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Learn To Sing Well: Complete Vocal Training.

teacher avatar Marina Avetisian, All you need to know to sing well

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Lessons in This Class

20 Lessons (52m)
    • 1. Introduction to the Course. What You Will Learn

    • 2. How to Use This Course

    • 3. Lesson 1. All You Need to Know About the Voice.How the Voice Works

    • 4. Lesson 2. Posture and Relaxation for Singers

    • 5. Relaxation and Posture Awareness Technique

    • 6. Lesson 3. Breathing for Singing

    • 7. Breathing Exercises

    • 8. Lesson 4. How to Train Your Diaphragm

    • 9. Diaphragm Training Exercise

    • 10. Lesson 5. What are Vocal Warm Ups and Why We Need to Warm Up the Voice.

    • 11. What are Vocal Warm Ups and Why We Need to Warm Up the Voice.

    • 12. Warm up Exercises

    • 13. Lesson 6. How to Do Singing Exercises. Tips and Things To Remember

    • 14. What Are Singing Exercises. Benefits.

    • 15. Singing Exercise 1. Strengthen Your Chest Voice

    • 16. Singing Exercise 2. Strengthen Your Head Voice

    • 17. Singing Exercise 3. Extend Your Range

    • 18. Singing Exercise 4. Work on Holding Long Notes With Ease

    • 19. Singing Exercise 5. Voice Control/Sustain Notes

    • 20. Singing Exercise 6. Develop Vocal Agility

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About This Class

This Online Singing Course is designed for you to learn some of the most effective singing and breathing techniques to improve and strengthen your voice, improve vocal health, gain confidence, understand how your voice works, and develop voice control by using specially designed warm ups and singing exercises.

It was specially designed to help you to build an effective practice at home. You will get a clear structure and lots of exercises that you can use for your home practice to learn and improve your voice and build singing skills.

You will get practical tools and singing exercises:

1. To develop voice control

2. To strengthen your chest voice

3. To find and strengthen your head voice,

4. To extend and work on your range,

5. To hold longer notes with ease


6. To develop vocal agility.

I hope it will help structure your practice at home and make it enjoyable.

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Marina Avetisian

All you need to know to sing well


Hello, I'm Marina and I am a singer and a vocal coach. I have also been fascinated by voice and I love sharing my knowledge and experience and see the students progress on their singing journey. 

