BEGINNER

Overtones are everywhere. In each and every sound, also in your voice. Sound consists out of a combination of frequencies, the lowest one is the fundamental and all the frequencies above are called overtones.

In regular singing and speaking overtones are important for vowels and sound colours. In overtone singing technique one learns, how to amplify individual overtones through singing slow vowel transitions on a long note. This is also called the „vowel-overtone-technique“ and it is the first technical step into learning overtone singing.

Depending on the level and progress of the workshop participants, also the „tongue technique“ will be presented. With this, overtones can sound almost as clear as a flute above the fundamental.

Overtone singing allows a playful and relaxed way of interaction with your voice and enlarges the capability of expressiveness. It trains the perception of intonation, sound, and sound colours and improves the contact to one’s own body.

Anyone who is interested in finding new approaches involving the voice is welcome to this workshop. Previous knowledge about e.g. reading notes or foregoing vocal training are benefical although not mandatory.

All workshops contain individual feedback and attention for each participant.

ADVANCED

How can I get my overtones more clear? How do I achieve quick and precise control? How can I sing songs and melodies in overtone singing? How does it work to sing loud whistle-like harmonics in „tongue-technique“? How can I learn to change fundamentals?

Depending on the overall level and interest of the group (as well as on the technical level of each individual participant) these questions can be the covered topics in this overtone singing workshop for people with previous experience.

Regarding „previous experience“: it doesn’t matter wether you visited one of my workshops in the past, studied with a colleague or if you are self-taught. If you feel uncertain wether your level is suitable for the workshop, please send me a short soundfile of your own singing before signing up.

All workshops contain individual feedback and attention for each participant.

BODY & VOICE

Voice is sound. Sound is movement in air. Air is breath. Breath is a movement. Movement is life and movement is dance. Dance is rhythm. Rhythm is music. Music is sound.

Yvonne Pouget (choreographer, dance therapist and psychotherapist) and Anna-Maria Hefele (singer, musician and teacher in „elementary music & dance education“) are leading this workshop together.

The approach to this workshop is holistic and contains a symbiosis: reaching out from bodywork to movement, involving breath technique and singing, creating sound and music.

This workshop is for you:

  • if you want to lower your stress level
  • if you’re not looking for complex music theoretical explanations 🙂
  • if you’re interested to find your individual expression through physical and vocal exploration in space
  • if you want to experience yourself within a relationship to the sorroundings

FOR YOUR CHOIR

Working with vocal overtones is especially useful for choir singers and choral conductors.

If you conduct a choir, or sing in a choir and would like to invite me to work with your choir: please contact me! (info@overtone.academy) I really love working with choirs and vocal ensembles of any level and genre.

The benefits for the capability of hearing and controlling harmonics by the singers in a choir are as following:

  1. Effective ear training
  2. The singers can adjust their vowels and sound colours faster and more easily to each other (or to their choir conductor or voice teacher), leading to an improvement in blending.
  3. Through improved blending, also intonation in the choir can improve.
  4. Overtones in the vowels can even be used to slightly „tune“ the choir, if they are chosen accordingly to the harmony in a certain position of the musical piece.

Artistic use of overtone singing in a choir:

  1. Amplifying vocal overtones through slow vowel transitions is easy and can be learned quickly, it can be used as a fascinating sound effect in choral music.
  2. There are some compositions involving overtone singing for the choir, as soon as those overtones are particularly notated, this requires more time & practice.

The learning process is as following:

  1. Hearing harmonics in the teachers voice
  2. Producing harmonics: by the practice of singing slow vowel transitions on a long note, overtones are starting to appear clearly from the sound.
  3. Hearing harmonics in the voices of other singers.
  4. Beginning to hear overtones in your own voice. This is a lot more difficult than hearing other people’s harmonics.
  5. With the basic ability to hear the harmonics in one’s own voice, the control over them can be then learned as well.

INDIVIDUAL TEACHING

You can come alone, or bring your friends and form a little group to learn and study together. 

If you want to become my private student, please send a postal, readable handwritten application letter to the following address:

Anna-Maria Hefele
Schärdinger Straße 28
4774 St. Marienkirchen bei Schärding
Austria

Individual teaching takes place at the mentioned address, or in other locations to be agreed on, which are fitting accordingly to my travel schedule. Price per lesson à 60 minutes: 200 Euro.

Attention: also the offered group workshops contain regular attention and feedback for each individual participant.


I do not offer online teaching. In my opinion a fundamental element is missing from such a procedure.