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Singing consistency

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Singing consistency is a skill that I promote in my studio. With consistency comes confidence, derived from knowing that when you step on stage, your voice will respond that way it did in rehearsal, and the riffs and range that you were able to execute the day before will still be there. I suppose confidence in singing comes from many different places and it may be different for each individual. For me, however, I can relax and feel confident when my voice is functioning consistently and my singing is reliable.

I did these exercises to help us work on that, and I hope you’ll enjoy them. They’re full range, so stop if they get too high, or work them with the lip trill after that point in the recording. I find it helpful to learn them with the lip trill first, then transition into the vowel sounds so that you’re confident with the pattern.

If any questions come up, or you’d like me to elaborate on the exercises, feel free to get in touch!

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New Interval Study Video Up!

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

I remember when I first began to sing in an environment where there was a critical analysis happening while it was coming out of my mouth. It didn’t entirely go that well I have to admit, and doing this video on Perfect 4ths feels a little like closing that loop. All I had to do in the lesson I’m thinking of was sing up from the tonic of a major scale to the fourth, and I floundered miserably. I don’t really have that problem anymore, and working with this video will help if that’s something you struggle with.

It’s interesting really, because fourths are all over the place in popular music. A perfect fourth is the interval between the fifth scale degree and the tonic when one ascends to the tonic, and this is an awfully common occurrence when we’re making a cadence in our songs. Approaching those key areas of songs and being able to execute them well makes us as vocalists stand out as professionals, something I want for myself and for all my clients. I hope you find this practice helpful. If there are areas of vocal pedagogy or music that you want covered, let me know, I’m always happy to take requests. Until then, all the best!

Jeff Rolka

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