Natural Singing for everyone
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Natural Singing for everyone

Singing is breathing & Breathing is singing
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Created by John Oxley
Last updated 12/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 48 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Apply your awareness of Natural Singing to use every day for your own pleasure, and professionally
  • Understand the super-importance of breathing in singing, along with the correct use of the diaphragm
  • Apply the important singing techniques of Covering, Placing, and Focus - along with the correct use of posture
  • By practising regularly, you should experience an extension in your singing range along with improved tone, smooth movement between notes and an overall sense of ease when singing
  • Exercise freely - during every stage of your course there is a downloadable exercise file for your own personal practice in the MP3 format (put it on your computer, laptop or mobile phone)
  • Understand your own voice and identify your own personal singing goals
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Requirements
  • You will need a fascination and interest in singing
  • It really helps if you can pitch your voice comfortably
  • You will be expected to Practice as regularly as you can
  • When practising it is always best to use a mirror - so you can see whether you are opening your mouth correctly and not breathing in the chest
  • Most importantly do not over practise - as soon as you start feeling tired, take a break and rest the voice
Description

Learn to sing Naturally from a professional singing teacher who has worked as a singer and trained all types of vocalist worldwide.

If you wish to sing then the mantra is you have to practise daily to improve. This means you get to exercise your voice but also you build your awareness of your voice.

To help you with that daily singing routine, we have produced this Natural Singing Fundamentals Course with the beginner, actor and singer in mind.

The course not only offers you good vocal technique but a confidence knowing that well known actors such as:

Jeremy Irons - Jane Lapotaire -  Tim Pigott-Smith -  Chris Biggins -  Greta Scacchi -  Allan Corduner

...to name just a few, received the same basic training from John Oxley at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and all have made their mark in the profession as actors and over many years have used their voices correctly in speech and singing.

I emphasise the Natural approach with my knowledge gained over many years of study and singing, and teaching.

Don’t sit back and do nothing Enrol today and prepare yourself for your future as an all round confident singer..

John is in touch with many of his old students who are now household names and they regularly thank him for his influence in their professional careers. He can do the same for you if YOU are prepared to work at it.


Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for beginners, actors and established singers who want to study Natural Singing.
  • The understanding of music theory is always helpful but is not required for this course
  • This course will help you with your confidence and stamina for singing (of course this depends on how much you practise)
  • All the principles and techniques demonstrated in this course will help you establish a good singing voice for life
  • Your investment in practice and repetition will really payoff, and you will be surprised by the rewards from your hard work
  • Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned vocalist I think everyone will benefit from this course
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
01:42:35
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the Natural Singing Fundamentals Course for all levels of singer
23 Lectures 01:42:35

Hello and congratulations on selecting the Natural Singing Fundamentals Course. In this short video you will hear a personal recorded message from John Oxley. The background picture was recently taken at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Bristol during the opening of the Link building.

Over £1M was raised from a range of charitable trusts and foundations, companies and individual benefactors to Link the Downside Road buildings together with new teaching and rehearsal spaces and an accessible reception. A great facility that will benefit all future visitors, from all walks of life, to the Theatre School.

Preview 01:44

In this lesson we are going to learn about breathing and how to breath correctly. If you want to learn about singing the first step is breathing, and if singing Naturally is your goal this is the course for you.

Preview 06:12

In this lesson we will continue with breathing using a descending four note scale over an octave using the word Tah.

Once you have mastered this exercise with comfort and ease then move on to the next lesson...

Lesson 2 - Breathing & Singing (1)
03:32

In this lesson we will continue with breathing using the full major scale in a descending pattern, using the word Tah.

Once you have mastered this exercise with comfort and ease then move on to the next lesson...

Lesson 3 - Breathing & Singing (2)
02:34

In this lesson we will start singing the song 'Down in the Valley' starting on half phrases.

We are now establishing a sense of musical phrasing and strengthening your breathing over half phrases.

Once you have mastered this exercise with comfort and ease then move on to the next lesson...

Lesson 4 - Breathing using Half Phrases
05:01

In this lesson we will continue with the song 'Down in the Valley' but will now work on whole phrases.

This will really strengthen your breathing and musical phrasing.

Once you have mastered this exercise with comfort and ease then move on to the next lesson...

Lesson 5 - Breathing using whole phrases
03:35

In this lesson we will continue with the song 'Down in the Valley' but will now extend the song and increase the tempo slightly.

Breathing and phrasing are the most important elements to master during this lesson.