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1. Introduction to the Course. What You Will Learn: Hi, my name is Marina of Education and I'm a singer songwriter and the vocal coach. You can find more about my music on my website, marina of addition.com. Or if you'd like to find out more about my singing lessons, you can go to Marina singing lessons dot UK. I have created this online singing caused because I have been asked so many times, how do I practice at home? How do I keep motivated to practice at home? How do I structure my singing practice? How do I keep motivated? What exercises do I do? How do I build EQ skills? And more and more questions like this. So I've developed this course for you to be able to build and structure your practice at home. So in this course, you will find a little bit of theory, just the most important things. How to use your voice, how it works, how the vocal cords works, what is singing and breathing? What is die from? How to breathe correctly when you sing a little bit about a post, share why it is important to be relaxed. And you will find two really good breathing exercises to help you to develop a correct singing and breathing. You will find an exercise to train your diaphragm. There will be too warm ups that you can do before you start your singing exercises. And there will be six singing exercises recorded for you. So you can practice at home and build certain skills. So there will be exercised, develop your chest voice, to develop your head voice, to extend your range, to help you to practice holding longer nodes with ease, to develop your vocal agility, to open and relax your throat to make sure your sound is nice and deep and free. There are some exercises for voice control to strengthen your voice and more. In the next video, I will talk a little bit more about how to use this course. See you there. 2. How to Use This Course: In this video, I would like to talk a little bit more about how to use this course. So after you've watched all the theory and now you understand how the vocal cords for what is the dye from, what is the correct thing in breathing, you have certain tools. So you will have to breathing exercises to movement of exercises. One die from training exercise, and six singing exercises to develop and work on different singing skills. Every day, whether it is five minutes, seven minutes, ten minutes, 15 minutes. It doesn't have to be long, but it has to be consistent. And it has to be built in the correct way. The structure has to be breathing exercise, then warm-up, then singing exercise. Sometimes if you want to make it shorter, skip the breathing exercise, skip the die from exercise, and just the warm-up and singing exercise. But the ideal is breathing, die from Walmart and singing exercise. You don't have to do all singing exercises at the same time, at the same practice. You can pick one, you can pick two. It depends. What would you like to work on today? What would you like to work on right now in this moment of your life? Of course, you can use to three or four or even all of them if you have time. But even if you do 50, seven minutes every day and the one die from exercise to warm ups and one single exercise of your choice, you will see the improvement really quickly and it will be quite a big improvement. I hope it makes sense. And if you have any questions, please let me know. 3. Lesson 1. All You Need to Know About the Voice.How the Voice Works: In this lesson, we're going to talk about how the voice works and all you need to know about the voice. The first thing is breathing. The breathing is the first really important element of singing. In order to control your voice, you have to put out exactly the amount of breathy means sound you want. The breath needs to be focused and relaxed. How you exhale controls the quality of the sound, the volume, the pitch, and the tone, how you inhale governs your exhalation. Inhalation is deep and relaxed. It's natural for us to inhale in a very relaxed way. Relax your body when you inhale, move the belly out when the email and allow the air to fill up your lungs. Exhalation has to be controlled with consistent Airflow. Keep your belly engaged, controlling the amount of air that you are exhaling. Imagine you're controlling the amount of air released from the balloon. The die from controlling the breath comes from the control of the diaphragm, which is located to the lower half of the ribcage. So what is die from and how it works and how do we seeing using the diaphragm? Diaphragm is a dome shaped muscle which is located on the your ribcage and divides the chest from the stomach. As you breathe in, the lungs and ribs expand and diaphragm is pushed down, which make the belly expands and which makes the valley to move out. So breathing from diaphragm means inhale more air, allowing the air to fill up your lungs. Lungs bond and push the diaphragm down which pushes the belly out. The acceleration is controlled, consistent airflow while exhaling, releasing the air out, diaphragm moves back up and barely moves back in. So singing using the diaphragm is singing from the diaphragm means that you are breathing by moving the diaphragm rather than involving the chest or Shouldice. How the voice works? Well, air passes through our vocal cords as with speaker thing, they create a series of sound waves. Voice box brings both vocal folds to the midline to allow vocal fold vibration during speaking, thinking. Voicebox adjust vocal fold tension to change the pitch, how high or low the voice is and change the volumes such as loud voice production, vocal cords open while you are breathing and when you speak or sing, the close polling sites of ohio notes and remaining loose for low unknowns. You want your vocal chords to be soft, smooth, flexible, and three of any inflammation. So to summarize how the voice works and what is important. So is breathing, it's your deep relaxed inhalation and it's your controlled exhalation with consistent airflow. And you using your diaphragm to inhale and to control the exhalation. Is your posture nice and straight, relaxed shoulders, straight spine is your vocal cords that are also supposed to be relaxed and nice and you shouldn't feel any tension and resonance and placement of the sound. We will talk about head voice and chest voice and mixed voice a little bit later in one of the lessons. 