Vocal Effects & Ornamentation | Thursdays

Vocal Effects & Ornamentation | Thursdays


January 18th - February 22nd
Thursday Evenings
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Premiere Bay Area vocal coach, Raz Kennedy presents Vocal Effects & Ornamentation, a dynamic class, exploring safe approaches to stylistic techniques implemented across musical genres. The intention of this class is to expand a singer's realm of possibility for artistic expression. 

Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of how to add vocal textures and flavor to their performances without causing damage to their instrument. Raz Kennedy will debunk common misconceptions about healthy vs. unhealthy sounds and share his unique methods for creating vocal effects with ease and without discomfort. 

Together, we will examine how to create distortion (James Brown, Janis Joplin), apply rattle (Ray Charles, Prince), growl (Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder), grunt (Davey Havok of AFI, Randy Blythe of Lamb of God), accomplish creaking (Britney Spears, Marilyn Manson), add air to a tone (Janet Jackson, Lana Del Rey), incorporate different types of vibrato (Pavarotti, Jennifer Hudson), and execute intentional vocal breaks (Sia, Jack White) without hindrance.

Raz will also expose the secrets of vocal embellishments and introduce practical approaches to accurately and consistently accomplish them. 

He will reveal and detail the fundamental skills that underpin masterful vocal ornamentation. As a group, we will explore a range of useful exercises to cultivate agility in the singing voice and experiment with techniques frequently used in R&B, Soul, Black Gospel, Middle Eastern, and Classical styles. 

Participants will come away with the knowledge of how to listen for accurate note choices, various vibratos, and rhythmic phrasing for precise coloratura, licks, riffs, melismas, runs, rolls, and messaging. 

Each singer will be asked to prepare a vocal phrase of their choosing to workshop. Raz will coach individual singers to effectively execute these concepts.

Singers of all musical styles and backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to participate.

These classes will take place at Raz Kennedy Voice Studio in Berkeley, CA.

6 Classes

January 18th
January 25th
February 1st
February 8th
February 15th
February 22nd

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