Beatles Vocal Pack
Paul McCartney and John Lennon crafted some of the greatest songs of the 20th century. They were also fabulous singers and this pack focuses on the vocal parts of some of their best songs.
Lesson 1: Yesterday - Vocal Lesson
"Jim does a great job with the breakdown for this Beatles classic. The topics covered are strong mix, sirens through the melody line, and cord compression for resonance, song interpretation and more. A great lesson to go along with a great song."
Lesson 2: And I Love Her - Vocal Lesson
"And I Love Her" was mainly written by Paul McCartney-it was the 5th track on their 3rd album "A Hard Days Night" and it was released July 20, 1964 John Lennon claimed in an interview with Playboy that his major contribution was the middle 8 section ("A love like ours /Could never die/As long as I/Have you near me") the main guitar riff was written by George Harrison. This is another great intermediate level song which stays mostly in chest voice. Topics covered sliding into the melody line, how to handle the Eee vowel, crescendo to decrescendo, splitting the sustain, handling 3 note embellishments and more. Lesson by Jim Bruno sung by Fred McCarty.S
Lesson 3: Girl - Vocal Lesson
Girl was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney based on an original idea by Lennon and performed by Beatles on their 1965 album “Rubber Soul”. “Girl” was the last complete song recorded for that album. Unlike most of their earlier love songs, “Girl” was one of their most melancholy and complex at the time. Another Beatles lesson by Jim Bruno and sung by Fred McCarty. Topics covered include, establishing chest voice, vocal cord shading, why repetitive notes sound like different pitches, attitude, singing from the heart and rhythmical phrasing. Although this song predominantly stays in chest voice, the challenges lie in the performance, shading, and rhythmical aspects of this song. Good intermediate song for male voices. As always Jim points out plenty of topics important for both female and male singers.
Lesson 4: In My Life - Vocal Lesson
Released in 1965 on the Rubber Soul album is ranked 23rd on the Rolling Stones article the 500 greatest songs of all time as well as shift on the list of Beatles 100 greatest songs Mojo magazine named it the best song of all time in 2000. This is another great acoustic guitar/vocal song and is a definite winner. Lesson by Jim Bruno performance by Fred McCarty topics covered include cord closure, air balance, vocal cord shading, resonance, vibrato exercises, working with hard consonants, sustaining notes, and nasal resonator exercises. Another must for the male acoustic guitar player to learn and put another notch in their guitar strap.
Lesson 5: Blackbird - Vocal Lesson
Blackbird is a Beatles song from the double disc album Beatles, also known as the White Album. Blackbird was written by Paul McCartney but is credited to both Lennon and McCartney. Blackbird was inspired by JS Bach's Bourree in E minor. McCartney adopted a segment of it and re-harmonized the original minor key to the key of G major which is its relative major. Fred McCarty sings the song and stylizes it. It is a very fun arrangement to learn.This song is in a great range for most male singers and an absolute must to learn for any male acoustic guitar player. Most of the range is in chest voice but does move up to head voice at times.