. Repeat facing your chin downwards and upwards.
Rotate your shoulders forwards, and then backwards. Then squeeze them upwards, and release.
Diaphragmatic breathing technique
Place one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach just below your rib cage.
Breathe in slowly through your nose and push your belly button out and as you breathe in.
As you breathe out through your mouth draw your belly button back in.
When holding the breath, tense your abdominal muscles to support the breath.
VOCAL WARM UPS
Chest voice warm up - Oe oo ee oo downwards
Head voice warm up - Ah to a fifth
My car has flat tyres
HEAD VOICE AND CHEST VOICE EXERCISE
The chest voice is the range of notes at the bottom of your voice.
The chest voice is created by thick vocal folds.
The head voice is the range of notes at the top.
The head voice is created by thin vocal folds.
Think about a guitar- as you start to play higher and higher notes, you have to use thinner strings and the voice works the exact same way.
The low notes at the bottom of your voice are created by thick vocal cords, while the high notes are created by thinner vocal chords.
The chest and head voice both have their own uses but the trick is to learn how to switch from chest voice to head voice and use each at the right time.
Don't feed the plants from Little shop of horrors
This song will help you to learn how to alternate between chest and head voice
Blue - Alto part (chest voice)
Pink - Soprano part (head voice)
Starts at 1:57
The patter song is characterised by a moderately fast to very fast tempo with a rapid succession of rhythmic patterns in which each syllable of text corresponds to one note. It is a staple of comic opera but is also regularly used in musical theatre.
The lyric of a patter song generally features tongue-twisting rhyming text, with alliterative words and other consonant or vowel sounds that are intended to be entertaining to listen to at rapid speed.
The musical accompaniment is lightly orchestrated and fairly simple, to emphasise the text.
The song is often intended as a showpiece for a comic character, usually a bass or baritone.
The singer should be capable of excellent enunciation, to sing the song to maximum effect.
ALL FOR THE BEST FROM GODSPELL
Starts at 1:08
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