Monthly Archives: August 2017
Monthly Archives: August 2017
I’ve heard this from a number of places.
Certainly there is a time in your practice room to just try stuff…
But mostly you don’t sing what you don’t hear in your mind first.
In other words…you don’t wing it…
You got 2 things you need to practice…
2) Muscle Memory
Musicianship is how you get your songs to sound like the singers you are trying to emulate.
It is the rhythm…
All in the context of a song…
OK, you don’t want to become the next great guitarist…at least not right now…
You want to grab your guitar and play along to yourself singing…
Or you want to play along to others singing at that party.
Don’t go buy a bunch of Books and Don’t go spending a lot of time.
In fact, you can understand the very simple song structure that will help you to play along to literally a TON of songs.
What are these. WHat if I told you that you could play to thousands of songs if you only learned what muscians call the I chord, the IV chord, and the V chord.
You woudn’t beielive me because you ain’t done it yet, but you know thousands of songs in the Blues and in pop and rock will be played with those three chords…
So a musician might say, “Let’s play Amazing Grace in A”….
Ok, let’s assume its a religious bunch…just stay with me…
So the key of A translates into the
First chord which we write as the I…and that is A
The fourth chord, which we write as the IV…and that is…well you don’t know…but you do know…You know your ABCs right…What’s the fourth letter in the alphabet?
That is D
OK so the IV is D
And then the fifth chord is…
you guessed it the Fifth letter in the alphabet
so the V is the E…
OK….So the I, IV, and V in the key of A is
A, E, D.
So now all you have to learn is 3 chords to play thousands of songs in the key of A.
So let’s get to work.
And you are going to do that by learning the A chord. The E chord. and the D chord.
Now you will be playing in the key of A. I am finding more and more that you can do a lot of Guitar Playing with just a few chords.
The first 3 chords I learned on the Guitar through Justin Sandercoe’s method were these there chords:
I later found out that these are the three major chords that one plays when they are playing in the key of A.
these are the I, IV, and the V
OK…I am practicing singing a couple of runs from Sam Cooke’s gospel standard Wonderful.
As I am singing however, sometimes I notice that all of the notes are not clearly hit.
Cooke often does very fast runs that is easy to gloss over when attempting to sing them. But doing that gives you a muddled sound that sounds less professional and as if you don’t really know what you are doing.
What is really helping however is this micro focused approach of singing the run. Singing it multiple times. And making sure that each note is clearly sung.
Still working on the first riff in the song wonderful.
I had my first lesson with RnB Singing Lessons and the riff he heard I am still having a hard time recognizing.
At any rate, I am soon to start singing with Sam on the album.
But one thing that I am finding is that all of your singing improves as you work on even that little bit of song. So what do I recognize is improving?
After having said that, I do need to work more on rhythm, breath control, and continue with that note clarity. You can slide into a note, but make sure you sliding somewhere and you reach where you going…
Another thing that I was telling a friend, it is amazing how much improvement you can get just from 20-30 minutes of practice a day…
OK…onward and upward…
So when I was learning how to play harmonica, someone suggested that I grab hold of the amazing slow downer to slow down a background part so that I could play with it.
Well, RnB Singing Lessons suggests using that Amazing Slow Downer with singing.
So I cracked out the Amazing Slow Downer with Sam Cooke’s gospel song Wonderful.
Slowing someone like Sam Cooke down is interesting. There is no way I could figure out some of this without slowing him down.
Some of his runs are even difficult to figure out at 25% of full speed.
In addition, his dynamics are just amazing, how he changes from loud to soft and back again. In addition, his ability, in his gospel tunes, to go from gruff to sweet is awe inspiring.
At any rate…figuring out what he does is one thing…but then speeding your own vocal up to his speed..now that’s something else…I guess eventually I will get there…
But Amazing Slow Downer Will Help every step of the way. You need this tool…
So I have begun voice lessons…
About a year and a half ago I started learning guitar from the excellent Justin Sandercoe online lessons. Over that time I have picked up harmonica as well.
But as I posted my videos some have said that I had a decent voice, so I decided to take voice lessons. I figured, why not try it for four months…
at any rate, my instructor split up my practice time into 2 components.
1) Warmup Exercises – 10 minutes
2) Songs – 20 minutes.
Personally, I believe that ANY method is better than no method, so this seems like a decent road to go down. I have been at it about a month and here is my practice routine:
Using the syllables MAH, MEH, MEE, MOE, MOO. and going up a half step for 5 times.
The last B is messed up here, can’t figure out how to do a ledger B..at any rate we go up a half step 5 times also. Finally, we cycle through the vowel sounds
The two songs I am working an are Pass Me Not and Just a Closer Walk With Thee.
The exercizes are helping, but I am soon to begin lessons with RNB Singing Lessons, who makes exercises out of the songs you wish to sing. But for now, this does seem to be working.