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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Song Phrasing & Timing -NEW!

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[MUSIC]
I'm gonna talk a little bit
about phrasing and timing right now,
so as to help you sing songs
better as quickly as possible.
When a song starts, many times there's an
instrumental that leads into it.
So you need to be able to count off how
many beats there are before you start.
You can do that very mechanically.
Really count it off and know exactly how
many pulses
there are until you start the beginning of
your first phrase.
Now when you start that phrase, here comes
some juicy
information, let's say the first word is
stay.
So you're going, there's four beats, and
then you're supposed to sing.
One, two, three, four, stay!
I'm late.
Why?
Because I was trying to get the note with
my ST, st.
And that's all that an ST is, air hissing,
st, and a little percussive aspect.
The s is called a sibilant, and the t is
called a, a percussive.
It's kind of like a plosive.
If you're singing on mic and you really
hammer into that,
you'll have a nice electronic explosion
instead of everyone hearing your voices,
they'll hear that explosion first and then
your voice, which will detract
from your performance from the audience
standpoint.
The sound of your voice, you'll hear me
say this throughout this curriculum in
different ways, but the sound of your
voice is the sound of a vowel.
That means that your melody note is the
vowel sound with a pitch.
Think about that.
That means the sound of your voice is a
vowel which is,
has a pitch, which is your melody note.
So, one, two, three, four, stay.
You go for the A on the downbeat or
the upbeat, wherever you're supposed to
enter.
It's the A that's on that moment, and
you'll be right on time.
Then for phrasing, which we're going to
explore in later sections of this school
as well,
phrasing needs to come from how you
actually
would say what you are saying with lyrics.
There will be some we'll call it
mechanical
things that will also have to be worked
with like,
what is the rhythm of, and the speed of
the song.
Is it fast, is it slow?
How many notes do you have that need to be
fit into what's called one measure?
So if the beat is four to a measure, it's
one,
two, three, four, two, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
So you fit it in, but
it doesn't have to be that rhythm always.
Based on, that you're singing, based on
how you want to get across the message.
[MUSIC]
So those important words need more
prominence, and those words that don't
really carry the message, go behind that.
The main thing I want to have you
recognize to start
with is the importance of singing the
vowel and
using your vowel for your rhythm.
Because it, the consonants are just there
to define what the word is,
but the sound of your voice is the vowel
that has a melody note.
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