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

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  • #11320

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 90

    4.9.18

    All I Ask:
    – Great work finishing this! I have emailed it to you!

    – Barriers – write piano track

    Cover Ideas:
    – Rise Up: Live versions (preferable Andra Day)
    – Only Love Can Hurt Like This

    Have a think about soul/jazz tunes to challenge

    #11277

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 90

    28.8.18

    All I Ask:
    – New take of All I Ask has been emailed to you
    – Great work with the run on “lovers” – perfect!
    – Terrific take with the key change onwards
    – I mixed up a few old takes on a few lines here and there as you drifted sharp in a few places today. Still some more edits needed as this song just seems to bring out some sharpness in places! Have a listen and see what you think

    #11222

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
    Participant
    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 90

    21.8.18

    Hey Ya REVISTED…
    – …5 years later! Incredible difference in your control on offsets and the depth and chest voice tone! What an achievement! Here it is publicly:

    All I Ask:
    – I’ve emailed you today’s recording – careful on the “we” on “why don’t we”
    – Overall much better with tone but a bit too shouty for the bridge on “don’t” and a bit of sharpness going forward – you have to sing while hearing the piano chords really clearly – we will sort in a full lesson on this song next time!

    #11196

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 90

    17.8.18

    Amy:
    – Great work continuing this today – much more clear with structure
    – Think about which word the chord lands on and feeling the music rather than reading or rushing through

    One Last Time:
    – Great work finishing plus extra harmonies!
    – Here it is:

    #11179

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 90

    14.8.18

    – Great work on your 2nd take today – on Friday we’ll tweak/add harmonies and double tracking plus the ad lib
    – Practice an ad lib in the gaps in the middle 8?
    – Have a listen below so far – great work!

    #11125

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
    Participant
    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 90

    2.8.18

    One Last Time:
    – Have a listen below and work on the bits you want to edit for next time
    – Practice Middle 8 in between ad lib parts (and possibly last chorus too!)
    – Sing along with some harmonies so we can start them next time too!
    – Work on the “so one” interval
    – Work on chest voice in chorus “in your heart / my arms”

    #11016

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 90

    27.7.18

    Amy:
    – Chords we tried today, you swapping the A for a C which felt right with the melody: Em C G B
    – Last line suggestion: Em C G Am-Em
    – Learn a B chord 😉

    Chorus:
    Oh Amy you can have him, you can have my man
    See if you can work him out any better than I can
    Amy you can have him cos his value ain’t his worth,
    Oh Amy, he’s made of sneaky stuff, the mocha of the earth
    Amy, you can have him
    I don’t want that man no more,
    His lies and his duplicity mean,
    My door ain’t open no more

    Bring me updated lyrics!

    Covers:
    – One Last Time
    – All I Ask (re-record)
    – In The Silence

    Get your Soundcloud up and running!

    #10590

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
    Participant
    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 90

    1.6.18

    Warm Ups:
    – Lovely lazy easy sound (1 3 5 8 7 5 4 2 1) change around syllables and work with the break

    Original:
    – Learn lyrics and chords off by heart so we can focus on your voice and giving you space to sing without rushing or stumbling over chords

    One Last Time:
    – Beautiful! Use this to help you learn, as you can here Ariana more clearly as the track is stripped back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnOa9dRr0gY
    – Also take some ideas from Aidan 😉
    – Learn middle 8 then decide how you’ll improvise in the final chorus (work on that held high note!)

    #10546

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 90

    30.5.18

    Showcase:
    – Either an original / Stitches / Never Be Another You / One Last Time

    Stitches: Original is in Db, transpose to Eb (+2 semitones)
    – Practice belting the chorus but with a bit of head voice

    One Last Time:
    – Love this! Practice the bridge more, and then the rest of the song!
    – Use this lovely piano version:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giNEYfxvqcE

    #10356

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
    Participant
    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 90

    30.4.18

    New Plan:
    – Soundcloud account for originals
    – Get originals confident enough for open mic and showcases
    – Never Be Another You in C (me on piano – will work out for you, better than I did in the lesson!!)

    Appraisal:
    – You have made many improvements since your last appraisal
    – Voice control has improved so much, including transition!

    Well done!

    #10162

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
    Participant
    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 90

    16.4.18

    Hallelujah:
    – Chest voice doesn’t need to be too intense in the first verse
    – Work on mic technique at home
    – Think about your nerves (if any!) on the day and whether want to hold the mic or have it on the stand
    – Lovely dynamics! Singing with such intensity too, I haven’t heard you like this before!

    #9800

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
    Participant
    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 90

    19.3.18

    Open Mic Set List:
    – Where Ghandi Walked
    – Hallelujah
    – In The Silence

    Hallelujah:
    – Cut short penultimate Hallelujah to do your octave higher final chorus!
    – Well done with completing the harmonies (all sorted for open mic so get the below track downloaded for the open mic night!)
    – And also completed full track below! Well done!

