Singing For Dummies
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Learning a new song to sing can be intimidating, but by using the following steps, you can integrate a new song into your repertoire without much difficulty. As with any new skill, learning a new song is a process, made easier if you break it into manageable steps:

  1. Memorize the words as a story — write out the text as sentences with punctuation.

  2. Tap out the rhythm.

  3. Sing through the melody — without words — using a single vowel such as ah or oh.

  4. Sing through the melody with the piano accompaniment without words.

  5. Put it all together: words, rhythm, melody, and acting.

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Pamelia S. Phillips is a professional singer with over 35 years of teaching experience. She has designed curriculum for high school students, college BFA programs, and professional training programs, helping thousands of singers refine their singing technique.

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