Miss Tisa

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1. The proper way to breathe and pitch from the diaphragm, - NOT FROM THE NOSE OR THROAT NOR BY SHOUTING – WITH A RELAXED OPEN THROAT AND RELAXED BODY (ESP UPPER BODY AND HEAD) to project your voice and make it more solid and resonant, clearer, smoother, extend your range and to pitch accurately.

2. The rudiments of music – The human voice is an instrument, and whatever you are singing, there are the corresponding notes to it. You should learn to read music like real musicians do - to learn to read notes, to know the keys to your songs, to sightsing, to count and differentiate time signatures, harmony, and not keep singing like a parrot just mimicking sounds! It is most ideal when kids are taught to sing and play an instrument at the same time - it deepens their understanding of music.

3. To sing in the appropriate way for the style of music you like (be it pop, classical, jazz, R&B, etc.) For example, you cannot sing pop in your choir/head voice, and the opposite, you cannot sing classical in a throat voice. You can choose to sing in whatever song genre you want– be it pop, jazz, blues, theatre and classical, but you should be taught the proper techniques very well so much so that you become versatile and can sing in any genre. It is only when you decide to concentrate on one genre that you love very much eventually, and are very inclined to, then you can concentrate and specialise in that genre. It's the same as saying if you learn classical piano doesn't mean you can play jazz piano. There are certain
characteristics to the specific genre that your teacher should be able to teach you, so you need a versatile teacher herself/himself. But Good technique should enable you to sing anything and be versatile!


If your teacher has no knowledge of reading music, and cannot accompany you on piano or guitar or organ, and is grabbing sounds from the air to teach you, this is inadequate singing training! All of the above techniques and rudiments should be taught with the teacher playing the piano/keyboard or guitar accompanying you. She/He should teach the techniques using scale exercises, while checking your pitch against the piano/keyboard/guitar. How will your teacher and you be able to tell if you are in pitch except if you pitch it against an instrument? Teachers who teach singing using only instrumental tracks and are not able read and play music themselves to play the scales and accompany you, are just teaching you TO MIMIC and COPY SOUNDS LIKE A PARROT!


Classical singing techniques and tones are different from pop and jazz technique and tones! Your teacher cannot let you be doing pop songs with your head or choir voice only. These are used mainly in classical music! Vice versa, neither should she teach you to sing with your chest voice only. Pop and jazz and R&B call more for a "conversational" style of singing, with some head voice thrown in, and that calls for head and chest voice abilitles, plus special belting techniques THAT DO NOT MAKE YOU SHOUT.

A proper singing teacher should teach you how to sing with your chest voice without shouting and hurting your voice! Shouting is bad for the throat and proper singing teachers should not let you shout and hurt your throat. Note: Please do not listen to classical singing teachers who say singing pop and belting is bad for the voice. No. 1 – there is a way to belt SAFELY and FROM THE DIAPHRAGM that is safe for your throat. No. 2 – Shouting and screaming is NOT BELTING and No. 3 – Your classical singing teacher probably does not know how to sing pop nor to belt, that is why she says this. Just as to play classical piano has a different style and approach from playing jazz piano and pop piano, you cannot be using classical techniques and approach to sing pop and jazz songs!


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