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Chromaticism, Slurring Notes and Head Resonance

In this lesson we focus on NOT singing straight. We will look at how to sing using chromaticism and slurring notes together to add interest to simple lines. We also explore using your head as a resonating chamber by not opening your mouth too wide while singing.

I hope these simple techniques will be helpful to you all. Honor!

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Singing
Corey Harris
Muddy Waters
Sitting On Top of the World
Johnny Shines
Singing

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Loop 0:52 Chromaticism (Flat Notes) and Slurring Notes

 

One summer day, she went away

She gone and left me, She gonna stay

But now she gone, I don't worry

Well I'm sitting on top of the world

 

Worked all the summer and in the Fall

Had to take Christmas in my overalls

But now she gone, I don't worry

Well I'm sitting on top of the world

 

Loop 4:15 Staying in Our Lane and Working with the Voice You're Given

Loop 5:26 Using Your Head as a Resonance Chamber 

Loop 6:54 Closing Thoughts

 

 

 

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Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Nov 20, 2014

I recorded this as audio, but the Sonic Junction upload thing seemed not to work. So that's why it's a video with a still picture, because I made it into a video in order to upload...

Hi Corey. This is definitely out of my comfort zone, as I've always been told by friends, family and bandmates what a terrible voice I have. My sister used to say that the only reason I liked Bob Dylan was because he was proof that someone had a worse voice than me. ;-) 

But as I've gotten older, and definitely wiser, I think I've kind of grown into my voice a little more. So I thought about the comments in your very interesting lesson, and tried to apply them. I would be most grateful for any insights as to how I could vocally express myself better.  Thanks for your work on your lessons! You, Duke and Jerry always make me feel like you are speaking directly to me, practically like we are having a face to face lesson. They are all really great and incredibly helpful. Thanks again.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Dec 05, 2014

Bruce! Pardon my late reply to your video.  I think you already have a voice (your own sound) and you are singing in key.  My suggestion is for you to listen to the phrasing and rhythm of your words and always know where the '1' is when you are singing.  Also dont be afraid to just nail the notes and sing it more straight then add little inflections or variations sparingly like salt.  That would make it stand out better.  Lastly just keep singing like you...be the most 'you' that you can be so when somebody hear you they know right away its you.  Good work.

Vince
Vince Nov 19, 2014

Hi

If this series is going on, any chance of looking at transposing?

Thanks

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Dec 05, 2014

Greetings Vince...what do you mean, as in how to transpose?

Vince
Vince Dec 06, 2014

Corey,

I guess I meant you find a tune in a key but it's too high or low, is it just a matter of experimenting with the capo until you find something comfortable for you?

Thanks for all this.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Dec 17, 2014

Yes Vince a capo is useful when looking for the key that is most comfortable for the voice.

 
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