Learning to Sing

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Dr. Smith’s Studio  – Private Voice 

Step One: Recognize that even if you are able to sing naturally, vocal training is a “must” to achieve the success you desire.  

Step Two:  A knowledge of piano playing is an asset to vocal training because it aids you in doing vocal exercises.  However, if you do not Chromatic Pitch Pipe (free) - screenshot thumbnailhave that knowledge, get a chromatic pitch pipe to achieve the same purpose.  It will allow you to hear and sing tones by advancing in half-steps.  Example:  C to C#, D to D#, E to E# etc.

You can purchase one from music stores such as Guitar Center or download one on sites like google chrome.

Step Three:  Purchase Dr. Smith’s Vocal Techniques for Beginners.  You may download it to your computer.

Step Four:  Schedule and purchase a 30-minute or 60-minute vocal lesson @ Music, Entertainment, Talent & Action. 

Step Five:  Read information about vocal production and technique that you find of interest.  Now . . . you are ready to begin the first lesson.

 

Learning to Sing Vowels

Learning to sing vowels correctly is the key to a listener’s ability to understand the words of the song you are singing.  If the words are not understood, the message of the song is lost.  If you are not conveying a message, why sing?

Vowels are: a, e, i, o, u, but have a distinct vocal placement with the lips, tongue and teeth in order to be understood.  Singers acquire correct placement as they progress in vocal technique.  A typical vocal exercise maybe to to sing “ah” on a sustained tone beginning with C on the chromatic pitch pipe or middle C on the piano and progress chromatically until the C thirteen half steps above is reached.  

The same can be done with each vowel.  Note that vowels have different pronunciations in different words . . .  the same as in reading a text. “A” may be “ah” in one sound and “aye” in another.  This is why vocal coaching in essential.

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