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By David M. - Seattle Singing Teacher
The term “song,” according to the Encarta World English Dictionary is “a usually relatively short musical composition consisting of words set to music and the music itself.” Words are the common thread in songs, which differentiates them from “pieces” or “tunes” in music terminology. But what happens when words go out the window?
Seattle has vocalists that explore that realm, and welcome you to come along on the journey. On the first and third Sunday of each month, Studio VOX! presents “Sundays at LUCID,” a vocal improvisation group. This gathering is open to vocalists of all levels of experience who wish to explore group improvisations, and is led by the wonderfully knowledgeable and lighthearted Debby Watt. Singers are guided with exercises in rhythm melody, and spoken word. It is s safe and exciting adventure for any singer I have highly enjoyed several times. If you are taking singing lessons in Seattle, I would highly recommend joining in.
The next artist that stretches the boundaries of what we expect to hear from a vocalist is a solo project by Seattle multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer Beth Fleenor. In this project, “Crystal Beth,” she utilizes loop pedals, effects processors, clarinet, and an expansive vocal vocabulary, weaving unique sonic tapestries that break the preconceptions of how much sound can come from one person alone. With influences ranging from contemporary classical, jazz, rock, tribal, Ukrainian, and countless other styles she has under her impressive musical belt, this powerhouse of an artist delivers a sonic experience you will not soon forget.
While we will always love songs, I invite singers to see the powerful things a voice can do without saying a word. Check out some of these talented performers and let them influence your own techniques when you take singing lessons in Seattle.
Vocal Technique -- basic to advanced (how to use your entire instrument and expand your options as a singer -- and maintain a healthy instrument long-term)
Jazz Singing & Musicianship
Pop Singing & Musicianship
"Singer's Piano" - using the piano as a tool to help expand your singing and musicianship
Ear-trainging and Musicianship for singers -- how to sing in tune, how to improvise/ "riff", how to hear more interesting note options, how to expand colors/ textures in your voice
I have been teaching voice lessons in the Seattle area for ten years. I teach students how to strengthen and develop their natural gifts to free the voice within. Singing is a skill, just like riding a bicycle and I believe anyone can learn to sing!
I start with warm-ups to target specific technical issues with singers. I teach singers proper breath management, legato, interpretation, tone colors, passion, dramatic truth, etc.
Master Your Vocal, Emotional, and Presentation Techniques and Material
Become the masterful Singer that you really ARE! Learn to bring out the natural beauty and power of your Voice, and to match your own unique personality and vocal qualities to complementing repertoire in order to show your voice and talents in their best light. We'll develop the repertoire that fits YOU. You'll learn how the Voice works and where it really comes from, and probably be amazed at the almost immediate widening of your vocal range and increased ability to sing long phrases.
We'll polish your audition pieces, and then video them to allow you to see what the judges will be seeing. Then we'll polish them some more as needed!
We'll work on stage appearance, and even on maintaining your "cool" under pressure.
You will learn to overcome self-imposed limitations, and to bring out all those vocal treasures that have been poking at you to let them out for a long time!
Its time to take your ...
I have been teaching voice/singing for over 8 years. I have been performing and recording as lead singer and songwriter in bands for over 25 years. As a Berklee College of Music alumnus, I studied ear training and solfege as well as jazz and harmony. Many years of choir and musical theater experience in school. No classical or opera experience. I provide a core of proper technique and vocal exercises combined with working on repertoire (songs!) based on the students interest. From jazz standards to modern pop, rock and r&b.
Experienced voice teacher available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation o vocal skills. I specialize in a classical operatic style and musical theater style. I also recommend bringing a recorder (there is one on most phones) and a pencil. I will also suggest song book based on their level and voice type.
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