Ep. 102 Chronic Throat Clearing

A little episode on how chronic throat-clearing can be potentially damaging and what to do about it.

Ep. 101 Call and Response over Blues Changes

In episode 101 I dispense with the lecturing and we just sing. Repeat after me…

Ep. 99 How to Improvise using the Flamenco Scale – Part of the Riffs, Runs, and Melisma Series

In Episode 99, Sara answers a user question about how to improvise in Flemenco music. Flamenco often uses sounds that come from its Moorish influence, but if we’re talking about improvising using the Western scale, we would use what we called a major phrygian scale. Watch the video for more!

Ep. 87 Riffs, Runs, and Melismata–Making Up and Practicing Your Own Blues Scale Licks

In this episode Sara takes information covered in previous episodes and shows you how to turns a well-practiced blues scale into different licks.

Ep. 86 A Discussion On Range and the “Best Singers In The World” Articles

You maybe be familiar with recent articles listing the “Greatest Singers of All Time”. I have noticed several FB friends have posted one of the following two articles recently:

http://consequenceofsound.net/2014/05/axl-rose-is-the-greatest-singer-of-all-time-or-so-says-this-chart/

http://consequenceofsound.net/2014/05/turns-out-mike-patton-and-not-axl-rose-is-the-greatest-singer-of-all-time/

In Episode 86, Sara discusses the range of the human singing voice and the inherent problems with the claims being made in the articles referenced above.

Ep. 85 How Wide Should My Range Be?

This episode could alternatively be called, “Why Don’t I Have a 5 Octave Range”?  In this episode, Sara explains that a normal voice range should extend about 2 1/2 octaves, and gives viewers generalized pitch parameters for bass, baritone, tenor, alto, mezzo soprano, and soprano singers.

Ep. 71 – Riffs, Runs, and Melismata – Blue Notes and Articulation

In Episode 71, Sara teaches you both how to sing “blue notes”, or bend pitches into one another, as well as giving you exercises for composing and articulating your own riffs, runs, and melismata.  While it will take time to begin these exercises at a slow tempo and speed them up, as well as time to design your own ascending and descending exercises, you should find that your own riffs and runs will improve in clarity and that your note articulation will improve with practice.

Ep. 70 – Riffs, Runs, and Melismata – The Blues Scale

In Episode 70, Sara starts at the very beginning. R & B Riffs and runs are based in blues, so in order to be good at them, one must know the blues scale, inside and out. Check it out!

Ep. 67 How To Keep Your Cords Healthy – A User Question

In Episode 67, Sara answers a user question on how to keep the vocal folds healthy.  Remember, the most important thing for the voice is hydration and plenty of sleep.  If you find yourself hoarse, the MOST important thing you can do is to rest your voice.

Ep. 66 Prelude to Ear Training

In episode 66, Sara talks about beginning ear training, by getting you acquainted with  a major scale and how to relate scale degrees to numbers.