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Sing in tune with yourself and others

teacher avatar Neringa Kaminskaite, Create with freedom

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (46m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Final Project HD 1080p

    • 3. The power of intervals HD 1080p

    • 4. Sounding C HD 1080p

    • 5. 2nd Interval | Sounding D HD 1080p

    • 6. 3rd Interval | Sounding E HD 1080p

    • 7. 4th Interval | Sounding F HD 1080p

    • 8. 5th Interval | Soundind G HD 1080p

    • 9. 6th Interval | Sounding A HD 1080p

    • 10. 7th Interval | Sounding B HD 1080p

    • 11. 8th Interval | Sounding Unison HD 1080p

    • 12. Final notes

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About This Class

Have you ever wondered how to have that perfect pitch and sound amazing at all times? 
And how do 'they' create melodies that sound so amazing?
Or perhaps you wonder how to access vocal freedom without worrying about the technical aspects of singing? 

In this class you will learn how to sing in tune and control your voice. By training your ear with your own voice you will also expand your musical vocabulary for creating more interesting melodies and the ability to improvise. You will explore why listening is so important and what effect it has on your musicality. 

No more tension or stress about singing. With the tools you will learn in this class you will be able to take your singing to the next level and open yourself up to creativity with freedom and ease. 

In this class you will

  • Learn about musical intervals and their usage
  • Discover a vocal technique for ear training
  • Practice listening which will lead you towards being a confident singer
  • Improve the quality of your vocal sound
  • Expand your musical vocabulary
  • Gain more control in managing your own voice
  • Gain confidence in the sound you produce

I have personally experienced what it feels like to be constantly worried about singing in tune and missing out on the wonderful process of singing with ease. I have struggled to find the right tools to help me until I developed this method. Besides singing in tune this technique will open up the possibilities for you to explore more complex melodies and will also help you to connect with your voice and your body.

There are plenty of different techniques these days, here I will share something that helped me out a lot and opened up more freedom for my voice. 

