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Voice Advanced: Week #6

Week #6


List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up:  Arpeggiating the Major Scale

  • Scale:  Chromatic

  • Technique: More work on dynamic control

  • Repertoire: For All We Know, Tonight You Belong To Me

  • Additional Studies:

Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

We worked hard today to solidify our recital rep!   For All We Know we’ll be singing 2 part harmony along with banjo, and Tonight You Belong To Me will be our usual 3 part harmony.  


Assignment for next week

Be Prepared to sing the full first two parts to both our songs.  The third part is easy and can be added next week! For All We Know we’ll do by ear, but Tonight You Belong To Me we’ll use music to help guide each part.  

How to Practice this at home

Listen closely to the recordings.  These are tough songs, so the more you can slow down and match the recordings the better.  


Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

TONIGHT YOU BELONG TO ME (full score)

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Voice Advanced: Week #5

Week #5


List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Arpeggiating chords from the Major scale using “me, mah, moo” syllables.  

  • Scale: Chromatic scale

  • Technique: Hearing and singing the minor 3rd, singing intervals.  

  • Repertoire: For All We Know, Tonight You Belong To Me

  • Additional Studies:


Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

Today’s class was all about diving into hearing and singing minor thirds.  Remember that to turn a major chord into a minor chord, you take the 3rd down a half step.  For this reason, practicing the chromatic scale is important.  


Assignment for next week

  • Continue to practice the chromatic scale in this way:

Sing from C (do) up to G (sol) chromatically.  This means you sing all the pitches in between.  

C     C#     D     D#      E       F F#     G

Check yourself at E and G on a keyboard to see if you’re intervals are still good.  Then try doing the whole chromatic scale and see how well you do!

C     C#     D     D#      E       F F#     G      G#     A     A#    B     C

  • Sing through For All We Know and Tonight You Belong To Me, focusing on the moments that use chromaticism.  There are multiple sections in each song that use the chromatic scale!


How to Practice this at home

Begin with some light warm ups of the Major and minor Scale, and hums sliding up and down to warm up the voice.  Sing along with recordings, or on your own. Any sections you are having trouble with, slow down and pick them apart.  Where are you having the most trouble? Typically, sections with big jumps or chromaticism will be hardest. We will continue to work on interval matching so you can begin to approach jumps more instinctively.  


Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

TONIGHT YOU BELONG TO ME

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Voice Advanced: Week #4

Week #4



List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Tongue tension release


  • Scale: Arpeggiate major, minor and diminished triads


  • Technique:


  • Repertoire: For All We Know (low harmony)


  • Additional Studies:




Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

This week we learned the second half of the harmony part in For All We Know. We then worked to sing that along with the melody. We continued talking about chords, progressions, and voice leading. We learned the 3rd part to Tonight You Belong To Me and began the process of slowly piecing it all together.



Assignment for next week

Sing through the melody and harmony of For All We Know. Make sure you can do this accurately with and without the recording. If you feel like you have a firm grasp of both parts, see if you can’t begin to hear how a third part might fit into this! (Try singing a third above the melody and see where it takes you!)



How to Practice this at home

Warm up (deep breathing, released on a slow hiss), slide on Nn’s, Mmh’s and slowly open up to Ahh’s. Moving through different intervals. Notice and try to release any tension you might be holding in your jaw, neck, shoulders, lips, or tongue. Then sing through the melody and harmony of For All We Know.



Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams



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Voice Advanced: Week #3

Week #3


List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Circle songs

  • Scale: Chromatic and Minor

  • Technique: Interval Recognition

  • Repertoire: For All We Know Harmony, Tonight You Belong to Me

  • Additional Studies: Minor and Major thirds and how they make up minor and diminished scales.


Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

This week we worked on the lower harmony of ‘For All We Know’ and started singing the first half of that with the melody. Used ear training / interval recognition to assist with entrances, and staying on harmony part while the melody is being sung. This song is a test in our ability to try and hear multiple parts at once and maintain our own! We also continued our work with singing chord progressions from music.


Assignment for next week

Review melody (whole song) and harmony (first half of song) of For All We Know. Begin to get familiar with the main melody (alto) line of Tonight You Belong to Me and sing it along with the recordings of both the alto and mezzo-soprano.


How to Practice this at home

Warm up (deep breathing, released on a slow hiss), slide on Nn’s, Mmh’s and slowly open up to Ahh’s. Moving through different intervals. Notice and try to release any tension you might be holding in your jaw, neck, shoulders, lips, or tongue.


Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

Tonight You Belong to Me.

Chord Progressions (ii V I)

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Voice Advanced: Week #2

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Hold triad chord in harmony. Move up and down half steps within a group to hear and experience singing major/minor/diminished/augmented triads.

  • Scale: Chromatic Scale

  • Technique: Hearing a half step

  • Repertoire: Review ‘For All We Know’ melody line and begin harmony work.

Hello! So great to meet you all last night. Really excited to sing with you for the month!

In class, we continued working on ‘For All We Know’, reviewing the melody and focusing on our rhythmic phrasing. How do the entrances line up with the downbeat? What lines are syncopated? We also began working on the lower harmony.

Assignment for next week

Sing through the melody and harmony of ‘For All We Know’. (You can sing along with the recording of Dylan and I singing both parts!)

Try tapping a pulse as you sing and feel how the melody interacts with the beat. Does it lag? Does it push?

How to Practice this at home

Do some light hums to warm up your vocal chords before you launch into singing the song. Sing through the song with the recording, and then try it on your own. If something feels off, try that section again, slowly, and see if you can find your way back before consulting the recording. See if you can identify if it was a question of rhythm, or an interval that threw you off.

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Voice Advanced: Week #1

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up:  Arpeggios using major and minor.

  • Scale:  The minor scale; minor arpeggios

  • Technique:  Hearing a minor third

  • Repertoire:  “For All We Know”, melody line.

  • Additional Studies:  Intervals studies. What are intervals, their names, and how to hear them.

Hello Advanced singers!  We began class by launching in to learning a song that has a few techniques that are new and a significantly harder than last session:  For All We Know, written in 1934. This is a beautiful tune and presents some challenges with interval jumps we’re not used to, so this will be a fun one to work on!  

Intervals: we practiced hearing and singing intervals.  An interval is the pitch distance between two consecutive notes.  For example, a C (Do) and an E (Mi) are an interval of a Major Third.  Using the C-major scale, we attached a number system to to how to hear them in context.  


C    D E    F G A    B C

1     2 3    4 5 6    7 8

The numbers in the above chart can be used to determine simple intervals!  C and F? It’s a fourth! C and A? A sixth! And so on.  

Assignment for next week

Practice the intervals using the interval drill (also will be posted in week two recap!)

Work on singing For All We Know, which will also be listen in week two, along with a recording.  

How to Practice this at home

As usual, do some vocal warm ups (intentional breathing exercises, scales, followed by some material you know well), and work slowly, thinking very closely about each pitch before you sing it.  You can pause the recording after every new interval to see how you’re doing!


Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIOu94sRnJ0


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