Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tonal Tuesday - Watch and Listen for Singing Quality

It is that very busy time of year.  Businesses are trying to get more done in 2 weeks than they have in 2 months.  Everybody needs everything NOW!

So here is and easy post to keep you mindful of good singing habits.  Watch this video and see what things that our Embro Thistle Singers do to make a great sound.  Then read below and let me know what you think.

1. WATCH - Yes indeed you must watch the conductor.  I know there are chamber groups that singing without a leader out front but there is always someone who sets the speed and tone of the group.  When you watch you begin and end together and make the song easier for the audience to understand.  That is the reason for singing in the first place.  How about that!

2. LISTEN - Your voice must fit in to all that is happening around you.  If you cannot hear the others singing, then you are too loud.  Being right all by yourself is just - well, wrong.  Blend is essential to again an overall understandable product.
The accompaniment is very important as well.  Many times you get your note in tricky phrases from a chord in the accompaniment.  However, you are much better off watching the director and listening to your fellow singers and letting the accompanist and the director create the rest.

Whether you are singing along at a school play or community sing song or church service, be mindful of what is going on around you and WATCH and LISTEN and you will be thrilled with how much easier it is to sing.  Have fun singing the season's great music.  Turn up the radio!

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