All About Tone

by Abram Poliakoff

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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.


Instructor: Abram Poliakoff

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.