This week we’re looking scales & arpeggios and what uses they have for us as singers.
The pursuit to master a musical instrument requires hours of rudimental practice, an almost encyclopedic knowledge of scales, modes & arpeggios. However, can the same be said for vocalists who often rely on their aural skills to tackle tasks such as improvising and sight-singing? Having said this, scales and arpeggios often feature heavily in many vocal methods. This week we’d like to hear your thoughts on this.
So the question is: As a singer, do you think is it important to have a comprehensive knowledge of scales and arpeggios as instrumentalists do?
Great Comments from last week
Last week Craig asked: What tips, tricks or exercises have you found to be particularly useful in extending your vocal range?
Rachael Silver commented…
“Just practice everyday and challenging yourself with wider range songs. You’ll get there eventually”!
Kari Johannes Raita wrote…
“Stretch your lower register first thing in the morning, 5-10min is enough! Go as low as you can go, this will also help the upper register, loads! This is pretty much the same method the Olympic athletes do this beside the normal training! Stretch to the limit! (I have tons of tips)”.
Vaughn Kristone responded…
“My voice coach removed my mentality that all notes should be in chest and using falsettos just to add color in a song, she had me sing the scales from my chest voice all the way to my head voice and back, had me “re-set” my head voice to what some call a mix voice, and had me sing my head-voice in a twang so that it’ll easily connect to my chest, I practice her scales 5 days a week so that my ear and vocal muscle memory will know what to do on their own”.
Great response this week guys! Don’t forget to log on & answer next week’s question.
All the best, C x