Notes for Feb. 14 2022 Live lessonPosted in Category Technique and Style
CCamille van Niekerk 1 year ago
Song examples: Always (Irving Berlin), Danny Boy, Someone to watch over me
Overall: soft, speech-level, louder
For each phrase/section, what’s the dynamic arc?
Abrupt dynamic change (soft to loud, vice versa)
Onset (balanced is default; breathy, glottal - uh-oh, fry for stylistic effect)
Intentional voice cracks
Swung vs straight eighths; inserting triplets
Back phrasing: intentionally ahead of or behind the beat vs. right on the beat
Where to breathe?
Legato over all, staccato or tenuto for emphasis
Vibrato vs straight tone
How percussive are our consonants?
Mouth posture (open/closed/casual)
Softening certain consonants
Vowel color (dark or bright)
Varying the rhythm
Changing one pitch (at first)
Emphasize a specific word/phrase by varying the melody
Text painting (singing louder when your lyrics have intensity, or doing the opposite!)
Instrumental sections: vocalize (hum)