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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
7 Violin Mistakes You Need to Stop Making
Any time you learn a new skill, you will probably make some mistakes when you're starting out. Making mistakes is a natural part of the learning process, but be careful not to let an error become a habit. For violinists, this is especially important, as each skill and new piece of music that you learn will build upon the things you have just learned. These 7 common violin mistakes might be holding you back from reaching your full potential as a musician. Whether you are a beginner or you
What Piano Pedals Do + How to Use Them to Sound Like a Pro
Piano pedals are levers which alter the sound of the piano in a variety of different ways. The three types of pedals most pianos have are, from right to left: a sustain pedal, a sostenuto pedal, and a soft pedal. Note: Some digital keyboards may only have one - the sustain pedal - which you can plug into the keyboard. As you get more comfortable at the piano, you may start to wonder about these three pedals at the bottom. What do the pedals on a piano do? You'll find the answers in t
4 Awesome Blogs to Help You Learn Ukulele Online
Whenever you pick up a new hobby, it's a great idea to start following some blogs on the topic. Learning ukulele is no exception, and luckily for you, there are many great blogs about playing ukulele. Whether you're taking private ukulele lessons or trying to teach yourself, these blogs are a great place to learn ukulele online, explore new ideas, and have fun along the way. Read on to discover the best ukulele blogs around! 1. Uke Nut If you're interested in learning to play fingerstyle uku
Piano Tips: 3 Smart Tricks to Visualize Major Scales
As a beginner learning to play the piano, you might feel overwhelmed by all of the new information -- major scales, minor scales, and triads, oh my! How do you remember it all? Start with major scales and check out these tips from St. Augustine, FL piano teacher Heather L... Maybe the beginning of your piano studies has gone just swimmingly. Perhaps note reading is coming easily to you. You're a natural at technique and posture. But you've really hit a wall with those major scales. It c

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