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my first private voice lesson...

.. in about fifteen years went swimmingly well! (my mom enrolled me in a few private voice lessons as a kid, also organ and chinese language (which I wish I paid more attention to).

Anyways, the teacher is Akina, I got her referral from Shana Merlin, and she is pretty good so far! Though, maybe I like her because she kept saying nice things about me :)

I told her I had a low voice, and after a warmup exercise, confirmed that I'm indeed an Alto. But I also had a higher range then most altos, going to the Ab, and also went lower then usual, to D/E.

She's also an Alto, and is a petite black woman, with a gorgeous gorgeous voice, and a good sense of humour.

We're focusing on musical theatre, and she picked "I'm not that girl" from Wicked to work on. It has a lot of leaps in the melody which will be good for me. I usually tend to give up when I hit high notes, thinking that it's out of my range, but Akina seems to believe I can make those notes... And that song is lovely.

I had so much fun.

On a sidenote: I was wondering if my phone was vibrating, and saw that it wasn't. Then I thought it was my upstairs neighbour's phone. It took me a while to realize it was Uchi cat.  

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missdeekupps
May. 15th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
I am in the market for someone to give me private voice lessons. Can you give me an idea of the price range for her? You can email me at thehulahoopgirl at gmail dot com.Thanks!
ripresa
May. 15th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, I don't mind sharing. She charges $30 for half an hour, and $50 for the whole hour. I think that is about on par for most teachers. LA may be more expensive but they also have much more teachers.
missdeekupps
May. 15th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Can you send along her contact info? Thanks!
ripresa
May. 15th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
ooh. i now remember who you are, you're monkey's friend!
her email is akina.adderley@gmail.com
here's her bio:
http://www.tnsacademy.org/Akina_Adderley.html
she also teaches at the lone star school of music.

tell her nadine sent you!
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