Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Start a list of favorite songs and artists and add to it every day.  Make a note if the range to too low or too high. The key can be changed most of the time.   Finding the right material is crucial.

Saturday, January 5, 2013


     Most people make New Year's Resolutions, but after a short time, we usually go back to our old habits and forget about making changes.  I think the secret is to be simple and realistic.  If improving your singing voice is on your list, then start by
  •  Going through your CD's or Ipod lists and make a list of artists you love and the songs you can't help but sing along with.
  •  Prioritize your list. Start with the easiest songs that fit your range. List at least ten songs.
  •  Go online and find the lyrics (and guitar chords, if possible). Copy those, and make the words bigger to make them easier to read from a distance.
  •  Don't use the excuse you don't have the time to practice every day. Start singing one of these songs EVERY DAY  (even if it's for ONE MINUTE). GETTING STARTED is the KEY.
  • Then book a local voice teacher (I know a good one).   If you can't find a local one, SKYPE lessons are also possible (though not as good as in person).  I am a long-time member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (www.nats.org )  There is a list on line.

Sunday, November 18, 2012


Now is the time to prepare for the National Musical Theatre Competition (also Classical) sponsored by the world's largest publisher Hal Leonard.  Two of my students placed in the TOP TEN in the U.S. and Canada last year. The deadline is Feb 1st, which will come up sooner than you think. There is a set list of songs and I have all the music, and rehearsal tracks to help you get started. We will video in my new video studio to send in to enter. This is prestigeous and is a great teaching tool. We will also record live in front of an audience and stream it on the web.  I have a few openings for those who are interested in entering. Let me know at 425 788 4942   Larry Bridges, B.M.E., M.A.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Summertime Blues

Back to blogging, after a long-dry spell.  Everyone here in Seattle is waiting for summer, which has apparently arrived (and then some) in the rest of the country.  SO... no better way to spend time indoors than by singing some blues.  Start with songs like St. James Infirmary or even summertime (how appropriate).  Try singing these melodies with vowel combinations like  "Whoa" (Oh and Oo, with Oh being given more time than Oo)  AND  "Yea"  (Ay and Ee vowels, with Ay getting more time than Ee"    Ex.  Yay----------ee   Yay--------ee,  or Woh--------------oo   Woh---------oo.  Work in the middle of your range at first and don:t push it too high.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Broadway in New York

My trip to New York for the Educational Theatre Association was incredible. It was fun to be in the heart of Broadway at the Marriott Marquis. I saw "Wicked", "Time Stands Still" with Laura Linney, "West Side Story", and "Billy Elliot". "Wicked" was, as expected, wonderful. My friend, Jason, is the Stage Manager and is rightfully proud of this amazing production.
The play, "Time Stands Still" was about a pair of married war-correspondent photographers. Laura Linney, Brian d'Arcy James, Eric Bogosian, and Christina Ricci were all excellent. This was a powerful drama about the horrors of war.
I also saw the new production of "West Side Story". This production had additional lyrics and dialogue in Spanish, which added to the realism. "Maria" was incredible, but "Tony" didn't live up my expectations vocally. He was an amazing dancer, but was too nasal of a sound.
The final show I saw was "Billy Elliot". This was one of the best productions I've ever seen. The quality of the ballet, tap, singing, and acting was unbelievable. This show is coming to Seattle and I highly recommend seeing it.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Healthy Idea

If you are going for an audition or interview why not insure your breath is fresh by trying some Greek yogurt with some lemon juice? It's cheap, healthy, and might prevent embarrassing bad breath.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


The first week's exercises are working on intervals of a second, which is working with the adjacent note of the scale. We will be using major and minor scales. A second exercise with the C major scale, might go like this: C D C D C D C D, D E D E D E D E, E F E F E F E F, F G F G F G F G, A B A B A B A B, B C B C B C B C B C, C----------. An interval is the distance between notes, with a minor second also a half-step (C to Db) and a major second a whole step (C to D). This can be confusing when doing this exercise. With this exercise, we are working with adjacent notes of the scale, some which may be major seconds, some minor seconds. For the major scale example, C to D is a major second, E to F is a minor second, but we are adhering to the pattern of the major scale, which is "whole, whole, half, whole, whole, whole, half" steps. Apply this pattern anywhere on the piano and you will have a major scale. I will be adding a video shortly to demonstrate the exercise. In the mean time, I recommend you getting www.smartmusic.com to help.