Learning to sing is about YOU. Singing is about the songs you enjoy to sing.
Voice Lessons Liverpool covers songs in all styles of music.
I am in process of making a list of SONGS WE SING. Below is a small selection of what I am presently working on with my pupils.
Each person is an individual.
Each singer comes from a different point in their development. Some may have vocal problems, or problems pitching notes. These are dealt with, and approached on an individual level.
A SMALL SELECTION OF THE SONGS WE SING ACCORDING TO YOUR CHOICE
Elvis. Love me Tender.
Woman woman. Pucket.
In Dreams Roy Orbison
Walk away. Black and Udo
Then you can tell me goodbye.
Don‘t worry baby. Wilson and Christian.
Take it or leave it. Jagger.
Streets of London.
JAZZ AND BLUES
The Look of Love
I put a Spell on You
Ain‘t Got No-I Got Life
Don‘t let me be misunderstood
Al Jolson selections
By the Light of the silvery Moon
Nat King Cole. Unforgettable.
When I fall in Love.
As time goes by.
Let‘s face the music and Dance.
Feed the Birds
Somewhere WestSide Story Bernstein
Ivor Novello selections
Don‘t cry for me Argentina
Fly me to the moon, Howard.
Tell me on a Sunday.Can‘t help loving‘ dat man.
O for the wings of a Dove by Mendelssohn
Oh! Had I Jubal‘s Lyre from Joshua by Handel
Beneath the Vine
So many to list
Selections from Old English Melodies by Lane-Wilson
The Ploughboy by Shield
The Road to Town by Sykes
The Cuckoo arranged by Sharp
The Lark in the Clear Air arranged by Tate
Britten Folksong Arrangements British Isles
If music be the Food of Love by Purcell
Sweeter than Roses by Purcell
Amarilli by Caccini
Zueignung by Strauss
Brahms Lieder. An die Nichtigall. Wie bist Du, Meine Königin.
Beethoven. An die ferne Geliebte.
Tosti. Aprile. Ideale. Tormento.
There are 3 inescapable truths for ALL voices.
A. Warming up the voice is essential.
To start with, Small is indeed beautiful.
B. Keeping the voice supported with the diaphragm is essential.
C. Keeping the voice on speech level is essential. Singing is not shouting.
This will be taught in greater detail at our first lesson.
In a typical lesson we will go through the above basic technique with exercises you will learn for a life time.
Then we will put this technique into the songs you like to sing.
Voice Lessons Liverpool aims to find your true VOICE through SINGING LESSONS and COACHING.
The voice can not be listened to by you the singer, but must felt inside.
A third person‘s ear is needed to listen to your voice, and from that, understand what needs to be done.
It is an inner confidence. Almost like the principals of Yoga in the Buddhist tradition. Breathing in singing is similar, and is good for our health.
Pupils of Voice Lessons Liverpool have learned to hold their notes when they have had difficulty in pitching in tune.
“He who sings scares away his woes.” Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The great Bel Canto singer Pavarotti in his book My World signed for me as shown below..
Pavarotti stated this about singing in his book...
The other most important thing for the beginning singer is to learn to give support from the diaphragm. People think that you sing from the throat, but you actually sing from the throat and the diaphragm working together. It was a few years into my career before I understood how important this was.
When I started serious study, I spent the first six months vocalizing only with vowel sounds. This was not a very interesting way to spend six months, but my teacher, Arrigo Pola, believed it was essential. And he convinced me. Over the years, I have become even more convinced of the importance of this.
THE DEVELOPING VOICE
The voice develops over time.
As a trained athlete builds up their skills.
The technique of singing can be explained only by someone who has the experience of singing themselves. The teacher needs to have a trained ear to locate exactly what is going on. This perception is about changing how vocal production is made by a pupil, it sometimes being a matter of the smallest precision.
It is important to explain TECHNIQUE and STYLE in terms that the student can understand.
WHY GO TO A TEACHER?
- You cannot hear your own voice as you think. A teacher with experience picks up on the smallest defect in voice production.
- No one can learn to sing from a book or the internet, because you must have a third pair of ears to tell you what they hear from you.
- The voice develops over time. If you think you have mastered the voice, then you are wrong. Learning is a life time of enjoyment. Ask any of the greats, and they will tell you that they learn every day. Placido Domingo is the best example of this, and he is still singing in his 70s.
- Singing is different to playing an instrument. We are our instrument. We use words, maybe foreign languages too.
Dame Joan Sutherland signed this book to me.
Pavarotti says that he learnt about breathing and singing support from Joan Sutherland.