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Comparative Vocal Styles: Classical, Belting, Pop, R&B, Country, Rock & Jazz

Tuesday 5th March 2024, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (London Time)

Not only are there major differences between Classical and Commercial singing techniques, but there are also unique characteristics and variations required by singers to 'authenticate' commercial or pop vocal styles.

In this interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to experiment with some of the many elements which comprise different genres, including Classical, Musical Theatre Belting (including its five substyles), Pop, R&B (Soul), Country, Rock and Jazz.

These elements include resonator shaping; vibrato (type, speed, use); larynx height, phrasing (word stress, breath management requirements, dynamics); resonance (degrees of brightness, ring, and nasality); stylisms (e.g. cry, fry, growls, melisma, runs, scatting); vocal fold adduction (clean, blowy, three degrees of breathy); degree of hyoid bone pull; jaw strategies; and even cultural/emotional roots which are integral to understanding the history of each style.

As voice pedagogues, it is very helpful to have at our disposal a large number of 'vocal hacks', not just for vocal technique improvement but for stylistic accuracy as well. Often, a simple tweak in mouth shape can result in a noticeable improvement when producing an authentic sound. All pop is not the same!

Handouts with graphs will be provided for further review as well as a suggested listening list.

🏷️ Price £30 (UK VAT inclusive)
🎥 Recording automatically sent to all who book (even if you cannot attend live)
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📜 Certificate of attendance available

Lisa Popeil

Lisa Popeil has an MFA in Voice, and is a pianist, singing teacher and voice researcher based in Los Angeles.  She has studied voice for over 60 years and has taught professionally for 40 years. As a performer, Lisa has performed and recorded with Frank Zappa as well as recording and touring with “Weird Al” Yankovic throughout the US and Canada. 

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Attend this course for as little as £22 as part of the Voice Professional Training CPD Award Scheme.

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