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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Using Songs as Warm-Ups -NEW!

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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 to 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 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 gonna 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
lead 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 with their
voice.
And, while there is a certain aspect
that's very important for
the beginning singer, I should say,
to become 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 going to 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'll also going to come at it from
some other angles that will help
you breath 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 will 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 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 ho, let
me hold your hand.
[LAUGH] 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, 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.
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 decision after that is, oh well
I guess I just 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, I am not after a technical singer.
We're going to discover and work with the
natural, the,
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 it down and build it
back up, but
I will always be encouraging you to sing
songs.
[MUSIC]