Learn New Songs from a Score

Excerpt from The Complete Idiots Guide to Singing Written by Susan Anders ~voice instructor

Analyze the score to determine:
1. Key
2. Tempo
3. Genre
4. Component parts (intro, verse, chorus, solo, bridge, outro)
5. Convert melody to solfeggio – assign relative pitch numerically to each syllable
6. Locate pitch climax and pitch floor
7. Mark the chord changes
8. Mood
9. Back story (who where what when why) make it real, what’s the character of the story teller
10. Mark the rhythm – say out loud (whole 234, half note, walk, running, alabama) tap out timing, say la
11. Mark the phrasing and study the phrase lengths for breath consideration and markings – use comma
12. Number all measures
13. Rehearse the melody w backing track, should be able sing it a cappella
14. Underline the words that are important and need emphasis in each phrase
15. Look for diphthongs on long held notes
16. Ensure all “uh” sounds are song as ah – tall vowels
17. Mark consonants endings (diminish r’s, and watch consonant connections)
18. Look at the lyrics and determine the emotional tone, and see if there is a shift in mood as the song
19. Determine stylistic and contextual tendencies


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Pat Autrey is the sound engineer and producer for Digital Dynamics Recording Studio. He has been creating music since 1979. His experience with Pro Tools, Cubase, Wavelab, FL Studio and Reaper assures a great recording every time. Pat is a professional musician, and BMI singer-songwriter. His perspective as a performing artist always helps during the creative process in the studio Digital Dynamics was founded in in 2003 as a sole proprietorship, and after an amazing first year was incorporated in 2004. We have worked with many talented musicians, producers, and musical educators over the years. Our recordings have helped aspiring vocal students get accepted in prestigious music academies across the nation. We have worked with musicians from Nashville, New York, Chicago, LA and all over the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. Let us serve you with proven outstanding results, you will be truly pleased with the finished product!

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