Hi, VTG and Bravi:
This week’s blog will address Bravi and VTG singers separately, since we’re working on different goals for the next few weeks. The next few weeks will be intense for the singers in Bravi, while VTG will be focused more on longer-term goals for the Spring. We’ll be back on the same page soon enough, but in the meanwhile please stay focused and flexible… and on top of your individual practice! First up, VTG:
Thanks for your hard work with Justin–he enjoyed his time with you and I’m told you got a good bit accomplished. Here are some action items and repertoire-specific notes.
Here are a few thoughts from Elena on the importance of our upcoming recording session, as well as the best ways to mentally and musically prepare for it:
Just a month after releasing Cantabile’s first professional CD Music Down in My Soul, we begin recording the second one next Monday! We don’t know how many recording sessions it will take — it very much depends on the success of each recording session. The good news is that our Monday recording time is luxuriously long (and hopefully unhurried) and you will be fresh, focused and energetic when singing in the morning and afternoon.
As always, it takes everyone’s participation to achieve best results. Please, read carefully through these reminders:
— Arrive a bit earlier than the call time
— Bring folder, water bottle (and/or thermos with tea), yoga mat (to rest on during the break)
— Wear casual but appropriate clothes (we will be making video clips of the recording process)
— Wear quiet shoes and warm clothes (a scarf is a good idea to keep throat warm). You will be standing on hard stone floor for several hours — whatever your wear on your feet, it must keep them warm.
Record yourself on each piece or on a section: listen carefully to your vowels and overall tone and intonation.
The Most Wonderful Time:
We are used to singing this piece with lots of gusto and abandon as a sing-along. For the recording purposes, all aspects of singing must become lighter, more precise and smooth.
Practice in slow tempo and record your singing — listen for any roughness and imprecision that might have become habitual.
Grace: this piece is in a pretty good shape. But!
Long notes must always have a direction: When practicing, walk on beat on every sustained note to add a sense of physical direction and anticipation to each phrase.
De-emphasize syllables that are not under stress but singing them softer and toning down vowel color (going toward a schwa.)
Voiced final consonants: Sound-uh // Found-uh // Believed-uh // Relieved-uh
Home- uh// Begun-uh// Lead-uh
Fricatives: LiKKe // KKome // FFirst// FFear // FFar BrighTT// FFear
Sibilants: ToilZ// SnareZ/
Other announcements and reminders:
Please review Jazmine’s email for other information on wardrobe, repertoire, and expectations.
Always our best,
Jace, Justin, and Elena