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    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    Here are all your notes for each lesson!

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  • #9356

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 118

    21.2.18

    – Focussed ear training lessons PLUS recording your notes
    – Pitch and melodic recall
    – Moving melody with your hand THEN singing
    – Using bits of melody from A Little Respect with the above techniques

    Go back to learning I Get A Kick Out Of You

    New songs to try:
    – Caravan by Ella Fitzgerald (Semitonal nightmare!)
    – All Of Me
    – Slow Boat To China
    – I’m In The Mood Love

    #9303

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 118

    14.2.18

    Warm Ups:
    – Practice descending 5 note scales without going flat
    – Steady final held notes
    – Lovely lazy easy sound (1 3 5 8 7 5 4 2 1)
    – Record warm ups at home, bring them to me in a lesson for YOU to analyse
    – More pitch recall

    Blue Moon:
    – Ending – work on long held notes like “heart” as we did with last note of the 5 note scales
    – “Without a love of my own” x 3 at the end – slow down the last one (listen to the slowed down piano chords)
    – Record yourself singing the song at home

    Melodic Recall:
    – Good work but you need to start listening to the pattern of notes as a whole section (choir song), moving your hand with the notes, THEN repeating. Record yourself so I can hear next time!

    #9219

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 118

    7.2.18

    All You Need Is Love:
    – Thanks for recording and filming your line!

    Blue Moon:
    – Improved take below
    – Great work on this today – keep at it

    #9141

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 118

    31.1.18

    Warm Ups:
    – Find major/minor 3rds by listening and trying it out on your own before the walk

    Blue Moon:
    – Redone start – much better
    – Make sure “really” doesn’t drop in pitch
    – Don’t drift up in pitch at the end of a held note
    – Next week we will do the next section in one go as much as we can – lots of repetition
    – Work on ending

    2nd Take:

    #9063

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 118

    24.1.18

    Range: Ab is lowest note!

    Warm Ups:
    – Play major and minor chords on the guitar and then sing a “ma” scale over it – when minor, make sure 4 and 5 don’t drop flat. This will encourage you to be independent from the piano scale notes
    – Good arpeggios changing from major to minor

    Blue Moon:
    – “without a love” goes a little flat, so careful there
    – Make sure that you don’t run out of breath if you join on the first and second lines
    – B section second time round: don’t be confused by the piano pause (pace is the same)
    – End of section B always has a pause where the pace slows
    – Figure out the ending (great ad lib in the recording!)
    – Great first recording! Have a listen below and make sure you notice anything that goes a bit pitchy so you can go over it
    – Choir version: Go over call and response bit

    #8996

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 118

    17.1.18

    Blue Moon:
    – Great work on this today, timing is great when you sang without music (just make sure you don’t add extra beats in the B section)
    – Careful when singing in a different key – finding the 5th when it was lower than the chord of A was today’s challenge!
    – Great work singing with the Eb version which we’ll now do in choir!

    #8931

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 118

    10.1.18

    Blue Moon:
    – Rhythm practice:
    “I HEARD somebody whisper, PLEASE adore me
    And WHEN I looked the moon, it TURNED to gold”

    – Space where the commas are (wait!)
    – “Without a dream in my heart / You heard me saying a prayer for” – same notes

    Keep at it – it sounding great and your tuning is good!

    #8475

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 118

    3.1.18

    2017 Review:
    – Am I Blue, Mockin’ Bird Hill, I Get A Kick Out Of You, Devil In Disguise, Silver Bells (Duet)
    – Theory
    – Choir help

    2018 Plan:
    – Blue Moon
    – Cheek To Cheek
    – Stardust (later as it’s quite hard and the key needs adjusting as it’s too low)

    Think about something you want to record/film

    Later on in the year:
    – Singing with guitar
    – Piano

    TODAY:
    – Use files in Dropbox to practice to
    – Work on Blue Moon – piano version below

    #7341

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 118

    13.12.17

    Silver Bells:
    – Great work with this – looking forward to the performance!

    Yellow:
    – Keep working on the rhythm for this one
    – Practice finding your octave – really low at the start, then jumping up in the 2nd verse

    In the new year I want to work on the strength and stability of your voice, and finding your key in choir!

    Well done for a great year – you’ve really improved!

    #7056

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 118

    6.12.17

    Warm Ups:
    – Good control of the number warm ups together

    Silver Bells:
    – Great work but don’t get nervous and then lose your note as a result – this was perfect last time! Don’t overthink it 😀
    – Practice the ending more, so for “soon it will be Christmas day” watch the notes here
    – Add new Silver Bells ending
    – Perhaps practice in your own time?

    #6903

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 118

    29.11.17

    Warm Ups:
    – 3 note scales to waltz rhythm
    – Major and minor Bella Senoras a cappella
    – Harmony: Scales in 3rds

    Silver Bells:
    – Hold the vowels in “riiiing/siiiing” etc
    – “Children laughing” make sure it isn’t too high
    – Just have confidence in projection now that the rhythm is perfect! Great work connecting with the other singer (me/Mummy!!)

