Thank you for a great, focused, and engaging rehearsal on Wednesday night. We’re so glad you enjoyed the retreat so much, and it was fun to hear what your favorite parts of retreat were! Before diving into specific things to practice, we wanted to review how to make a beautiful sound as a singer. Practicing and performing with a free, light, and well-supported tone is key to developing your voice and musicality. Please, make sure you’re always listening to the sound that you’re producing and (better yet!) make short recordings of your warm-ups and song-practicing to get more understanding.
Practicing for next rehearsal in detail: WHAT and HOW
Just to remind you that practice time expectations for the Ensemble choir is 60-80 minutes per week. Here is your routine for practicing Cantabile music:
Songs to Practice for Wed. Sept. 28th
Rise Up Shepherd, and Follow
As a reminder, this is a piece that we’ll be singing with Intermediate at the Holidays with Cantabile concert on Dec. 4th
This is another song that we’ll be singing with Intermediate.
Old Fox Wassail
We did some great work on this at retreat: keep practicing! Make sure to learn the last page with the 100% accuracy.
At this point, you should know your parts on the following songs.
Please start working on memorizing them. We will pass out the schedule for memorization next week in rehearsal.
Review: Breathing meditation, standing position and a Yoga flow
Continue practicing breathing as follows (5 min a day.) This technique will not only relax and center you but will also greatly improve your ability to sing long sustained phrases.
Mind and body are one continuum, reconnected through breath
Is the most important pose to learn for anyone who wants to improve his/her singing, posture, health, wellbeing and creativity!
Here is your “template” practice daily and try to keep this posture intact while walking too!
Stand with FEET parallel, feeling “rooted” through the 5 points in connection in both feet
Activate the arches of feet, relax the KNEES with a microbend
Tap THIGHS to activate them but stay relaxed
Tuck and tip pelvis slightly to find the neutral position of the HIPS: in line with knees and heels
Lift STERNUM noticing the space between hips and RIB CAGE
Relax SHOULDERS down and back (shoulder blades tucking into imaginary pockets)
ARMS relaxed and long, by your side
Reach up through sides of the SKULL, CHIN tucked in, JAW relaxed, NECK elongated.
Gentle smile – – feeling calm, present, rooted to the groups and open to the limitless sky of possibilities.
Our first yoga flow…
Singers and musicians of any kind, athletes of all types, and creative people all over the world have long recognized the power, benefits and joy of yoga. Mindful, fluid movement through yogic poses — a flow — is one of the greatest ways to re-align your body with your mind, to feel calm, joyful and energetic. We will spend about 5 min at each rehearsal practicing different poses — monkeys, pigeons, roosters, green dragons, cats, cows, dogs and sphinxes!
Flow #1 (Forward bend/monkey/chair)
Begin in standing pose (as described above)
Hands together in front, slowly raising them to a forward salute (inhale)
Exhale — forward bend: round the back, release neck, head, arms; let gravity pull you down, stretching the hamstrings, lower back, calves.
PLace hands on lower back, bend knees, chin tucked: slowly unbend – vertebra by vertebra- to standing, neck and head come to place last — this takes INHALE and EXHALE
Slowly bring arms up as before, inhaling — forward salute and forward arch
Exhale- forward bend
INhale — monkey (legs straight but relaxed, spine straight and long,hands on knees, back and head make a “table”
Exhale — forward fold, bend knees
INhale — Chair (knees bent, feet flat on the floor, arms raised above head.
Exhale — standing
Exhale into standing.
Other announcements and reminders:
We’ve been together for five weeks now, and you’re really starting to come together as a group. Please keep up the good work at home, so we can spend our time together making music! The concert will be here before you know it, so use your practice time wisely this week.
Thank you again for a magical rehearsal this past week, and here’s to many more to come!
Elena and Jazmine