From: Your First Singing Lesson With Abram
by Abram Poliakoff
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In the first lesson, we’ll cover the most important basics of posture and breathing, and we’ll learn some easy exercises to get started. 

In the second lesson, we’ll learn a few key terms you may have heard before: chest voice, and head voice (or falsetto). I’ll teach you my favorite beginner-friendly exercises to warm up and develop these different parts of your voice. I’ll mention mixing or “mixed voice” singing, however for lower voices, this can take some time to develop and so we will save working on this for a future lesson. Instead we will start singing some phrases from a short song.

In the third lesson, I’ll take you through a complete, easy beginner warmup that I encourage you to use as your daily warmup before you work on songs and then we will review our very first mini-song. Don’t miss the last video in this series, because I’ll also answer some frequently asked questions, like how long to practice and how to keep your voice healthy. 

These lessons are formatted so all you need to do is sing along and follow my lead. Get comfortable and always feel free to pause the lesson if you need a break. If you're feeling any strain or your voice is tired, pause and pick up where you left off at another time. Now let's get started on your posture and breathing. See you in the next video!


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.