Dear Vocalise and Bravi,
It was simply wonderful to see you all at the first rehearsal and get back to our singing. The room fills up with so much energy and excitement… aren’t we lucky to have Mondays like that?!
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.
Repertoire for recording:
SATB: Grace, Vindo, Most Wonderful
SSA: Pakkanen, Iraqi Peace Song
Action Items for your practice before Monday’s recording session:
IN General: Spend ample time reviewing the piece: go through each line with a fine vocal and musical comb. Be pedantic about intonation, dynamics, rhythms etc. This one time, you need to take the emotions out of it and sing exactly what’s on the page in preparation for recording.
Record yourself on each piece or on a section: listen carefully to your vowels and overall tone and intonation.
1 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.
2 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/
Iraqi Peace Song: MUST PRACTICE ARABIC PRONUNCIATION!!
Here is how:
Other announcements and reminders:
Please review Jazmine’s email for other information on wardrobe, repertoire, and expectations.
Always our best,
Elena, Jace, and Justin