Thank you for another beautiful rehearsal on Wednesday night. Your sound is improving each time we come together, and it is very exciting to hear the fruits of your home practicing! Please, remember to sing with beautiful, light and supported sound when practicing. Review the rules for good vocal production (they are below the action items.)
Action Items for Next Rehearsal:
Singer’s alignment while standing or sitting:
Connecting to the ground through five points of the feet
a micro bend in the knees, thighs activated,
pelvis/hips in neutral position
ribcage lifted, sternum up, shoulders down and back, aways from ears
arms relaxed, neck long and soft, chin tucked, jaw and cheeks relaxed
lift up through the crown of your head.
Jaw, Tongue, Throat during singing:
Should be relaxed at all times: on in-breath and out-breath
The tongue should feel relaxed and forward. On the inhale, the jaw releases down (avoid dropping it too low, this can cause tension.) The tongue should relax down and should touch the back of the bottom teeth. Practice in front of a mirror and notice the position of your tongue while singing: if you see the tongue pulling back like a scared turtle pulls its head into shell, stop the singing and take a few gentle deep breaths through the mouth to release the tongue forward.
Resonance: we had fun using our hands to “trace” the resonance in our heads: all the way from the very front of our noses to the back of our throats. As you practice this week, spend a few mins each time playing with what sounds you can create as you shift where your voice is placed, and see where you can create your most beautiful sound.
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. October 5th
Stars Tonight, Judy Herrington
As a reminder, this is a piece that we’ll be singing with Intermediate at the Holidays with Cantabile concert on Dec. 4th
Rise Up Shepherd, and Follow
This is another piece that you’ll be performing with Intermediate for the Holidays with Cantabile concert.
Rise Up Shep- herd, Rise Up Shep- herd and fol- – low
E E D C C C A A A A G
Caverns In The Clouds
This is coming along quite beautifully, and your sound is improving each time we rehearse it!
Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
You will be singing this with Vocalise, Bravi/VTG, and Intermediate at the Holidays with Cantabile Concert.
Old Fox Wassail
We had a lot of fun with this piece in rehearsal – walking to the beat, and acting out the lyrics of this very old English wassailing song.
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