Now that you’ve listenned to my first podcast, “Music soothes the soul – Part 1“, you can now hear the demo of the 5 tips for singing a baby to sleep. Featuring the 1939 hit song”Three Little Fishies”, and the endearing folksong “Tumbalalaika” ( which is likely Yiddish and not Ukrainian as I’ve suggested in the podcasts), Torontogirl54 presents an easy-to-listen example how to sing a baby to sleep. Warning – do not listen to this while driving or operating heavy machinery.
“Music to soothe the soul- Part 2 aka Let me sing you to sleep”
Here are the progam notes to follow as you listen.
Music soothes the soul Part 2 or Let Me Sing You to Sleep
Welcome back to Music soothes the soul with me, torontogirl 54
So, in the first podcast of this series, “Music Soothes the Soul, Part 1, or Singing a Baby to Sleep”, I shared five singing techniques to help you sing a crying baby to sleep. How about a quick review?
(1) First of all, it’s not important to know the words to any song that you’re going to sing; humming and singing ‘lahs’ or ‘dahs’ are the way to go.
(2) Next, you’re going use mirroring to help the baby slow their breathing. Slower singing leads to slower breathing.
(3) As you begin to sing slower, you are also going to begin to sing softer. Eventually, you’ll want to change from words to non- sensible sounds such as ‘lah’.
(4) Lower the pitch, or the key, so that you don’t have any really high notes in your song.
(5) At some point you’re going to change the melody line or stop singing a particular song altogether just to do the ‘rocking and swooping’.
As promised, I’m going to demonstrate these tips with the 1939 song “Three Little Fishes”, and the Yiddish folksong,” Tumbalalaika”. I’m going to sing “Three Little Fishies”, 3 times, and then “Tumbalalaika” about 4 times. I won’t be stopping to explain what I’m doing, but I will be incorporating the 5 tips we’ve looked at. Listen for them, and by all means, sing along!
On one last note, as you listen to this demo, keep in mind that this is JUST an example; you can sing whatever you want to sing, however you want to sing it, and as long as you are calm and grounded yourself, chances are good that you’re going to sing that baby to sleep.
Three Little Fishies
First time – original version – low key
Second time – improve on chorus
Third time – slow down – improve on chorus
First verse – regular, but softer
Second verse – regular but take out the top notes
Third verse – slowing, swooping
Fourth time – no words, rocking, swooping, improv