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Neringa Kaminskaite

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1. Intro: Hi there. In this course I will be sharing very simple technique with you on how to achieve a better pitch while singing. How to tune in with your voice with anything that is sounding around you. Whether there'll be another instrument, group, an ensemble of other voices, are just the backing track to start amongst the singers. It's to be fair of one of the most common challenges, not to be able to be the perfect pitch to be in tune. And I personally struggled with it for quite a few years until I found when and how to train myself. And to be fair, this help not just with being in tune, but in general, opened up a lot more possibilities towards creating more interesting and complex melodies. And helped me to get to know my voice better and feel connect with how I sing. So this is a very, very simple technique. And I hope this course will be helpful for you to achieve this goal of singing perfectly, perfectly tuned with others. 2. Final Project HD 1080p: As a final project, I would like you to record audio recording where you will be using a drone sound. This the steady drone sound. And you will sing at different intervals on it that we will be learning about in this course. So you will just play a drone sound and on top of it, you will sing eight different nodes, one following after the other. Spending about 20 to 30 seconds of every single note, really connecting with the sound and the voice, and the way you sound, the way you sound together with the instrument. Hearing all the differences between maybe you just introducing a dental smile, maybe straightening your spine to seeing how that affects your sound. And making this recording for yourself that you can listen back to, perhaps even share with us and see, see what sounds have good-quality, what sounds have a quality that maybe you're not entirely happy with? And that's a great practice because this way we sing, we tune in to the surroundings, to the instrument, but we'll be playing with us. And when we've recorded, we can listen back to it and see how we sound. So we have a chance to hear too different versions of our voice. One that's internal and everyone that's external. And both of them are really important in order for us to accept the way we sound and just expand our range and our abilities as singers. 3. The power of intervals HD 1080p: As I've mentioned earlier, this technique helps you not only with being able to tune in perfectly to whatever is happening around you, or have the perfect pitch LHC, but also expands your vocal abilities as an improviser or just to lead singer. Because it makes you and helps you to hear what is going on. The intervals that we will be exploring today and the base of music, we will just be working this time on the major scale. Only. The same thing could be done on different scales. If you don't know what a skill is, you can taken out for sure, typing in major scale. Basically it's just a combination of seven different notes in there. A lot of skills in the music world. So today we'll be exploring the major one which actually has the most common sounding. A lot of song melodies are made out of it. And the same way, a lot of the courts that we're hearing, the songs are made out of the sounds that we will be singing. So by exploring the relationship between two different nodes and really hearing how it is, get accustomed to it, right? We get used to the way it sounds. Therefore, it's written in our brain. And when we sing, we know what we need to do. So consciously, a lot of the times we're not able to be in tune, not because we are. It's just because we're so used to hearing ourselves together with a certain starting pitch, certain naught, certain chord. And the more we try and do that, the more we train ourselves, the easier it gets. And you will see that this definitely will open up so many possibilities for you. Just literally opens up the wide portion of the musical colors and melodies. And again, it will definitely help you not just with hearing and being perfectly in tune with something else, but also will enrich the way you saying your melodies. You'll be able to add some very interesting sounds and naught and combine them and mix and match them. When the fuel, of course, practice this for a few days, for a week, maybe for a few days a month. As everything. This require some practice and a little bit of time and patience. But I assure you you can get there pretty fast. The hugest stick to the practice. So let's just jump in. 4. Sounding C HD 1080p: So for these sessions, for these lessons, I will be using this instrument called surety box. Some of you might be familiar with it. It's an ancient Indian instrument used then in Indian music in I'm in yeah, and Eastern music. And it is used in a lot of vocal practices for chanting and other things. For us in the Western culture, it could also be a tool for chanting. And, but what I love about it the most, it's a great instrument to just practice singing in general. Because what it does, it just provides 11 sound, one drone sound, and on which we're able to create different melodies and just like explore how we sound while connecting with that sound that we're hearing. So it's a very simple instrument and quite a beautiful one. And you can choose what you want it to play here. So we'll be working on a C-major scale in this course. And we will be gradually singing and interval. We will be dedicating one lesson to one interval, really connecting it with it, really hearing how it sounds. And then moving on to the next one. You can do one interval as long as you need to to feel that you're okay with it and you're comfortable, Right? You don't really need to just rush through all the lessons in order to just complete the task and sing all the seven intervals. Some intervals might feel really easy, really comfortable. Some of them might be a bit more challenging. They might even sound a bit more unusual. So I suggest you spend a little bit more time there. And I will also add a backing track that after doing a lesson, you can perhaps try and do this without me. You can explore how you can find that sound yourself and really connect with your voice, with your body, with your center where the sound and try to hear that interval, that chord that you're making together. It's definitely a very beautiful experience and I hope you will enjoy that. So let's just jump in and start. Okay. We will start with the first note of the scale, first interval. And for this, you can choose any syllable that you would like. And if a less comfortable whether it's whatever feels good. Whenever sound makes you kinda relaxing and doing really tried to hide. And I'm just going to start do you can join in whenever you're ready and I will leave some space for you to save on your own. Let's get comfortable and stick a deep breath in. And we'd begin your turn. Taking a deep breath through the mouth, picking up her eyes. Just noticing how you feel. How does this sound effect to perhaps physically or even emotionally, Lincoln's singing the sounds have also quite a strong energetic meaning to us. So just take it easy and see how you feel and do this as long as you need to, to feel kind of comfortable before you move onto the next lesson. And I'll see you there. 