Voice Intermediate

Voice Intermediate: Week #3

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Major Scale arpeggios. (Remember, an ‘arpeggio’ is singing the 3 notes of a chord in succession: Do Mi Sol Mi Do.)

  • Scale: C major, D minor.

  • Technique: continued study of syncopation.

  • Repertoire: Nowhere Man, Lead and Alto. Bye Bye Blackbird

  • Additional Studies:

    • Intro to intervals, how they function in a chord.


Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

We began by warm-ups in the key of C, learning how to hear arpeggios as they travel through the chords within a single key (In the key of C ,the arpeggios would be: C major, d minor, e minor, F major, etc…). We sang through Nowhere Man and a new song, Bye Bye Blackbird.

Click here to access the Interval recognition guide as an introductory reference. This will be touched on much more next session.


Assignment for next week

Read through and be able to sing the first two parts to “Nowhere Man”. Sing one part along with the other, if you can.

Please access a virtual piano here to use as a tool to help you practice your intervals! Go through them and be able to sing

Below you’ll find a diagram of the C major Scale that includes the roman numeral system for describing chords. Remember that a triad (3-note chord) is made up of 3 notes that are built from a starting pitch and skip every other note in a scale. The C major chord is circled on the chart (C, E, and G). Can you figure out what notes are in a ii chord? Or a IV chord?

How to Practice this at home

As usual - make sure you’re well hydrated and in a comfortable sitting or standing position. Do some warms up’s, making sure your breathing is intentional and unstrained. For interval practice, use a virtual piano of keyboard if you have one to play a C note, then try practicing singing other scale degrees (notes of the scale, based on a number system 1-8). Sing at least 15 minutes a day, going through any of the material we covered so far, including anything else you’d like to sing! Sing along with recordings to ensure that you’re matching pitch.


Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

Nowhere Man Alto (pdf)

Nowhere Man Lead (pdf)

C Scale with Roman Numerals

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Voice Intermediate: Week #2

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Slide from G - C (scale degree 5 - scale degree 1) using “Ming-Ahh”, moving down chromatically. Major triad arpeggios, moving up chromatically (from last week).

  • Technique: Circle songs - building improvisations as a group. Continue working on breath control and pitch accuracy.

  • Repertoire: Nowhere Man (lead vocal melody)

  • Additional Studies: What are chords? How are they built?


Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

We began class with warm-ups, leading into Circle Songs, a way of developing songs together using techniques of improvising and being able to sing a repeating line while other lines are added. We went on to learn about how chords (triads) are built using the C major scale and the concept of Scale Degree; we then talked about chord progressions, focusing in on the common progressions I, IV, V (remember what this means?) and ii, V, I. Finally, we sang through the lead melody of “Nowhere Man”.


Assignment for next week

Come to class being able to comfortably sing Part 1 and 2 of “Nowhere Man”. Continue to sing along to “Paper Moon” and try to catch some of Nat King Cole’s phrasing.

How to Practice this at home

Begin with your warm-ups listed above. Remember to always relax! As counter intuitive as it sounds, the more relaxed you are, the more easily tough notes can be sung. Make sure that you are breathing properly and deliberately.


Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

Nowhere Man (soprano)
Chord Progressions in C Major

Paper Moon (youtube)

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Voice Intermediate: Week #1

Week #1


Welcome back, everyone!

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Begin with your regular breathing exercises and include our new exercises - C major arpeggios on the syllable “Doo”.

  • Scale: C Major using Solfege

  • Technique: Arpeggiating C, E, and G, and being able to find any of the first 6 notes of the C major scale on their own, using only Do as a reference.

  • Repertoire: Paper Moon (Nat King Cole)

  • Additional Studies: Construction of a triad (a three-note chord), and how this relates to singing in harmony as we continue to visualize harmony singing in notation.


Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

We began by singing through a little bit of “Paper Moon” by Nat King Cole. We then moved onto learning some new warm ups and arpeggios derived from the C major scale. Through this, we used the notation of the C scale as a visual aid to help us understand about construction of the triad, the 3 notes that make up a chord. We worked on arpeggio warm-ups using different syllables.

Assignment for next week

Be able to sing comfortably through an arpeggio that moves chromatically up the scale. Read through and sing the first two verses of the lead vocal part for “Nowhere Man”.

How to Practice this at home

Listen to the piano recording attached and sing along. Make sure to use good breathing technique between phrases.

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

NOWHERE MAN (LEAD VOCAL)

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