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Country Vocals Lessons: Steal from the Best

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Level two, level two,
you made it through level one and
we're embarking on level two intermediate.
Great job, here we go..
We're gonna develop some new skills,
we're gonna develop some new tools and
a couple of things you're gonna
wanna have on hand for level two,
not immediately, but definitely
within the next five or six lessons.
If you can put your hands
on some kind of tuner.
If you're a guitar player or
play another instrument,
you're likely to have
that on hand already.
If not, you can go to a local music
store to get a digital tuner,
or you can even download an app.
There are lots of free, great apps
that give you a digital tuner, and
even a tone generator,
which is also something good to have.
It generates a pitch or
a tone at a certain frequency.
So put your hands on that.
That's a heads up for future.
And I call this level steal from the best,
and let me explain why.
It sounds worse than it is.
But every person who's
accomplished anything great,
I think can probably be
guilty of stealing or
imitating somebody who
did it great before them.
Someone that they admired,
someone they learned from.
That quote has been credited to
much of different people from the actor
Michael Cain to the composer Stravinsky.
Still from the best when you
are trying to become great.
Steal from the best, I know I have.
I have a whole listening list
of people I have listened
to my entire life that I learned from and
I steal from them shamelessly.
I imitate licks that Ray Charles did.
I tried to emulate the tone that
Linda Ronstadt got on, you're no good.
For certain songs, so we're all imitating
and learning and learning by imitation.
There's something that's been
on my reading list here lately.
A guy named Tim Ferris.
He wrote the 40-Hour Workweek and
became an instant best seller.
Since then,
he's written a number of books.
I got turned on to him when he put out
The 40 Hour Chef, cuz I'm a big cook.
I love to cook, and
that book somehow caught my attention.
And his whole premise is to be
efficient in your learning,
to be most efficient that you,
target, you set as your goal.
Like, I want to learn to cook.
And then you target the experts in
that field, who are the expert chefs?
Who are the expert cooks?
How can you access them or
how can you access their knowledge and
then learn from their information.
Learn from their mistakes.
In other words,
if they've got knowledge or
intelligence to share on
what they learned not to do,
you just saved yourself a lot of
heartache and headache by avoiding
the pitfalls that they are able to say,
I would do this if I were you.
So we're all learning from one another,
and imitating each other's successes,
and trying to avoid the mistakes
that other people have made.
And by communicating with each other and
studying experts,
we can really grow really quickly and
learn efficiently.
So like I I said, I stole from
Dolly Parton, from Carol King.
Goodness, I learned a lot about
singing harmony from the Bee Gees,
from the Gibb Brothers,
and Peter, Paul and Mary.
I listened to some Bob Dylan.
Listened to a lot of Classical music and
saying some art songs and
arias as a young adult,
so I have a very broad listening list.
I'm gonna actually attach to this lesson,
as a PDF,
my recommended listening list for
those of you who are especially
interested in country singing or
being a country vocalist,
it will include vocalist singers who
don't exclusively sing country music.
So keep an open mind and an open ear.
But I have one assignment for
you in this first lesson of level two.
I would like for you,
in your song journal, which you have,
you're keeping on hand.
I would like for you to make
a list of your favorite singers.
Their names and the reasons that you have
for listening to them and studying them.
Why do you like that singer?
What about them impresses you or
moves you?
And if they have a song or
particular songs that you
especially have learned a lot from,
write those down too.
So that's your assignment and here we go.
Let's get going.