Acting in Plays, Singing/Singing actual notes with guitar
QUESTION: Hi. I'm a beginner at guitar and wanted to sing also. I was wondering if during my guitar practice i could sing out the notes themselves, ie. cdefgabc, instead of do re mi fa so la ti do.
It seems more intuituitive as with this as i would not only remember the pitch of the note i will be voicing but would also greatly help in composition. As everything will be mapped to the actual notes.
Do you think there is anything wrong with the above technique?( A side question: If i do what i say should i go ahead and sing out sharps and flats also?)
ANSWER: Hey, Sunny –
Thank you for the question.
I never sang "do-re-mi, etc." as a student and have never used "do-re-mi, etc." with my clients. That's for the music schools. Their students must pass tests related to "do-re-mi, etc."
Your ultimate goal is to hold your pitch and maximize your breath control – especially with songs you compose for yourself and hope to sell. Just bear in mind that you still have to be aware of how you place and control the vowels. For example, hold onto the vowel sounds for five counts on the words: "D sharp / E flat".
Always warm-up before you rehearse or learn new material. If you don't, then you invite all kinds of vocal trouble.
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QUESTION: Hi. Thanks for the reply. Not being a native English speaker i needed to look up the words
'vowel' and 'consonant' it said a vowel was a,e,i,o,u and possibly y. Everything else is a consonant.
In your reply you refer to holding the vowel pitch in E sharp/ D flat.
Do you mean E.....Sh(consonant?) A.....rp(consonant?)
Hi, Sunny –
Thank you for the follow-through question.
I'm sure you understand. When you say the letter "D" it begins with the consonant sound of "d" and continues with the vowel sound of "e".
Play D# on your guitar. On that tone, hold the vowel sound of "E" for five beats. Take a breath. Now hold the "ah" sound (as heard in the word "hot") of "sharp" for five beats. Take a breath. Now, on one breath, sing the words "D sharp" – holding the "E" sound for five beats and the "ah" sound for five beats. Like this: Deeeee Shaaaaarp.
Practice this at a medium and steady volume. In other words, not loud – and don't change the volume (louder or softer) over those five beats.
Your idea of singing the name of the note on the note you are playing is a good one. But you need to do exercises more complex than that. For example, singing a series of 8-tone scales back and forth, throughout your range, on the vowel sound of "ah" – just as you would if you were singing "do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do". Don't underestimate the effectiveness of "do-re-mi, etc."