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Music School Online is proud to present our esteemed vocal teacher, Alvin Fields. Alvin has a storied career placing him on stage singing with legends like Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, and Roger Daltry, directing choirs for the likes of J Cole, Drake and Kanye West, and, in his studio life, pairing his amazing voice in support of Rihanna, Ella Fitzgerald, Kanye, Diana Ross and countless others. He’s also provided vocal coaching for artists such as Lenny Kravitz and Whitney Houston. Alvin’s professional singing, writing and production career has spanned decades with credits on six Grammy-winning or nominated records. Alvin’s infectious personality is rivaled only by his talent and love of teaching music, as you’ll see from his MSO voice tutorials. Alvin Fields endorses Roland Electronic Instruments.
 
 
Breath Control - Shake it Off by Taylor Swift
Breath Control
 

Learn breath control technique with Alvin Fields (Drake, Whitney Houston, Ella Fitzgerald) as he demonstrates how and when to breathe using this upbeat, pop song.

 
 
00:04:31
Intermediate
 
Choir Dynamics with A Song for Mama by Boyz 2 Men
Choir dynamics
 

Alvin Fields and members of The Blessed Choir discuss choir dynamics demonstrating how to sing the melody and alto parts, then adding in harmonies with the tenor and soprano parts for a fuller sound.

 
 
00:08:58
Beginner
 
Choir Roundtable
Choir experience
 

Ken Lewis, Alvin Fields and members of The Blessed Choir discuss what it is like to be in a choir, sharing their experience with you to ease your fears about singing with a group.

 
 
00:24:24
Beginner
 
Enunciation Exercise
Enunciation Excercise
 

Alvin Fields (Drake, Whitney Houston) explains the importance of enunciating and provides excellent examples of words that have to be changed when being sung to be understood. 

 
 
00:06:01
Intermediate
 
Falsetto - Learn to sing falsetto
Falsetto
 

Learn to sing falsetto, or head voice, and falsetto techniques with Alvin Fields as he explains what falsetto is and how to successfully sing it.

 
 
00:07:35
Beginner
 
Finding Your Note in the Choir - Where's Jermaine? By J. Cole
Finding Your Note
 

Alvin Fields introduces members of The Blessed Choir demonstrating the most common vocal ranges including tenors, altos, and sopranos for you to sing along to determine where your voice is most comfortable. 

 
 
00:08:58
Beginner
 
Harmonizing Part 1 - Learn 3 Part Harmony
Three Part Harmony
 

Alvin Fields and Ken Lewis explain what a three part harmony is, how to sing one, and what variations can be sung depending on the range of the vocalists.

 
 
00:06:06
Intermediate
 
Harmonizing Part 2 - On Bended Knee by Boyz II Men
Harmony
 

In Part 2, Alvin Fields applies the harmony techniques previously discussed, introduces inverted harmonies, which are more suited to deep voices, and offers singing techniques.

 
 
00:06:46
Intermediate
 
Harmony - Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz
Three Part Harmony
 

Learn to sing and build harmonies with Alvin Fields as he demonstrates how to invert the harmony and breaks down all three parts of the 3 part harmony for you to practice and sing along.

 
 
00:09:10
Intermediate
 
Harmony - New Flame by Chris Brown ft. Usher and Rick Ross
Harmony
 

Learn to sing harmony with Alvin Fields as he shows you how to sing both the higher harmonies with the head voice and the lower octave with full voice.

 
 
00:06:42
Intermediate
 
Harmony - Stay With Me by Sam Smith
Harmony
 

Alvin Fields (Drake, Whitney Houston, Ella Fitzgerald) explains the intricate harmony parts and breaks these down so you can sing along. 

 
 
00:08:27
Advanced
 
Humming Exercise
Relaxation Exercise
 

Whenever it's time to get on stage and perform, it's always a good idea to be as relaxed and warmed up as you can be. Alvin Fields has just the simple humming exercise for that.

 
 
00:05:11
Beginner
 
Is Rap Singing
Exploring Rap
 

Is rap singing? Alvin Fields tackles this tough question and explores the elements of this art form weighing in with his opinion.

 
 
00:03:29
Beginner
 
Let Me Clear My Throat
Caring for Your Instrument
 

Alvin Fields (Drake, Whitney Houston, Ella Fitzgerald) explains the biggest enemy to your voice and imparts his wisdom and knowledge to care for your throat. 

 
 
00:11:45
Beginner
 
Major and Minor Harmonies in Vocals
Major and minor harmonies
 

Alvin Fields (Drake) and Rose Hart (J. Cole) discuss major and minor harmonies. They show you examples of both and take you through an exercise to help train your ears.

 
 
00:05:57
Beginner
 
Microphone Technique When Speaking or Singing Live
Using the Microphone
 

This voice lesson is a Must for any singer. Learn microphone technique especially when speaking or singing live as Alvin Fields discusses the do's and don't's of microphone use.

 
 
00:05:46
Intermediate
 
Riffs and Runs in a Major Key
Riffs & Runs
 

Learn how to create tasteful riffs and runs in a major key. Alvin Fields explains how and when to embellish the vocal performance to make a song more interesting.

 
 
00:09:43
Advanced
 
Riffs and Runs in a Minor Key
Riffs & Runs
 

Alvin Fields (Drake, Whitney Houston, Ella Fitzgerald) takes the concepts discussed in the previous riffs and runs lesson and demonstrates how these can be applied to a song in a minor key.

 
 
00:06:00
Advanced
 
Singer Etiquette
Singing Etiquette
 

Learn singing etiquette and developing stage presence as Alvin Fields discusses the importance of connecting with your audience and explains some of the do's and don't's of performing live. 

