It’s allergy season! In Episode 75, Sara gives you tips on dealing with allergies and the voice.
In episode 72 Sara addresses some user questions about how to find the right voice teacher for YOU. The user competition is still going on, so hope you’ll join in on the efforts to promote SingingTV!
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.
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!
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.
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.
In this episode, Sara gets ride of the mystery behind the diaphragm and how it works. You’ll learn where the diaphragm is and how it functions for breathing. Here’s a link to a great article to go along with the video. There’s a LOT of technical jargon, but for those of you ho are studying seriously, I think you’ll love it: http://www.singwise.com/cgi-bin/main.pl?section=articles&doc=EffectiveAndProperBreathingForSinging
In this episode, Sara answers a student’s question about lip trills/lip rolls, and shows you how you how to execute the exercise as a warmup. Sing along!
In episode 58, Sara answers a user question on the proper position for singing. Make sure that you stand with your feet apart (about hip or shoulder width), knees unlocked, and your weight should be evenly distributed (don’t sit or lean against a wall). Lift your head slightly, as if you are hanging by a string. This will put your shoulders, chest, and lower back in the proper position. Enjoy, and practice!
In this episode, Sara answer’s a viewer’s question about how vibrato is created. For this episode, we’ve consulted Dr. James Burns, a Doctor of Otolaryngology and a laryngeal surgeon at Massachusetts General’s Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation in Boston, MA. For more information on Dr. Burns, visit http://www2.massgeneral.org/voicecenter/staff/burns.htm .