Sing @ Home

Hello to our Global Singers!

Thank you for joining us every Friday night in May & June 2020 as we Sing @ Home during the Covid-19 period - we have singers from Australia, Manila, India, Singapore, London all together ONLINE!
In these FREE Classes (7pm Syd AEST - To register, click here!), we cover the basics of singing, specific singing exercises and techniques, and have fun singing a pop or rock tune at the end!
 
Week 1 - Breathing

In week 1, we covered breathing and posture. Breathing and airflow are what allow singing to happen. Without the sustained control of airflow, our singing won't feel stable and may become tense and difficult. 

Sound is moving air. When we sing, we are literally creating moving air - and our OWN sound. 

What to try this week - Homework:

This week, try some SIMPLE vocal exercises first (see below to stream these for free). These are slow exercises that deliberately give you the time and space to watch your inhalation, manage your airflow and control your singing.

Aim for a relaxed inhalation between each scale/chord change. Avoid the shoulders from moving up and if they do this, take your time and practice inhaling a little deeper first.

 

Sometimes it helps to avoid breathing in too much too, while you are starting out.

Week 2 - Registration

In week 2, we covered how the voice works and registration. This week, increase your awareness of your lower voice, upper voice, and the area in between where both interchange. When practicing, feel your neck, how your body is aligned and what sensations take place when you sing low notes, high notes, and in between.

What to try this week - Homework:

This week, try some SIMPLE (Beginners) or EASY (Intermediate -  Advanced) vocal exercises (see below to stream these for free). 

  • As you move higher, challenge yourself to SWITCH to your upper voice, even if it feels like it 'wobbles', 'cracks' or 'yodels' as you move upward. Avoid going loud (or breathy) for now.

  • Aim for a clear sound with neutral volume.

  • If you get the hang of it, progress up to EASY or to TRICKY sales

Just like last week, also aim for a relaxed inhalation between each scale/chord change. Avoid the shoulders from moving up and if they do this, take your time and practice inhaling a little deeper first.

 

Sometimes it helps to avoid breathing in too much too, while you are starting out.

Week 3 - Resonance

In week 23, we covered the concept of 'Resonance" and spoke about the science of sound, acoustics and singing in relation to the human body as...after all, that's what singing is! Making sound (moving air = sound) with our body, and learning how to control it in a way that sounds musical, nice and enjoyably expressive.

What to try this week - Homework:

This week, try some SIMPLE (Beginners) or EASY (Intermediate -  Advanced) vocal exercises (see below to stream these for free) with an aim to FEEL where you resonate. Build up your awareness of your own body and voice, and how air moves around and through you.

  • HUMMING a scale gently while you sense and feel sections of the body related to sound making - like your upper chest, neck, cheeks, the bridge of your nose, even your forehead. You may not feel anything to begin with, but over time, with practice, you will and this is helpful in understanding how your own voice resonates - and therefore, how you can control it

Just like last week, also aim for a relaxed inhalation between each scale/chord change. Avoid the shoulders from moving up and if they do this, take your time and practice inhaling a little deeper first.

 

Week 4 - Belting

Belting! That glorious, liberating feeling of loud, energetic and HIGH singing...that is all too often, tricky, difficult and tense to do! Ugh!

Belting is, generally speaking, a loud, high, emotional and energetic sound used to represent a heightened part of a song. It is NOT usually used all the way through a song - and by doing that, it loses its impressiveness. It is for places like the end of a bridge or the last chorus.

Belting - when done right, should feel FREE, energetic and sounds "open"...not strained, pinched or restricted. If that's what is happening, then something isn't quite right and it is important to move backwards a few steps in your vocal training, to first establish or re-align some technique first.

Be patient - it is best to work on establishing breathing, airflow, resonance and registration first.

 

Not all songs are "belting" songs - and not all singers care to learn this technique either. It all depends on the kind of singing you'd like to do and the songs you enjoy.

Week 5 - Riffing

Coming up this FRIDAY JUNE 5 @ 7pm AEST we will cover RIFFING (aka Beyonce-style singing!)...make sure to register and join in to learn this!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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