Jeannie introduces an exercise in this lesson that will help with improving pitch and vocal ease. She also tells a story about her working with a singer who played her a song, and Jeannie could hear something wrong. Jeannie asked her to sing the melody only with no lyrics, and the other singer couldn't do it.
- There are a number of tools that I've put together…that directly assist you,…and me in singing a song.…Like, actually using the song and the context…of the melody of a song with a variety of different tools.…And I'm gonna teach you each one of them.…This will assist with things like pitchiness,…strain,…diminished or the need for better tone,…flexibility and ensuring that you really do…understand and know the melody…that you're singing the song with.…
And I'm gonna point out a couple…of things on that latter one.…Some years ago I was working with a…artist who was pretty well known and…albums out and such.…And she was working on a new song.…She sang it for me, and there was something…off, something strange at a number…of places throughout the song.…So I'm listening and I'm trying to figure out…what is going on here, doing a little troubleshooting.…
On a, I don't know just a whim almost,…but later I validate myself better,…it was more of an educated guess.…I asked her to sing me the melody without the lyrics.…And sure enough, she actually didn't really…
Note: The course is part 2 of the Vocal Lessons with Jeannie Deva series, recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Improving breath management
- Relaxing your stomach
- Practicing rib cage exercises
- Using songs as warm-ups
- Strengthening your voice with lip trills and nose buzz
- Improving pitch and resonance
- Nailing song phrasing, timing, and dynamics
- Moving from practice to performance