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Jane Vinicombe & Gill Balshaw

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    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    Here are your duo lesson notes!

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    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 125

    28.8.18

    Warm Ups:
    – Gill: Practice getting the chest voice notes nice and strong but also softening to head voice as you go louder
    – Jane: More “na/yeah” to strengthen the chest voice
    – Both: Practice the break from chest to head voice and back again!

    Lean On Me:
    – Great way to practice going over the break in your voice as the melody goes up like a scale, right over that tricky area in the mid-range! Just lift into head voice as the notes rise
    – Sounded really nice when you took it in turns then sang the chorus together (harmony worked well too!)

    #11229

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 125

    21.8.18

    Warm Ups:
    – Great work going through all of them, Gill!
    – Going forward: Take about 3 warm ups of your choice, as long as you start with fricatives and gentle slides to slowly open up the sound first
    – Experiment with resonance – chest and head voice and back to chest voice with Bella Senoras, feeling where your voice wants to change

    Hold Back The River:
    – Great work on the high notes, Jane! And Gill, you harmonised beautifully!
    – The tough thing about this song is actually the rhythm – stay attached to the moving piano bass notes and then literally hold back on the words “hold back”! “back” is delayed. Then it speeds up towards the end of the line. Listen carefully to the original or my version singing the choir parts
    – Great work on this today – I have emailed you your recording so you can hear the difference when you transition into head voice. Pitch is correct!
    – This would be a great one to record as a duet

    Buy Erol Singer’s Studio – and hopefully still see you for lessons in the future, lol 😉

    #11071

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 125

    31.7.18

    Warm Ups:
    – After a decent warm up (including in the high range) has helped the mid-range alto notes much more open and clear
    – Opening your mouths more has made a massive difference today too!

    Hallelujah:
    – Great work singing it a line or 2 at a time
    – Jane – you have a lovely soprano voice!
    – If you get a chance to practice together, try practising harmony as it’s great for your ear away from the choir
    – Work on long, well supported notes at the end of each line (think of fricative “vv” / “zz”) – less air coming through at the end!

    #10941

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 125

    17.7.18

    Warm Ups:
    – Vowel Scales (open vs. a more closed mouth)
    – Bella Senora
    – Na/yeah scales – great for projecting with minimal effort as the sound cuts through with a narrow space in your mouth (smile!)

    Think about resonance – where the sound is – chesty/heady/nasal? Try changing how the vowel sounds (deep and warm or harsh and nasal)

    Blue Moon:
    – Careful the pitch doesn’t drop off at the end of each line e.g. “heart” and “own”
    – Sung note perfect separately! Careful you don’t put each other off due to needing to sing in slightly different tones to each other – Gill finds more comfort in chest voice, Jane more in head
    – We can certainly work on synchronising you both more effectively!
    – Keep working on the song and gradually building intensity with chest/nasal sounds!

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