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How To Sing Harmonies Part 2

How To Sing Harmonies Part 2

Oddly enough, even some professional singers have a problem learning how to sing harmonies. It’s not just a beginner problem.  Essentially it is an ability to hold your own, be an individual voice, and sing with others at the same time.  This part 2 version of how to sing harmonies introduces you and helps you train yourself to hold your own note and sing with other.  In this instance the other singers are me! I will use editing magic again to bring in me singing both notes. This is what we will cover:

  • What harmonies are recap.
  • What the 1st, 3rd and 5th harmonies are.
  • SINGING EXERCISE with you holding the main (tonic) note with me and then my voice coming in again with the 3rd.
  • SINGING EXERCISE with you holding the 3rd with me and then me bringing in the tonic.
  • SINGING EXERCISE with you holding the tonic by yourself and then me bringing in the 3rd.
  • SINGING EXERCISE with you holding the 3rd by yourself and then me bringing in the tonic.
  • REPEAT OF THE ABOVE BUT WITH THE 5TH.

And then as usual the wrap-up!

Let me know if you have any questions, and as always Happy Singing!

Michael

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The Biggest Lie And The Tone Deaf Test

The Biggest Lie And The Tone Deaf Test

In this episode I wanted to dispel one the most, if the not the most, blatant lies about singing. It is the first and biggest barrier to singing – Tone Deafness.  It is also disguised as what is known as the ‘It Factor’.  It is a widely accepted phrase and is complete B.S.  “You either have it or you don’t”.

  • So, in this episode I’m going to cover the following:
  • An infallible test that proves someone isn’t tone deaf.
  • The difference between someone who is Tone Deficient and someone who can sing.
  • How to teach someone who is Tone Deficient how to sing.
  • Listening Exercises to increase tone efficiency.
  • Singing Exercises to practice Intonation.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments and as always…

Happy Singing!

Michael

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Tension and Emotional Expression

Tension and Emotional Expression

In this weeks episode, I dive into the professional end of singing, and go over the use of the 6 Element of Singing – Dynamics, and how to invoke emotional expression using Vibrato and Volume to create tension. Here are the topics covered:

  • What causes tension in music.
  • How instruments create tension.
  • The difference between chordal tension and vocal tension.
  • The importance on the use of volume increases, decreases, and silence to create tension.
  • How intermittent vibrato creates tension with a short vocal EXERCISE.
  • Detailed Breakdown example of the use of Dynamics to convey emotional expression.

The 6th Element of Singing is the element that takes singing from…well…just singing, and turns it into art. To access detailed exercises on how to master Dynamics, take a look my online course on the subject.

Let me know if you have any questions!

As always, Happy Singing!

Michael Graves

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Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

In this episode I take common Quora questions that are requested of me about singing and performance and answer them in more detail with vocal examples.  Hopefully this will fill in some of the blanks for you as well!  Here’s what we cover.

  • As a singer, how long do you spend recording vocals for a single track?
  • How will I know if I have reached my falsetto?
  • Is singing ability like a muscle that can be improved or is it a gift that you are born with?
  • How do I have a powerful voice, but not loud?
  • What’s the best technique to sing high notes without voice cracking.

As always let me know if you have any questions, and of course don’t forget the courses that give yo the basic tools to completely master these singing problems yourself!

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Basic Pitch Lesson Part 2 – Transitional Notes

Basic Pitch Lesson Part 2 – Transitional Notes

This episode is a continuation of Basic Pitch Lesson Part 1 (of course that is obvious given the title lol!).  In this one though I cover the following:

  • What are transitional notes as opposed to Melody?
  • Step 1. Singing the note me from last episode.
  • Step 2. Listen to my transitional notes.
  • Step 3. Match the transitional notes slow mo.
  • Step 4. Match the transitional notes sped up.
  • Step 5. Sing the transitional notes with me slow mo.
  • Step 6. Sing the transitional notes real time.

Conclusion on the importance of transitional notes.Again let me know if you have any questions and don’t forget to check the Singing From Scratch YouTube Channel and FB Page!

 

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Basic Pitch Lesson Part 1 – Sing Along

Basic Pitch Lesson Part 1 – Sing Along

In this episode we want to concentrate on basic pitch matching.  Nothing even close to being fancy here.  Just hearing and matching. Here are the topics!

  • What is a note as in regards to sound?
  • Match the notes with me.
  • Transition to notes with me.
  • Transition to notes faster with me.
  • Sing the notes along with me.
  • Recap on frequencies and notes
  • Intro into Part 2 – Melody and Transition
  • Conclusion

As always, let me know if you have any questions!

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How To Sing Like Freddie Mercury

How To Sing Like Freddie Mercury

This episode would be better titled how to use the 6th Element of Singing – Dynamics to convey emotional expression like Freddie Mercury, but that title would have been way to long! Freddie was a master at all 6 of the Elements. But let us start with this one.  In this Episode I cover the following:

  • Introduction to the Episode – How To Sing Like Freddie Mercury
  • I give an example of what we are going to examine.
  • Use of the 6th Element of Singing – Dynamics and why it is the single most important element for turning Singing into Art.
  • Volume SINGING DRILL
  • Description of Vibrato
  • Volume to Vibrato SINGING DRILL
  • How to avoid vocal strain when singing high notes
  • LISTENING DRILL
  • Recap and conclusion

I also have a video going over this information on my YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRQ3HxVHzOg

Also check out the Singing From Scratch Page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/singingfromscratch/

But if you REALLY want to learn how to do all of this, learn the basics with my online courses at www.singingfromscratch.com

 

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How To Sing Harmonies

How To Sing Harmonies

This one should actually be called How To Learn How To Sing Harmonies, but that’s a bit long for a title.  Here’s what I go over:

  • What is ‘Harmony’ and what does it mean to be harmonious?
  • What is all this 1, 4, & 5 business?
  • Vocal Examples of harmonies.
  • PRACTICE DRILLS with me to work on your harmonies.

Let me know if you have any questions!!

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6 Elements of Singing

6 Elements of Singing

Hello and welcome to the Singing From Scratch Podcast!  This being the first Episode, it is of course an introductory episode. Here is a brief overview of what I go over.

Brief introduction to myself, Michael Graves (don’t worry I don’t go on and on. It’s REALLY short lol!)

Quick overview of the 6 Elements of Singing and how everything about singing can fit in and/or be address with these 6 Elements.

  • The 1st Element of Singing – You
  • The 2nd Element of Singing – Conceptual Placement (Minds Eye)
  • The 3rd Element of Singing – Pitch (duh)
  • The 4th Element of Singing – Resonance
  • The 5th Element of Singing – Shaping
  • The 6th Element of Singing – Dynamics

Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions!

 

 

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