This vocalise comes out of my new need for sublime coloratura. In researching how to go about practicing agility, I found this quote by Manuel Garcia:
Whoever would like to succeed in vocalizing the roulade without practicing first on two notes, then on three, etc., runs the risk of never being abe to do any kind of passage well. On the pure execution of two notes depends that of three, four, five, and more. Therefore, it is necessary to apply oneself to it with the most scrupulous attention.
So, this week’s vocalise is a modified version of Garcia’s exercise. I have also drawn some inspiration from one of Francesco Lamperti‘s seconds exercise by having two full measures of 16th note seconds.
A metronome is key here and a realization that you must get out of your own way. The seconds must just feel like they fly out of you without too much agonizing over them. Start slowly.
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Of course, you may breathe where you must, but I do suggest that you try to get through each rhythm without breathing in the middle of it.
Have fun singing!