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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Exercise 6: The La-Ga Series Part 2

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[MUSIC]
We're gonna continue with
the La-Ga Series, but now do the second
melody.
[MUSIC]
I want you to watch my hands so
you can see how the melody looks on the
piano,
wonderful thing about piano,
it's so visual
[MUSIC],
okay, so it's
[MUSIC],
again, it looks like this
[MUSIC].
The rest of the directions are exactly the
same, holding the jaw,
whatever, I don't want you to be too close
though,
right, cuz you need to have that tongue
move enough to limber.
So here, [INAUDIBLE] that wouldn't be too
good.
Now here, there's enough distance between
my teeth or whatever,
your teeth might be a little longer, but
[MUSIC]
[LAUGH], and
then
[MUSIC]
right here, and
working on keeping that jaw still.
It might still take you a while to get to
the point
where you can just let that tongue
isolate,
not use your lips, keep them relaxed, and
just do,
whatever the particular syllables are,
la-ga,
and then over here, [SOUND], tightens
here.
What I said was, tighten here, [LAUGH] it
will tighten here.
Immediate connection between those two
muscle groups.
I've seen a lot of people kind of
incorporate the lip,
the lips with the tongue, but you wanna
keep that relaxed, and
you might need to work on it for awhile,
and this is a good exercise to do in
front of the mirror by the way, so you can
see how, oh, are you moving your jaw and
then you kind of figure out how not to
[SOUND] brought it.
So it's, it's the visual feedback that you
can give yourself
will help you apply these directions that
I'm giving you.
[MUSIC]
So again it's
here,
[MUSIC],
or
[MUSIC],
or
[MUSIC],
or
[MUSIC].
Or ta la
[MUSIC]
Right?
So, you know the rest.
I'm gonna coach you through it.
Now we'll get into the exercise.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
All right.
So here we go with the second melody for
the La-Ga series.
[MUSIC]
You're gonna hold your jaw, yeah.
Open that mouth.
Not too much, not too little.
[SOUND] Take a breath.
[MUSIC]
You guys are there.
All right.
[MUSIC]
Uh-huh.
Keep it going.
Breath into the back.
[MUSIC]
Right, holding
the jaw still, breath.
[MUSIC]
Good, breath,
hold the jaw.
[MUSIC]
Remember to put your, the tip of your
tongue against the back of your bottom
teeth when it comes down.
[MUSIC]
So the tip of the tongue touching the top
and the back of the bottom teeth, are your
reference points.
[SOUND] Breath.
[MUSIC]
That's right.
Breath.
[MUSIC]
Uh-huh.
[SOUND] Breath.
[MUSIC]
Muscles need to be exercised,
and they have to do with your sound.
Breath.
[MUSIC]
Yep.
We'll do that one again.
[SOUND] Hold that jaw.
[MUSIC]
Good.
Remember to use your head, not your jaw
muscles.
[MUSIC]
Good, take a breath into your back.
[MUSIC]
Yeah, la, ga.
[MUSIC]
Easy on the volume,
just use a speaking approach.
[MUSIC]
Yep.
[MUSIC]
Yeah.
Nice breath into the back.
[MUSIC]
One more la, ga.
[MUSIC]
Okay, now we're
gonna switch to ya, ya.
Tongue out.
It lies on top of the bottom lip, holding
that jaw with your hand.
Use the hand.
Don' t just drape it there.
Breath.
Ya, ya.
[MUSIC]
Uh-huh.
[MUSIC]
Keep that tongue coming out,
sitting it on the lip.
[MUSIC]
Yep.
[SOUND] Keep that tongue out.
[MUSIC]
Mm-hm, ya, ya.
[MUSIC]
Good,
breath in to the back.
[MUSIC]
Check your lips,
make sure they're relaxed.
Tongue on it.
[MUSIC]
Yes, ya, ya.
[MUSIC]
Okay.
[MUSIC]
Balance your volume,
easy approach.
[MUSIC]
This isn't a breathy exercise.
The vowels should be focused like you
speak.
[MUSIC]
Mm-hm.
[MUSIC]
Take a moment and
just say, ya.
Go ahead, and say it, ya.
Good, now use that approach.
[MUSIC]
Uh-huh,
a few more of this.
[MUSIC]
Okay, we'll do two more.
[MUSIC]
Using the hand to keep the jaw
still, tongue stays out.
[MUSIC]
Good, now keeping the tongue
out we're gonna switch to ya, ga.
[MUSIC]
Uh-huh.
[MUSIC]
Okay.
Keep it going.
[MUSIC]
Right.
Lips stay relaxed.
Tongue stays out.
[MUSIC]
Good.
Ya, ga, like you talk.
[MUSIC]
Okay.
Like you talk.
[MUSIC]
That means lips relaxed.
[MUSIC]
Okay.
We'll do three more.
[MUSIC]
Good, ya, ga.
[MUSIC]
Okay,
I think that's enough.
We'll go to ta, la now.
So tongue comes back in your mouth.
Breath.
[MUSIC]
Good,
don't spit your t, easy.
[MUSIC]
Yep.
Breath into the back.
[MUSIC]
Use that hand to keep your jaw stable.
[MUSIC]
Mm-hm.
[MUSIC]
Good,
hold that jaw, ta, la.
[MUSIC]
Yup, flicking the tip of the tongue.
[MUSIC]
All right.
Now we go back to la, ga.
See if it feels different.
[MUSIC]
Should feel looser,
more limber.
[MUSIC]
More tone,
more resonance, more warmth.
[MUSIC]
And the last one.
[MUSIC]
Great.
[MUSIC]