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by Camille van Niekerk

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Description:


Country music has its roots in American blues and folk music. Over time, the country genre has also come to include elements of pop, rock, and most recently, hip hop and rap. Because it originated in the American south, country singers tend to sing with a distinct accent and tone, which some call the “country twang”. 
 
In part 1 of this tutorial, we’ll cover vowels and the Southern accent. In part 2: twang, resonance and tone. And part 3: country stylization. 
 
But before you head over to part 1, are you listening to a lot of country music? If you want to sing in this style well, you should be! Let the greats of country music be your first teachers as you listen, sing along, and learn to capture their style. This tutorial will help synthesize what you’re hearing and give you a jump start to singing country music. 

Instructor:


Camille van Niekerk is a singer, writer and vocal instructor in Southern California. Camille began studying voice and performing in musicals at age seven. In 2010, Camille began working towards her BA in Music Education at Azusa Pacific University. She then earned her teaching credential from San Diego State University and taught classroom choral and instrumental music. Shortly after moving to LA county, Camille began her private vocal studio, providing vocal coaching, ear training, and recording for students of all ages. She is constantly refining her skills and methods for greater versatility and effectiveness. When she is not teaching, Camille enjoys singing with the L.A. Choral Lab and Ensoma Creative. She lives in San Diego with her husband and loves going to the beach, practicing yoga, reading, and cooking.

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Camille van Niekerk is a singer, writer and vocal instructor in Southern California. Camille began studying voice and performing in musicals at age seven. In 2010, Camille began working towards her BA in Music Education at Azusa Pacific University. She then earned her teaching credential from San Diego State University and taught classroom choral and instrumental music. Shortly after moving to LA county, Camille began her private vocal studio, providing vocal coaching, ear training, and recording for students of all ages. She is constantly refining her skills and methods for greater versatility and effectiveness. When she is not teaching, Camille enjoys singing with the L.A. Choral Lab and Ensoma Creative. She lives in San Diego with her husband and loves going to the beach, practicing yoga, reading, and cooking.