Lesson 5B: Advanced Transition Techniques Anyone Can Do

If you missed Part A – go here to catch up: https://singingresults.com/members/lesson-5-transitions/

Part B:
There’s a lot to this lesson and you could just just wait for it. Or dive in and be part of it.

If you dive in there’s the opportunity to get direct 1 on 1 responsive feedback .and have your voice contribute to the dialog that makes this course – at least this lesson.

This style of lesson creating looks promising for creating future lessons… take on tough questions, dive deep look at all the angles and then come up with a consolidated blue print or roadmap for success.

Of course – Lesson 6 will go back to basic vocal exercises – we won’t leave that out!

Down to business…

Assignment 1:
I invite you to review the previous introduction and the amazing comments and responses. YOU the ‘students’ in this course are for the most part professional vocalists, teachers, choir directors, touring performers.

Your contributions are GOLD!

Assignment 2: SHORT
Name 2 people who are masterful at transitions with only 1 sentence elaborating why.

(we asked for this in the first part, but it’s fine because we go sooo much good feedback… this tine –quick please. Short… we’re making a long reference list)

What’s next?

Part B will be short, fast, quick.  Then in Part C we’ll take it all together and present the core meat of the program  (in about a week) – followed by comments and feedback discussion.

Part D will summarize and distill this session for us and future students.


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  1. H Goodwin

    Hello, Stephen. The following are some comments, as feed back, that I would like to share with you and the group: I have given some thoughts on Transitioning between songs and I see that it allows the performer to move smoothly from one expression of emotion to another. Transitioning is, it appears to me, a critical technique for allowing singers and musicians to appear graceful and professional in the introductions and presentations of their performances, thus a necessary part of their performances. Gradual transitioning, in my opinion, seems to be the most effective in moving both the singer and audience from one mood and onto the next, no matter how disparent the two moods might be from each other. I am finding that the technique of transitioning, at the intro, moves me from a potentially stressful state of mind over to a relaxed and aware state of mind, a type of awareness that is more interested in the overall feel of the audience atmosphere and the rhythmn and beat at hand. If the song is overally sad, I can concentrate on the positive beneficial attributes that I might find within the song or imagine a positive image that counters something negative within the song, and, at the same time, just be sure not to lose the overall intended mood of the song itself within my presentation to the audience. If they wish to feel the sadness of a song, as part of its message, then I just view that as their right in song preferences and I just view myself as a message deliverer. I would prefer to use Transitioning to help me deal with entering into such deep emotional songs. A short preface chat with the audience, if there is time for such, can also help me move into the mood of my next song. The breathing exercises, as well as focusing on being present, help me to be relaxed and aware of the audience’s attention and expectations.

    Proper transitioning, the way I understand it, means to be calm, present, and gradually shifting focus from orientation around one subject or mood, in a fluid motion, over to another subject or mood, and all of it with enough fluidity or grace so as not to bring attention to the act itself of altering focus from one subject or mood to the next subject or mood. In some of the presenters you mentioned or suggested that we listen to, I noticed that they used gestures, facial expressions, body motions, to get their ideas or moods across to the audience. I appreciate all your emphasis on the importance and benefits of Transitioning.

    • Singing Coach

      Hi H.,

      Nicely said… Excellent!

      You clearly have a good understanding of Transitions.

      A couple of observations…

      “to move smoothly” – while this may be the primary focus for Transitions, there are times when a JOLT or other types of transition may be appropriate – depends a lot on the material.

      “short preface chat with the audience” – In some settings, this is a required skilled… but, even in Classical performances we’re starting to see more preface verbiage… and, even if not appropriate for spoken word, a lot can be said with body language.

      “fluidity or grace”… LOVE IT!

      Thanks for the great post!


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