Warming the Breath (Guitar Lesson)


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Mark Lincoln

Warming the Breath

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

Taught by Mark Lincoln in Guitar Performance seriesLength: 19:10Difficulty: 1.5 of 5
Chapter 1: (06:25) Phonation and Review In this scene, Mark reviews the previous lessons and provides some useful terminology.

Phonation
The process of phonation occurs when the vocal folds are brought into vibration by the vacuum-like state that occurs when we breathe in. Ideally, the movement of breath is met by the adduction of the vocal folds, which are brought together with the correct amount of energy. If the folds are tense, the voice creates a sound that can be termed a “glottal plosive” or forced from the space in between the vocal chords. When the muscles are too relaxed, a breathy quality occurs.
Chapter 2: (02:36) Wake up the Breath These are helpful exercises to help warm up the breathing process:
1) Place your palms on the bottom of the rib cage with your fingers crossing the abdomen and touching in front. Breathe low and deep. Make sure that the fingers separate as the result of an effective inhalation.
2) Hiss long and sustained while keeping the rib cage and sternum elevated.
3) Inhale and hiss five times in a staccato manner.
4) Inhale and hiss twice staccato and then sustained. Inhale and sing on a comfortable pitch in mid-voice, "Sah-sah-saaaaaaaaaaaah." (Sing twice short and then sustained.)
5) Inhale and sing on a comfortable pitch in mid-voice two staccato pitches, "Sah-sah" followed by a sustained five-pitch scalar passage (5-4-3-2-1) on "Saaaaaaaaaaaaah." Repeat several times, each time a half step lower. Remain generally in mid-voice range.
*Notes…………………….. A. Never plan to use the last of your breath. Doing so may introduce tension into your body and breathing process and will rarely elicit anything musical out of your last gasp.
B. Shoot for a smooth, consistent stream of sound.
C. Avoid holding back the breath.
D. Coordinate the breath with vocal onset.


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davidbrucedavidbruce replied on March 15th, 2011

Mark, Can you please include a lesson on increasing vocal range? Your lessons have been very helpful. thanks Dave

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on March 21st, 2011

Hey David how are you? To be honest I'm not sure when there might be more vocal material from me on the site but...are you ever available to come to my live chats? We might be able to address this issue directly, Mark

axel98axel98 replied on May 31st, 2010

im feeling dizzy!!!!!

ablazich323ablazich323 replied on March 10th, 2010

great lesson again mark, and im youre unable to sing at the moment but i'm having fun learning from you

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on March 12th, 2010

Thanks Blaz and to be honest...I will sing again my friend! Nice to hear from you and thanx for your support...M.L.

ablazich323ablazich323 replied on March 10th, 2010

i know* youre unable to see

tony1489tony1489 replied on January 21st, 2010

Below was actually written after lesson five. I appreciate the instruction though, nothing personal.

tony1489tony1489 replied on January 21st, 2010

Enough with the warm-up. I get it. So far, this lesson set should be "Warming Up For Singing", instead of "Singing with the Guitar".

vkreddyvkreddy replied on June 14th, 2008

What's the status on the new lessons? This stuff is super helpful.

jboothjbooth replied on June 15th, 2008

Within the next 2 weeks there should be more lessons in this series.

skaterstuskaterstu replied on May 13th, 2008

Great stuff... will there be more of this? I need to learn how to sing, so this is great. JamPlay just gets better and better.

jboothjbooth replied on May 13th, 2008

Yep there's definitely more lesson in the works. He will be integrating the guitar into the lessons more now also.

Guitar Performance

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

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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