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Intro to Coloratura Singing | Exercises & Examples

Intro to Coloratura Singing | Exercises & Examples

Interested in opera singing? You may run into the word "coloratura" in your studies. Here, vocal instructor Molly R. will give you the inside scoop on what the term means, and what you need to know to get started with the technique...   Coloratura! A fancy word for a very fancy vocal device. Coloratura is ornamentation done in classical singing: think trills, big leaps, and intricate melismas (also known as vocal runs). The most intricate coloratura singing involves cadenzas, whic … Read More

Intro to Coloratura Singing | Exercises & Examples
Interested in opera singing? You may run into the word "coloratura" in your studies. Here, vocal instructor Molly R. will give you the inside scoop on what the term means, and what you need to know to get started with the technique...   Coloratura! A fancy word for a very fancy vocal device. Coloratura is ornamentation done in classical singing: think trills, big leaps, and intricate melismas (also known as vocal runs). The most intricate coloratura singing involves cadenzas, whic
Top 10 Essential & Easy Ukulele Songs for Beginners
Looking for easy ukulele songs for beginners? You can't go wrong with any of the tunes on this list by ukulele teacher Willy M.! Although each of these hits are easy uke songs for beginners, they might require you to learn a new chord or two. 10 Easy Ukulele Songs for Beginners Learning to play the ukulele comes with a whole catalog of fun songs. To help you out on your budding career as a ukulele player, here are the top 10 essential easy uke songs to play. Keep scrolling for videos of each
5 Pieces Every Classical Guitarist Should Know
With so much amazing classical guitar music to choose from, how do you decide which pieces are absolutely essential to learn to play? Here, we'll share our top picks for classical guitar students to study and play. To study the classical guitar is a great and noble pursuit. Bringing back music that is centuries old is not a easy task, especially when the documentation and the preservation of sound was increasingly difficult the farther you get from the 1900’s. This makes the job of a classica
The Real Secret to Improving Your Band's Sound
Do you want your band to sound even better? (Who doesn't?!) Here, San Diego, CA teacher Maegan W. shares her secret for improving the group's sound as well as your individual musical skills...   Do you think a metronome is just a personal preference for some musicians? Are you one of those musicians who KNOWS your time is perfect and unmatched? Well I've got news for you -- it probably isn't as spot-on as you think. Most fights in bands are due to someone being off-time, and un
5 Best Songs to Sing for Contraltos | Building Your Repertoire
Contralto singers, listen up! Highlight your voice type with these top picks for songs to sing, as recommended by Hayward, CA voice teacher Molly R...   Are you one of the lucky women who considers herself a contralto? You’re a rare and special voice type for sure, but also in great company! Some famous contralto singers include Cher, Toni Braxton, Sade, and Annie Lennox in popular music. A contralto’s voice is known for being low (the contralto range is typically around F below mi

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