Hey! Thanks for stopping by. Below is a list of essential vocal warm up exercises and workouts which are great for choirs and soloists alike. Hopefully you will find them useful and enjoyable.
This warm up exercise uses the first four notes of the pentatonic scale (1-2-3-5-3-2-1). It's not too fast so allows the singer(s) to really focus on the pitch of each note. This video was created after noticing that some students would slide through the notes of the classic vocal warm up (1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1) without paying enough attention to each note - so even though they were putting in the time and improving their vocal tone, they were not necessarily improving the pitch.
This warm up exercise is probably the most enjoyable warm up after the A-E-I-O-U warm up. This helps with internalizing the sound of the major scale which helps with the ability to hold harmony lines for singers who have not grown up around singing. If this warm up is being led by a tutor who plays the piano, it is useful to pause and hold the note 6 before coming back down. This is also the case for note 7. The uninitiated singer(s) tend to gloss over these two notes so time needs to be taken in order for them to improve their delivery of the the scale.
This warm up exercise is the classic exercise that runs from 1 to 5 and then back down (1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1). This is probably the most essential warm up for vocalists of all abilities. It covers the bottom half of the major scale so helps with developing a familiarity with singing in step without exposing the possible weaknesses in hearing or pitching the upper part of the scale. This video is quite fast so there is another slower version available on the Triad Power TV YouTube channel.
This warm up exercise is the for singers who are ready to take things a little more seriously. Although singing arpeggios can be instinctive to some people, most new singers seem to have trouble pitching the 2nd note (The 3rd degree of the scale). If this exercise is being led by a vocal tutor it is important to make a point of checking the accuracy of this note (3rd degree of the scale) in order to get a pleasing result. This video is designed for the singers to sing after the piano in a call and response fashion to encourage listening first before singing back.
This warm up exercise is for intermediate to advanced singers who need to be able to sing fast passages accurately. The melodic pattern only uses the first 5 notes of the scale but is slightly extended (1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1-3-2-4-3-5-4-2-1). To make is easier this should be sung using the la sound but as singers become more comfortable with the exercise they should be able to perform it by using the open vowel sounds.
Thanks for checking out these vocal warm ups and exercises.
There are plenty more on my YouTube Channel to suit singers of all abilities.
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My first thought is "should I even be comparing the two instruments as they are so different?" but it's something that I'll enjoy doing on paper. I may do a full rant on this one day as I really feel that casio have shown that they have the technology to make an amazing workstation.
In short - the fact that you can create a 16 Bar loop on the CTK-7000 is amazing but you are limited to two drum tracks and the quantize is either straight 16s or triplets (16T). With the XW-G1 you can have more drum tracks and apply the % of groove that you prefer. The problem lies in that you have to focus on one bar at a time and have to then chain the bars togther to create a longer groove.
At the moment I prefer the XW-G1 over the CTK-7000 due to the fact I am obsessed with being able to record different sounds without stopping (it's a shame that all the sounds are merged into one signal and not separate tracks).
The last comment would have to be the synthesis feautures of the G1. The fact that you ca program, save and sample an 808 Boom on such a cheap keyboard is great to me.
Thanks to https://www.youtube.com/user/MioMillioni for the question.
This is a declaration of thanks to anyone who has viewed, commented and rated any of the videos or sheets that have been created for this project. This blog is in pause mode until further notice.
This post is more of a personal reminder to help me with conversations when faced with beginner musicians rather than a worksheet for learners. It doesn't zoom very well - If it's helpful to anyone else then that's great!
Circle - Triangle - Square - Cross or 1-5-6-4 with C=1. I would consider this the ultimate Chord Progression for writing a Pop Song. Although it's not rocket science - I consider this image as my gift to the world. Enjoy!
A Lip Trill is like singing at the same time as blowing as rasberry sound. This is helpful for new singers who are overly self-concious or worried about the tone quality of their voice. By doing this "silly" sound everyone in the room is on a level playing field.
These videos were strangley inspired by youtube user/Landmarkmusic. I say strangely because I've been a fan of Ronald Jenkees, Mysto and Pizzi, Ryan Leslie and Mike kalombo for quite some time but was never moved to actually make a beat video until watching some of his. My other explanation for the timing of these videos is that I've near enough covered all of the music theory that I've wanted to so most vids to folllow will be beats or backing tracks -(maybe!).
This sheet shows riffs which take place over 4 beats of swung 16th notes.
The notes are taken from the Dorian Mode Scale.
Sometimes the riffs spill into the next bar which is coloured grey.
Notes from the octave below are underlined.
Note: If you are unfamiliar with the concept of concert pitch and transposing instruments or do not play a Bb instrument this video will not be helpful. If you do play the trumpet or a Bb instrument? I hope you enjoy it.
This sheet displays the flow of the key activities for my beginner guitar course. After learning a new chord then some time is spent perfecting a chord progression to a short piece or song before moving on to the next chord shape.
By playing this Chord progression in the key of G you can avoid using bar chords but this barrier has to be broken in order to achieve more freedom and enjoyment on the guitar. It's all about practice!!
A Mike Kalombo style beat. This progression reaches outside of the usual diatonic chrods to create a nice soulful sound. when I was first introduced to Mike Kalombo this type of sound is what kept me watching.
Here is a sheet that shows the Right Hand finger patterns for playing the Major scale in every key on the Piano/Keyboard. Double click the image for a larger version then right click & save as to download for printing.
(Note: This was created using open-office presentation software)
I selected these for my drum students who are taking the rock school qualification. My favourite site for learning rudiments is here. Click the image to enlarge. More info on rudiments can be found here.
I made my own circle of fifths diagram using a combination of Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint. There are so many already on the web but in this world of copyright it seemed to make sense that I include my own when making videos.
The audio to this video was made with classroom instruments shown in the picture. The piece grows to a climax with additional layers being added between each drum-break. This was my attempt to make the outcome more attainable by creating an example using the same instruments that they have access to.
Here's a video of some common rhythms. They're shown on a Bass Clef using different Pitches. The rhythm goes back to a simple pulse every other bar which should help to keep the other rhythms relative to the pulse.