Guitar & Voice

I just hate to be in one corner. I hate to be put as only a guitar player, or either only as a songwriter, or only as a tap dancer. I like to move around.

Jimmi Hendrix

The guitar is a perfect accompaniment for the human voice.

A moving performance. Guitar and Voice.

Learn to accompany yourself

The guitar is the perfect instrument to accompany your singing. Whether you wish to learn a few chords for a pop song, dive into the classical repertoire, or write you own songs. I can teach you. Here are some suggestions for you:

  • Learn to read music
  • Learn to read tablature, including pop, lute and baroque guitar tablature
  • Broaden your horizons by experimenting with diverse styles
  • Learn to write your own songs
  • Learn some tips on self-accompaniment
  • Learn how to tune your guitar to the correct HZ to understand Historical Vocal Pedagogy

Some examples of self-accompanying: Romantic, Renaissance and Contemporary.

Below, there is an audio example of one of my rehearsals with the Romantic Guitar which is smaller than a Classical. Therefore, I can stand and sing.

O quante volte – Bellini

Here is a video demonstrating the ‘natural voice’. Compared to the audio example above, the ‘natural voice’ is not ‘equalized’ and I try to not support the voice. The ‘natural voice’ has flaws that can be beautiful in styles other than classical. The guitar I play is a replica Renaissance Guitar strung with synthetic replica of gut strings.

Renaissance Guitar and Singing
Original Songs – Guitar is a perfect accompaniment for song writing

Here is an example of singer-songwriting with the guitar. In this recording I am playing a handmade Classical Guitar from Australia. The vocal style is ‘folk rock’. (Different vocal style again. This time I take the chest up into the middle voice. The voice is not equalized. The onsets are hard. There is no ‘caress of the glottis’. It is tough on the voice. The breaths are loud).

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