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Vocal Vibrato (Guitar Lesson)


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Mark Lincoln

Vocal Vibrato

Mark continues to discuss vocal warm-ups and exercises. Then, he moves on to explain vibrato.

Taught by Mark Lincoln in Guitar Performance seriesLength: 23:42Difficulty: 1.5 of 5
Chapter 1: (07:25) Welcome Back and Review In the first scene of this lesson, Mark Lincoln reviews the vocal warm-ups from the previous lessons. Warming up is very important as it allows you to sing at your maximum potential and avoiding injury.
Chapter 2: (09:24) More Exercise and Vocal Vibrato

Mark Lincoln covers several other warm-up exercises in this segment. For the most part, you simply take the exercises you have learned in previous segments and change the syllable. For instance, say "Ma" instead of humming.

Vocal Vibrato

What is it? The mechanics of the production of vibrato are simple: The tension of the vocal folds is varied rhythmically creating movement in pitch. Producing vibrato naturally is not so simple. Here are some keys to acquiring vibrato without destroying your vocal chords.

Chapter 3: (03:05) Back Technique Back Technique

1)Lay down flat on your back and put your hand on your belly button. Support your breathe with the diaphragm so that your hand rises and falls. Now, sing a comfortable and slippery note and listen for vibrato. Pay attention to what your abs are doing. Are they contracting to push the note through? Try different notes and check again. If you are pushing too much, the muscles surrounding the larynx will tighten and vibrato will either be lost, or you will have the tendency to force it to compensate for the lack thereof. Reduce the volume and try again. Goal: Reduce the air pressure until you find elasticity and the ultimate slipperiness!

Chapter 4: (03:51) Head Rotation Technique Head Rotation Technique

1) Rotate your head in a circle while singing a note in your comfortable range. Does the rotation stop when you begin to sing? Is it stiffer on high notes? Reduce the volume until you find the correct level of air pressure. Also, refer to Lesson #2 for neck relaxation techniques.



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rickl27928rickl27928 replied on April 30th, 2015

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rickl27928rickl27928 replied on April 30th, 2015

no supplemental material?

DreoDreo replied on November 7th, 2014

hi Mark, u recommended to warm up 25-30%...my question is, how much time in advance? Sometimes i have a show or a rehearsal thean i do my warming up before going to the actual place, i warm up at home. By the time i get ther it has already been 30minutes, then there is set up, so by the time we actually start performing, its been an hour from my warm up. Should i warm up again?

kubinokubino replied on September 7th, 2013

i love being taught by adam sandler

nicknethannicknethan replied on October 29th, 2011

For some reason I am having a problem grasping the "slippery" note concept....I am really loving the lessons so far!

bowchampbowchamp replied on March 12th, 2014

I used to have a vocal coach and he basically means the note coming out smooth with little effort and no strain on the neck ( feeling it in the back of your throat is normal). There should be a constant flow of air that goes through your upper body with no interference. Hope I was of some help for anyone reading

jimsonjimson replied on April 10th, 2011

Hi, Mark You mention finding a note in your vocal range. Is there a way to determine, one's vocal range? This question may be a little premature. How does one determine what key to sing in?

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on April 18th, 2011

Hey Jim what's up? Finding one's range can be a little tricky but basically you'll need to locate a comfortable note to begin with that doesn't make your throat, neck, jaw feel strained. Then you can go up and/or down to find the outside of your range. As I said this is kinda tricky and can be done with a vocal instructor if you desired to go in that direction. Mark

mitchpeacefulmitchpeaceful replied on March 24th, 2011

I understand what you mean about practicing for a third of the time your planning on performing/practicing, but does the warm up need to be done right before the performance? for example, lets say I had a three hour gig starting at 7:00 and I spend about an hour warming up, would it affect my performance/vocal health if Instead of warming at at 6:00 I did it at 4:00 or 5:00? or even earlier in the day? thanks again for the responses. peaceandlove.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on April 3rd, 2011

Hey Mitch, yes you would probably be ok with an earlier warmup but I would still do a partial warm up on the way to the gig or at least for 15-20 minutes before. Mark

ephraim kellyephraim kelly replied on December 11th, 2010

Hey Mark! Thanks alot for the series I'm really working hard on it and I'm being devoted to it. Would you know a good routine of mi's and ma's and those vowels things to do? and how long should I practice I usually work 30 minutes is that enough? Thanks Buddy!

