Tyler – Vocal Lesson – 2017.02.08

What brings you into vocal lessons?

  • Playing guitar for 11 years
    • Tyler has been taking guitar lessons with Dave since he was 5 or 6 years old
  • Started singing last summer and has noticed there’s a lot of stuff to improve on
  • Working with singing to own acoustic accompaniment

What are some of your favorite artists / songs to sing?

  • Genres:
    • Punk
    • Acoustic Punk
    • Indie

Vocal Strengths:

Mid-Range vocals that pierce through the accompaniment

Things to Improve:

  • Needs help with higher and lower range

How will you know that you are where you want to be with your singing?

  • When other people compliment Tyler / tell him he’s good at singing

What songs would you like to learn how to sing better?

Vocal Range Test

Low G – High C

Pitch Accuracy Exercise

  • Play any note on your guitar that is within your vocal range
  • Try to match that note with your voice in the same octave
  • Try to keep your head stable, in one place, while finding pitches
    • Beware of subconscious urges to move your head up, down, left, right, out, or in

Miscellaneous Notes:

  • If anything in lessons is helpful, use it in your practice sessions at home
  • If anything in lessons is not helpful:
    • Tell Ben so that he knows
    • Then we can discard it and replace it with something more beneficial
  • Our own music, the music we enjoy, is often what propels us to keep playing, practicing, and learning music.

Breathing Exercise (Aaah, Oooh, Mmmh):

  • Cross ankles
  • Close eyes
  • Settle into a comfortable position
  • Palms facing upward on thighs
  • Exhale fully with each note
  • Project each note as fully as possible (without straining)
  • Feel where each note is resonating within your body
  • Aaah (7x)
    • Feel resonation around your navel
  • Oooh (7x)
    • Feel resonation just below your sternum
  • Mmmh (7x)
    • Feel resonation at the base of your throat

For next lesson:

  • Breathing Exercise (Aaah 7x, Oooh 7x, Mmmh 7x) – 1 time per day
  • Pitch-Finding Exercise (using guitar) – 5 to 10 minutes per day