Monday, August 03, 2015

Choir leaders: who’ll replace you when you’re gone?

Nothing lasts forever. There will come a time when you will leave your choir and need someone else to take over.

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Who will you hand over to and how easy is it to do? Let’s look at some options.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Making the most of your singing voice – it’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with it

We are not all born equal. Some have longer legs which helps them to win at hurdles or the high jump. Some have longer fingers which helps them to play jazz chords on the piano.

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photo by muzina_shanghai

But what you are born with need not limit what you do. It’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with it that counts.

Monday, July 20, 2015

What is your measure of success? – choir leading and self-reflection

How do you know if a choir session or singing workshop or performance has been a success?

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photo by shadowkilla_tk

And if it has gone badly, how does that feed back into your teaching and choir directing?

Monday, July 13, 2015

How men sing (Part 1) – amazing examples from across the globe #getmensinging

Many choirs have a shortage of male singers. Most of my singing workshops attract just 10% men. Is it just a problem here in the UK?

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In an attempt to get more men singing, I’m going to share some amazing examples of men singing together from all over the world.

Monday, July 06, 2015

The curse of confusion: why thinking is bad for singing

I teach a song by ear in less than an hour at a workshop. Everyone picks it up really quickly and then they sing it brilliantly.

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We’ve been working on the same song with my very accomplished weekly choir for quite some time. They really struggle and it’s like plodding through mud. What’s going on here? It’s all about your head getting in the way.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chris Rowbury’s monthly music roundup

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Monday, June 29, 2015

How to pace a long singing workshop effectively

If a singing workshop is just a couple of hours long, then singers’ energy and concentration will probably be fine.

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But for workshops which last a whole day, energy, concentration, focus, boredom, etc. all become factors. What’s the most effective way to pace a long singing workshop?