Vocal Riffs, Runs and Agility

From: Vocal Riffs, Runs and Agility
by Camille van Niekerk

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Learn from the best with this playlist of awesome singers who riff + run: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLf4vxt3IDOYO3gGnI_xRraswoY5WKfrkp
Add these singers to your playlist: Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Brian McKnight, Jazmine Sullivan, Beyonce, Usher, YEBBA, H.E.R., Tori Kelly, Avery Wilson, JoJo, Jessie J, Pink, Ariana Grande, Scott Hoying, Clark Beckham

Vocal coach Camille van Niekerk's tips on how to break down & practice any run:
1. Slow it down (.75 speed on Youtube is a good place to start if it goes by too quickly)
2. Determine the individual pitches
3. Make a note of repeated pitches or directional changes (turns). Those can easily trip you up! Also take note of which pitch is stressed (or held longer): that will help you with timing!
4. Break it into manageable chunks (usually 2-3 sections, sometimes more if it’s a very long run).
5. Add a consonant and practice slowly.
6. Increase speed.
7. Remove the consonant.
8. Keep speeding up and add inflection.

Instructor: Camille van Niekerk

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.