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The No Scales, Just Songs Vocal Workout : Alto/Bass/High Tenor Version

Susan Anders

Verlag: Zanna Discs, 1999
ISBN 10: 0967687802 / ISBN 13: 9780967687803
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Verlag: Zanna Discs

Erscheinungsdatum: 1999

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Inhaltsangabe: Also available in a baritone/soprano version

The original innovative vocal warm up and voice training method consisting of pop, rock and jazz songs from the 1940s-90s that gradually increase in difficulty--no scales, no arpeggios...nothing but songs. The songs can be sung with the lyrics or with the recommended vocal warm up sounds. Since it's release, thousands of singers throughout the world have used the workout to develop and/or maintain their vocal technique and strength.

Two CDs of 17 fully produced songs. Disc 1 includes the songs with vocals and instructional introductions. Disc 2 has the same songs without vocals. Disc 2 also has a section on how to stylize the songs once they are mastered.

53-page updated guidebook including detailed vocal technique information, song lyrics, vocal warm-up tips, troubleshooting hints, vocal stylizing ideas, glossary, study tips and more.

Sing the Warm-up Set to loosen up, breathe correctly, increase your range, and to build control, resonance and better tone.
Sing the Workout Set to increase your volume, vocal endurance, sustenance, belting ability, and pitch dexterity.
Beginning singers can sing through the workout at their own pace to learn how to sing correctly and to develop good vocal technique and strength. Experienced singers can skip the instructional intros and use the workout as a vocal warm-up to build and maintain their vocal technique and strength.

Unchained Melody
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Save the Best for Last
Sunny Came Home
Young at Heart
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
All of Me
Angel From Montgomery
Willow Weep For Me
Since I Fell for You
Walk Away Renee
I'll Stand by You
Dark End of the Street
Crazy Baby
Wade in the Water
Can't Help Falling In Love

Alto/Bass version: Eb-D (almost two octaves)
Baritone/Soprano version: Ab-G (almost two octaves)

Vom Autor: How to Use the Book and CDs

You can use the CDs and book separately or together to warm up and strengthen your voice. How you use them will depend on several factors: whether you are a beginning voice student or already know some technique; if you do most of your singing in your car; if following lyrics helps or hinders your concentration; and whether you want to learn the mechanics of general voice technique or simply want to warm up and improve your voice without much instruction.

Working with the CDs

Sing along with me on Disc #1 until you learn the melodies and lyrics to all of the songs. Basses will sing an octave lower than my voice. Try the different warm-up sounds I suggest on the CD and see if they work for you--a sound that warms up one voice may do nothing for another, so you will be the ultimate judge. A warmed up voice feels flexible and strong. You should not feel much sensation in your throat at any time. If you do, you may be wearing your voice out instead of strengthening it.

Beginners especially should work with the warm-up sounds and not the song lyrics until they have built up some strength. Beginners may also need to stop after the first few songs the first day, adding songs in sequence day by day or week by week as your vocal cords get stronger.

More experienced singers can use the warm-up sounds as they learn the songs or move directly to singing the lyric. You may also be able to skip the first couple of songs, depending on how your voice feels. Keep in mind that most voices need more warming up in the morning than in the afternoon. If you've had some lessons and know which areas of your voice need the most attention, you can use the songs accordingly. For instance, I may skip the first song, but I sing "Willow Weep for Me" twice to work my transition area. Until you get a feel for the songs, start from the beginning each time you use the CD, unless you use it more than once a day. In that case, you can start where you've left off. Another exception to this starting from the top rule would be those singers who warm up by singing scales and arpeggios, and want to use specific songs to work specific technical areas.

Once you have the lyrics and melodies memorized you can use Disc 2 and move much faster. Unlike most karaoke CDs, I chose to have a separate CD for the music only tracks. You won't have to search the first CD to find them, nor turn down one of your speakers and lose the stereo sound to just hear the music tracks. On Disc 2 I only announce the title, the warm-up sound, and function of each song. Disc 2 gives you more room for stylizing since it only has chords and no melody to follow. I also offer some examples of different ways to stylize at the end of Disc 2.

Singing the first half of the workout (nine songs) should be enough to warm up your voice for the day. The second half will help you build more strength, volume and vocal dexterity. These later songs are fairly difficult and should be approached with caution. If you feel any vocal strain that isn't relieved by breathing correctly and/or singing sloppier, either take a break for half an hour or quit for the day. It's much easier on the voice to work shorter daily sessions as opposed to a long session once a week. Regular daily sessions, even short ones, are also better for building and maintaining vocal strength.

Working With the Book and CDs

If you would like to learn more about vocal technique in a systematic way, use the CD in conjunction with the book. I discuss a different vocal topic in each chapter, plus I troubleshoot the hard parts of each song. I've also included some expansion ideas for when you've got the songs down and want to take them further. The sequence of topics follows the same general sequence I use when I'm coaching a singer. Read the section on "Angel From Montgomery" before you listen to the CD. Try all the breathing exercises and postures, then stay aware of your breathing when you sing the first song with the music. Move through the book in this same manner, reading about each song before learning it. Move as slowly or quickly as you like. A good pace for a beginner would be to add one song and chapter a week for the first nine songs. The later songs are more advanced, so spend more time with each of them before proceeding.

Another method is to use the book only if you are having difficulty with a specific song. Read the section on that song or go straight to the troubleshooting paragraph.

Many singers find it helpful to have the lyrics in front of them while learning a song. Feel free to put in breath marks and underline problem words.

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