    #9616

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
    Participant
    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 90

    5.3.18

    Original Songs:
    – Amy: Em A back and forth then G, C and D will work well too – chucking in a B to break the rules
    – Show me reggae “This Girl”
    – Let’s record Things I Never Have (Dreaming In Colour)

    Hallelujah:
    – Great work continuing this – all verses complete now and some great harmony ideas! Take a listen below…
    – My God your final verse is just amazing in that one take! Such emotion…
    – Think about some more harmony ideas and what you’re going to record properly!

    #9471

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
    Participant
    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 90

    24.2.18

    Where Ghandi Walked:
    – Well done with your first recording – we will re-record next time to improve guitar (changing that D to G in the Chorus)
    – To make it longer, either slow it down or double all the verses! (Or both)
    – Already sounds better slower as we can hear the words

    #9348

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
    Participant
    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 90

    19.2.18

    Hallelujah:
    – Really beautiful – listen below so far. Work on dynamics – not all your energy in the first verse! This was already improved in the lesson
    – Loving the harmonies already! Think about some higher ones to try, especially with your higher chorus for later!
    – Great focus on tuning for the changes to head voice (in the chorus)

    #9273

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
    Participant
    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 90

    12.2.18

    All You Need Is Love:
    – Thanks for recording and filming your line! Great, consistent and focused work on one of the trickier lines

    Money:
    – LOVE it! Can’t wait to hear this with guitar chords

    This Girl:
    – Have your last chorus as a middle 8 faster and higher

    Where Ghandi Walked:
    – Great lyrics!

    Overall: While being ambiguous is great in a song, make sure the message is clear in other places. Think about imagery for a ballad next time perhaps?

    Add chords to lyrics sheets

    #9193

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
    Participant
    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 90

    5.2.18

    Things I Never Have (Dreaming In Colour):
    – Well put together and sounds great!
    – Great work on the new chords – breaking rules yet still making the chords relate to each other – skills!
    – LOVE the stops in the rhythm!
    – Middle 8 – last “oo” still goes down then rises up at the end (listen to recording)
    – Play guitar slower so you have time to really let your voice ring out!

    Amy:
    – Em A back and forth then G, C and D will work well too – chucking in a B to break the rules

    #9064

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
    Participant
    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 90

    24.1.18

    Voice Appraisal (as requested!):
    – Controlling volume in chest voice (start with humming the scales, then “eh” – gradually add volume as you sing higher, really adding dynamics and being expressive with the scales!)
    – Widen the mouth for the top notes and a little ab squeeze – slightly more effort level – starting with an effort level around 3
    – Tactical breathing so that you can phrase the lines in a more controlled way
    – Offsets (diaphragm control – it will come naturally as you start doing the above)

    Hallelujah:
    – Nice, strong chest voice!
    – Maybe don’t exaggerate the breaths – however, it can be a stylistic approach!
    – Sung with so much expression and passion – loved it!

    Sing to this (wait for intro):

    Never Be Another You (original key is good for you):
    – Stabilise the notes a little, not too shaky

    Really great work today!

    #9018

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
    Participant
    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 90

    20.1.18

    Love Songs:
    – Love the lyrics “bird upon the wire”
    – Love the “try to catch his eye” bit

    Dreaming In Colour:
    – Chords and lyrics sounding great together!
    – Keep at it – write the next section without my help! Same sort of chords, maybe chuck in the F

    Chicapella Audition:
    Trouble:
    – Have the words if you need them (especially the 2nd verse)
    – Careful with breathing

    Baby One More Time:
    – Joining me on “know now, oh because” in the first AND second verse, then back to the harmony
    – Super high harmony in the chorus
    – Middle 8: “Ooo” second part goes down
    – Final choruses structure:

    1. High: “I must confess that my loneliness…”
    2. “My loneliness is killing me…” then “hit me baby one more time” is the melody with me
    3. Lower (melody): “My loneliness is killing me…”
    4. Lower (melody): “My loneliness is killing me…”

    You can sing “still believe” and “and I” whenever

    #8933

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
    Participant
    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 90

    10.1.18

    TODAY:
    Songwriting – Dreaming in Colour:
    – Play guitar chords:

    Theory:
    – Primary chords – chords 1 4 5, always major (so if you’re in the key of C, it’s C F and G) and relative minor: chord 6 (so in C it would be Am)

    – This is what we came up with:
    G Em Am D (Chords 1 6 2 5) – ending on an imperfect cadence (sounding unfinished on the 5)
    G Em C D G (Chords 1 6 4 5 1) – ending on a perfect cadence (finishing on the root – chord 1, home again!)

    – All available chords from the key of G:
    G Am Bm C D Em (F#dim)
    Use B MAJOR or F MAJOR to break the rules a bit!

    – Think about a new section in a minor key and play around like I did

    – Bring notepad to lessons plus printed lyrics (the two on the same page even!)

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