5. 2nd Interval | Sounding D HD 1080p: Okay, so here we are now going to explore the second interval. This might be a little bit more disciplined than the previous one. So let's just get comfortable. And a very important part of this practices that too, again, the comfortable seat and take a few breaths before we begin the practice. So you can be present in the moment in your voice can be realized. Hey, guys, get ready. Then let's begin. No time. Taking a moment to observe the sensations in your body. Perhaps to hearing a sound tenure and opening up your eyes. And just enjoying the effect of this. And I know this one was a little bit stranger than the first one. Interval. The second one is usually we don't stay on it for a long time. There we go there. Therefore, in the songs when we meet it, that's usually the one that is involved in transitions between the main melody notes. Those moments that we sometimes kept saying whenever in the middle of the two main nodes, just because we're uncomfortable. So there is a tangent. This one might be the one that you would like to repeat more than once, more than twice. And just really hear that connection in between your voice and the instrument. That beautiful harmony, that's a little bit strange, but it's still there. And once you hear it, you'll stay with you forever. And you will be able to recognize it in a lot of different songs and different instrumental arrangements around you. And I'll see you in the next lesson. 6. 3rd Interval | Sounding E HD 1080p: Okay, So today we're exploring the third interval that is quite a common one is one of the main scale sounds that were made quite a lot. And this one, we must be quite familiar with it. It should feel quite easy to, to get to that. So let's get started and see how it feels. Membrane to get comfortable. Him. Their tongue. Okay. Taking a deep breath. Crate. So curious how you feel after singing this sound, our third interval. And just every time you do too, go back and try to really listen to this beautiful harmony than you're creating. Because when you get there is to that right spot where you need to be, it definitely sounds really, really, really beautiful tissue and the instrument and no one else. And it's already part of a beautiful song and beautiful sounding that your voice is. They moved to create. So good luck with it. I'll see you soon. 7. 4th Interval | Sounding F HD 1080p: So here we are exploring the fourth interval already. The one that is quite a powerful one used a lot in medieval times and it's got this sort of a lot of national anthems have it. It's got this almost like a power and comfort, right? As like a nice interval. And even though it's quite common in a lot of music, our voices are not always really used to singing that. So let's try and see how you feel. Needs get is always comfortable in our c, whatever it is. Taken, couple of deep breaths. Nice weekend. Here, turn them processing where it is happened. Great. So I'm sure you might have noticed that the sound fourth interval is to me personally as a really beautiful one. But you kinda feel like in music we say, wants to resolve into something, right? Means like it doesn't, it's not really happy to stay there for a long time. You want to go either, right? And that's how we build musical melodies, right? We're kind of using the main sounds than the first, the third, and the fifth interval that we're going to explore in our following lesson. And they, everyone's just help to kinda swim around. That's why sometimes when we too and we're not really, again, no, really used to Howard the sound on their own. And these transitions from one node to the ever become a little bit cloudy. So next time you sing and pay attention, you can even explore trying to transfer either until the fifth sound, a fifth interval are going back to the third one and see how that feels in this kinda like traveling around them. So fine, fine exploration you can do on your own. And the rise I'm going to need to in the next lesson. 8. 5th Interval | Soundind G HD 1080p: So here we are getting into our integral number five. And you might feel at this interval, it's quite easy to turn myth. It's found in pretty much all the songs and the background because one of the main court sound, so it might sound quite familiar to us. Now that little s, It's a good practice to try and explore it by continuing it. And because the stronger the base, the more confident we are, just kinda swimming around and creating beautiful melodies. So let's just jump in and let's see how you feel about this one. Let's continue. Slowly. Cool. So this interval oil is actually present in the setting. The instrument that I'm using. I just wanted to create richer base for us. So might be quite easy to turn in with that. But for some of you, it might still be a little bit of a challenge. So as with everything that we've explored so far, to do this as many times as you need to. And just let it become a sort of a meditation where you're just continuing one sound, really listening to your voice, how you match with the instrument and the background. You could even use the piano or guitar might be a bit tricky. You'd rather find a setting where you don't need to do anything, but there are definitely many ways you can explore the sounding and is continuing the sound, perhaps changing the syllables that you're using. And seeing how that changes the way you can control the sound itself. So have fun with it, and I'll see you soon. 9. 6th Interval | Sounding A HD 1080p: All right, So here we are entering the Kingdom, hum, the sixth interval that has a really beautiful one. And also might be a little bit strange, maybe not as common. And again, not one of the main coordinates are the main notes of the scale that we're exploring. Yet still very lovable and very beautiful and tuning in with that be beneficial and a lot of ways. Again, my usual preparations is getting comfortable in our seeds. Taking a breath in and out to sound together. And the sounds around to opening her eyes eventually. Yeah. So very interesting. How do you feel after singing this one? It's again, the one to me that I found a really beautiful, It's like a really lovely addition to a lot of melodies that we do. And at the same time is not a bit strange, right? So lingering a little bit longer and that again creates that comfortable base that we can take on into any song. Any melody that we want to create are saying or play. And understanding these relationships really, really helps us. And continuing that one sound for as long as you want. With the backing track. Again, is a beautiful way of just getting mindful and getting your mind centered and even relaxing your body with these vibrations that we're creating. And let's just explore how does that feel. And I'll see you in the next lesson where we'll be checking out our seventh interval before we move into our last one. See you there. 