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post Jan 15 2008, 03:52 AM
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Hey Luciana,
I was just wondering, since I'm a guitarist that is beginning to learn to sing, how should I go about practicing singing? Like if I'm just sitting with my guitar should i just strum chords and sing or what? Thanks smile.gif


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post Jan 15 2008, 03:58 AM
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At least to start, try singing to the same notes you're playing, just nonsensical stuff.

Ooh sorry I forgot the rule about instructor boards.

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post Jan 20 2008, 07:14 AM
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I remember reading somewhere that humming out arpeggios is a great way to practice ear training and your voice smile.gif
What's the instructor rule? I couldn't find it anywhere...


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post Jan 23 2008, 04:41 AM
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Hi guys..
it's true. For beginners is the humming the best exercise. wink.gif Then you can start with vowels, only singing note by note. and you can sing the same notes you're playing. It's better practicing with the scales. But..... IMPORTANT: do it SLOWLY! mellow.gif ok?


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post Jan 23 2008, 04:44 AM
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Alright smile.gif Thanks Luciana! Rather than starting a new thread, I'd like to ask a question. How do I do the book trick to see if I'm breathing from my diaphram?


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post Jan 23 2008, 05:30 AM
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QUOTE (Stevie·Ray·Vaughn @ Jan 23 2008, 04:44 AM) *
Alright smile.gif Thanks Luciana! Rather than starting a new thread, I'd like to ask a question. How do I do the book trick to see if I'm breathing from my diaphram?



This was in my lesson about breathing.. try it!

How to breathe correctly?

Step one

Good posture:
First, stand up straight, with your feet shoulder width apart. Roll your head around to ease any tension in your neck. Then hold your head level, with your chin parallel to the ground, not tipped up or down. Let your shoulder blades slide toward the centre of your back so that they’re back and down. If you do this, your chest will be open instead of collapsed, which is just what we want.
Slumping, or ever rounding your shoulders forward slightly, partly collapses the upper rib cage and keeps the muscles between the ribs from being able to expand to accommodate the lungs as they fill with air. What we are looking for is the physical ease that comes from good alignment.
Now bend your knees slightly (just relax and unlock them) and tuck your pelvis under. This slight adjustment helps ensure that the diaphragm can function at maximum capacity.

Step two

Inhale:
Put your hand on your stomach, with your middle finger or your belly button. All the action that follows should take place in the space between the base of your ribs and just below your belly button. Keeping your shoulders in that beautiful, open position, back and down, imagine that your stomach is a balloon, and as you inhale, let it fill with air. Concentrate on filling this “balloon” only. And when it’s full, blow the air gently out through your mouth. Don’t feel alarmed if you see only a small movement of your stomach. When you quit pushing breath in and just let it flow.
In a very short time, your inhales should be free on chest and shoulder action, and you ought to be able to inhale without stomach tension. Don’t worry if you get a little light-headed at first. That’s because you’re bringing more air into your system than you’re used to and possibly hyperventilating. This will pass, and your body will appreciate all the life-giving oxygen you’re feeding it.

Step three
Exhale:
This is supposed to be the easy part, the release. As we exhale, the body is designed to allow the stomach to fall easily back to its normal position. It doesn’t take muscle to exhale, just relaxation. But when we exhale, many of us use force. We tighten. We make it a hundred times harder than it’s supposed to be, thinking, mistakenly, that to get the volume we want, and to hit the high notes, the best thing to do is to fire out voices out cannon.
As you exhale, keep your hand resting on your stomach, and be conscious of when your muscles tighten. You can massage your muscles softly as you exhale to remind them to relax. And if need be, as you’re learning, you can also help your stomach in by pushing gently with your hand, which creates less pressure than using your abdominal muscles. Remember, the goal is not to pull anything in. Just let your stomach fall to its neutral position.



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post Jan 23 2008, 10:21 PM
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Thanks so much Luciana! biggrin.gif


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