 
 
00:14:07
Intermediate
 
Singing in Tune
Identifying Pitchy Singing
 

Alvin Fields and Ken Lewis discuss what it means to sing in tune. They identify and provide examples of when a vocalist is pitchy, that is, singing flat or singing sharp. 

 
 
00:04:50
Beginner
 
Singing in Tune Exercise
Singing in Tune Exercise
 

Learn to sing in tune with this vocal exercise conducted by Alvin Fields designed to let you practice singing along in the proper pitch. 

 
 
00:07:50
Beginner
 
Singing with a Choir
Boot Camp for Singers
 

Alvin Fields describes the choir experience as a boot camp for singers and discusses the benefits of singing with a choir.

 
 
00:05:36
Beginner
 
Sliding - You Make Me Wanna by Usher
sliding Into Notes
 

Alvin Fields demonstrates the difference between straight singing and sliding into the notes and provides many opportunities to practice your sliding technique. 

 
 
00:07:06
Intermediate
 
Song Interpretations Part 1
Making a Song Yours
 

In Part 1, learn song interpretation as Alvin Fields discusses this technique and provides examples of how to change a song to make it your own.

 
 
00:07:04
Intermediate
 
Song Interpretations Part 2
Making a Song Yours
 

In Part 2, Alvin Fields continues his discussion about this technique with his acoustic guitar and demonstrates how to create unplugged versions of famous songs.

 
 
00:04:31
Intermediate
 
Throat Relaxation Part 1
Relaxation Exercise
 

In Part 1, Alvin Fields teaches you a throat relaxation technique to avoid polyps on your throat and keep your voice healthy. 

 
 
00:05:55
Beginner
 
Throat Relaxation Part 2
Relaxation Exercise
 

In Part 2, Alvin Fields continues his discussion on throat relaxation techniques to avoid throat polyps and keep your voice healthy.

 
 
00:04:26
Beginner
 
Transposition Part 1 Keys
Changing the Key to Fit Your Voice
 

Learn transposition, or how to change the key of a song to fit your voice, as Alvin Fields demonstrates how to change the key using a keyboard. 

 
 
00:06:02
Beginner
 
Transposition Part 2 Guitar
Changing the Key to Fit Your Voice
 

In Part 2, Alvin Fields demonstrates how to adjust your instrument to your vocal range using a guitar and a capo.

 
 
00:05:37
Beginner
 
Unconscious Modulation
Adjust Your Voice Instinctively
 

Alvin Fields guides you through a vocal exercise to demonstrate how you can adjust your voice instinctually by trusting the music to lead you there.

 
 
00:05:12
Beginner
 
Vibrato Episode 1 - Exercise
Vibrato
 

Alvin Fields explains what vibrato is, how to use it and where to properly apply it and guides you through a vocal exercise to get you familiar with how vibrato feels in your throat. 

 
 
00:05:28
Intermediate
 
Vibrato Episode 2 - All of Me by John Legend
Vibrato
 

Alvin Fields continues discussing vibrato and demonstrates how much more powerful a song becomes with this vocal technique.

 
 
00:04:06
Intermediate
 
Vibrato Episode 3 - Approaches to Vibrato
Vibrato
 

Learn the three main styles of vibrato as Alvin Fields explains the different types and demonstrates all 3 approaches on the same piece of music.

 
 
00:05:57
Advanced
 
Vocal Octave Leaps - Hate That I Love You by Rihanna
Vocal Octave Leaps
 

Learn how to extend and explore your vocal range with octaves as Alvin Fields and Rose Hart discuss how to achieve an octave leap.

 
 
00:05:07
Intermediate
 
Vocal Warmup - Breath Control Exercise
Breath Control
 

Learn breath control with a vocal warmup exercise, led by Alvin Fields (Drake, Whitney Houston, Ella Fitzgerald), designed to improve your vocal performance.

 
 
00:03:06
Beginner
 
Vocal Warmup - Facial Exercise
Warm Ups
 

Alvin Fields (Drake, Whitney Houston) guides you through a vocal warmup facial exercise to awaken your face muscles and get the blood circulating around your face. 

 
 
00:03:06
Beginner
 
Vocal Warmup - Here Comes the Bride
Warm Ups
 

Alvin Fields guides you through this voice exercise designed to extend your vocal range a full octave and get you ready for a performance.

 
 
00:04:23
Intermediate
 
Vocal Warmup - Italian Syllables
Warm Ups
 

Alvin Fields guides you though this vocal warmup exercise using Italian syllables with the purpose opening up and stretching your vocal chords before a performance. 

 
 
00:04:11
Beginner
 
Vocal Warmup - Minor Major
Warm Ups
 

Alvin Fields takes you through a vocal warmup exercise he calls Minor Major which familiarizes new or beginning singers to recognize the difference between minor and major chords. 

 
 
00:05:25
Beginner
 
Vocal Warmup - Modulation Exercise - Rude by Magic!
Warm Ups
 

Alvin Fields (Drake, Whitney Houston, Ella Fitzgerald) guides you though this voice exercise designed to help you flex your musical intuition to find the next notes.

 
 
00:04:11
Intermediate
 
Vocal Warmup - Oh Wee Oh
Warm Ups
 

Workout your voice and your face muscles with this vocal warmup exercise guided by Alvin Fields to get you ready before a vocal performance.

 
 
00:03:43
Intermediate
 
What is Singing
Role of the Singer
 

Alvin Fields tackles the question what is singing? As he eloquently defines singing and demonstrates how singing can communicate more powerfully than speaking.

 
 
00:05:47
Beginner
 
 
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