10. 7th Interval | Sounding B HD 1080p: Great, so we're already entering the seventh interval. The one that is definitely quite dissonant, but it's present in a lot of jazz music and blues and things like that. And knowing how it sounds is very important. Not only that kind of music to be Ferran, all sorts of music we have it. And again as the one that might, you might want to transition from it, staying for a longer time on that sound, my Philo with strange or uncomfortable. Or you might actually really like it. So let's just see how that sounds and how you feel about hearing the sounds can become very beginning. Hello to you. So as you can see, this seventh interval is a little bit stranger than the others and it's definitely really kinda drawing us forward? Or are we going to end up in our last term? Practical lesson? Exploring the, the unison sound, the eighth. And again, with this one is quite important for you to work out and like really feel that tanning and harmony between the two sounds. The sound that you're making on the instrument, even though it might not be really comfortable. It's very, very, very powerful practice because when we're exploring these intervals are really, really close to each other. This is where the beauty begins. This is where we started hearing the sounds and how we turn things around this. So I'd say it's not going to say is the most important thing, but it's definitely one of the more important ones to kind of spend more time on too. So good luck with that, and I'll see you in the next lesson. 11. 8th Interval | Sounding Unison HD 1080p: All right, So here we are in our final lesson exploring the intervals. So we can finish on the interval, the eighth interval, or the first one that we've done at the very beginning, just an octave higher. Meaning we started here, we had seven notes and now we arrive and the same sound, just hire. So if you imagine the piano in case you don't know, everything is divided bright, like our scale has seven notes, seven nodes, and then seven notes lower and higher. And we're gonna see how that sounds. It might be very similar to the first one, but just because it's higher, again, they'll have a different quality, different sensations in your body and your voice. So let's begin by getting confused and start sampling. And 10. Okay, so there we go. And there we go. Explored all the eight intervals. And for me, this one sounds like quite a high pitch sounds or not, depending on your vocal range and on your gender and my barrier. And you might need to kinda like back and don't be afraid to kinda find your way around it. But all of us definitely have moment in our vocal range where we can sync from the first note To the last one. Sometimes we just might feel like or doesn't sound as nice or maybe it sounds strange because again, we limit ourselves in our heads. So don't be frightened. If it doesn't feel very comfortable, just give it a chance and see where it takes you. And again, this one that we've done is a similar to the very first exploration and the very first intro because it's exactly the same sound. But the idea is for you to see how the sound changes in how your perception of the sound changes when we moved in different pitches. And later on you can even take it further by singing. It doesn't stop there taking this last integral and imagining it's the first one and singing from their higher or kinda starting on even a lower one. So we can really get creative with this and find your own way. And that will benefit you the most. So good luck with that and enjoy. 12. Final notes: Amazing. So we've explored all the different intervals and that combine the major scale. And I've mentioned at the very beginning of our course. And as I said in the previous lesson, you can just stick it further. Keep exploring more. Do more notes on the top, going from the very last eighth interval going up, or trying to explore the lower sounds. And this is where we kind of get comfortable and familiar, familiar with our vocal range. We've definitely done and just the major scale. But as I said is, you could say one of the main, main scales that were used and all the music. And then we've got the minor of one. And you can do technically the same thing with the minor scale if you know what I'm talking about. If not, just focus on what we've done in this course, step-by-step, spending as much time as you need to on one sound, perhaps, maybe dedicating a day for that sound, or even a week so we can really connect with it and you will see the results really, really soon. I guarantee. It's just a lot of the time as we want. We want to get a certain result without really dang things are, I feel like the most common thing is that we know where we want to get, but we don't really have a system to follow, right? And that's one of the main reasons why I wanted to create this little short course that for some people might seem very basic. Therefore, it is some sort of a system that we can work with. It's not doing a lot of different exercises. Not jumping around is one thing that we can take from the beginning till the end and benefit from it in so many ways, as I said, it boosts our ability to improvise and create more beautiful melodies, helps us to connect with the backing track of songs with other instruments sound better in the choir. And an ensemble has a lot of parts, as well as the part where it helps us to kind of focus and get centered and come down and our body. So just keep playing with it, keep exploring. And I really hope you enjoy and just make sure you record your final project, perhaps share it. But all of us, because it's very interesting for others to hear how you sound. To hear how, how your sound differs from one sound from the ever. Maybe sometimes it might be a little bit more widely than the other times. And there's nothing wrong with that because we're all learning, we're all exploring. And it's a good thing. It's a good thing that you start noticing the differences. You start paying attention to how different ones sound is from the other. It's a very important part of the journey, so don't be shy and share it. If you, if you, if you'd like, just because sometimes putting herself out there and giving them, getting the feedback when you don't expect as a burst in confidence, especially in singing, that we all really, really neat. So thank you so much for being a part of this journey together. Enjoy this exploration. Please continue singing yourself. Don't stop with this course. And I hope to see you sometime in detail.