Hello all! This blog post is part three of our singing and vocal warmups. This is a play along that was posted on my CJW Music Tutorials Youtube Channel, hence the link. This tutorial video is a sing-along video full of pentascales or half-scale warmups for you all who need something special to get your singing voice in shape. Use this as part of your regular practice routine and you will not be disappointed.
Like it was said in the previous post, we are going into a series of vocal tips and tutorials that are going to help you in your quest for a better singing voice. In part 1, we covered some basic projection and note vocal warmups. In part 2 below, we are covering some tips on how to get the right amount of air to vocalize correctly. All too often, we miss the mark with our pitch because of lack of air support. You want to first make sure that you are breathing from your diaphragm and not lifting up your shoulders. This video should help you with that. Enjoy!
Below, you will see a series of tutorials. In this and the following posts, you will see some vocal tutorials that you can play and sing along to. These are vocal warmups that you can use in your everyday vocal practice. I would recommend practicing them once a day, for five minutes a day to get your vocal chords vibrating in the right way. Enjoy the video!
It is common for a new or even an experienced piano student to have difficulty with playing pieces of music that are of a certain level of difficulty for them. This often leads to frustration and not wanting to practice. Here are some practice suggestions for those struggling with piano:
I hope these five tips will help you or your student(s) with practicing the piano. These are common things that I run into with students and I’m sure you do too. If you have any more practice suggestions, questions or comments, feel free to respond in the comments’ section below.
In this blog post, we are going to go over simple time. This is going to be a detailed lecture on the simple “back or forward beat” called simple time.
Here’s a little nugget of music theory wisdom: simple time normally goes into divisions of two.
People can easily tap to the beat here whereas in compound time (discussed in the last lecture) you would be sometimes hard-pressed to find the beat because of three being the micro-beat and being an odd number. We tend to follow even beats on the macro level rather than the micro level. More in the video.
Hopefully, this lecture clarified your concerns. I will be producing a quick music theory course to help all of you who are beginning in music theory and need help with rhythm.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog post on syncopations and other rhythmic features.
Hello and Welcome to the CJW Music Lessons Blog! Today, we are discussing the intricacies of compound time and subdivisions. We will specifically be teaching on the time signatures of 6/8, 9/8 and some 12/8. It is very important that you understand the differences between simple and compound time. Simple time is usually divisible by 2. Examples include 4/4, 2/2, 2/4 and those types of time signatures. Compound time signatures include “triplet” versions of these very time signatures. For example, 6/8 is basically 2/4, subdivided into groups of 3 each. 9/8 is 3/4 subdivided into groups of 3 micro-beats each. 12/8 is basically 4/4 with micro-beats of 3 each. You will hear me say the term micro-beat very often. Also, you will hear the term macro-beat used. Macro-beat is the large beat. Micro-beat, for our theory purposes is the subdivision.
Take a listen to this video and tell me what you think. I'm always open to new suggestions from fellow music teachers and clinicians. I will be posting the video on the simple time lecture here on the blog, so stay tuned for that. I hope that you're finding these blog posts valuable as nuggets of music theory information to get you through your day. Stay tuned for more music theory tips and lessons.