Monday, September 26, 2016

The non-technical guide to becoming a singer

Some people get put off by all the technicalities of singing: music theory, diaphragm, larynx, vocal blend, head voice, legato, etc.

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But singing is much easier than you think. Here’s how to get started.

Monday, September 19, 2016

“I’m a choir leader and sometimes I hate my job” – but that’s OK!

Sometimes the last thing I want to do is to drag myself off the sofa and go to choir.

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photo by Ed Van Brunt

But it’s my job so I make the effort and usually it’s worth it. I used to worry that everyone else loved their job all the time, but that’s not the case!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Integrating new choir members: a guide for new singers, existing members and choir leaders

Most choirs take new singers on at the beginning of a season. Joining an established group can be quite scary and new singers need to find a way of catching up quickly.

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Here are some ideas for how best to integrate new members into your choir.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Has your voice gone rusty over the summer?

Choir members all over the country are gearing up for a new choir season. Many of you might not have sung at all over the long break.

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How can you best prepare for getting back into singing without damaging your voice?

Monday, August 29, 2016

Finding songs for the new choir season

A new season kicks off for many choirs in a the next few weeks. I don’t know about you, but I always seem to leave it to the last minute to find new repertoire for my choir!

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Here are some ideas for finding new material for your next choir season.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Just because a song is hard or you don’t like it doesn’t mean you should give up on it

Last week I looked at why singers might be finding a song hard going: If a song’s not working, when do you stop flogging the dead horse?

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photo by Tanya Little

I suggested easy solutions to most situations, but what happens if the singers don’t like the song or are finding it harder than you thought they would? Give up or soldier on?

Monday, August 15, 2016

If a song’s not working, when do you stop flogging the dead horse?

Sometimes I bring a great song to choir and for some reason the singers really struggle with it.

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How do you decide whether to persist with a song until it comes right, or just abandon it and move on? Let’s look at the options.