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on December 18th, 2010

Hi Ephraim how are you? Mi's and Ma's are good but stick to the warm-ups I've outlined in this series and you should get a good vocal warm up...also, practice about a third of the time you'll be singing/performing. Good luck! Mark

johnathonkjohnathonk replied on March 14th, 2010

I love the lessons Mark, but as Blaz said, I heard a recording of me singing and now I just don't think singing is my thing.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on March 18th, 2010

Hey Jonathon keep in mind that we're always our own worst critics and what you hear may not be what others hear from you...know what I mean? Mark

ames57ames57 replied on March 15th, 2010

Hi Mark, Thanks for your series on singing. You've been talking about "nodes" forming on your vocal chords. What exactly are nodes?

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on March 18th, 2010

Hey Ames check this out: http://lessons.eleonorengland.com/nodes.html

alexmarblekingalexmarbleking replied on March 3rd, 2010

hey mark have you ever taken that hat off lol!

mingofallsmingofalls replied on May 10th, 2008

I feel like I'm singing through my nose, instead of my throat

ablazich323ablazich323 replied on September 3rd, 2009

i feel the exact same way, like if i hear a recording of me singing, it doesn't sound right at all

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on September 4th, 2009

Hey blaz how are you? Yes, recording one's voice can be the ultimate reality check but it can also be a great way to evaluate how you may be sounding to others and make the neccessary changes that you need to make in order to sound the best you can. Keep workin it bro! Mark

mrjaydmrjayd replied on June 5th, 2009

where is the supplemental content for these lessons?

jboothjbooth replied on June 5th, 2009

There's not really anyway for us to do supplemental content for this lesson, since it's really about singing technique.

lelong88lelong88 replied on March 3rd, 2009

I really like this lesson series.

sabrinaraesabrinarae replied on February 23rd, 2009

Learning to breath from your diaphragm is imperative and comes with practice. I used to think I couldn't learn to sing at all but I totally did and breathing right has changed EVERYthing.

Guitar Performance

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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.



Lesson 1

Introduction to Singing

Mark introduces you to the wonderful world of singing.

Length: 15:12 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Vocal Exercises

Mark Lincoln guides you through stretches and vocal exercises to warm up the voice.

Length: 23:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Vocal Vibrato

Mark continues to discuss vocal warm-ups and exercises. Then, he moves on to explain vibrato.

Length: 23:42 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Warming the Breath

Mark covers some singing terms and teaches an exercise that is used to "warm the breath."

Length: 19:10 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Singing and Guitar

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
Lesson 6

Singing Exercises

Mark Lincoln provides more singing exercises to practice while playing your guitar.

Length: 26:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Singing and Playing Revisited

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
Lesson 8

Anatomy and Dynamics

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
Lesson 9

Rhythm in Music

Mark Lincoln explains how rhythm is used in music.

Length: 15:16 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Technique Applied

Mark Lincoln applies singing and playing techniques to the Doors song "Riders on the Storm."

Length: 17:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Palm Muting and Separation

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
Lesson 12

Picking Vs. Strumming

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
Lesson 13

Silence Is Golden

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
Lesson 14

Warm-up and Practice

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
Lesson 15

Preparations for Playing Live

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
Lesson 16

Voice and Guitar

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
Lesson 17

A Day in the Life

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
Lesson 18

The Dynamics of a Song

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
Lesson 19

Proper Breathing Routines

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
Lesson 20

Play Along with Mark Lincoln

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

Palm Muting Technique

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 View Full Biography 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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