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. 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. 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. 96 A Basic R & B Lick to Practice – Riffs Runs and Melisma Series

Here sara sings and teaches you an oft-used short musical riff. It’ll build facility, muscle coordination, and up your chops. Sara will do a couple more episode building upon this riff in the future. 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. 82 What IS Muscle Memory?

In Episode 82, Sara clears up the meaning behind the frequently used term “muscle memory”, and shows you the best way to build coordination between your laryngeal muscles and your brain.