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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Embellishment Basics

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[MUSIC]
We are now about to embark
on the journey of embellishments.
It's gonna be a lot of fun.
I have some terrific exercises for you.
And it gets more and more style specific,
and
we'll explore different types of
embellishments and styles that use them.
In in listening to different singers, you
certainly recognize
when there are these extra notes, That go
in-between the main melody notes.
Embellishment means to decorate or enhance
and
some singers, like for example, Mariah
Carey, Christina Aguilera,
are two that stand forward as the
brightest peacocks of the bunch.
Luther Vandross had some very tasteful
embellishments.
There, the extra notes that are supposed
to be for
the purpose of enhancing the communication
and the emotion of the song.
Unfortunately, it's also fairly
common to hear a singer use embellishments
because they're showing off or
they wanna, you know, show you, oh, I can
do this and I can do this.
And it isn't used to enhance to the
emotion, it's used to show off.
Well, anybody who's basically saying look
at me, look at me when they sing is,
not inviting the audience to experience
anything on an emotional
level other than, you know, the singer
try, attempting to get admiration.
And we'll take a look more in detail about
the role of a singer,
the role of an audience, and how these two
roles interplay, so that you as a singer
can really move your audience, touch them,
and experience the world of your song.
For embellishments, basically,
they tend to be three notes, sometimes a
little more.
But it tends to be a series of three to
four notes which,
if it's any longer than that, connects to
another three to four notes.
Perhaps connects to another three or four
notes.
[MUSIC]
That's seven so
[SOUND] is really the first embellishment.
Then it connects to the next one and then
has a little tail for an ending.
There's lots of embellishment
possibilities.
As we move forward in the embellishment
exercises,
we'll explore quite a few of them as I
mentioned.
There are a few key important aspects, key
important.
That means, very important as far as
embellishments go,
when you want to ensure that you sound
authentic, and
are able to use them to the best of your
ability to enhance the song.
The first is the accuracy of notes.
If you end up smearing a few of the notes,
in an embellishment, it sounds amateur.
So learning or figuring out exactly the
notes you're going to sing,
wherever you wanna put an embellishment,
is very important.
I've heard many, many singers not so savvy
with embellishments, and
they're singing somebody else's song where
there are embellishments.
And every time they sing the
embellishment,
it doesn't, something's off.
And the main thing that's off is they
really don't know the notes that they're
singing or should be singing.
And so, it sounds that way.
It sounds sloppy.
It sounds unprofessional.
If you were preparing for any of the big
auditions,
it often is expected that you will include
embellishments in your songs.
This would then be an aspect of
preparation,
very important for you to get 100% under
your control.
Other than that, embellishments are fun.
So whether you're preparing for a big
audition, or
just doing these exercises for your own
enjoyment to be able
to sing songs that use them and sound
convincing, authentic and good.
I'm sure that you will find many that will
be fun to do
as we move forward in these exercises.
Vowel accuracy, as you sing an
embellishment,
has a lot of do with the accuracy of the
notes.
There will be a number of things that
we'll explore regarding vowel sounds.
We've already taken a look at some aspects
of that in earlier lessons.
And as far as embellishments go, the way
you pronounce the vowel and
the consistency of the vowel sounds,
as you're going through the notes is a,
well I can't stress it enough.
It's just a really important thing.
So we're gonna take a look with a
magnifying glass at how that's true,
and how to apply these basic principles as
we move forward in the exercises.
[MUSIC]