Monday, September 14, 2009
ANOTHER BEGINING || Singing Lessons
So part of my reason for going to Rhan Wilson's UKE U was to become a more comfortable singer. To me singing is a lot of work. I didn't have any public singing experience as a child or young adult. I think that it is going to be a continual growth process. I thank Rhanbo for making me almost yell out lyrics, it was embarassing at the time, but the commando tactic forces one to open up the throat and let the sounds flow - good or bad. Rhan has given me da Nerve, da Courage! And the Uklectics have given me incredible support from which to grow.
Now I started some singing lessons at the Albany Adult School with a powerful woman named, Janice Spampinato. Wow, she's a firey woman with a Italian Mother's power and a Groucho Marx sensibility. Kareoki, body relaxation, head & throat relaxation, tonal testing, a-e-i-o-ooo's. Yeah, that's an commanding woman and I'm looking forward to the next 9 lessons.
There's about 20 in the class. 2 men and 18 women. It's nearly 18 miles from my home so I was surprised to see Allison whom I had met when I was learning via the Hawaiian osmosis process at the Royal Hawaiian Ukulele Band on University Ave. in Berkeley. Allison plays ukulele and flute. More to come... HU
(P.S. ====> Be sure to read Rhan Wilson's comment below.)