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Sam Williams

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  • #10871
    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    Here are your lesson notes!

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  • #11302

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 125

    1.9.18

    Believe:
    – Fantastic brutal editing work! I’ve emailed the final version! Well done!

    Really fantastic work on all your lessons – keep writing and drop in again soon! Good luck with Matt 🙂

    #11290

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 125

    30.8.18

    Believe:
    – Great work on improving the belting the right way
    – Also better supported head voice notes!
    – Looking forward to recording on Saturday

    Make You Feel My Love:
    – Love this for your voice! Focus on clear runs
    – Great belting and softness – sets you similar challenges to Believe

    #11253

    Sam Williams
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    @Sam-Williams
    Points: 0

    Getting there!

    Sounds so much better than last one… A bit of focus on offsets has made so much difference…. singing believe also really helped.

    Only a couple of bits bug me now…offset on ‘cloud cover’

    Last chorus before middle 8 ‘come’ pronunciation is weird..

    But nearly there!

    The last verse chorus line ‘you made me, you made me’ makes me cry again…. so we nailed that one! (2nd fav line in song)

    Thank you!

    #11250

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 125

    25.8.18 – Double Lesson

    Warm Ups:
    – Offsets: Take bits of warm ups and stretch them out, holding the notes and fading off them
    – Scales held at the top and bottom (swelling/pushing into the note)
    – F onwards: Use “ma ma ma”
    – Transitioning + held notes: Bella Senora Middle C onwards
    – Then focus on middle notes

    Cloudbusting:
    – Fresh take with new techniques (taken from Believe!)
    – Light and shade in verses
    – Adding runs where there’s space
    – Middle 8: More pronounced with accent
    – Come for a sound check when you’re singing live so that you can get the monitor balance right
    – New take so much better! Controlled offsets and runs!
    – Here it is below:

    Believe:
    – Work on stabilising sound for possible fresh recording next week!

    Stones In My Shoe:
    – Great lyrics – let me know how you get on with Lorna!

    #11237

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 125

    23.8.18 – Double Lesson

    Warm Ups:
    – Isolate the warm ups that go over the break and work on descending from head to chest voice (great work on this today!) you can use “ma” to help as this is less air pressure on the vocal cords
    – D arpeggio – A is “sen”

    Believe:
    – Great work on this today! Work on where you’re going to soften to head voice on certain notes/syllable for dynamics but also sounding like you! Which you did today, sounded very natural to me!
    – Higher key is great, really pushed the belting!
    – Break down the runs and make sure you don’t rush through them. Keep them simple and give yourself time to breathe
    – Work on the offsets (how you leave the notes)
    – Work on controlling the “maybe I’m too good for you”!
    – Great belting in the Middle 8 – getting there! Come back into chest voice for “this”

    You so far:

    Practice to the below higher track:

    #11182

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 125

    16.8.18

    Believe:
    – Great start on this today!
    – Long notes in the chorus but not too many runs at the end as you’ll need time to breathe
    – Keep it flowing for a whole line at a time, like you’re not taking the pen off the paper
    – Short “no”s!
    – Sing it through slowly and dissect the notes of the run – they’re basically scale notes
    – Figure out where you’ll breathe
    – Practice to the below:

    Turns out the next student after you wanted to do this song too so she started working on it as well!

    #11178

    Sam Williams
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    @Sam-Williams
    Points: 0

    Wow! that’s different from autotune cher version!
    Love it….
    Let’s give it a go!

    #11170

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 125

    YES! Okay have a listen to this:

    I have the backing track if you like it!

    #11167

    Sam Williams
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    @Sam-Williams
    Points: 0

    A new day, a new dawn, and I’m feeeeeeling good!!

    For Thursday’s lesson I think we’ve earned a rest from cloudbusting! 😉

    So how bout we have some fun…… I was chewing over what you said last time… and it seems the perfect antidote to cloudbusting….

    So go on then…

    Lets do Cher – Believe!

    I think you already have the music…. I’ll find the words….

    Feel free to join in too

    ….well I know I’ll get through this….

    ……..cause I know that I am strong…..

    🙂 🙂 🙂

    #11151

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 125

    10.8.18

    Cloudbusting:
    – Great run through in the mic despite emotions being a little unreliable! Much more stable performance overall
    – Great work editing the main vocal recording – we can keep tweaking and improving next time if need be
    – Great work completing this today – I have emailed your final backing track with harmonies!

