In this video, Lari uses the traditional song "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" to demonstrate how to go through a complete tune and work out good choices and options for improvising and making it your own. Backing tracks are provided in multiple keys and tempos so you can continue to improvise and experiment with the many tools in your singer's tool belt.
- We can use another example in the song…Will the Circle Be Unbroken.…(piano chord plays)…And this is a melody that's got a…very repetitive, simple pattern.…It uses almost the same pattern in the verse…as it does in the chorus.…Here's the original melody.…♫ I said to the undertaker…♫ Undertaker please go slow…One way you can change the shape of a melody…really naturally, bringing a little more energy into it…is to start the line of the melody an octave up.…
I'm going to sing an improvised version of that melody…starting on the G above middle C instead of the G below.…Instead of…♫ Undertaker…I'm going to sing…♫ I said to the undertaker…It's just a slight change, but it raises the energy level,…gives a new interpretation of that melody just by starting…the melody line an octave above where it was written.…
Let's try the next line.…♫ I said to the undertaker…♫ Undertaker please go slow…♫ For the lady that you carry…♫ Lord I hate to see her go…That's the original melody.…Let's see what we can do to get a little more passion,…
Note: This course was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We're pleased to host this training in our library.
- The power belt
- Interpreting lyrics
- Working with an accompanist
- Performing with a group of other musicians
- Exploring emotional expression as a singer