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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Using the Melody

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This is a particular thing that I have
found singers from all levels of
experience often find quite illuminating
and I hope you do as well.
You know, the first thing to learn about
when you're learning a new song is,
what is the melody.
And for singers, usually,
we'll put together the lyrics and the
melody at the same time.
Which introduces an interesting
difficulty that often is not discovered.
So if we take away the lyrics and
just deal with the melody first, and then
join up the lyrics, something
very interesting and exciting can happen
in terms of vocal enhancement.
So I hope you will try this out and see
for yourself how it might assist you.
Even if you're not a singer yet or don't
consider yourself one, try this out.
It's very cool.
Okay, so this how it goes.
You choose a song, so I would suggest for
everybody who's going to
apply this to choose something relatively
simple, not real challenging.
Not yet at least.
What you're going to do, as I mentioned,
is take away the lyrics and just work with
the melody.
And I'm gonna give you more details in a
First the song that I've chosen to show
you how this goes is one by the Beatles,
Eleanor Rigby.
Okay I added a little something.
All right, so this exercise, again we're
just going to use the melody,
we're gonna sing a single vowel, take away
slow down the tempo, and make it very
This is going to help your vocal muscles
learn how to navigate the routine
of the melody like an Olympic, Olympic
athlete might do.
So it would go like this.
We're gonna actually use an E, so it's
gonna be.
You could even do it slower if you needed
to, but that would be about right.
Notice also that any, any melody that
repeats, just sustain the note.
So you've got.
So E, instead of E, E, E, which jams up
the voc,
the vocal muscles, just sustain it.
Now, on any phrase or combination of notes
that your voice goes off,
however that might be.
If the pitch isn't good or you feel like
you're straining,
you just take that little series of notes
and drill it.
Over and over again until it smooths out,
and then go on.
It's a usual practice method that's
taught, you don't go past a mistake.
In this case, it, you don't have to think
of it as a mistake,
but rather an area that simply needs to be
And with repetition, it'll smooth out.
Now you can also do it with other vowels.
In this case, I want to show you how to do
it with an [SOUND].
This brings the lips forward.
We make a little tunnel here with your
And you can use these muscles so that any
muscle tension that you might find.
If it does happen for you here, transfer
it here.
So, you think every note there.
Don't push it there, just think it there,
like there's a little vibrational tunnel.
And you can take breaths as you need.
Of course, this song or any other, choose
a key that's comfortable for you.
Some of you might find this too low.
Some of you might find it too high.
And if you want to use this song then find
what sits best for you.
That might take some experimentation,
which is fine.
So, try this out and see if it helps.
It should.
After you've done it with a single vowel,
with an [SOUND] if you want, as well.
You've gotten things ironed out, then
apply the lyrics and
notice any positive changes.