Once you have mastered this exercise with comfort and ease then move on to the next lesson...

Lesson 6 - Breathing and extending the song and tempo
03:12

In this lesson John will introduce you to the technique of Placing - learning how to place your voice.

This is a very important technique and can take some time to master, so please be patient.

Once you have mastered this exercise with comfort and ease then move on to the next lesson...

Lesson 7 - Placing technique
06:50

In this lesson John will introduce you to the technique of Covering - normally referred to as the covering action, and we will be using Ah.

This is a very important technique and again can take some time to master, so please be patient.

Once you have mastered this exercise with comfort and ease then move on to the next lesson...

Lesson 8 - Covering technique (1)
04:54

In this lesson John will continue with technique of Covering - normally referred to as the covering action, however and we will be using Aw and Ah on this occasion.

This is a very important technique and again can take some time to master, so please be patient and allow the voice to adapt slowly overtime.

Once you have mastered this exercise with comfort and ease then move on to the next lesson...

Lesson 9 - Covering technique (2)
03:14

In this lesson we will look at the technique of Placing and Covering - using Ooo.

This is a very important technique so during your exercising try and imagine the sound is coming out of the top-of-the-head or from the forehead hair-line - again this can take some time to master, so please be patient.

Once you have mastered this exercise with comfort and ease then move on to the next lesson...

Lesson 10 - Placing & Covering techniques (1)
04:25

In this lesson we will look at the technique of Placing and Covering - using Eee.

As with lesson 10, this is a very important technique so during your exercising try and imagine the sound is coming out of the top-of-the-head or from the forehead hair-line - again this can take some time to master, so please be patient.

Once you have mastered this exercise with comfort and ease then move on to the next lesson...

Lesson 11 - Placing & Covering techniques (2)
04:01

In this lesson we will be working on how to descend smoothly and not allowing the voice to drop, using Ooo.

This lesson will help you develop your mastery over the small muscles inside the mouth and throat - also there is the continued benefit of breath control.

Once you have mastered this exercise with comfort and ease then move on to the next lesson...

Lesson 12 - Descending smoothly (1)
03:13

In this lesson we will be working on how to descend smoothly when singing and not allowing the voice to drop - but we will be using a different musical pattern and the word Tah.

As in lesson 12, this lesson will help you develop your mastery over the small muscles inside the mouth and throat - also there is the continued benefit of breath control.

Once you have mastered this exercise with comfort and ease then move on to the next lesson...

Lesson 13 - Descending smoothly (2)
05:29

In this lesson we will be working on how to descend smoothly when singing and not allowing the voice to drop - but we will be using a different musical pattern and the word Aw.

As in lesson 13, this lesson will help you develop your mastery over the small muscles inside the mouth and throat - also there is the continued benefit of breath control.

Once you have mastered this exercise with comfort and ease then move on to the next lesson...

Lesson 14 - Descending smoothly (3)
04:45

In this lesson John will introduce you to the Focus technique - focus of breath - where does that breath go?

This lesson may seem fairly simplistic but it is possibly one of the most important techniques to acquire and master - so please be very patient and listen very closely to John.

Once you have mastered this exercise with comfort and ease then move on to the next lesson...

Lesson 15 - Focus technique (1)
07:49

In this lesson we will continue with the Focus technique using the Cee, Mee, Eee and Humming.

As I mentioned in lesson 15, this lesson may seem fairly simplistic but it is possibly one of the most important techniques to acquire and master - so please be very patient and listen very closely to John.

Once you have mastered this exercise with comfort and ease then move on to the next lesson...

Lesson 16 - Focus technique (2)
06:14

This is a short preview from lesson 17

Preview 02:07

In this lesson John will introduce you to the Voice Song 'Ombra Mai Fu' - and we will be working on Part 1 section 1.

Sheet music is provided in the key of E flat and F, for your benefit - John demonstrates in both keys but will teach using the key of E flat.

However in lesson 21 you will find two mp3 files for practice purposes in both keys for the sections we will be working on.

First John will sing the whole song through for your benefit - however in this course we will be only concentrating on the first 20 bars for teaching purposes to reinforce the previously demonstrated singing techniques of Placing, Covering and Focus.

Once you have mastered this exercise with comfort and ease then move on to the next lesson...

Lesson 17 - the Voice Song (1)
09:39

In this lesson we will continue with the Voice Song 'Ombra Mai Fu' - and we will be working on Part 2 section 1.

