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Singing

Reba McEntire

Lesson time 13:38 min

You don’t have to be the greatest singer in the world to pursue singing. Watch as Reba breaks down her tried and true warm up exercises, and teaches you the techniques she uses to protect her voice from strain and damage.

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Reba McEntire
Teaches Country Music
Reba teaches her approach to making great country music and navigating the business in 21 video lessons.
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You don't have to be the greatest singer in the world to go pursue singing. And if someone says you not that good a singer, if you found the song that matches your ability, you could have a monster hit. My range at the greatest was three octaves. It's not there anymore, because I'm not singing as much as I used to. When I was doing a 75 to 100 shows a year, I had a three octave voice. That's, I'd say, medium for singers. I don't think range is that important for the overall career in country music, or any music. No, I can't say any music. I'll say country music, because if you have one and a half, two octave range, and you find the songs that work out great, that's your range. That's perfect for you. I don't think there's a set rule. I don't think there has to be a maximum, a minimum. It's whatever fits you, whatever floats your boat. Whatever works for your is the perfect thing. [MUSIC PLAYING] Being a new singer, you really need to warm up your voice before you sing, number one, to be able to sing a song better; number two, not damage your voice. It's just like a track and field runner running a race without warming up first. This is a muscle, and you have to warm it up. It just makes things more loose and flexible, because right now it's real tight. And then when you warm it up, it's more pliable, and flexible, and it can reach higher notes, lower notes. But if you go cold turkey, it's not good for anything. I like to go in the morning, when I jump in the shower, take a shower. I like to warm up then because there's a lot of moisture in the shower and it's real safe for my voice. It's good from a vocal cords. I don't like to warm up at all where it's dry, hot. That's just not good for my vocal chords. Sometimes I will vocalize in the car, but it has to be a humid day, and that's most of the day's in Nashville. And then after I do that, and if I have a recording session, before I go into the recording studio I warm up again. I do my trills, I do my scales. I hit all the vowels, because that's what I'm going to be singing. I don't have any consonants that I sing to warm up to, but I will go the scales, [SINGS A] real closed up in the back. The more I do it, it'll go [SINGS A]. Hear the difference? It was in the back and then it moved to the front. And if it's real to the back, I put my little finger in my mouth and go [SINGS VOWELS] and that keeps everything more crisp right there, right behind the teeth. Warming up is very important. I'll never forget one time I was recording at Star Struck, and mom and daddy were in town. So they were sitting in a control room and I wasn't hitting my note. And I walked back in, Daddy said, you didn't warm up enough. He's a rodeo cowboy. How did he know? He was exactly right. I didn't. I got busy that morning come in, and I didn't really warm up ...


For Love of Country

You know her songs. Her Oklahoma charm. Now learn directly from Reba in her first-ever online class. Join her as she records a never-before-heard song, creates a new acoustic version of Fancy, breaks down her hits, and delivers emotional performances on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. This is more than a music class. This is Reba's life, business, and country music MasterClass.



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Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

This class was fun and informative. I enjoyed the way it was upbeat even with difficult topics.

Such an amazing course! Great information and I loved hearing Reba tell how she made an amazing career...so much talent & hard work..great info!

I have taken away some amazing points on stage technique and will immediately start to apply them. There truly was not one thing that was not relevant to the country music industry, all the information is invaluable. I will be watching again.

I love this class! It has helped me so much since I'm a total newbie to songwriting!! Thank you!


Comments

Gretchen T.

It's awesome that all styles of singing use the same warmups and practices. I have sang everything from opera, pop, jazz, church music, Broadway, I would say I'm a beginner at country singing.

A fellow student

I really appreciated this more than you could ever know. I used to sing but gave it up. I won state in high school but I had a church music director tell me I would never amount to anything and I believed her. I don’t have to be perfect to sing. Thanks!

A fellow student

I enjoyed all of Reba's lessons. Been great listening and watching her mannerisms as she is someone I do tributes to along with Cher, Shania, Dolly, Anne Murray, Patsy Cline, and others. She talks a bit about vocal range and I have yet to find anyone to answer the question on what is the lowest female note on record? I can find lowest male note, highest male note, and highest female note but not lowest female note. I scale from A1 the lowest note on the piano up to F6 and above working on my whistle range. I can sing from C2 and talking with Luke Combs producer in Nashville, he had personally, till hearing me, never heard a female go that low as well as any of my vocal instructors who just say they get "freaked out" hearing me go that low.

Sue S.

I’m not a singer. But I love to ballroom dance. I am currently having an issue picking out a song for my next routine. Now I know why. I want one that’s fun to dance too. And one that the audience would want to get up and dance. Thanks for doing this Master Class. It’s been fun to hear your story. Someone told me once to have one good go to song for karaoke. I have yet to do that. Maybe now with your tips I might just sing someday. Thanks God bless

Margaret M.

The pdf doesn't contain a hyperlink for the rangefinder. I found it online but couldn't get it to work. I'm working on a laptop; maybe someone with a smartphone will have better luck?

Margaret M.

Reba's thoughts about touching hearts makes me think of Guy Clark's comment on songwriting. "It's not brain surgery. It's heart surgery."

A fellow student

Larry C - not a singer just a writer but still fascinated by what she is saying.

Jeanne M.

The assessment link didn't work - nor did the link to the vocal guide in the PDF. Very disappointing. And yes I am on a laptop.

Greg K.

Finished Lesson Plan (LP) 3. This morning I woke up with a sniffle and the command baritone voice, not my normal voice. I learned in high school ROTC and CAP how to pull my voice from my abdominal muscles and diaphragm and not my vocal cords. This will take practice again to gain that elongated breathing volume. Week 5 of retirement and I'm still smiling. I think that may be a song. Thanks for having this training.

A fellow student

Assignment 1: Favorite Songs Fave Melodies: Rolling in the Deep I May Hate Myself In The Morning Whatever You Say Tell Me A Lie Fave Lyrics: Tell Me a Lie Whatever You Say Whiskey Lullaby Relatable: Burning House Better Things To Do Whiskey Lullaby Gunpowder and Lead