Intro to Sight Singing
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COURSE ACCESS IS LIMITED.

The reason for limited course access is to give you incentive to maintain a regular practice routine. Please keep in mind that there is no such thing as ‘cramming’ for musicianship. You are developing skills over time. So, you must think to practice regularly.
You will have access to this course for 6 weeks total. With regular practice, you will be able to get through all of the lessons. Don’t worry about being perfect, just plan to be a perfect student who works regularly as much as possible each day.
Six weeks after signing up, access will discontinue.

Hello.

In the following six video lessons, you will learn the basics of music reading with solfege syllables.

Much attention is given to how to practice so pay close attention to the different study techniques. Make sure that you have done and understood the terms and concepts presented in the Intro to Performance Ear Training lessons before trying these melodies. This course assumes that you know what are key and time signatures, note names, solfege syllables and note positions on the musical staff. Take your time, listen to and watch each melody as many times as necessary before trying to sing along. For a while, it may take you several attempts to accurately sing a single melody, it’s rhythm with the correct solfege syllables.

There are 37 melody examples in all. They are in the keys of C, F and G major. They are all eight measures in length and in 4/4 time. The smallest note value is a quarter note.


Your preliminary goal should be to sing along with each recording using a proper conducting pattern.

Your ultimate goal is to sing the melodies independently at the keyboard without help from the video.
Use the ‘Human Metronome’ recordings below as a guide and judge if you’re singing in time. Since the exercises are all in 4/4 and are composed of eight measures, that make for 32 beats for each.

  1. Patience
  2. Don’t sing during the listening stage of your study.
  3. Practice Inner Hearing
  4. Sustain a low DO as you sing.
  5. At the piano, sing each note with equal duration.
  6. Your goal is to sing with only a low DO sounding on the piano.
  7. TAKE YOUR TIME!

Good luck.

Donovan Mixon M.M.

HUMAN METRONOME

The metronome recordings count out exactly eight bars each. They feature a low DO sounding for the three keys will be studying: C, F & G. For each key there is a track at mm: 52 while and another at mm: 65. Wait until you are comfortable with at least the first 4 lessons before trying to perform with these tracks.

Again, you should wait until you have studied at least the melodies of the first four video lessons before trying to use the tracks. Treat these tracks as a kind of ‘final exam’ with which you can judge your progress. Remember, the melodies are NOT for memorization. You are to sing them while looking at the notation and executing a 4/4 conducting pattern.

Check out the video below for how to use the ‘Human Metronome’.

After introduction, all tracks start at 0:28

G Drone mm: 52

G Drone mm: 65

C Drone mm: 52

C Drone mm: 65

F Drone mm: 52

F Drone mm: 65

***For more practice go to: https://performanceeartraining.com/test-course-listings/ to purchase 50+ Melodies for Sight Singing Practice. Here you will find a collection of solfege melodies in various keys and time signatures that progress from easy to challenging. Note values range from whole notes to 16th notes. There are also some examples in minor keys and modal melodies.