As mentioned in lesson 17, in this course we will be only concentrating on the first 20 bars for teaching purposes to reinforce the previously demonstrated singing techniques of Placing, Covering and Focus.

Once you have mastered this exercise with comfort and ease then move on to the next lesson...

Lesson 18 - the Voice Song (2)
03:34

In this lesson we will continue with the Voice Song 'Ombra Mai Fu' - and we will be working on Part 3 section 1. We will be singing all three Parts of section 1 of the song, and that will complete section 1.

As mentioned in lesson 17, in this course we will be only concentrating on the first 20 bars for teaching purposes to reinforce the previously demonstrated singing techniques of Placing, Covering and Focus.

Once you have mastered this exercise with comfort and ease then move on to the next lesson...

Lesson 19 - the Voice Song (3)
03:00

In this lesson we will continue with the Voice Song 'Ombra Mai Fu' - and we will be working on Section 2. You will notice that the words are all the same in section 2, however the melody is different.

As mentioned in lesson 17, in this course we will be only concentrating on the first 20 bars for teaching purposes to reinforce the previously demonstrated singing techniques of Placing, Covering and Focus.

Once you have mastered this exercise with comfort and ease then move on to the next lesson...

Lesson 20 - the Voice Song (4)
04:26

In this lesson we will continue with the Voice Song 'Ombra Mai Fu' - and we will be working on Sections 1 and 2.

As mentioned in lesson 17, in this course we will be only concentrating on the first 20 bars for teaching purposes to reinforce the previously demonstrated singing techniques of Placing, Covering and Focus.

Well done!

This is the final lesson of the course. Congratulations on mastering all the techniques in the Natural Singing fundamentals course.

We are very keen to hear your feedback, if we can make any improvements that will benefit you in any way please contact us and let us know.

Best wishes and kindest regards John Oxley & Shaun Batt

Lesson 21 - the Voice Song (5)
03:05
About the Instructor
John Oxley
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Singing Teacher, Vocal Coach, and Voice Specialist

John studied at the Royal College of Music, London. After singing professionally for some years, in 1961 became singing teacher responsible for singing and voice at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, England, and later singing teacher at York University Department of Theatre, Ontario, Canada.

For those of you who would like to know more about John. As a boy of 9 he joined the church choir and a year later sang and appeared in the Opera ‘Sir John in Love’ by Vaughan Williams. This was the first time John met Vaughan Williams. By the age of 13 John’s voice started to change and at 15 he was singing as a Boy Baritone, which was very unusual at that time. When John was 15 (1936 and 1937 season) he played international rugby for England schoolboys.

From 1942 to 1946 John served in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War. After demobilisation John studied at the Royal College of Music entering this world renowned music college in 1947. He graduated in 1950 to start his professional career as a singer, working on radio and television, generally broadcasting live. In 1951 he joined Laurence Olivier Productions as a member of the cast of the The Consul, an opera in three acts with music and libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti, in the London’s West End, and continued working in the West End and, throughout the UK. Finally he decided to go into teaching this wonderful art as a full time singing teacher.

He joined the Bristol Old Vic in January 1961 and taught singing at the Theatre School. Students describe him as a straightforward, avuncular and jovial man, and have a special fondness for his favoured training song, Ombra Mai Fu.

During John's time performing, singing and teaching he was involved and connected with:

NODA – National Operatic and Dramatic Association, South West UK conferences for over 30yrs – as a tutor for singing and voice
Bristol Opera School – as the chorus master in the 1950’s
International Who’s Who in music – John’s name first appeared here in 1975
Adjudicator – during his career John adjudicated singing, acting and stage craft

Why Breathing in Singing is so important

As a singing teacher John taught actors to focus their breath in such a way that their voice would come out from the top of the head, because even humming quietly can then be heard right up in the ‘Gods’ of the theatre. He claimed to be able to teach anyone to sing, no matter how unpromising they seemed when they arrived at the theatre school.

Singing and Tone Deafness

John always referred to tone deafness as having a ‘Faulty Ear’ meaning the pitch we hear and the sound we produce are different. As a result he would teach a special Saturday class for people who had a ‘faulty ear’, affecting not only their singing but also the range of their speaking voice, and the ability to vary pitch:

…At the end of the year, I would have them singing unaccompanied in two parts, …he would say with pride.

How Singing can help all Performers

Christopher Ashley remembers John showing him that in order to act, he didn’t need to put on a special voice. An acting voice is simply an extension of an ordinary voice, and a singing voice is simply another extension of that.