Basic Tuning

Basic Practice of Tuning the Voice

OBJECTIVES —
Condition your subconscious-mind to have your voice generate the tones accurately and automatically.

  1. Correct posture, straight back
  2. Breathing (balloon) sounding with breath should be a continuous pressure same volume. Staccato is an additional optional exercise.
  3. Ping in the nasal cavity (Imposto) chest cavity, head cavity
  4. Open the throat, back palate (horn shaped cavity)
  5. Passaggio = break where two voices meet. Smooth transition from the chest register to the head register.

1. Note Tuning———————-

Use your Keyboard to generate note tones for you where you match with your voice.  Five first notes of a scale, walking progression up and down, then the notes of the chord up and down for 5 notes.  Then move up one semitone and do the next 5 note scale.  Tune your vocal range from your highest tp your lowest notes possible.  Concentrate of your voice matching the piano tone exactly.  You should do this in all the 5 vowels.    Vary the keyboard sounds from piano to organ to violin to guitar, etc.

If you have time constraints at least pick two vowels and alternate the vowels every tuning session.  This is a quick warmup to the more detailed  voice tuning exercises.

2. Vibrato Tuning———————————————–

Same as Notes Tuning method but add vibrato!  Elvis used vibrato in every song.  He couldn’t do those slow songs with excellent vibrato and without practicing vibrato every day.

3. Interval Tuning———————————————————

ADVANCED – INTERVAL JUMPING ————Very Important!  This makes you able to sing melodies right on pitch.

Four notes in each section; 1) the root and the minor and the root and the major 2) the root and the subdominant and the root and the dominant;

1)    I  & IIIb,   I & III,    and   2) I & IV,   I & V

Then step up a semi tone and do the sequence at that level. Do your vocal range.

AKA =     1.  the   minor 3rd & the major 3rd, … and     2.  the imperfect 4th & the perfect 5th

As you listen take a mental note of the distance between root and the second note

Alternate the vowels every time you do a vocal range, so you do all the five vowels in your vocal range.  Alternate the vowels order.  You do this alternating vowel change each time you move up or down one semi tone.    Alternate the vowels every session so you do all five.  Alternate the jump vocalizing with pure tones and vibrato.

With time constraints allotted to practice, at least do the tuning of your vocal range twice using two vowels.

Occasional extra exercise:   I & VI ,  I  & VIIb,   I & VII,  I & VIII (an octave)

Do this with a metronome beat playing.

4. Melody Tuning————————————

Pick 10 slow songs that you want to sing, and get the sheet music or lead sheets.  Memorize the melody on the keyboard.  Sing the notes as you learn the melody. You need to practice playing the melody 100 times. Classical pianist Vladimir Horowitz would stop only after he played a song 120 without any mistakes. After you have learned the melody, tune your voice to the it while playing the notes on your keyboard.

Numbers

Assign a number to each note of the scale. The root of the key is a 1. The notes ascending are 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. Listen to the melody and assign the appropriate number to the notes. If the jump is an octave just say 1 to 1. There are no minus or plus numbers. This will add certainty to your singing.

Write out the melody from memory on a blank music staff sheet.

Chords

Later you add the song chords while you are also playing the lead notes and vocalizing the melody.  Eventually, memorize the chords of the melody for your live singing performance.

Advanced

Play chords of the song, listen while vocalizing the individual notes of the chords. Also vocalize notes of chords I, IV, V of all the keys. Vocalize the different chord types.

There are 9 different types of chords [chord quality]. In Key of C = C Major, C Minor, C dim, C aug, C Major 7th, C dominant 7, Cm7, C half diminished, C full diminished.

Accompaniment

Play on your keyboard the song chords in two inversions so you get good at inversions and switching chords.  Practice chords in both hands.  You need to know the left hand rhythms and left hand note run patterns used in accompaniment.   You can play the melody as an instrumental section during a break  in the song that you’re singing … while playing the chords.

Do this with a metronome beat playing.

Daily Tuning Your voice —–

Voice tuning must be done everyday.  For the very serious performer two times a day. After 10 to 15 days you will see your results when you talk.  If you stop you will loose the effects. This daily tuning conditions your subconscious making it easy to hit the notes with precision.

Make or order a MP3 covering your voice range … for tuning your voice while driving, cooking etc.
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to come ….

OPERA CRESCENDOS
Open Getting the Ping in your Upper Nasal Cavity (Impasto) configuration options
GETTING THE PING IN YOUR UPPER NASAL CAVITY (IMPASTO)
Start with the sound “ng” and go from lowers note to highest then change at the high note to one of the A E I O U sounds in a loud voice. Alternative descend in the loud voice.

Do this in a continuous voicing with no beaks in sound.

SPANNING REGISTERS
Legato

RHYTHM / BEAT EMPHASIS

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TONE

Impasto = ping higher registers. This occurs in the nasal registers. It is a humming while singing.

Passaggio = break where two voices meet

S —

Condition your subconscious-mind to have your voice generate the tones accurately and automatically.

  1. Correct posture, straight back
  2. Breathing (balloon) sounding with breath should be a continuous pressure same volume. Staccato is an additional optional exercise.
  3. Ping in the nasal cavity (Imposto) chest cavity, head cavity
  4. Open the throat, back palate (horn shaped cavity)
  5. Passaggio = break where two voices meet. Smooth transition from the chest register to the head register.

e note tones for you where you match with your voice.  Five first notes of a scale, walking progression up and down, then the notes of the chord up and down for 5 notes.  Then move up one semitone and do the next 5 note scale.  Tune your vocal range from your highest tp your lowest notes possible.  Concentrate of your voice matching the piano tone exactly.  You should do this in all the 5 vowels.  If you have time constraints at least pick two vowels and alternate the vowels every tuning session.  Vary the keyboard sounds from piano to organ to violin to guitar, etc.