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    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    I find metronomes much harder actually (even for me!) – they’re very robotic and distracting – clapping is the same as it’s easy to be clumsy/clunky. It’s more about feeling the pulse within the student’s body – get her to lightly bounce or tap her thigh, or you can tap the pace on her arm if she doesn’t mind. Sing the melody against the arm-tapping / bounce and then with the music so she can actually feel how the melody and then music fits with the pulse. Don’t add music until it makes sense as just a melody against a pulse, or just the pulse against the music. Then show her the accents of the first beats of the bar in the music, and where the melody fits around it. She doesn’t have to count beats of the bar, but you can, so she is aware of the beats where you have to wait before coming in, for example.

    I hope that makes sense? I find this the hardest to teach. But it can improve! Good luck 🙂

    #13435

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    I love this!!

    21 times though… wow! If only I had such discipline in my own practice!

    #13433

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    How many students are of a certain age and gender? How many of them practice?! Lol

    #13240

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    So I have a singing lesson anniversary spreadsheet, and this post prompted me to update it!

    Subsequently, I found this info fun to work out (I know how to have fun on a Friday night):

    Out of 33 active students, this is how many have been having regular lessons and how long for:

    12 of them: 2 months-1 year (36.3%)
    14 of them: Over a year-4 years (42.4%)
    7 of them: Over 4 years-8 years (21.2%)

    Agree that stats would be very handy!

    #12586

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    Hi Joshua!

    I am a singing teacher based in Bristol and have a network of teachers who meet up regularly for meetings, workshops and put on concerts for our students. The meetings in between are certainly useful as you’re right – it is an isolating world being a self-employed music teacher! I run a choir too and other teachers have been down similar roads so we often share in our experiences and generally offload! The sharing of ideas, whether it’s singing techniques or cancellation policies, we cover it all! Workshops can be useful too, as we are always learning as teachers too.

    Where in Somerset are you based?

    Eliza

    #12025

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    Wow that post! I want to play them

    #12022

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    creepy!

    #11413

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    Hi Mark,

    Thanks so much for your response – that really helps and makes sense!

    #11408

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    Thanks Matthew (sorry about not disguising names!) that’s good advice – I didn’t get a chance to let her off though as she was so abrupt and final!

    #11329

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    5.9.18

    Helplessness Blues:
    – So I’ve sent you the track so far with new middle 8 AND click to help you practice if you want to have a go, but please don’t drive yourself mad over it as it isn’t easy (and I’ve swung the piano so that will take time to get used to!)

    Now, don’t be helplessly blue yourself. Because this doesn’t help anyone.

    #11328

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    5.9.18

    The Longest Time:
    – GREAT work today!!!
    – Let’s perfect next time and tighten up for the Halloween showcase on 21st Oct!
    – Note PERFECT next time please! Then we can work on dynamics and pace

    #11327

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    5.9.18

    Sober:
    – Great work on this today – remember the second chorus is half the length
    – Work on the longer lines in the 2nd verse
    – Practise your own re-worked version of the last choruses, gradually building from a higher belt to a head voice octave. Have some fun with it!

    #11326

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    5.9.18

    Purple People Eater:
    – A question which occurred to me: are the people purple, or is the people eater purple?
    – Great work on this today! Much fun had. I have emailed you your backing track in the adjusted higher key of G (tuned up from the original key of D) as well as the hilarious higher key version. Have fun practising!

    #11322

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    4.9.18

    Stones Medley:
    – Emailed so far: Great idea with 3rd song
    – Think about how you’ll knit each section of the song!

    Lyrics:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Nu23DfHuk1khVSxVMQeK-jNzhX9Pa608V52aM3yV9rM/edit?usp=sharing

    #11321

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    4.9.18

    From survey:
    – Music Theory
    – Grades (8!)

    Check out the vocal syllabus for grades here: https://www.rslawards.com/rockschool/graded-exams/vocals/

    Who’s Loving You for hospital gig – confirmed – this is what one of the piano students wanted to learn anyway!

    Grade 8 Theory:
    – Natural Minor scale (flatten 3rd, 6th and 7th notes)
    – Dominant 7th: Tone below the octave (out of the scale)
    – Major 7th: Semitone below octave

    Love On The Brain:
    – Great first recording! I emailed it to you; have a listen and work on making those runs really clear

    #11320

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    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

    #11317

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    3.9.18

    Killer Queen:
    – Great work with this on the guitar! Complex chords! Great solo!

    I emailed what we recorded today!

    We can carry on next time but also think of a song for 14th Oct (we forgot to chat about this) and also the Halloween showcase!

    #11316

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    1.9.18

    Harmony Warm Ups:
    – Great work and thanks for introducing Justine

    Glitter & Gold:
    – Great work sorting out the round section. Time to learn the final section!
    – Songs for open mic / showcase: Glitter & Gold & Gimme Shelter, Glitter & Gold being the priority

    Keep learning – parts to be sent soon! I’ll warn you I have a crazy week ahead so I’ll get them to you when I can…

    #11315

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    1.9.18 – Double

    Stay With Me:
    – Sounded lovely today – find your comfortable soft sound!

    I’m Not The Only One:
    – Great for range as we said before. Just get to know the melody more

    Royals:
    – Great work finishing this – will send separate parts soon!

    #11313

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
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    4.9.18

    I Like It / Finesse Mashup:
    – Really well done with the Finesse verse & bridge recording! Sounds great as we start adding the double tracking too!
    – I’ll edit your track when I have more time! Hectic week ahead… we’ll finish off next week and I’ll probably do the final edit then

    Halloween Song Ideas:
    Dollhouse
    Heathens
    Sucker For Pain
    Ghost

    Rest of list:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bBGtJ9nmN-AXeA29VMCdx1-uUqreUpQb0Qwrhx-e4K0/edit?usp=sharing

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