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
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)