This is fun but really smart. Lots of versions of one tune. Do you agree?
Friday, October 30, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
"We Remember" on Wednesdays - Danse Macabre Camille Saint-Saëns 1980s cartoon, PBS, Halloween, Music
Perhaps some of the best music to create a story with. clse your eyes or watch the video. Either way, it works. Love it.
Monday, October 26, 2015
Friday, October 23, 2015
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Oh my goodness. Who told the younger ladies that talking in the back of your throat with that "growly" voice was sexy. Oh the damage you are doing. Those of us who have choirs, or teach music in schools etc. have the opportunity to share this information with our young people especially. Correct sound production and breathing will help them no matter what they do in life. Speaking and singing require a correct use of the voice. This constant strain placed by this current trend is dangerous. This is a great video to point out exactly what is meant by "vocal fry" and why we shouldn't be doing it or allowing it. Go forth and create GREAT sound correctly!!!!!!
Friday, October 16, 2015
I sure wish I had had something like this for my students. This is done as if it were a sports event with commentary and a referee and penalties. This is funny.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Sometimes we come to a performance having had a not so great day or having been very busy. Suddenly, we have to be in top form. Here is great short video to give you a really great way to RELAX that voice and allow you to be in control whether you are singing alone or in a group. You don' have to go to a quiet room or invite a zen moment. Listen up.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Our kids loved the Muppets but I think their dad loved them more. He was the one who knew the times and made certain they were there with him when the show came on. Here is one good reason for kids to watch.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Sometimes we get WAY too serious about some of our musical details. Some people get bent out of shape because someone doesn't think an auditioned choir is the highest form of choral work. Others think we should never use sheet music. I on the other hand, believe there is room for it all.
We need to be true to the music. Good tone production, rhythm and harmony are paramount. Whatever our format, teaching and supporting people who want to learn and grow are SO important.
Not taking ourselves too seriously really makes it work. There are any number of ways to get to the same goal that of really well done music that people enjoy producing.
However, that being said, wait until you hear how this comedic bit has a really tough half tone. Tim Minchin is a really great musician. There is nothing harder than singing what seems like a "wrong" note. Although it is in fun, it is really good musically. What do you think?