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. Most of the blog is devoted to Bravi since VTG spent all of last Monday with Elena and Vocalise. 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!
This week, VTG singers should refer to the Vocalise blog for notes from Elena’s rehearsal on Famine Song and Turn the World around, as well as any other necessary reminders and suggestions for practice.
Bravi, your repertoire for the Gala is stylistically sophisticated… while it may appear straightforward, there are challenges! It will require your full determination and effort to prepare. You’ll be spectacular if you diligently dedicate yourselves to practice this week.
What I Have Done
Practice with this recording. Please remember that we will take it slightly faster. Here are some specific notes–
Do You Know What it Means (To Miss New Orleans)
Practice with this recording, keeping in mind that you should strive for their ease of tone but not their funny vowels! 🙂 Please remember that all eighth notes are easily swung, and this piece should sung with an light, “off the voice” tone. Never heavy and never too much vibrato. Always keep a little air in the tone.
Basin Street Blues
Practice with this recording, with careful attention to the balance — when singing “oo” under the soloist, please sing softly with good support, as to accompany the singer. The tempo here is great; nice and relaxed. Please don’t allow yourself to rush. Work toward memory as quickly as possible! The repetitive “oo” accompaniments are simple but can be tricky to commit to memory.
Creole Love Call
Practice with this recording, and strive for the accuracy of the instruments you’re imitating. The more you commit, the funnier it will be!
When the Saints Go Marching In
Practice with a metronome set for 120 bpm. Please do not take the marked tempo of 138, which will sound frantic.
Always our best,
Jace, Justin, and Elena