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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Musical Style Versus Singing Style

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We are now going to get
into the nitty gritty,
finding style, developing style.
How do you know it's the right style for
Musical style versus personal style.
If you're singing backup, the style
of your voice needs to work with the style
of not
only the music that you might be
auditioning for or singing with.
But also of course it needs to
blend with any other backup singers that
are part of the entourage.
And most importantly, it compliments the
lead singer.
Doesn't over shine the lead singer.
So we're looking in that case for sound,
that couches and
complements both the musical style and the
personal style of the lead singer.
Again, if you're a backup singer.
If you're a choral singer, personal style
isn't usually what's being looked for.
This would be true of choruses as well as
choirs, church choirs,
these kinds of things, multi-voice.
What's being sought after is a
homogenization, a blend.
And in upcoming months, I'll be adding a
whole section
to this curriculum with lessons having to
do with blending vocals.
And singing with other singers and the
elements that help create a blended sound.
But for right now, we're going to focus
primarily on you,
the singer, and perhaps your search
or your further development of your own
personalized style.
I think ultimately most signers are hoping
to be themselves and not be a clone of
somebody else.
So, that's, we're gonna take this slant,
I'm gonna help you to explore all of the
different elements that go into and
make the difference between personalized
style versus no style at all.
[LAUGH] So, I'm gonna use an example of
the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
You probably know it or have heard it.
Now, it started off as a song in a movie,
Wizard of Oz and
you can say that it was basically a
musical theater kind of a style.
The reason why I'm gonna use these
is because there's difference between
personal style versus musical style.
And sometimes it seems like a shade of
grey where they both really blend,
and it's difficult to say well what's the
personal style versus the musical style.
But we'll see what we can do to separate
it out.
Okay so, Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
Here's more or less a musical,
musical theater kind of style of the song
where it originated.
The word pronunciation is pretty straight
there's not anything that I'm doing with
the melody to stylize
past just what we would call a very
straight ahead melody.
Here's another way of doing it.
Sounds kind of
like Macy Gray.
Now that last way, I started moving the
melody around.
So, and, and, and with each example you
probably heard that was happening
a little more, a little more, a little
And we could just keep going with that
until it sounded much more R and
B, which uses a lot of different kinds of
There's other
aspects to style.
There's the beat.
There's the possibility of changing
chords, so the,
there's a different harmonic sound to it
that gives you the possibility of changing
notes really drastically
like if, again with Somewhere Over the
Different beat.
So it gets kinda jazzy R and B.
[LAUGH] Little scatty.
Okay so the more you know your voice and
you know,
this has more to do with personal goal,
How do you like to express yourself?
What do you like doing with your voice?
And of course, the more technique you
the more you've developed your voice, the
more choices you have and
you can start entertaining new ideas.
When a person can't do certain things with
their voice,
that can't ends up limiting their
It's an interesting molding process.
So, the inhibitions, or the limitations,
actually affect the imagination.
Conversely, the more you can do with your
the more you start imagining new things,
new ways of expressing yourself.
There's new possibilities, which include
of course,
how you present the song musically as well
as the different tones and
sounds that you decide to use as part of
your expression.
The voice is exactly that it's to express
We're using sound instead of like a
painter using paint and
different colors and things to express
themselves, we use our sounds.
If you only have one set of sounds, and
you want to be able to say a particular
whatever, through your voice, that
particular set of sounds, may
help you to say what you wanna say, or it
may inhibit what you wanna say.
The more different things you want to
your voice needs to be able to reflect it
and sound the way you mean it to sound.
If you're singing something that, let's
say, is tender, but
you're singing, let's see if I can give
you an example here.
All right, let's go back to Somewhere Over
the Rainbow.
And let's say I want to do it more like a
love song,
more like a lullaby but I was singing it
That will not convey a tender message,
It's sounds too forceful.
Not only is it too loud, it's just part of
the whole package of the sound
is not going to say, I love you, this is a
lullaby, let me embrace you.
Would be, of course,
a tender rendition and
it would get across what I'm trying to
I love you.
I want to make you safe.
I'm embracing you.
So the voice has to sound the way you
mean, the lyric, and
the way you want to present the song, and
that's where we get into, well, partially
where we get into the difference between
musical style versus personal style.
And that the bridge is your
and who are you as a singer.
We're going to explore a lot of the
elements that go into all of this
in our next lessons.
Have a great time, cuz I'm gonna enjoy
working with you on all of this.