Have you ever wanted to learn how to sing, but been unsure of where to start? Unable to afford regular private lessons? Looking to demystify the art of singing and free your voice into beautiful song? Then you have ended up in the right place!
Welcome to the Music As Medicine Project's "Learn to Sing!" Video Series with yours truly, Lydia Violet. After 30 years of studying & teaching music, I have created this series to offer you an easy-to-use, high quality, and affordable way to study the art of singing in the comfort of your own cozy home. In the first part of this series, I will lead you through exercises in technique that are a basic foundation many singers use as they begin their vocal training. These 9 videos are easy-to-follow exercises that you will practice with repeatedly as you train your voice and strengthen your vocal muscles.
In the next section you will find 5 videos of different songs that I have gathered over my years of musical travels around the world. Most of these songs are born from a stream of community singing folk traditions, and are songs that can be shared with others easily. I teach each song call-and-response style that you can practice with until you've got it!
Finally you will find 3 more song lesson videos from special guests Barbara McAfee, Te Martin, and Josh Blaine! Barbara McAfee is a prominent voice coach, singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, and author of, "Full Voice: The Art & Practice of Vocal Presence." Te Martin is a library when it comes to community song carrying, using music throughout the breadth of her activism. Josh Blaine is the producer of, "Finding Our Voice,” a podcast about music and song as healing and resistance. These guest teachers have all taught songs around the country for many years, weaving resilience and medicine with every note. And they are excited to share some of these songs with you!
100% of the proceeds go towards supporting Music As Medicine's programming, including vital rivers like our scholarship fund, veterans support work, and more.
So here it is, a 17-video lesson series to start you off strong on your singing journey. May you enjoy all this series has to offer, and May Your Music Be Medicine!
Lydia Violet, M.A., is an accomplished Iranian-American multi-instrumentalist weaving together 30 years of studying and teaching classical violin and voice. She performs professionally around the country, singing and playing with groups Climbing PoeTree & Lyla June, as well as fronting her own 4-piece live band. Her songs and arrangements are inspired from her eclectic musical background, featuring American roots, gospel & blues, and Iranian folk traditions. ♬ www.lydiafiddle.com ♬
Lydia received her Masters degree in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness in 2009 from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She also studied closely with deep ecology elder and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy for the past 9 years, learning how we can metabolize our pain for the world into energy for resilience, action, and community. She runs The Music As Medicine Project, a non-profit dedicated to creating access to music and music education as tools for cultivating resilient cultures in our communities. Learn more at www.musicasmedicineproject.org
PreviewExercise 1: Diaphragmatic Breathing (5:33)
StartExercise 2: Raising the Soft Palette (7:06)
StartExercise 3: Chewing Hum (7:05)
StartExercise 4: Ascending Ma's (5:53)
StartExercise 5: Mah-Meh-Mi (6:47)
StartExercise 6a: Lip Trills (7:51)
StartExercise 6b: Advanced Lip Trills (3:23)
StartExercise 7: Mang-ang-ah (4:56)
StartExercise 8: Nah-Neh-Ni-Noh-Noo (4:27)