I’m presenting 6 terrific singers who really deserve to be heard! We will be at the Triad Theatre, a lovely cabaret style room 158 W. 72nd St., August 1st at 9pm.
I will be presenting a showcase of my private students on Saturday, August 1st @ 9pm at the Triad Theater on W.72nd St., NYC.This is a beautifully designed cabaret style room with a baby grand piano, professional stage lighting and sound.
There are just a couple of slots still open. Contact me soon if you’d like to participate. firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29th @ Tribeca Music Studio
Singers are invited to come and practice singing in front of a small, supportive group.
We will work on getting a couple of tunes “performance ready”
This means –
Knowing the lyric and melody better than you ever thought you needed to know it
Choosing tunes appropriate for you and your voice.
Finding your keys, getting clear accurate charts
Terminology, communicating with your musicians
Counting out tempos, basic arrangements
Techniques for staying relaxed, centered & grounded during performance
and whatever else comes up ’cause stuff always does!
I will be accompanying on piano, so tunes that work well with voice and piano are welcome.
This includes most Jazz standards, blues, R&B, some pop tunes, some Broadway. I will also compile a list of songs that are well loved and popular choices to work on…AND that I have music for.
Individual sessions – $29
Prepay 4 consecutive weeks – $99 Cash, check or www.paypal.com
You will need to come with music preferably your keys. If you don’t know what your key is we’ll find it.
Music must include chord symbols (those letters above the staff, like G, C, Am, etc… ). Or choose from suggested tunes in my library.
The workshop will culminate with a performance. Where and when will be determined by the group.
It might be a salon concert or we might go into a club. Options will be discussed.
Group size is limited. Depending on attendance could run a bit longer than 90 minutes.
Let me know if you’d like to participate. Paying in advance is recommended to reserve your spot.
I recommend these 5 steps for memorizing and what is called “getting inside the lyric”.
#1 Listen, listen listen! It is recommended that you listen to many artists singing the same song, as the lyric may vary a bit from artist to artist. Research what the original lyric really is, according to the composer and look up any words, expressions or phrases in the lyric that you don’t fully understand.
#2 Write down the lyric by hand, yes, the old fashioned way! Finding them online and printing them out does NOT get them in.
#3 Read what you wrote. Ask yourself – what is the story of the song and why do you feel to sing it? Where’s the poetry? What is the chronology of the events (if there are events) that the song speaks of? Sometimes different phrases of the lyric are interchangeable, so make mental notes of the order of the of the phrases. I often use the alphabet or find something that works for you.
#4 Speak the lyric, this is important! Speak it slowly with breath support and feeling. Dig in! Take it out of the tempo in which it appears in the song. Caress each word and let w go by unimportantly.
#5 Okay, now you’re ready to sing it. You can start by singing along with vocal recordings of other artists. It’s recommended that you don’t get stuck in any one rendition. Sing it many times. And/Or.. look for an instrumental or karaoke track of the song and sing with that or just sing it a cappella OR come to me for some voice lessons! I’ll accompany you on piano and we’ll work on it together.
Final note – Your goal should be to not just memorize the lyric but to internalize it. That is to say, bring it in to a deeper place within. That place where you will still remember it when you are ninety. When you perform you need to know the lyric better than you ever thought you needed to know it…inside out, upside down, backwards and in your sleep! When you’re performing, if a little nervousness kicks in, lyrics that you thought you knew can fly right out of your head… trust me on this one!
Rectal takes place in a private luxury apartment on the upper East side on Saturday, February 7th. Participants will be playing on beautiful Steinway grand and food and drink will be provided. Sorry, this event is closed to the public. Come for lessons and get ready to participate in the next recital!
Say that you are backstage before a performance and you can only do one thing to warm-up…do this…
Simply hang forward from your waist with your knees slightly bent and breathe.Let yourself drop down a little further with each exhalation. Not only does this wake up your band of breath support muscles that wrap around your back and sides, it encourages relaxation and aligns your spine…all good!