4. Lesson 2. Posture and Relaxation for Singers: In this lesson, we will talk about why it is so important to be relaxed when we're seeing and why it's important to have a correct pose chart. So relaxed singing means that you are relaxed when you're saying, and it means that you are able to breathe in more air. When you relax, you have more voice control. You will see more free with less tension on your vocal chords and it will create better sound in general. It is really important to have relaxed June. It will prevent strain on your vocal cords. You will release tension in the breathing, which will make it more easy to take higher notes to open your throat, to do reefs and bronze, and to have more control reaches sound. So the post-term, what is correct posture and why it's so important for singing in general and in general for your well-being as well. It allows you to inhale deep, to breathe in, in a more relaxed way to control the acceleration better to release tension from the neck and shoulders and it improves the sound of your voice. So here are a few examples of the incorrect posture and correct posture. To define the correct posture, Let's make sure that we have feet, shoulder width apart. Maintain nice loads position in your knees, chest open to allow for the lungs expansion. Shoulders, nice and relaxed and dropped down. Chine is straight parallel to the floor and spine is nice and straight. 5. Relaxation and Posture Awareness Technique: In this video, I would like to talk a little bit about the posture and relaxation. So you already watched the video theory video about what is the correct singing poster. We're nice and relaxed. Shoulders drop down, spine, nice and straight, team parallel to the floor. We don't want to stretch the team because it creates extra tension on the vocal cords. So make sure it's always nice and parallel to the floor. Shoulders down, hips, relax, knees relaxed, and we're standing nice and grounded on the floor. So when we have a poster, let's say we are not standing straight. It's already much more difficult to inhale deeply and fully because there is a lot of tension, there is lot of obstacles for our lungs to expand fully. So that's why we're standing nice and straight. Also with the breathing, you probably notice. So if you don't inhale nice and deep and you inhale here in your chest, then everything is kind of tensing up. It's a bit anxious and then your airflow is just not consistent. You don't have enough air. So that's when your voice maybe shakes or you find it difficult to control the voice, or maybe you are just running out of air. That's why we also need to stand straight and to be relaxed. So when we relaxed, we can inhale nice and deep and just fill out the lungs and have a nice and deep inhalation. Also, when we are not relaxed, let's say we are nervous and we have to speak somewhere. That's when our voice shakes. That's when maybe we even lose the voice. Also, voice carries a lot of information. If somebody calls you on a phone and say hello, you will hear if the person is sad or happy. That's why we have to be relaxed when we're seeing so then we can sing our best. 6. Lesson 3. Breathing for Singing: In this video, I would like to talk a little bit about the breathing and demonstrate the breathing exercises that you will have recorded so you can do it at home. So the first exercise is just to find your nice and relaxed breath. So if you put one hand on your chest, one hand on your belly and just observe. So here we don't want do anything, we're not doing anything and we're just observing what's happening. So maybe you breathing in her chest and your chest is moving, which is our shallow breathing and we don't really want it. Maybe you breathe and you feel a little bit of both moving. Or maybe you're ready breathing nice and deep and you feel how you barely moves out and in, out and in. So that's your nice and deep breathing. Because again, as you already learned, what happens when the lungs expand, the diaphragm is pushed down and it pushing the valley out. And then when we exhale, we're losing the air. So the belly goes back in, pushes the diaphragm back up, and then we're just releasing the air, exhale. All right, so when we identified, where is our breath, the next thing to do is just to bring it lower in the body. So really relax and inhale nice and deep. And the nice way to do it is just so close your eyes and just imagine that you are inhaling all the way down into your hips or knees of feeds. Whatever you feel more comfortable, whatever you feel works for you. Just again, nothing. We're not doing anything physically. Where just imagining that we're inhaling all the way down into the hips. And then just noticing nodes the same what is happening? Noticing if you feel your belly moves out when you inhale, if you feel the expansion. And then the next really good breathing exercise that you will also have recorded for you tools to use in your daily practice is exhaling all the air on a very gentle as which sounds harsh. Please make sure Don't push it out so we don't want straightaway. We wanted to start really small and it has to be consistent like a consistent line of the airflow. So we want to get rid of all the air, completely empty our lungs as slow and consistent as possible. And that's how we train our diaphragm. That's how we train the consistency of the airflow. And that's also how we train nice and deep inhale, because when we empty our lungs completely, it's much easier to inhale fully and deeply and fill up the lungs. So let's try and do it together. Inhale and let's exhale all the air on a very gentle as Haidt sounds. And also carry on. And then also when you feel right in the end, you're running of the air and you can't anymore. I'd like you to really engage your core. Pull the belly in, squeeze, squeeze, squeeze, squeeze all the air out and then just drop your jaw down and make sure you just allowing the air to come in so we don't want any Ha hey, I like this. Any active inhalation, any loud inhalation. We just wanted to become relaxed. Just allowing the air to fill up your lungs. So that's your two breathing exercises. There will be recorded their view and you can start your breathing practice just maybe with noticing where's your breath, maybe noticing what's going on today and bringing it back into nice and relaxed breathing. Or maybe you want to start with the training of the acceleration and inhalation when you just do it once. That exercise. And the next video, I will explain a little bit more hard to do their diaphragm training exercise. See you there. 