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Singing

Reba McEntire

Lesson time 13:35 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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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.

Reba gives me the confidence and the motivation to get out there and make my dreams a reality!

I really appreciated how Reba discussed the business side of music and loved her lectures on performance tricks with some of her students. All in all this was a highly enjoyable course with some amazing content!

I'm actually not a country musician, but it's important to me to be open-minded and see what others can offer. I really enjoyed this class. It has given me inspiration to keep trying, practicing and, hopefully, moving forward. Thank you, Reba. You are wonderful!

I will never be a CW singer or song writer. It does not diminish the importance of the lessons Ryba McEntyre teaches.


Comments

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

John K.

Great lesson. And I have a word of encouragement to all the singers and or song writers. you don't have to be the greatest singer, I sing a bit and write songs, but as she says I don't have a lot of range. No fan base. But I discovered these online companies that you can join to publish songs on iTunes. So on a whim I put up a song I wrote on itunes, nothing fancy just me and a guitar, and between itunes and streaming services sold over 2500 copies last count. With today's technological resources, anyone can get their music out there.

Kimberly B.

Awesome, very helpful and wonderful! THANK YOU REBA!!!! You are truly the BEST!!!

danielle F.

61.1 above avg! 2.9 octaves.. I could have gotten a little lower I guess, if I used my diaphragm more..