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How to Sing "Anthem" from Chess
September 20, 2014
3:28 am
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Marnell Sample
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So I thought I would share this little tutorial I put together for "Anthem". It's from a lesson I did with Eric, a student of mine. He just started learning the song the day before the lesson and was also sick, so considering that, he did really well. You'll see work on phrasing, dynamics, vocal colors, belting, and more. It's a long video, but has a lot of good info, s you might want to check it out in pieces.

September 20, 2014
2:49 pm
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Martin H
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Hi Dante and Eric,

Thanks for the clip, very interesting to see a teaching situation.

I just have two quick things I want to address.

- I would have loved to hear Eric sing the song first, and to hear how HE wanted to sing the song (phrasing etc.).
- You are not hitting the right notes in places. "She is the const--ant" goes down to D3 (not F#3). And you do that in several other places as well, so be aware of that.

Anyways, great to see your session. :)

PS. Why the H... are you sitting down?? Wink

September 20, 2014
7:23 pm
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great video and insights, thanks for posting

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September 21, 2014
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Hey Martin,

Thanks for the feedback. You're so right, I WAS singing the wrong note! LOL! I was singing this song totally from memory, and it had been a while since I had listened to it. Apologies.

As for Eric singing the song, under normal circumstances, I would have had him sing it first, but this lesson worked out in kind of a weird way. We were actually doing technical exercises first (which were not in the video) on a belty AA up into his high range, and then I wanted to show him an example phrase from a song where he could apply something like that. The "where could I start" phrase from "Anthem" was the first thing that came to mind, so I had him jump straight into that line from the exercise. Then, because he was singing it so well, we just decided to keep working on the rest of the song. In the past, he had randomly heard me singing a piece of this song in the background and said it sounded really good and he wanted to work on it (the way I was doing it). He doesn't actually know the song, which is why I was feeding it to him line-by-line.

Hope that clarifies things.

As for sitting down...I'm always sitting down unless I have to stand up to demonstrate something for someone or show them where they should feel support. I guess it's kind of a habit I picked up from all my voice teachers. (They would normally be sitting down at the piano.)

September 21, 2014
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No need to apologies! Thanks for the clarification. And again, nice to see and hear a session. Laugh

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