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[MUSIC]
Hi.
Great to see you here.
And I'm sure you are really excited about
getting into singing songs and
improving how you perform them.
Me, too.
I'm going to present to you however a
series of steps.
Each one is part of the whole picture.
So, in using songs right away,
you know, you can sing songs by yourself.
And I hope you have been.
But now you're here and you're asking for
me to guide you and
give you those elements that are going to
actually improve your voice, of course,
as fast as possible.
I expect when a person starts working with
my curriculum,
that they begin experiencing change in
their voice, for the better, of course,
within the first day and certainly within
the first week of practice.
I'm gonna start out simple with certain
drills
that will open up your voice and make it
easier to sing.
Now, the way that exercises work with
songs is very interesting and
I've spent a lot of time looking into it.
Let's say that you were wanting to be a
dancer.
And you have seen these fantastic dances
in concert,
on TV, and you want to be able to do that.
Well I'm sure that you know, you're not
just going to get up out of your chair,
never having done any kind of physical
exercising in your life,
never having danced, and suddenly, spring
into life,
and you know, bounce around the stage with
great form.
You need to awaken the right muscles.
In a way that helps your different muscle
groups of your body
communicate with each other because
there's a give and take of muscle action.
The sounds of your voice are made by small
internal muscle actions,
as well depending upon the condition of
the muscles of your neck.
The muscles of your back for breathing.
And what's happening with your abdominal,
your stomach area.
These can all also influence how easy or
difficult singing can be, reduce or help
expand your range,
and give you all the good things that you
imagine, dream of, and
hope to achieve when you sing that have
led you to my school.
Many, many singers for many, many years
have,
misguidedly considered that just singing a
song
is going to do wonderful things for their
voice.
And while there is a certain aspect that's
very important for
the beginning singer, I should say, to
become a com,
comfortable and, and familiar with singing
a song.
It, it becomes a very short-lived approach
to developing the voice.
And being able to use it in all the ways
that you hope to.
So we're going to do different things.
I'm gonna get you into singing some songs
and using them as exercises,
and then using the exercise.
And noticing how different your voice is
and
then you can send that to me for my input.
And we're also going to come at it from
some other angles
that will help you breathe better when you
sing which is going to be very important
to how easily you'll be able to use your
voice.
Additionally, there are exercises I have
here which will expand your range
which will advance the tonal possibilities
which is important for
when you want to say different things and
convey different emotions.
We want your voice to actually be
spontaneous, to come to life and
express what you want to express, and not
feel like you're held back.
Confidence in your singing comes about by
you trusting your decisions.
And through that, trusting that when you
open your mouth,
what you hope is going to come out really
will.
I'm going to give you each of those
ingredients.
But let me guide you.
You can look across the expansive
curriculum here and
you'll probably find lesson names that
really, you know, make you go.
Oh, that's what I want to learn.
And good, you will.
Some of them, you can, in fact study out
of sequence.
For example, taking a look at healthy
singing.
We'll provide you with some things to know
about, like if you ever get a cold,
what do you do?
How do you work through it?
How do you sing?
Can you sing with a, with a cold?
What about foods that are going to help or
make singing more difficult?
There's other things, learning harmonies,
etc.
There are things that you can move way
ahead on, but I want you,
please, to join me hold, let me hold your
hand, and I'm gonna walk
you through some really important things
that will help develop your foundation.
Songs.
When you're singing a song there are so
many things that are happening.
You've got words which mean vowels and
consonants, in case you didn't know.
[LAUGH] The vowels and consonants are made
physically, they're made differently and
there's a way of working with words that
opens your voice just as through,
not knowing, there's a way of working with
words that will actually cause strain,
blow your voice out, make it tired, cause
you to sing off pitch
and a lot of other things that you,
and many singers, complain of as things
you wanna get rid of.
When you sing a song, there's range,
obviously,
and you may want to be able to sing a song
that you feel is out of your range.
Maybe your decisions after that is, oh,
well, I guess I have a short range,
or, oh, well, I guess I can never sing
that song.
Well, if you take the steps with me, most
likely
that song will at some point be available
for you to sing.
But, we have to stretch your vocal
muscles.
We need to develop your mind over matter
in working with your instrument and
making the right decisions, not as a
technicality.
I am not after a technical singer.
We're going to discover and work with the
natural dev,
the way that the body works naturally to
make sound and
expand on that, so that you can be the
creative artist and
sing whatever style you want in the way
you want to sing.
So, just to use songs, too much going on.
We're going to strip in down and build it
back up, but
I will always be encouraging you to sing
songs.
[MUSIC]