Saturday, August 18, 2012

You're Invited

Did you know that August is Happiness Happens month? Did you have a good month? How many days of happiness did you have? Maybe you need some ideas on how to have a good day.

I want to share some resouces and ideas with you that can give you a lift.

The first exercise (oops, do you feel as bad about the word exercise as I do, hmm ...)
OK, the first piece of homework (nope, that doesn't sound exciting does it?)
How about activity or assignment or task or challenge?
None of those sound right either.

Let's try invitation.

Don't you love getting a handwritten invitation in the mail? It usually means something fun or good is about to happen. It's usually a reason to celebrate and be excited. So, let's go with that.

And since we're talking about invitations, why not write up a few for yourself. Invite yourself out to lunch or for a trip to a nice garden or for some other treat. Write them up and put them in sealed envelopes and hide them around your house. Then later, when they come to light again, you'll have a reason to celebrate. This is two-part fun. You get to have fun crafting the invitations and hiding them and fun again when they show up in the future.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Beautiful Quote

Found this beautiful quote today.

I bring fresh showers for the thirsting flowers,
From the seas and the streams;
I bear light shade for the leaves when laid
In their noonday dreams.

From my wings are shaken the dews that waken
The sweet buds every one,
When rocked to rest on their mother's breast,
As she dances about the sun.

I weild the flail of the lashing hail,
And whiten the green plains under,
And then again I dissolve it in rain,
And laugh as I pass in thunder.
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Wiki How - Vocal Range

How to Characterize Your Vocal Range

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

Many people love to sing, but when asked what part are unsure or pick the part that has the melody. There are several different vocal ranges. This article discusses how to determine which you might fit into.


  1. The first thing you'll need is a piano or other instrument where you know what the notes are.

  2. Find the pitch at which you speak and the pitch at which you laugh. These two pitches are good indications of where your voice is most comfortable.

  3. Using a staccato (short) ha, move up and down the scale to find your highest and lowest note. Make note of where you feel the most comfortable and sing the best. Exaggerated sighing where your voice moves through pitches is also a good way to find how high and low your voice can go.

  4. The notes you sing most easily and beautifully are called tessitura. Your working range are the notes where you can comfortablely sing beyond this. The extreme range of a voice is usually only accessible by professionals or those who have been trained.

  5. The highest voice is a Coloratura. The tessitura is from B above middle C and up the scale to G above high C. Their working range extends from E above middle C to A above high C.

  6. The next voice is called a Lyric Soprano. The tessitura for this voice is from A above middle C to F above high C. The working range is from D above middle C to G above high C.

  7. Next we come to the Dramatic Soprano. The tessitura is from G above middle C to E above high C. Their working range extends from middle C up to F above high C.

  8. Mezzo Soprano is next on the list. The tessitura is from E above middle C to high C. The working range is from B below middle C to E above high C.

  9. Contraltos are the lowest of the treble voices. Their tessitura is middle C to A above middle C. Their working range is from G below middle C to high C.

  10. The Lyric Tenor straddles the treble and base clefts. They can sing from A below middle C to F above middle C in the tessitura range. Working ranges are from D below middle C through A above middle C.

  11. Dramatic Tenors come next. The tessitura is D below middle C up to D above middle C. Working range is low C to F above middle C.

  12. Baritones have a tessitura from B below low C to G above low C and a working range of A below low C to D above middle C.

  13. The next lowest voice is the Bass Baritone. The tessitura is from A below low C to F above low C. Working range encompases G below low C to middle C.

  14. Finally we have the Bass. This voice has a tessitura from G below low C to E above low C. The working range is F below low C up to B below middle C.

Things You'll Need

  • A piano or musical instrument

  • Ability to read music

Sources and Citations

  • Information gathered from The Voice of Singing by Esther Andreas and Robert M. Fowells.

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