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SEPTEMBER 2019 NEWSLETTER
VSA’S FEATURED ARTICLE
THE ART OF CREATING VOCAL VOLUME VARIANCES
In this month’s featured article we’re going to be talking about the very important subject of using and creating vocal volume variances/light and shade within a song.
Listen closely to some of your favourite songs and see if you can hear the different volume variances that the singer is using.
Let’s start with theory and go straight into a scale that you can directly apply to all songs.
For a better understanding watch this YouTube clip on how to create volume variances and use light and shade.
The Importance Of Using Light & Shade Within A Song!
In this volume scale, we’re going to be using different volume variances. If you have not got access to the You-tube video then I would like you to do at home is simply sing four of the same notes one after themselves in four different volumes. I highly suggest you do this exercise in the middle or higher part of your vocal register as your projection will work a lot better in this area more so then down lower in your register.
We will be also singing the “MA” sound on the 4 notes sung. Please while you’re doing this scale or exercise, support with the diaphragm with the right amount of air support underneath the vocal cords especially on the third and fourth notes as they are going to be a lot louder. You shouldn’t be feeling any pain or discomfort whilst doing this scale.
So simply sing the word Ma x4 and with a lot of diaphragm support on the fourth and last note. Your first note should be sung as quietly as you possibly can, let’s call this volume one. Your second note should raise in volume and should be slightly louder than the first note, let’s call this volume two. Your third note should raise in volume and be slightly louder than the second note, let’s call this volume three. And your last and final note should rise in volume and the slightly louder than the third note, maybe using a Mar cry with a lot of diaphragmatic breath support, let’s call this volume four.
Practice this in different keys up and down your range. As I’ve already mentioned you will get a lot fewer volume variances in the lower part of your range and a lot more volume variances as you go up higher in your vocal range.
This is a fantastic scale to teach you different volume variances. Please try to listen to your favourite singers and try to apply those different lights, shades and volume variances into the song whilst you’re singing along with them or try to apply these skills to your own songs. Try to be very expressive with these in all songs and you will start to hear a notable difference in your singing.
Thank you for reading.
Enjoy your singing.
VSA FEATURED STUDENT/ARTIST OF THE MONTH – ALEX READE FROM DROWN THIS CITY
Alex Reade Front woman, lead singer and chief songwriter from the post-hard-core band Drown This City is VSA’s featured artist.
Alex had singing lessons with principal teacher Peter Vox for many years, refining and honing her skills before forming Drown This City.
Drown This City first spun music industry heads in 2016 with the release of their debut EP False Idols. The release spawned belters including ‘We Are Not Dead’, ‘I’m Not Divided’ and the title track and saw the band sell out their first ever live show at Melbourne’s Workers Club. Atop launching the EP the band quickly began clocking massive touring credits including supporting Falling In Reverse, Lacuna Coil and Capture The Crown. They opened 2017 with a staggering set at UNIFY Gathering before releasing their widely-praised singles ‘Bend / Break’ later that year and ‘Third Law’ in early 2018.
Now poised to step into a bold new territory, 2019 marks the beginning of a definitive new era for Drown This City. Alpha // Survivor is out now via UNFD.
FELICITY BACK FROM MATERNITY LEAVE & EMILY TEACHING FRIDAYS IN CARNEGIE!!
The VSA family are super excited to have the extremely talented and dedicated teaching skills of Felicity Lovelace Vox back in action at the Brunswick studio after stepping away very briefly for maternity leave for the birth of her beautiful daughter Rhapsody.
Felicity’s Monday classes are already 70% booked out!!!
And also our busiest and most sought after singing teacher Emily Vox is now teaching Fridays at the Carnegie Studio as well as her other teaching duties at the St Kilda, Brunswick, Dandenong studios as well as online singing lessons.
So call 0422 278 289 to Book or for more information http://dev.voxsingingacademy.com.au
(Felicity Live on stage in her Divinels tribute band Chrissy)
MESSAGE FROM DIRECTOR & PRINCIPAL TEACHER PETER VOX
(Peter Vox giving a real time online singing)
First and foremost happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there! I hope that you all have a special day!
Secondly I am so happy that it is Spring time!!
What are past month it has been! All of our studios and teachers are very busy so we must be doing something right!!
We had a hugely successful student concert with a record 36 performers!
I contracted about of laryngitis which gave birth to the laryngitis diaries, a full seven day video diary regarding my recovery from no voice to full singing voice.
Felicity started back on Mondays at the Brunswick studio after returning from maternity leave and Emily has started teaching at the Carnegie studio on Fridays.
This month, as usual we have copious amounts of amazing free content and advice regarding singing including podcasts, blogs and videos so be sure to check out VSA’s 2 YouTube channels
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EMILY SAAEN VOX!
(VSA’s Champion teacher Emily)
Happy birthday to VSA’s Amazing senior teacher and social media marketing Champion Emily Saaen Vox.
Since starting at VSA in 2016 Emily has become an integral part of the VSA family and quickly became_ Vox Singing Academy’s busiest and most sought-after teacher.
Emily, we hope you have a fantastic birthday and an amazing year ahead on behalf of all of the staff at Vox Singing Academy.
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– Over 27 years old
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