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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Singing the Blues -NEW!

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So many people including
possibly yourself love the blues.
The blues are based on five notes.
No matter where, what you're starting note
it's always going to be those five notes.
And the notes can be above, below, you can
switch 'em around,
but it's always going to be that pattern.
It's what's called a pentatonic scale,
meaning five.
It's always those five notes, in the key
that I'm singing the song in.
As long as you know what those five notes
are, you can begin experimenting.
Like I just did with no lyrics, and
find what kinds of melodic patterns you
can create.
Part of blues also has to do with the
pronunciation of the words.
When you listen to blues, you'll notice
especially if you research the older
styles, it's very loose pronunciation.
Comes from the south of America, and
there is of course a particular way of
saying the words.
And the vowel sounds also have a
tone to them, which tends to have more of
a yaw,
aw, and some aw, sound.
This is one of the reasons why someone,
for example,
from Asia with a, a, a thick Asian accent.
Unless they change the pronunciation
singing blues sounds kinda
odd because it's the wrong pronunciation
of the vowels.
The consonants again are very loose, as
opposed to
it's a bright day in the, you know, it's
just not crisp and all of that.
It's very loose and sitting on your porch
in a hot summer day.
So, studying some of the older style blues
is a wonderful thing to do,
knowing the history of this music.
And and then, walk it forward, because of
course at a certain point in,
in our musical history it began combining
with rock.
So we have rock blues, as well as the more
traditional singers such as Bonnie Raitt.
As opposed to Howling Wolf, which is one
of the earlier fathers of the blues.
I had the good fortune of singing all the
back up on Johnny Shine's Album.
Who's one of the, the fathers of the
So went in the studio with him some years
ago and was on an album with him.
And it's amazing to listen to it.
It first seems so simple, and then when
you really study it,
there are so many details that are so rich
and beautiful to listen to.
Developing the tonality of your voice is a
very important thing
no matter what kinda music you're going to
For the blues, it's asking for a richer
And so, doing various exercises and
learning how to paint with the colors of
your voice and make them rich and warm.
Can be a real asset to singing the blues.