    #6777

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 118

    Lyric document, also shared: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Y7_7xO-_ZwKd2t-e0qti4rPMyKTsORVaepar2YK_37A/edit?usp=sharing

    #6739

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 118

    22.11.17

    Silver Bells (A):
    – Great rhythm today – and a much better key for your voice
    – Same note from 2nd chorus: “day” and “strings” are the same note so stay low
    – “Strings” comes in early, after 2 beats
    – Practice the harmony: great work on this today – and while listening to Lorna!
    – Just relax – it’s going really well – well ahead of schedule!

    #6372

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 118

    15.11.17

    Silver Bells:
    – Hold on “liiiiing/riiiiiiing/siiiiing” a little longer
    – Find your lower notes in the verse
    – Careful with pitch: Corner Eb-F (“er” stays low, don’t jump too soon!) then for “You’ll hear”: C-Bb
    – “City” is long
    – Don’t be late for the call and response chorus!!!

    “Silver Bells”

    Dirk:
    Silver Bells, Silver Bells
    It’s Christmas time in the city
    Ring-a-ling, hear them ring
    Soon it will be Christmas Day

    Lorna:
    City sidewalks
    Busy sidewalks
    Dressed in holiday style
    In the air there’s
    A feeling of Christmas
    Dirk:
    Children laughing
    People passing
    Meeting smile after smile
    And on every street corner you’ll hear

    Both – call and response, Dirk leading:
    Silver Bells (silver bells), Silver Bells (silver bells)
    Unison: It’s Christmas time in the city
    Ring-a-ling (ring-a-ling), hear them sing (hear them sing)
    Unison: Soon it will be Christmas Day

    Dirk:
    Strings of street lights
    Even stoplights
    Blink a bright red and green
    As the shoppers rush home
    With their treasures
    Lorna:
    Hear the snow crunch
    See the kids bunch
    This is Santa’s big scene
    And above all this bustle you’ll here

    Both – call and response, Lorna leading:
    Silver Bells (silver bells), Silver Bells (silver bells)
    Unison: It’s Christmas time in the city
    Ring-a-ling (ring-a-ling), hear them sing (hear them sing)
    Unison: Soon it will be Christmas Day

    (Long gap)

    Harmony Chorus:
    Soon it will be Christmas Day

    #6025

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 118

    8.11.17

    Silver Bells – Bb (emailed backing tracks)
    – First “Silver Bells” is on the 3rd Second “Silver Bells” starts a tone higher
    – Feel that waltz rhythm!
    – When singing with the lead, don’t wait for his lead – sing WITH him

    #5641

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 118

    1.11.17

    I Get A Kick Out Of You:
    – Rhythm is good with this, very natural
    – Keep practising the C and the Eb starting notes without wavering and making sure you’re matching the chord (like that C in “standing” on the Cm)

    Theory:
    – Sing the root notes from chords played on piano/guitar – we’ll do this next week

    #4531

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 118

    25.10.17

    Devil Disguise:
    – Keep the 2nd “devil in disguise” LOW! (Listen to recording emailed) especially before the guitar solo
    – Lengthen the end of “Angeeeel”
    – Mic technique: Back off the mic with loud notes, then close to the mic for soft notes
    – Outro: Listen to recording emailed

    Theory:
    – Major and minor scales and arpeggios (go from one to the other: 1 2 3 4 5 4 3 2 1 3 5 8 5 3 1)
    – Compare intervals: 1 2, 1 3, 1 4 etc. include the majors and minors!
    – Listen to music, tap along, notice where the melody falls to which beat!

    I Get A Kick Out Of You:
    – Get back into this and go back my old notes on it

    #3792

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 118

    18.10.17

    Warm Ups:
    – Great listening exercises (emailed to you so you can hear what to practice more)

    Devil In Disguise:
    – 2nd verse: A lot better! Remember it’s up on “hea” in “heaven help me” then to the same note. Just be confident with it now!
    – Second disguise: Stays low (same note as “di”) so you don’t need to move
    – Don’t go too high on “but I got wise”
    – Outro: Just keeps going round without a gap. DON’T slow down! End on “the devil in disguise!” practice this more!

    We will work on mic technique, dynamics and performance next week!

    #3357

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 118

    11.10.17

    Devil In Disguise:
    – When listening back to yourself, REALLY listen. If something doesn’t sound right, why? Have you corrected parts discussed in the previous notes?
    – Try not to slip back into the old habits of coming in late and going up on “disguise” where it goes down
    – 2nd run through was a lot better!
    – Work on the 2nd verse

    We will do some more listening exercises next week as well. We’ll even record you so YOU can say if it’s right or not, not me!

    #3102

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 118

    4.10.17

    Warm Ups:
    – Great work doing the 12345 scales and pitching the next one a cappella – even though they’re semitones! Your next challenge is trying to do this on an open vowel sound!

    Devil In Disguise:
    – Great progress on this today! Now get on with finishing the song and noticing what the melody does in detail!
    – Don’t go up on “way” on “you’re not the way” doesn’t go up until “you”
    – Make sure you’re falling into each line naturally with the music!

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