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Unit 2:  Module 9

Stylecraft Toolbox

Before we meet:

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This week each person will share about a minute of a song recorded by a PM singer.
Play the song for us, tell us what style vocabulary was used, and play it for us again.

(Don't over think this, friends! Just pick an artist you like and spend a few minutes really listening. It'll be fun!)

In class, share 1-5 things about:

  • The rhythm

  • Time feel or groove

  • Melody: contrasting or complimenting

  • Use of subdivisions

  • Singers use of vocal tones: color & texture

  • Onsets

  • Registration colors

  • Vibrato 

  • Anything else fun, interesting, or inspiring that you notice

Want more specific ideas?
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Vocal color:

Generally happening at the level of the vocal tract, vocal color refers to the way a singer shapes their vowels, how bright or dark their sound is, or how "twangy" or "rounded" they sound at any given point.

Vocal texture:

Generally happening at the level of the larynx, vocal texture refers to the way a singer uses registration. Onsets with plosives, vocal fry or fricatives (an "h" sound), yodels, an airy sound, straight tone, or vibrato are all examples of vocal texture. "Screamo" using the false vocal folds would also fall in this category.


Melodic or rhythmic alterations:

How is the singer interpreting the melody? Are there little things like scoops, fall-offs, bends or vocal "flips?" Is the singer adding notes, stretching them out, or choosing a different melodic shape? Where are the changes to the established melody?

Embellishments or riffs:

These can come in the middle or at the end of a phrase, and can be as simple as a couple of added pitches or as florid as the singer is capable of! 


Download your class notes before your scheduled class and I'll see you there! 


Where we'll meet:

This week we're doing some deconstructing! 

Class me in my Zoom Room

Our meeting time is listed by time zone in the email you got with the deets for this week.


After we meet:

Studio Coursework:

Practice our current principles with your students/clients:

  • Principle 1: Hunn - shifting attention

  • Principle 2: Hunn-ee - doing the math

  • Principle 3: The Nasty Triangle - the blending/mixing tool

  • Principle 4: Cartoon Mouse - Pop sounds for M2, vocal camouflage, and the other blending/mixing tool

    • Register separation exercises - yodel, Wile E. Coyote​


Support Materials:

Video 1

Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale

This is musical genius Bobby McFerrin demonstrating the universality of the pentatonic scale. (He has more pentatonic scale videos on youtube, which I’d encourage you to watch. He’s a genius in so many ways, including getting people engaged with music.)

Lisa Witt walks you through vocal runs for beginners

How can you not like this voice pro? In this video, the delightful Lisa Witt breaks down how to teach a riff. She uses a simple, 3-note descending riff, breaks it down, and then applies it. Gold, people!
(She has more great videos that get more complicated....)

Support Materials

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