In this episode, Mark talks about proper breathing techniques and routines. He gives us eight points to work off of when singing and playing together.
Taught by Mark Lincoln in Guitar Performance seriesLength: 23:34Difficulty: 2.5 of 5
1. Warm up the body.Please thoroughly review last week's lesson as we're going to use that as a jumping off point for today's lesson. We will also focus on developing your ability to breathe properly from the diaphragm, hence improving your overall ability to sing. Make sure though that you have warmed-up thoroughly and followed the above procedure so that you are fully prepared to do the exercises in this lesson. Everybody ready? Let’s go!
2. Single note hum.
3. Three note hum.
4. Hum "me-me-me-me" to "mah-mah-mah-mah" to "me-ma-me-ma" to "mo-mo-mo-mo."
5. Wake up the breath with "sah-sah-sah" long and sustained then five times staccato.
6. "Sah" in five note descending scales then five note ascending scales.
7. Start softly with each then gradually get louder and louder, faster and faster until you reach the volume and speed that you feel you will be using during the performance.
8. Practice singing along with guitar rhythms that you’ve been using in the last few lessons or with material that you’ve discovered on your own and apply the above steps to your playing.
9. Relax and enjoy!
1. Feet slightly apart.There is some degree of subjectivity when interpreting these rules especially for those singers who sit when they perform. Regardless, in order to maximize the full potential of your voice it is of the utmost importance that you maintain good posture or the breathing mechanism that you rely on to sing at your full potential will not function at its best.
2. Knees bent.
3. Hips thrust slightly forward.
4. Spine straight.
5. Abdomen flat.
6. Chest comfortably raised.
7. Shoulders down and back.
8. Head straight ahead.
1. Sit or lie in a relaxed position.Awareness
2. Place one hand on your chest and one on your stomach.
3. Inhale slowly through your nose.
4. As you inhale, feel your stomach expand with your hand. If your chest expands try to relax a little more then try again. Chest breathing can be the result of stress and anxiousness in the body.
5. Slowly exhale through your lips to regulate the release of air.
6. Rest and repeat.
Performing live or in a studio situation is a goal of many aspiring guitarists. Vocal training and the ability to sing and play at the same time are skills that will help in this endeavor.
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About Mark Lincoln
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Mark Lincoln was born in S. California but was raised near Portland Oregon in a town called Beaverton. When he was twelve years old, he began his journey into the realm of the creative by composing poetry and was later published in a journal called "In Dappled Sunlight." He wrote for four years until his older sister blessed him with his first guitar, an old beat-up nylon stringed classical guitar. Mark played that guitar for five years, continuing to compose his own lyrics and starting the process of matching his own words with chords that he was learning on the guitar. He learned to play chords from his friends and from music books that he both bought and borrowed. Mark cited his four biggest influences, at that point at least, as The Who, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, The Rolling Stones.
Mark cites his most current influences as Radiohead, U2, older music by REM, and Peter Gabriel amongst others. He performs with two acoustic guitars, one being a six-string M-36 Martin with a three-pieced back for increased bass response, and a Guild Twelve-string which is his most recent acquisition. Mark is fond of saying that the twelve-string guitar is better because you get two guitars for the price of one, but he still plays his Martin equally as much and with the same passion.
Mark ended up in Fort Collins Colorado where he currently lives, works as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and continues to write, teach and perform music. He currently performs with a group called "Black Nelson" as well as with a number of other seasoned professional musicians including his cousin David, a virtuoso lead-guitar player. Mark has performed in many of the smaller venues in Denver and Boulder, as well as some of the larger ones including the Fox Theatre, The Boulder Theatre, Herman's Hideaway, and also at The Soiled Dove where he opened for Jefferson Starship as a soloist. Some of Mark's originals are also available for your listening pleasure on MySpace.
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