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Singing With Soul - Find Your Own Unique Singing Voice

teacher avatar Kyle De Luca, Creative Genius? Probably not...

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8 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Singing With Soul Intro

    • 2. Lesson 1 Vocal Health & Nutrition

    • 3. Lesson 2 Mindset

    • 4. Lesson 3 Beginner Vocal Process

    • 5. Lesson 4 Vocal Performance

    • 6. Class Project Let's Get It On

    • 7. Lesson 5 Maintenance of Your Voice

    • 8. Final Thoughts

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About This Class


A class for beginners and pros alike. This video series will cover everything you need to know, such as:

1) Vocal Health & Nutrition

2) A Singer's Mindset

3) Finding & Growing Your Unique Voice

4) Vocal Performance

5) Optimal Maintenace of the Voice

By the end of this course, you'll be singing your heart out and having a blast all at the same time! Each and every student will be well on their way to fully developing their own unique sound & style using easy to digest lessons.

Can't wait to see you in class!

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Kyle De Luca

Creative Genius? Probably not...


I'm definitely a hell of a lot more creative then logical. I'd like to think of this as a signifcant advantage as I do my best to contribute to the beauty in this world.

My main focus is to do with music and performance, though I do intend to break out into any other creative areas that tickly my fancy.

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1. Singing With Soul Intro : hello and welcome to my brand new course called Singing With Soul. And first of all, thank you very much for signing up. I really do appreciate it on. I know we're gonna have a lot of fun going through these lessons. So I was gonna give you a brief introduction of exactly what you can expect going through this course. So, first of all, let's start off with vocal health and nutrition, which are the important foods and drinks you need to consume and avoid if you want optimal vocal performance. Secondly, we're going to mindset figure out the why ways of thinking that are really kind of get you out of your own way, which is really important with singing number three. We're gonna do beginner process, these air, the nuts and bolts. So all those little things that will get you singing really nicely and help you find your own style and just be able to give a great performance which leads into the next, which is performance, these air, things like performing on stage, getting in touch with the audience and really kind of figuring out how to exchange energy and just really be that kind of great performer that you see on TV so often. And then lastly, we're gonna wrap it up with maintenance. So how do you maintain these things? How do you grow and continue to use your voice without wrecking it or overstretching it or just using it in the wrong ways? So again, thank you for signing up for this, and I really look forward to seeing you in the next lessons. 2. Lesson 1 Vocal Health & Nutrition: All right, let's get in the first list. So we're gonna be talking about health and nutrition for your voice. Now, this is basically a foundation for anything going to be singing. You want to be healthy, you're gonna have a more powerful voice. Gonna be able to perform better, connects. It affects every part. So number one most important thing water. If you're not hydrated, it's gonna be really tough to sing. You need this in order to have your most powerful, hydrated, flexible, strong voice. If you're not hydrated, you're gonna cough. Strain your voice, my crack. So that's number one. Another good drink. His tea tea is really good for opening up The vocal courts that warrants kind of relaxes your throats is makes you a little bit more flexible and honestly, I just really enjoy it. So it's pretty great. Next is exercise. So in terms of saying, I usually recommend mawr cardio, running, biking, whatever works for you basically and again, staying in the best shape will give your best voice, which is pretty obvious. And next we have postures. So posture, this is a really big one compared to singing for any other instruments. because without posture, you really can't get away with a lot. So the way you want to stand most of time, if you're able to is straight, it's perfectly straight. So I'm going to step back here, so I'll be really straight. And of course, you can do your moves like that. Whatever works for you, But you want to stay a strays you can, and that allows your chest to be open. You're die friend, a breeze, which will talk about a bit later. So it's very, very important. And lastly speech, the way you talk every day from when you wake up from when you go to bed that is going to affect your singing voice. So if you talk very monotone and you never change tone, it's gonna be pretty hard to sing melodically and have a good range. Where you go, Lou player out that during the day there's no rules and that's a great thing. You can just do whatever just have fun with it. And yet people probably think you're crazy, which whatever, it's really a great way to kind of begin training your voice to get that flexibility in that range. So really tested out. So let's talk about four things again. So food and water really important Exercise, mostly cardio. A little bit of weight training can hurts. Third posture nice and straits shoulders back, chest open breathing from die friend and forth the way Speak. Play around with it. Once you have these four things you've got what works for you cause it might be different for everyone. Then you're really on your way to a greet Great foundation for your vocal work, so I'll see you in the next lesson. 