7. Breathing Exercises : This is a breathing exercise. This exercise will help you to develop better breath and voice control. So first of all, put one hand on your chest and one hand on your belly and just spend 30 seconds just breathing. Not doing anything special. Just stand the sit nice and straight as you would normally. Sit or stand. Notice. Where you feel your breath. Do you feel belly or chest? Move more? Where do you feel the movement? And if you feel it more in your chest or maybe a little bit of both, Let's drop it lower. And even if you already feel it nice and deep in your belly, Let's drop it even lower. So first let's imagine that when we inhale, we emailing all the way down into our feet. So just imagining that when you inhale the air travels through your mouth, throat, through your lungs, down through your belly, hips, knees, and all the way into your feet. And just do it a few times in your own time. Just inhaling and imagining the inhaling all the way down into your feet. And then observe and notice if there are any changes where you feel your breath now. Noticing if there's any changes. If you feel your breath lower in your body. And then on the next exhalation, we are going to exhale all the air on a very gentle as hate shush, sound. As long and consistent as possible. So when you feel you don't have any more air, so engage your belly muscles and really squeeze, squeeze, squeeze all the air out of your lungs, make sure bleeds. Are you sitting nice and straight and your posture is not collapsing. And then when you release all the air out of your lungs to gently open your mouth and allow the air to come in. So there's nothing forceful in here. We're not pushing air out, we're not forcing a very gentle. So let's start gently inhaling and exhaling with a very gentle as hate. Squeezing, squeezing the muscles, helping yourself with your belly muscles and allowing the air to come in by just opening the mouth and allowing the inhalation to happen. This exercise is really good to do once or twice a day because it might be a lot of oxygen for your brain. So let's not do it more than twice. And it's great one to drain the consistency of acceleration and also to teach your body to rely on. Because we all know how to deep, breathe nice and deep. To really learn how to inhale. 8. Lesson 4. How to Train Your Diaphragm: In this video, I want to talk a little bit more about how to do the diaphragm exercise, the diaphragm training. So in the recorded exercise, you will have to do different combinations of sounds. So in here, the most important thing is that you are doing it with your belly muscles. So how do we train the diaphragm? We're pushing the belly in and out, in and out, in and out. And that the valley will push the diaphragm up and down, up and down, up and down. So it will look something like so we don't want us to move our shoulders or our chest so it shouldn't be or we're not doing it with ours roads like Drew, with doing it with our Bailey. I hope you will enjoy the exercise. And this is an exercise that you start your practice with though, either you do the breathing exercise, then the diaphragm, then warm up, then singing exercise. Or you can start with the diaphragm and then warm up and then singing exercise. Or you can not do it every day and you just do breathing and then a warm-up and then singing exercise. It really depends on what you need to work on. I'll see you in the next video. 9. Diaphragm Training Exercise: Should shoot shoo shoo shoo shoo shoo shoo shoo shoo shoo shoo shoo shoo shoo. Shoo. Shoo. Shoo shoo shoo shoo. Shoo. Them with that. Eat. Eat, eat, eat. Okay. 10. Lesson 5. What are Vocal Warm Ups and Why We Need to Warm Up the Voice.: In this section we will talk about warming up the voice and why it is so important to warm up the voice before you start singing or doing any other complex singing exercises. What is vocal warmer? It is a gentle exercise that puts as little pressure on the muscles possible. It releases any tension in the throat and allows only small amount of air to pass through the vocal cords. So why is it important why to warm up? We need to stretch and warm up the vocal cords before we're seeing woman not loosens the muscles helps to remove mucus, reduces the risk of engineering and prepares the vocal cords for singing. So the benefits of warming up to prevent any vocal damage, it's very important. So it's really important for the health of vocal chords. It prevents putting a strain on your vocal cords. It's waken up the voice is preparing us for singing and stretching goods in a very safe and gentle way. Throughout the years of singing and learning about the voice, I found that the most effective warm-ups are broth and harming. You will have a recording of those two warm-ups. And it would be great if before you start doing any of the singing exercises or general singing a song, you will just warm up your voice using this two exercises. 