    #11142

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 125

    8.8.18

    Cloudbusting:
    – Beautifully sung verses
    – Let’s hear “end” and “soft steel” clearly
    – “You’ll fly again” wide mouth and not TOO soft so it withers away…!
    – Middle 8: Make sure onsets aren’t too strong, or that the long notes are too droney – so dip/fade off the “caaall” and downfaaaall”
    – Big chorus ending: Getting the balance just right between over punchy and varying the dynamics and expression
    – Mic technique – pull mic back for loud notes! Good work on this in the lesson

    Channel that emotion!!!

    #11120

    Sam Williams
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    @Sam-Williams
    Points: 0

    Hi Eliza…

    Yay it’s a song!! TVM!
    It’s really coming together structurally…. the 12th august makes a nice focus for the vocal work!! Eeeeek!

    My comments…so generally… happy with verses and hooks. Once I add the emotion (prepare for tears and gin!) hopefully there will be more light and shade too…

    Chorus needs some work on consistency of endings and emphasis on ‘kisses in sky’ line is a bit weak…especially in chorus 1..(01:05) (I know what I need to do I think)

    high verse (thunderstruck 00:40)
    Again i will work on consistency of endings…
    not sure about new end to 4th line yet..(00:52) I get it… but just need to nail it..

    high verse (ablaze 02:00)
    Sam comments as above, but this one needs more oomph.. it’s supposed to be uplifting/strong
    I got first line wrong (02:04).. oops.

    middle 8 (02:44)
    happy in general.. but I didn’t get it right on recording… too soft.. it needs more punch… its one pure moment of salvation after all 😉
    long note ‘call’ on 2nd line or short punchy note? i’m not sure yet.

    transition/breathing from middle 8 to high chorus needs help/practise.

    high chorus
    ha!… well i’ve some work to do there… I know…

    Ending
    I think that went ok

    Focus for next wed I think needs to be second half of song…
    perhaps from 02:00 Ablaze…

    That should exercise all the major vocal trouble areas!!
    Once I’m comfortable there, the rest will come…. I hope!

    See you next week.

    🙂

    #11114

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 125

    1.8.18

    Warm Ups:
    – Descending from head voice to chest voice – much better!

    Cloudbusting:
    – GREAT work on your new vocal take! Edits already in place and a smoother high voice
    – Keep working on that tone for the breathier voice e.g. “you’ll fly away”

    We’ll finish the edits and add double tracking and harmonies next time!

    #11019

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 125

    25.7.18

    Warm Ups:
    – Very high notes: Stabilise your voice by thinking about being light and open throated
    – Focus on descending from head voice to chest voice – finding that meaty sound again

    Cloudbusting:
    – Finally finished editing! Still need to go over the timing a little in our lesson, and check it’s all right 🙂

    #10925

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 125

    17.7.18

    Cloudbusting:
    – Great work with your first recording today!
    – We now have the piano structure – I need to tighten up the rhythm in places
    – Let’s cut some choruses
    – Work on Middle 8 and ending
    – Here it is so far… you sound great!

    #10895

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 125

    10.7.18

    Warm Ups:
    – 8 scale warm ups from G up to top C in a chest/mixed voice “ah” at the top
    – Same range: Bella Senora – “ya” at the top

    Hallelujah:
    – Scoops for the belted high note
    – Work on mixed voice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg_CQMcEXzI&t=295s
    – Record yourself practising
    – Offsets: Long “jah” in the chorus with a bit of vibrato
    – 2nd Verse: “drew” soften without straining – difficult vowel sound to use in chest voice!

    Cloudbusting:
    – Great work on this today, use the recording on your phone with the chords we’ve used and think about how the rest of the song will be built – will you include all the words?

    #10894

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 125

    5.7.18

    Warm Ups:
    – Vowel scales
    – Bella Senora arpeggios
    – Na/yeah betled scales

    Choir songs:
    – You’ve picked up the parts so well!

    Hallelujah:
    – Try out that solo as it suits you! And it works on you gradually climbing through the range

    What we’ll work on:
    – Your original song
    – You have a good alto chest voice and it would be good to get your confidence in the high range. I agree about what you said about light and shade and your vulnerable side 🙂

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