On to another great post! Thursday afternoon was my first voice lesson in about two and a half years. I am pleased to say I am very ecstatic about the next coming months! We began with a review (for me) about breathing, support, the diaphragm, the mask, and other technical terms that we quickly glossed over. Then, we determined that I have an octave and a half range with the same above that in falsetto which totally surprised the both of us. Then, it was time to get down to business… FUN TIMES!
I decided that “Younger Than Springtime” would be good to warm up on. It would have been if the copy I had was complete. We got to the last page an discovered that there is something missing. So I dig and find the book with the song… only to discover that it was in a lower key! But manageable… only slightly lower. But I prefer the higher range. I like to shoot for my POWer notes, but those would come later.
Next, I dug out “This is the Moment.” Kathrine is unfamiliar with Jekyll and Hyde?! Blasphemy! Just don’t listen to the Hoff’s version. Then, we went to “If I Can’t Love Her” from the stage version of Beauty and the Beast. The big ballad which closes Act I. The only suggestion she had for both pieces is to find the soft moments in both pieces. They are both powerful songs but powerful is not always meant for volume.. Build up to the big moment! Then you will have them eating out of your hand. Sounds like homework. But she said that with a slight polishing they are already prime for performance. I wanted to do the Beast’s number previously; however, the gig I wanted to sing it for was limited to musicals of the past decade. So, I sang “Under the Sea.”
It is a good thing I was introduced to Miss Saigon earlier in the week via youtube. My new coach had me read (sight reading… YUCK!) two duets from the show with her. Not the character driven pieces I had hoped for but those will come in time. It has been advised that I check out both the Engineer and Thuy (although Vietnamese I am not but…). Kathrine mentioned that we should sign up for one of the weekend gigs starting up again in the fall. I am totally against that idea 😉 HAHAHAHA! Just need to get some more cool character pieces in with the big dramatic ones. Several I can think of easily…. maybe go dig an old fossil of 18 years ago. Go in there and blow everyone’s minds. Of course, provided that anyone would actually come and see me?! I’m sure I could get at least 3 people there… and that is a crowd.
Who knows what the next few months will bring? I just know that the next musical on a nearby stage is not my cup of tea.
I better stop with those two songs. When I do perform, I don’t want to spoil it all for those three in the audience 😉 Two big, powerful ballads now for a few duets and at least three character pieces.
As I was pulling out my checkbook, my new coach sneered at the picture of the Script Ohio on my first check. “Since it is money, I guess I can accept it.” Oh, we’re going to get along REALLY well. At least she is not a BoSox fan… I hope.
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What? No embedded video or link to the Hoff wowing a crowd with ‘This is the Moment’?
Just teasing – well kinda, think I’m officially out of an MLB team this season 🙁 I think it’s almost time to pick a stand-in team to root for so I can still watch some good baseball. It’s still not the same though. Sigh.
You mean like this one, taylhis…?
She…sneered? That sounds more like something that might happen around here. She was kidding I hope?