Abram Poliakoff is a singer, guitarist, pianist, teacher, conductor, and composer. He received a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Arts from USC’s Thornton School of Music and has been teaching music for 8 years. He is currently both the Associate Artistic Director and a tenor in the L.A. Choral Lab, which recently released its first studio album Sonic Visions in the fall of 2019. Abram teaches and performs a wide range of genres including Classical, Jazz, Folk and Popular music in the Los Angeles area. He has also sung with the San Francisco Opera and Pocket Opera in the Bay Area. His teaching mission is to help his students utilize vocal technique to find their authentic and healthy voice while maximizing genre flexibility and a naturalness of expression.
Today we’re talking about the registers of the voice, and we’ll try a few exercises to strengthen our voice within these registers. Many beginning singers have at least heard the terms “chest voice” and “head voice”. But if those terms are new to you, fear not! When we talk about registers, we’re referring to a section of the voice (or a collection of pitches) in which sound is produced a certain way and results in a specific tone quality. Continue to learn more about vocal registers!
Do you want to increase your range? Do you find yourself straining for high notes or scooping for low notes? This tutorial is all about range extension. I'll give you principles and exercises to help you gradually increase your range in a healthy way. Let's get started!
When I say pop music, what do you think of? Michael Jackson? Madonna? Ed Sheeran? Ariana Grande? Pop music emerged as a distinct style in the 1950’s, although it’s evolved a lot since then, and it continues to change as music evolves. A lot of sub genres could be classified as pop; so for our purposes, we’re gonna take a broad look at pop singing and define some characteristics present in the majority of contemporary pop styles. I think you’ll have fun. Let’s get started!
What would you say if I asked you to describe the difference between Freddie Mercury’s voice and Elvis Presley’s? What about the difference between Ariana Grande’s voice and Adele’s? Each of these singers has a unique sound; and answering that question will get us talking about tone or timbre. While we all have a general sound that comes naturally to us, we can develop and explore different tone qualities within our voice. Keep watching for a tutorial on tone.
Are you already a singer who regularly performs for an audience? Do you find it hard to find the right warm-ups to get yourself ready? Sometimes our best performance can be in the shower and yet we find ourselves distracted and disconnected when its time to get on the stage. Many professional singers have a warm up strategy to bring their “A game” when it counts most. In this tutorial you will find strategies and warm-ups to help you bring your best performance to your audience.
Listen for the difference between these two phrases: [Sing phrase straight tone, then vibrato] What did you hear? The first time, I sang with straight tone [demonstrate], and the second time, I added vibrato [demonstrate]. Vibrato is the natural oscillation that occurs in healthy singing. It adds life and helps us convey emotion when we sing. Although some styles use more vibrato than others, it’s present in virtually every genre. If you’d like to learn more and work on developing natural vibrato, check out this tutorial!
Join Abram Poliakoff for level 2 of the beginners course! This course builds upon the previous 30-day courses by Camille, Jonathan, and Jon, so we recommend completing one of those courses first! We will review concepts as we go, but you will get the most out of this course once you have completed level 1.
What is chest voice? How can you keep it from feeling forced, or strained? Join Abram for the answers to these questions, as he helps you find and strengthen your chest voice.