3. Lesson 2 Mindset: All right. Welcome to listen to. All right. Welcome lesson to so in this lesson, we're gonna be talking about a vocal mindset. So the first thing I want to mention is think about why you want to learn to sing. Is it to have fun with your friends, joining bands to make it? Do you want to make a career out of it? There's so many reasons and none of them are wrong. Just if you know your wise gonna work a lot better to kind of push you along because there's gonna be times when you might get frustrated or have trouble with a certain thing. If you know why you started, just come back to that and then I'll keep you motivated. Keep you on the right track. It's that's the first thing. Secondly, depending on your why do you want to just do it for fun? Which totally fine hanging out with your buddies. Singing some sauce may impress some tricks. If you're a guy, vice versa, or do you want to do it? Pro. Do you want to be an official ban? Do you want to be a solo artist again? This part of the why it's a little bit more find, but it's important to know because it's gonna change how often you practice, how intensely and how motivated you are in general. And then, lastly, one thing in the stress and it will become more and more obvious as we go along is, although it's good to have a lot of techniques, don't get bogged down by confidence. And being self a shirt, especially when it comes to singing, is gonna get you a lot farther than knowing every single vocal trick runs. Being able to do any of that kind of stuff because when you're singing, you're putting that emotion into your performance, and it's great to be able to go all over the place but whatever. But you have to also be able to connect, and you have to keep the melody and really kind of do the song justice. Sometimes it might need a lot. Sometimes you want to keep it simple. There's all kinds of different factors. So these are the three things mindset, so again to recaps. What's your Why again, No wrong answer. Do you want to do professionally or just for fun? As an amateur, either way is fine and lastly, being confident and self assured, which again, as you learn more and more in terms of your own style, just come naturally. And it's really beautiful when you get to that point where you just know how you need to do it, how it's gonna sound and how people are going to react to. That's That's the ultimate goal here. That's where we want to get you to. And by the end of these lessons, we're gonna be well on your way. So that was listen to on your mindset, and I really look forward to seeing you in lesson number three. 4. Lesson 3 Beginner Vocal Process: here we are less than three. You've been doing great so far. But now we get to the really good stuff. We get to the nuts and bolts and how to really get started and actually put all the stuff in the practice. So one more bit before we actually start singing one thing you really want considers who are your idols, whose voices to absolute 11 give you shivers every time you here And who do you want to, kind of whose presence do you want? And, of course, it's gonna end up being a mix of a few different people. But really pick your favorites, because again, it's gonna affect what styles you study and again contribute to your own unique voice, which is gonna be a beautiful thing. So for me personally, a big fan or threating, I think he, though not technically the most skilled his soul and his emotion came right through right? And like, um, his cover of Try a Load Centers Oh, she may be weary. Young girls, they do get weary. Where in that same old shaggy dress? Yeah, but just beautiful. Or artists like Sam Cooke, Sam and Dave, I'm pretty old school in my taste, but again, it's really personal. So that's number one. Okay, now Number two is what most people start with, and I bring that up now because now you have a bit more foundation behind you so we can finally get into the Nets and bulls. So here's the first big piece, and it's how you breathe. Now there's a few schools of thought where a lot of times we're going to hear things like only breathe from the diaphragm. Don't breathe from the chest and breathe through your nose out through your mouth, and that's all well and good. But the way I think about it is you want to breathe with your whole body. So you're concentrating from the diaphragm, but to kind of force that just from one area, I think, isn't quite the best. Especially since your beginning, that's where most of your power comes from is true rather than your chest like that shallow breathing that most people do throughout the day. So I'm gonna show you how I think of it. I guess. Step back again a little bit. So your diaphragm is basically this kind of half inflated basketball looking thing right about here. And when you breathe properly, expanse Just like that, Where is your beast? From the chest. It shall. And there's no movement here. So the way I think about it, it's just as you're breathing. Picture your whole bought body breathing. So, Jim, so your diaphragm will come out, which is what you want. And if you need to do what I just did with your hands coming out to kind of picture a bigger surface area, whatever. Or even if you need to close your eyes and picture whatever you need help picturing like a balloon, anything like that, that's fine. And the way thing about this is basically, if you treat your whole body as its breathing, not only mentally does that put you in a better state, but also physically because you actually do in just more air, which is really wonderful. The more at air you have them where you could play around the stronger voice is gonna be better tone all that good stuff. Okay. And now I'm gonna introduce the class products. So as I was talking about those idols, I want you to pick one song from one your favorites. I pick one that doesn't sound too challenging. One that doesn't have Teoh too many runs. Um, if you want to do just half a song or a certain section, that's fine, too. Um, preferably one, maybe a bit more on the popular domain. Just so something that you're really familiar with. So you don't want to be a weird kind of difficult, ethereal song? Find one with the really nice kind of concrete melody that you could really sink your teeth into. Because if you're not into the song, it's gonna show through and you're not going to try hard enough. It's gonna be pretty obvious they didn't pick the right song. When, then? One more thing for this lesson. Um, most of singers you hear usually have fairly smooth voices. I'm gonna talk a little bit about grits invoice, and I was fortunate enough to have a natural amount of grit in my voice. The only time that kind of leaves me. It's what I'm not hydrated properly. Some people just don't generally have