It’s allergy season! In Episode 75, Sara gives you tips on dealing with allergies and the voice.
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 this episode, Sara answers a user question on tension in the jaw. Apologies that the video is kind of dark.
Just an addendum to the video to avoid misundertanding, when I saw said “tension in the jaw”, I obviously don’t mean tension in the bone, or mandible, but in fact tension in the masseter muscle. This is the muscle that clenches the jaw, and when it is too tense, can cause TMJ or make it difficult to open and close the jaw freely.
Enjoy, and give some comment love to Otis!
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 episode 56, Sara discusses beginning vocal health. Very often today’s singers emulate what they hear on the radio, and this causes many young singers to try to sing high in their chest or lower register, without developing their higher, or head register. Watch this episode to learn how NOT to strain your voice.
In this episode, Sara introduces you to a new warmup that really works the entire range, from bottom to top. It covers an octave and a half, and functions as a way to work the lower and higher range to blend them together more freely.
In Episode #52 Sara sits down with well known producer, mix engineer, and studio owner Fabrice “FAB” DuPont. Fab explains what a producer does, and why it’s important for singers to have a good producer. Fab has worked with diverse artists like Kirk Whalum, Mark Ronson, Les Nubians, Musiq Soulchild, and of course, Singing TV’s own Sara Leib. Check out more about Fab’s blog at Fabulousfab.com.
In Episode #51 Sara sits down with her own mix engineer, or mixer, well known producer, mix engineer, and studio owner Fabrice “FAB” DuPont. Fab explains what a mix engineer does, and why it’s important for singers to have a good mixer. Fab has worked with diverse artists like Kirk Whalum, Mark Ronson, Les Nubians, Musiq Soulchild, and of course, Singing TV’s own Sara Leib. Check out more about Fab’s blog at Fabulousfab.com and his wonderful NYC recording studio http://fluxstudios.net.
Already in the studio, Sara Leib thought it’d be a good idea to take you on a quick tour of the recording studio in New York, where she is recording her new album.