Mark Lincoln discusses song dynamics and the anatomy of songs. He also explains more about singing and playing.
Taught by Mark Lincoln in Guitar Performance seriesLength: 23:19Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
1. Warm up the body.We’ve been talking about the process of developing performance skills and the singing while playing the guitar. I’ve been giving you some basic ways to start developing the skills necessary to sing and play at the same time, but there’s more work to be done! Chapter 3: (06:36) Song Anatomy From my experience, it is important to learn the guitar rhythm and the chords that you will be playing before you start to sing along with them. If you jump into a song without getting the initial structure of it down first, then singing it can become a nightmare. The first step of learning a song is figuring out the structure. Thinking about songs in the following way can be very helpful.
2. Single note hum.
3. Three note hum.
4. Hum "me-me-me-me" to "mah-mah-mah mah" to me-ma-me-ma-me."
5. Wake up the breath with "sah-sah-sah" etc. long and sustained then five times staccato.
6. "Sah" in five-note descending scales, then five-note ascending scales.
7. Work these scales faster and faster, then louder and louder.
8. Play each of the open chords and sing scales while accompanying yourself.
1. Does the introduction have unusual chords?The Verse
2. Does the intro have any unusual chord changes?
3. Does the intro have any unusual rhythms?
4. How is the intro played? Does it use picking, strumming, fingerstyle, etc?
1. Try and figure out which chords are being used in the verse. They may be open chords, barre chords or other interesting chord variations.Chorus
2. Listen to the strum pattern played in the verse. It may be different from the introduction and chorus.
3. Listen for any melody lines. Are there notes played in between the chords?
4. Listen to the length of the verse. How many measures of music are there?
1. Listen to the chorus and figure out which chords are being used. Are they the same chords as the verse or introduction? Is the chorus in a different key (such as a minor key)?Bridge
2. What strum pattern is being used? How does it differ from the other parts of the song? Is it faster or slower?
3. How long is the chorus? Be sure to listen to how many measures are present.
4. Are there any melody lines found within the chorus?
1. Pay attention to the chords in the bridge. They may be different from the rest of the song, especially if the bridge is designed for a guitar solo.Dynamics of the song
2. Pay attention to the structural aspects from the other sections as well. Figure out the strum pattern. Listen to how long it is and pay attention to any hidden melody lines.
1. Listen to the dynamics of the song. Figure out where the song is played loudly and softly. Figure out where the tempo speeds up or slows down. Pay attention to the singer and how his voice responds to each segment of the song. We will talk more about dynamics in the next scene.Anomalies
1. Be sure to listen for any anomalies in the song. Songwriters often throw in anomalies or change things around to make the music interesting. Be sure to take note when this happens!This is just a simplistic way of expressing the structure of a given song. You know as well as I do that songs can take on much simpler or much more complex forms involving very specific parts from the bass, drums, and vocals. Chapter 4: (06:28) Song Dynamics Dynamics can be defined as variation and contrast in sound, intensity, and form.
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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