it, which is totally fine. There's waste to learn it, I'd say for now, don't worry about whether smoother, gritty, just focus more on the melody and being as accurate as he can. Having fun and basically just really experimenting Now is the perfect time that you have a bit of foundation you want experiment with what works for you, what doesn't. And then I'll keep getting a bit more into smooth and grits. And I'm gonna be doing class project as well. So I'll show you mine. And then we'll go from there. So again, to recap first thing to consider who are your idols? Who are you gonna be imitating? Very important to whole body, breathing mostly from the diaphragm but picturing your whole body breathing. Whether you need to close your eyes, visualize a certain picture. Totally fine. Pick your first song with the strong melody One of your favorite singers one you maybe already been singing along with makes it even easier on number four. Don't worry too much about whether your voices smoother, gritty Neither of them is wrong. Just focus more on melody being as accurate as you can and experiment. All right, I'll see you in lesson for 5. Lesson 4 Vocal Performance: so welcome to lessen for and we're gonna be talking all about performance, which is really key, whether you're gonna be amateur. It's trying for a professional career or any direction you want to go because, in my opinion, the musician has a duty to really connect with the audience and whoever is playing, too, as well as connecting. If they have a band, whatever role they may play, whether they're a lead musician or rhythm accompaniments any of that. So the first thing I want to talk about is being on a stage. Now. A state doesn't necessarily mean liken elevate surface at an official venue. I can even be just like a group of friends your with, and you want to play some songs for them. When it comes to the stage, it's really important to be able to kind of own it and kind of make use of that space. So you want to give up an attitude of basically, yeah, this is mine and you don't have to be overly cocky. You just have to really kind of embody this ownership of the space. And again, it's whether you're quieter allowed musician. If you add that to performance. It's gonna affect the audience a lot more in favour, which is always a great thing next interacting with the bands. So if you're in a band's, obviously it doesn't apply to solar musicians. You really want to be in good communication because the better your communication, the tighter you sounds, and you basically all have that much better time. You start together and together, and you can play off each other because it's always a cool thing. To be able to kind of riff off someone else in your band, extends song, shortened them, change them. It's really cool. And when the audience sees things like that, they think, Oh wow, they really got their shit together, which is the point, and then connect into the audience whether you're solo were in a band, you really want to make a lot of contacts, as much movement as you could do while still playing and singing well and again, it comes back to only in the space. If you don't own space, then it's hard to get people to pay attention to you. But if you do, then you're like, Hey, I'm here. This is my show. These air my songs. Enjoy them. Come on. And Joyce, experience with me. It's a really wonderful thing. And then, lastly, your attitude and behavior. So again, owning your place on stage physically, emotionally, mentally just being as presidents possible communicating with your band. If your soul musician just really kind of sinking your teeth into the song, reading the audience, seeing if you need to adjust anything. This all takes quite a while to really master like over a number of years. But again, it comes down to experimentation. Talking to the audience is a great way after a show, even before show watching other live acts there. So many things that could do. Watching YouTube videos. Um, there's really no end to the research you could do. But don't get bogged down that the more you do it yourself, the better off you'll be. And it doesn't have to be sure. It could be a lot of fun. Meet some new friends, develops and dedicated fans, which is never a bad thing. So really disguise a little. All right, So, to recap, talked about being on stage going in your space, talked about interacting with the bands and the audience. Very important communication. Then we thoughts about attitude and behavior and again comes down to owning your space, your emotions, mental states. And if you incorporate all these three things and to everyone who performances, you'll be left for sure. All right, so I'll see you in less than five. 6. Class Project Let's Get It On: all right. So for my class product, I chose a pretty ambitious song by the late, great Marvin Gaye. You probably heard it's called Let's get it On. So feel free to watch this. And if you notice anything that you want to add into your performance, feel free. I'm not gonna do the whole song cause it's almost about five minutes. So what kind of mix and match the parts? But I want to give you an idea of basically and drawing the song and just really kind of giving it all you got without over straight, of course. So here we go. No, really Tronto back this so you feel Look oh oh, I get it. So you have it my kind of shop down version Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It on. I'm really looking forward to seeing all your guys videos. I'm gonna leave comments, and if feel free to comment on this video, tell me what you think. Anything you learned or picked up from this and I'll see you in the next lesson 7. Lesson 5 Maintenance of Your Voice: all right. Welcome to less than five. First of all, commend you for going all the way through the course is it couldn't have been easy. And I'm sure you might have been bit overwhelmed a lot of new stuff to take in, but now says the last part. So in this lesson, we're gonna be talking about maintenance and these airways to keep your voice strong over time. Because, unfortunately, of all the instruments, the voice, in my opinion, is the easiest one to damage. And unfortunately, you don't want to get to that points where you need to reverse something. It's a lot easier to prevent