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June 21st, 2010
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Help with Vocal Skills?
I am currently working on "The Jewell Song" from Faust and I am really struggling with learning how to do a vocal trill (which, of course, opens the piece).

I have never been able to do these, and would really like to learn how!

Anyone know of any good exorcises or resources that can help?


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Date:June 22nd, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
If you're willing to invest a bit of money, you should look into getting Panofka Op.85 and Op.81. It's an excellent vocal method and I know that while nowadays that in North America they're not used widely, Italian conservatories still use them to teach technique because of their variation of simple and complex exercises. Both of the opus have vocalises to help prepare the trill and from personal experience, they helped me acquire an agile and fast trill.

Best of luck :)
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Date:June 24th, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
Thanks! I always like learning about new things like this. I will look into it.
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Date:June 22nd, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
exorcises...call and exorcist?

sorry, couldn't resist. ask your teacher. :-D
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Date:June 24th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
I would say, listen carefully to some recordings. Then mimic it. It's not too complicated. Start singing the 2 notes as slow sixteenth notes and start moving/speeding them faster and faster. It almost feels like you are singing both notes at the same time or a large warble, but it's controlled. Don't worry about the volume either. As long as placement is ok, it should be plenty loud.

But I would make it over dramatic and don't take yourself too seriously and it will probably sound fine.
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Date:June 24th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
I agree, it shouldn't be so complicated and I have been working on singing the two notes slowly, then speeding up. Part of the issue is I am not exactly sure how to tell if what I am doing is a "trill" or a really large vibrato. Maybe there isn't much difference!
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