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.
What is intonation? It’s a fancy word for singing in tune and with accuracy. You can think of this tutorial as a way to work on musical target practice with your voice.
Because most popular Western music is built on the major scale, exercises like this can help you to recognize steps and skips in the songs you sing. You’ll begin to develop an awareness of what “fits” within a given scale, and what doesn’t.
Even if you don’t foresee yourself using a lot of head voice in the songs you sing, it’s crucial that you spend some time in head voice. Head voice not just for high notes: it’s also for flexibility! Join Abram for this daily exercise.
This series is an entry into the world of classical singing. If you sing in a choir, you’ll use this technique constantly. If you sing pop, rock, r&b, or another seemingly unrelated style, you are encouraged to incorporate classical technique into your warm ups and vocal training!
Do you love pop? Then this is the course for you! This course focuses on our basic pop tone, agility, with exercises for falls & scoops, “turnarounds”, and riff patterns with up to 5 pitches. You will focus on distinct registration including falsetto, pop flips, and different types of onset, like vocal fry. We’ll use two mini-songs called “This is the time” and “Never leave you” to practice each technique.