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Country Vocals Lessons: Singing Scales

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You have covered
a lot of territory so far.
You have been introduced to a lot of
great concepts about building scales,
how the notes are laid out on the piano,
the relationship between the whole
steps and the half steps.
To make a major scale,
to make a minor scale,
you've learned a lot of stuff already.
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Right now we are going to exercise
this connection that we've established
here between the pitches
that we've learned,
the notes as they're named Like CDEFGABC
and the number of the scale, like one
two three four five six seven eight.
And we're gonna sing so
you really get the connection between
all of these definitions or ways of
describing the notes that you're singing.
So here's the exercise that
I'd like you to submit.
This is your chance to put all of
this to work and submit it to me so
that I can hear the work that you've
done and hear what you've accomplished.
So we're going to apply a lot of
these concepts with this exercise.
And I am shouting out
to you to submit your
video doing this exercise on your own.
We've created a backing track so
that you have the scales to follow.
And what we wanna do is sing these scales.
Identifying each note of the scale
as you sing it with the pattern
of notes using the whole whole
whole half pattern of major scales.
The name of the notes and
the number in the scale of
the pitch that you're singing.
So I'm gonna give you an example,
we're gonna start in C major, and
this is something that works in
male voices, or female voices.
You just pick an octave,
or register which part of your voice
it feels comfortable to sing this in.
We're going to start by singing
the pattern of whole steps and
half steps that compose the C Major scale.
C, whole, whole, half,
whole, whole, whole, half.
So we've just sung and
identified each of the whole steps and
half steps that make up the major scale.
Now we're gonna do it with
the names of the notes.
C D E F G A B C.
Now for the third part of the excercise
we're going to do it with the number.
We're going to sing the number of
the scale starting with the tonic
which is the number.
One, right?
One, two, three, four,
five, six, seven, eight.
And again, one, two, three,
four, five, six, seven, eight.
Okay, we just did all three
exercises in the key of C.
Now we're going to transpose it, or
do the same exercise in another key.
This time we're gonna do it in
the key of G, it's G on the keyboard.
We're going to do our pattern of whole
steps and half steps first starting on G.
Whole, whole, half, whole,
whole, whole, half.
Again, on G.
Whole, whole, half, whole,
whole, whole, half.
Now we're gonna sing the names
of the notes, starting on G.
G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, G.
Again G, A, B,
C, D, E, F#, G.
And last part of the exercise
we're going to sing the number
of the note in the scale,
starting with 1 or the tonic.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 1.
Cuz we go back to 1.
Eight is frequently used as a symbol for
an octave.
So sometimes you might call it eight,
typically you would call
it back to the one.
Again, one more time, starting on the one.
One, two, three, four,
five, six, seven, eight.
Great, okay, so
what I'd like you to do for this
video submission is to exercise
using the backing tracks.
Each scale, in whatever octave is
comfortable for you starting with C.
You'll do a C-major scale.
And then
A G major scale,
and then we'll do it in E flat,
which I didn't sing for you, but I'm gonna
let you find it in the video exchange.
Same pattern, whole-whole-half,
And we'll use and a protocol for
this exercise so
that you can hear your pitch and
know that the scale is about to play,
you'll hear this like a count off.
And then you'll know
to start on the next beat.
One two three four five six seven one.
C D E F G A B C.
That's your homework looking forward
to hearing you exercise all of this
great new knowledge that you have about
the relationship between notes and
whole and
half step patterns in major scales.
And the number of the notes in the scales.
Looking forward to hearing you sing.