it rather than have it happened and try to fix it later. So we're gonna be talking about that. So number one, this goes back to lesson one was hydration. If you start, stay hydrated, that's gonna solve a lot of vocal problems as well as it also caused a lot of health problems if you're dehydrated a lot of the time, so that's a big one. Not too hard to do a good rule that I learned from health podcasts. Whichever make recommend you check out is called a model health show Shawn Stephenson. And the best way to know how much water you need to ingest on a daily basis is you take your weights divided in half. And that's the number of Alice is the minimum number of ounces. You should drink in a day on Ben factor in. If you do any exercise, anything that kind of would dehydrate you. So that's number one and then next warmups and stretches. And I don't want to give you too many of these because, honestly, you really don't need that much in the more easing, the less you need to warm up. And in my opinion, it's kind of annoying toe have to always do some warm up before you go on stage or staying with friends. You should be able to just do it throughout the day. But I'm gonna give you a couple and these air kind of my favorite ones. The 1st 1 is really straightforward. You're basically kind of humming, but it's a little bit different, and that sounds gonna be coming from your nose. And while you're making the sound, you're basically gonna go from low all the way too high with all the notes in between and again, doesn't matter where he started or your end. The whole idea of this exercise is connecting your lower voice with the higher registers and you go from kind of chest voice up in the head voices. They say again, that's not super important to know right now, eso basically you're gonna start at the very bottom. And while you're doing this, I want you to kind of stretch out your mouth in your neck and your head as much as possible and do it for Islamist feels right again. Experimentation is key here, so I'll give you an example. And you probably looked ridiculous, which is fine. But doing this and doing it regularly really helps to kind of warm up your vocal cords, open them up and then that we have that much more range and freedom when you do actually start saying and then the 2nd 1 is pretty similar. But this one, you're gonna roll your tongue while you do it, so it's the same idea. But for so put down here, it's kind of like we'll call it a Spanish thing because that's I think who does it best romantically. Would you smell that so again, try the same thing. But this time, while rolling so and again, that just kind of primes your voice and allows you to connect. So those were the two main ones I'd recommend. And then another great way to warm up is to just hum or even sing little parts. Change the pitch of a song you already know. Combined songs, just kind of singing throughout the day for fun actually does warm up your voice. And then again, the more often you do this, the less you actually have to, which is fantastic. So that's what I recommend for warm ups. So not not a whole lot. I think again, it's not something you want to get bogged down by. And then, lastly, study. The great thing nowadays is you've got these podcasts and YouTube videos where you can look up basically any technique, vocal or otherwise. So it recommends. Honestly, you really don't have to pay a whole lot for course. You can even do pretty much all free, but again, Onley pick and choose what you needs. YouTube is a great resource. Like I said, that model health show podcast is fantastic. Just for general health. They'll teach you everything you need to know. Um, on, basically just experiment and ask. People were singing to ask him. Where do you think of that? Do you think there's anything missing? What could I add and really make it about fun and enjoyment and you're not always gonna want to practice. And that's fine, because we're all human and not robots. So you gotta have fun with it, right? And if you play an instrument, fantastic, because you have that extra layer and you can practice with yourself. Other than that, there's plenty of sites. I'm not gonna go into any of them, but they have backing tracks. Or you can just sing along to the actual track again, you to find the Kariuki version to so many things you can do. So that's what I want to say for maintenance. And again, just the general point. If you're taking care of yourself physically and mentally and emotionally, then you're gonna be in that much better shape for everything, including singing. So that's the big thing for sure. All right. So, again, congratulations. You just finished lesson five. So the only thing after this I just got some final thoughts for you, and then you're well on your way to becoming a great singer. 8. Final Thoughts: Okay, so I'm just gonna give you some final thoughts here again. Congratulations on finishing the course is fantastic, and it could have been that easy, but I hope you did enjoy it. So one other course I'd highly recommend which got have been more into the nets and bulls, and I took it myself. It's Leo for beginners, but even myself, I found quite a bit of value from it's called Celebrity Voice lessons. One, a one for beginners has taught by Ashley Mendell, and she gets really into the nitty gritty and gives you nice vocal exercises and really helps you expand your range, your power and all that fun stuff. So that's one thing I recommend. And then the second thing I recommend is like I was saying in the last video, the model health show Podcasts is phenomenal, absolutely fantastic, and again, anything you can find on YouTube is really, really valuable. And I'll include a few the links on my own page and again, just experiment. Just have fun with it. Do whatever you can your daily life with your on the train, driving the work, walking down the streets. Hopefully, if you don't get in trouble. You can do it at work with your friends family and you'll see you make really quick progress. As long as you invest even just 20 minutes a day for a couple weeks, you already start, see, really good results. So again, thank you to everyone who took this course. And I really hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to leave any comments. Thanks.