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- May 12, 2016 at 10:53 am #515490Carl J FerraraParticipant
I direct a senior citizen’s choir, Whenever we try to sing a cappella, we ALWAYS go underpitch. I’ve been attacking this problem from a vocal tech perspective, I’ve suggested ways to not “sit” on the pitches. I’ve had them sing a scale immediately followed by the pianist playing, to pinpoint exactly where the pitch issues are. I’m out of ideas. Does anyone have other suggestions to help choirs that go flat?May 13, 2016 at 9:10 am #515576Robert RitschelParticipant
Carl: I have a couple of suggestions…not original, but seem to work. First, try changing the key up/down (doesn’t matter) to see if somehow they manage to stay on pitch. Some choirs seem to sing better in certain keys – I’m sure there’s a reason for this, but that’s for someone else to explain.
The second, play the in-and-out game. Start them singing and then say out (they stop singing but the music continues); then say in (and the choir begins to start singing once again from that spot). In my experience when a choir goes flat it seems to be a lack of mental energy more than a physical or age related issue.May 14, 2016 at 7:39 am #515612César ZumelParticipant
Dear Carl, really good topic. I conduct a senior choir, where average age is around 53. It means that there are many peopple around 68. The only one way not to go underpitch is to keep energy from the first seconde to the last one. It means to control air pressure perfectly from the very beginning to the end. Once we work on breathing, let’s to go ear. We have to work on repetition of a given sound. Progresive execices are good when you jump an interval different than expected. To sing in a choir it should be mandatory to listen other. What’s more, to conduct a choir it should be mandatory to listen the choir, and to watch it. Please try. That connects to the last point to work: energy, attention, tension,…As a brief: breathing, earing, and energy. It is very easy to say, but it works!June 21, 2016 at 11:35 pm #517315Carl FerraraParticipant
Thank you. Everyone. I’ll work on it.
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