In Part 1 of this lesson, Jeannie walks the student through an embellishment exercise in the genre of funk. The exercise is repeated in four different keys.
- Okey-dokey.…This next embellishment is primarily…a funk embellishment.…However, it also works with speed of notes.…So, let's label this an advanced exercise.…It's fun, but it definitely needs…some application of prior skills that we've been…working on, such as permitting the resonance…to center right in the level of your nasal cavity,…which does not mean that you're gonna sound nasal.…
It just helps the energy of your voice…to balance with the muscle movements down here,…so that you don't choke up.…It also provides you with speed of notes,…just thinking here.…Now, mostly, the vowel that we'll use is an oh.…It transforms ever so slightly into a little bit of an ah,…but that more has to do with the change of resonance…as you move to the end of the embellishment.…
I'm gonna count it a lot for you on this track,…because it takes precise counting…to know when, in the music, rhythmically you need to start.…And then, we count on your fingers,…because you're going to be doing four repetitions,…then, there's a few bits where the music pumps,…
Note: Vocal Lessons with Jeannie Deva was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Adding four extra sounds (trills, oohs, ohhs, and ahhs)
- Singing a single steady vowel sound over a chord
- Moving up and down in pitch
- Practicing embellishments in different styles, including pop, rock, country, R&B, and funk