11. What are Vocal Warm Ups and Why We Need to Warm Up the Voice.: In this video, I'd like to talk about vocal warm up. So this is something that you have to do every time before you seeing, before you practice any other complex singing exercises to develop some skills. This is the mast and Eve with some breathing exercises or diaphragm exercises. Maybe you can skip it and you can maybe just leave it and undo it every day. This is just absolutely the most important thing. Do the warm up before you're seeing. So normally, again, I will repeat. We would do breathing exercises, diaphragm where mob and singing exercise 1 or 2 or 3 depends on what you're working on, depends on how much time you want to dedicate for the practice. But let's say you don't have much time or you don't feel motivated enough to do a long practice today. Or you just don't have time to do a long time, a long, long time practice. So you can do this too warm up exercises and one single exercise. It will take you five, maybe seven minutes maximum. And you will still work on your skills, on your vocal strands, on your control. You will also help your vocal cords, the courts to stay healthy and you will still feel that improvement. So your warm-ups is the must, must, must. Every time you practicing before you start doing singing exercises or sing a song. So a little bit about how to do them so that you will have two of the womb mumps. One is humming. 12. Warm up Exercises: Hi. Hi. 13. Lesson 6. How to Do Singing Exercises. Tips and Things To Remember: In this video, I'd like to talk a little bit about singing exercises and hard to do them on how to use them. As I explained before, the way we build our practice at home is first breathing exercise, diaphragm exercise, warm-up is amassed. You can't skip it, you can't not do it. And then singing exercise. So you can do one or two or three or all of them depends on how long you have an depends how much time you want to dedicate to your daily practice. But even if you don't have enough time, as I said before, you can just do warm up and one single exercise. For all of the single exercises, please remember the following things. Inhaling nice and deep into your belly. So if you feel you're inhaling, like in your chest, stop, reconnect so your breath, relax, fine, your nice and deep breathing. Maybe exhale the air. Completely empty your lungs just to make sure. Okay, here you are. You're deep inhalation. So every time in between when you have to inhale, inhaling nice and deep into your belly. The second really important thing, please keep your jaw relaxed at all times. Please make sure that you are not locking your door when you think, for example. Yeah. Yeah, yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Ye yo you can see it's really locked, so please just relax and drop it down. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah, yeah. Yeah. Yeah. You just nice and relaxed. And again, if you feel that your jaw is tense, you can just massage it to relax it a little bit. You can also open your mouth. Feuds 23, four times to kind of release the tension of that area because the muscles of the jaw are connected to your neck and if it's all tans, It turns out the neck and our vocal cords become as well really tense and we really don't want it. So the other thing that is really important to remember is again, that the throat is nice and relaxed at all times. So please make sure again, you don't stretch your leg up, especially when you go higher, lows of feeble. Just start doing this with don't want to put any intentions or the throat is always relaxed. If you go high and you feel you start tensing up and you feel it's uncomfortable, just stop. Maybe it's not where you are today or maybe you need to realign few things. Maybe need to realign the posture. Maybe you need to inhale nice and deep. Just listen to your body and see if you need to readjust something, real lion, something to release that tension. Or maybe you just need to leave it for today and see how you're going to progress with your daily practice. And the last thing I want to talk about is the exercise when you have to stretch your tongue out. So this is a really good exercise to release the tension from your jaw and to open this road, to relax for this nice and deep and open sound. So please, when he do it, make sure you really stretch your tongue. Nice and strong. So it's not just a little bit, you really stretch it as much as you can and then you seeing with the Tang out, this is a great exercise. I would also recommend to do with just after the warm up and before something more maybe difficult. And you will also feel the difference. Hard, opens your throat. I hope you enjoy it. And let me know if you have any questions. 14. What Are Singing Exercises. Benefits.: In this lesson, we will talk about the singing exercises, why it's so important at about resonance. So singing exercises are really important to develop skills, to develop different things like voice control, breath control, voice strands, range and much. It's very important to warm up before with the singing exercises we'll talk about in the next lesson. So in this course, you will learn the following singing exercises to develop the following skills they exercise to develop breath control, to train your diaphragm for better voice control as well. To strengthen your chest voice, to strengthen and develop your head voice to hold longer nodes to extend your range, improve vocal agility, and to exercise. So you will have more open and relaxed the road when you sing. So what is chest voice had voice and mixed voice. So the chest voice is our lower register of the voice. It's our speaking voice and it vibrates in the chest. And that's why it's called chest voice. And it has deeper and thicker tonality. And the vocal folds are relaxed when we speak or sing in our chest. Voice, head voice vibrates, a new hat. It's our high beach notes. It has suite at analogy was less power than chest voice and vocal chords naturally shorten and tighten when you sing and you had voice and mix voiced is a blend of chest and head voice. 15. Singing Exercise 1. Strengthen Your Chest Voice: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. Okay. Joe john Yang, Yao Jiang. Okay. 16. Singing Exercise 2. Strengthen Your Head Voice: No. Oh. 19. Singing Exercise 5. Voice Control/Sustain Notes : Hi. 20. Singing Exercise 6. Develop Vocal Agility: Hey.