Using these steps will guarantee you a great way to truly make a song your own. Audition panels want to see confident and well prepared competitors and choir masters and Broadway directors want to give pieces of music to their performers, confident that they will learn efficiently and thoroughly. So read on and see how much of this step by step plan you have mastered and how much you may still need to work on.
Wow we’ve covered a lot! Here's a much needed review
Whew, you’ve just learned a lot! Now, can you remember what the first step of learning a new song is? If you can’t, don’t worry. Use the handy review below.
STEP 1. Determine Do from the Key Signature
• Reading the key signature:
For flats: look at the next to the last flat. If there is just one flat in the group Do will always be F.
For sharps: look one space OR one line up from the topmost sharp to find Do.
If there is no key signature, Do will fall on C.
• Exception: Minor keys.
In the case of minor keys, the base note shifts from Do to La.
STEP 2. Ingrain Do in Your Memory
STEP 3. Understand the Song’s Meaning
• Ask yourself:
What is the song about?
Who is the song being sung for/by?
What message is the singer trying to get across?
STEP 4. Figure out the Rhythm and Tempo
STEP 5. Mark up the Lyrics
Add in: Lyrical emphases and places where you will take a breath
STEP 6. Practice the Notes
Write the Solfeg notation (Do, Re, Mi, et cetera) below each note
Beware of accidentals (sharps and flats).
Practice getting the notes right.
Sound out (i.e., hum or sing) each note, staying on pitch.
Sound out the notes again, this time following the correct rhythm.
Sing the notes using the sound “ah.”
Sing only the vowel sounds of the song.
Sing the full lyrics, consonants included.
STEP 7. Dynamics and Style
Build your dynamics from the “climaxes” in the music and mark them into the music.
Sing the song again, adding dynamics and style to the rhythm and notes.
STEP 8. Personalize Your Song
• Consider technical changes in:
Entries into phrases
Consider stylistic changes (from country to pop, for example)
Nice work! In that simple review, you have a great foundation to not only ‘wow’ your friends and audiences, but learn a song so well that no audition panel will be able to say no to you! Now its time to step out of student mode, and take your place on stage with a band. Bands are great fun and an excellent way to hone your performance and vocal skills. Keep an eye out for “Rehearsing with a Band”
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