TSM Vocal Course 1.4

Vocal Course

by Sylvi Lane

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Singing fast requires

Good articulation

Vocal flexibility

Good breath support

Exercises and Practices:
See the addition.


1.4.2 BLUES let’s s(w)ing it

Simplest form = 12 bars

Lyrics: one line, same line repeated, conclusion

ll F7 l l l l

l Bb7 l Bo l F7 l l

l C7 l Bb7 l F7 l C7 ll


Exercises and Practices:

Champaign and Reefer

Example 2. Billie’s

Sing the bass notes of the chorus below

1. Sing a blues-scale

2. A few sing the 3 connected to 7

I WILL PLAY IT ONCE as an example

Also start with 7 and connect to 3 etc.

Exercise to do in class




Expression, interpetation

Exercises and Practices:
1 Without words in and out of the pulse

2 Line by line in and then over of the pulse

Practice together I Thought about you / Jimmy van Heusen, Johnny Mercer


1.4.4 TECHNIQUE working on a song

Working technically on your song

Sound and intervals, breath support, articulation, jumps, register

Exercises and Practices:
See handout


1.4.5 LYRICS: Phrasing – Silence speaks louder than words

What silence does to a song?

Love for sale- Cole Porter

Exercises and Practices:
Stop the film and try this in the group:

One singer sings a theme rubato and makes the longest pauses that make tension bow totally exciting. Follow your musical intuition


1.4.6 Swing TWO beat versus FOUR beat

TUXEDO JUNCTION / J.Dash, E. Hawkins,B. Johnson, B.Feyne
2 vs 4 swing feel

Exercises and Practices:
Lets practice TWO VERSUS FOUR

Rhythms in two beat and then in four beat- repeat

Rhythms in two beat Repeat in four beat

Melodies on ll Eb7 Eb/G l Ab7 Bb 7 ll TWO BEAT

It ain’t necessarily so / George & Ira Gerswin
4. Line by line in two beat and in four beat


1.4.7 TECHNIQUE- Improvisation

This class is about working technically on our improvisations

Exercises and Practices:
1. Lets start with singing two scales

In C Aeolian scale C D Eb F G Ab Bb

Mixolydian scale C D E F G A Bb

Blues C Eb F F# G Bb

Pentatonic C Eb F G Bb

On different scat vowels in swingy rhythm, different sounds and dynamic

Sing with breath support and eaglise carefully!

2. Sing an arpeggio line see the addition be aware again of your support and sound

3 lets improvise- I will give the example

Low register

High register

Throughout the registers

Long notes, short notes


1.4.8 ARRANGEMENT: here are some ideas
Arranging is another way to interpret a song.

Softly as in a morning sunrise / Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein 

Tempo Fast or Medium

Using Rubato

Make it a ¾

Another feel like: Latin feel

5. Harmonized = my arrangement

Exercises and Practices:
Stop the film and work together on a song
Take a song you all know and try out in this class

All the ideas mentioned here and the ideas that you come up with


1.4.9 LYRICS: writing exercise
1.brainstorm on subjects/topics.

Can be about: Your experiences in life, other people’s lives, Nature, A city, an animal

2. Brainstorm on song titles and hooks

Exercises and Practices:
(Refer to handout)



Circle song improvisation, bass line, melody, and rhythmical patterns

Exercises and Practices:
8 voices/groups, so if you divide lets say from left to right.

ll. Amin l Amin l Gmin l Gmin ll

-puppacheepah puppachepah- 3 voices

-doom deedeeht pa didledah- 2 voices

-dibbe doom doom doom doom 2 voices

-tjikkit tjikkit tjikkit

-One takes the improvisation part