Ep. 106 Riffs and Runs: Starting Slowly with Three Note Licks

Sara gives you a short and sweet episode on how to begin to learn to sing riffs and runs in the R & B genre using just three notes to begin with.

Ep. 98 Improvising upon other licks – Riffs Runs and Melisma Series

In Episode 98, Sara shows you, using the lick you learn in Episode 96, how to improvise, one upon another, melisma, riffs, and runs by adding riffs from the blues scale. Enjoy!

Ep. 95 When Can I Sing After I’m Sick – A User Question

Sara responds to a user question with a video. When can you sing after you’re sick? There’s no “right” answer, but basically as soon as your vocal cords are no longer swollen and your voice feels good and it’s not effortful to make sound. Enjoy!

Ep. 94 Jaw Tension and How to Ged Rid of It

In Episode 94, Sara talks about how to rid yourself of tension in the jaw that can be affecting your singing and your body.

Ep. 91 How To a Properly Rest One’s Voice.

I’ve had a lot of people ask me how to rest their voices. The vocal cords, like other muscles, may need rest due to simply being tired from lots of use or overuse. They may need rest due to a pathology, like vocal nodules, a hemorrhage, polyps, or other problems you hopefully don’t have.

The problem is, most people don’t know how to properly rest their voices. They’ll talk, whisper, or listen along to music, which can use both the cords themselves, along with the other laryngeal muscles.

Watch this video to learn how to rest your voice efficiently.

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. 80 Riffs, Runs, and Melismata–Deconstructing Beyonce Licks

In Episode 80, Sara deconstructs a Beyonce riff (from her song Crazy In Love) and shows you how to slow it down to learn and sing it.  Have fun!

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. 55 Riffs/Runs/Melismas/Licks – An exercise.

Hey singers!

The idea for episode 55 came to me in the shower, actually. I don’t usually actually sing in the shower, which is funny, because I think it’s where I sang the most as a kid. But I was trying to brainstorm my students’ questions on how to get better at singing riffs/runs/melismas/licks. And it came to me. Why not just make up a lick and use it as an etude, or exercise? Perfect. Watch this video and sing not only this exercise, but you can make any lick you’re working on into an exercise of your own. Just remember to slow it down before you can speed it up.

Enjoy!

Sar