Mark introduces you to the wonderful world of singing.
Taught by Mark Lincoln in Guitar Performance seriesLength: 15:12Difficulty: 0.5 of 5
Welcome to the Guitar and Vocal Performance Series with Mark Lincoln! In this series, Mark will start you on your way to becoming an accomplished vocalist.
In the first scene of this lesson, Mark introduces himself and the lesson series.Chapter 2: (05:38) Reason People Don't Sing Most people really can sing but may not because of…
What Is Your Experience With Singing?
1. Fear-many people are so overwhelmed with fear of crowd rejection, fear of peer rejection, fear of glass-breaking and general chaos, that they won’t try to sing or won’t give the process the necessary energy it takes to do it right.
2. Unfamiliarity- many people are unfamiliar with what good singing actually entails and the necessary steps to becoming a good singer.
3. False Fans- many people have faithful but often dishonest critics who tell them they're amazing singers. Although it’s incredibly nice to hear positive feedback (especially in a cruel world where that’s hard to find sometimes), it can also reinforce bad singing habits!
4. Bad Experience- some people have had bad experiences (maybe as a child) where singing wasn’t allowed in their home, or wasn’t “appreciated” by significant others, and have hence avoided singing since their traumatic experience with it.
4. Accompanying other musicians
5) Singing/Playing Guitar or Piano
In general, singing is a fun, relaxing, and often cleansing experience that can help to calm us during stressful times, or may help to energize us when we need a lift. It can also be an incredibly powerful way to express feelings (like anger, sadness) that may not be as easily or readily accepted in everyday society. Despite how simple becoming a proficient singer may seem, there are some important steps to take in order to avoid hurting your voice, avoid scaring away your friends and your family, and to become the best singer you can be. So what’s the first step?Chapter 3: (04:06) Note Identification Exercise
I’m assuming that most of you have an instrument - at least a guitar that you have access to. If not, you can always buy an inexpensive whistle or tuning fork that can help with this process. If you do have a guitar, hopefully you also have a tuner so you can make sure that the note you are going to play is in tune. Pluck a note on the guitar, one that is going to be comfortable for you to hum. Try to sing the note that you played. Keep in mind that you always want to begin singing quietly and slowly so that you warm up your vocal chords gradually. Next, you should play two different notes and hum them. Pay close attention to whether you can tell the difference between the two. This may sound silly, but people suffering from tone deafness (congenital amusia) may not be able to tell the difference between two tones. You may want to enlist a friend or loved one (hopefully an honest one) to tell you if you are in fact singing the note(s) that you played on the guitar. There are other tests for tone deafness available online if you are interested in thoroughly testing yourself.Chapter 4: (02:27) Tone Matching Exercise In scene 4, Mark demonstrates the tone matching exercise. Chapter 5: (01:18) Setting Goals Whether your experience with singing up to this point has been singing along with the radio, or you have been singing and accompanying your own playing for years, it’s always helpful to set achievable goals for yourself. If you plan to sing the national anthem at the spring opener this season but have never sung in front of anybody but yourself in the mirror, you may need to realistically re-evaluate your goals. I’m not suggesting that you sell yourself short and avoid the experience of singing because it’s difficult. I’m just recommending that you set attainable goals that can be modified as you learn and get better. Remember: nothing good comes easy.
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.
Mark introduces you to the wonderful world of singing.Length: 15:12 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Mark Lincoln guides you through stretches and vocal exercises to warm up the voice.Length: 23:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Mark continues to discuss vocal warm-ups and exercises. Then, he moves on to explain vibrato.Length: 23:42 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Mark covers some singing terms and teaches an exercise that is used to "warm the breath."Length: 19:10 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Mark Lincoln talks more about vocal exercise and warm-up. Then, he moves on to discuss singing and playing at the same time.Length: 26:12 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Mark Lincoln provides more singing exercises to practice while playing your guitar.Length: 26:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark returns to singing and playing. Mark teaches proper form while singing and playing, cognitive exercises, and chord progression basics.Length: 17:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark Lincoln discusses song dynamics and the anatomy of songs. He also explains more about singing and playing.Length: 23:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark Lincoln explains how rhythm is used in music.Length: 15:16 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark Lincoln applies singing and playing techniques to the Doors song "Riders on the Storm."Length: 17:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In lesson 11 of his performance series, Mark discusses the palm muting technique and how to separate your singing from your playing.Length: 23:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mark discusses how alternating between arpeggios and strummed chords can add contrast and flair to your music.Length: 15:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark discusses silence in music and how it can transform a piece. Additionally, he explains how to use silence effectively in your playing.Length: 16:40 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Mark Lincoln talks more about warming up your voice and walks you through a few exercises that will aid this process.Length: 16:14 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark provides a lecture on items you should do and think about to become a proficient live player.Length: 20:57 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Mark delves into the concept of combining both your voice and guitar into one neat little package you can deliver to your listener.Length: 21:47 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark Brings us Lesson 17 today to explain the preparation that goes into a performance. Mark tracks back up to 36 hours in advance, and shows us some routines to prepare for a great show.Length: 19:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Mark teaches all of the diverse parts to a song with regards to dynamics.Length: 20:17 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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.Length: 23:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mark Lincoln brings us a great play along opportunity. Mark provides lyrics as well as the chord progression for this play along. He also breaks down key elements such as palm muting, hammer-ons, bending,...Length: 24:06 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 21 is a repeat of lesson 20's content only with a whole new set of chords and techniques. The"chords de jour" will be a little simpler than lesson 20's and will also include a much more in depth...Length: 20:05 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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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