Welcome to Saint Barbabas Chorus
This week we will concentrate on
- Breath control
- Scales and Intervals
Announcements and Business Items
- This is our first week back after COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have been lifted. We are allowed to meet in church and sing with hymnals and prayer books IF we are vaccinated.
- Please offer any suggestions of pieces you would like the chorus to sing in church for upcoming services. Ideally, include a link to a Youtube recording similar to the style in which it should be sung. - send to email@example.com
- Please submit three best-times at which you can attend group choir practice, preferably on campus at the church, but also possible from home via Zoom. - send to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Saturday before Vespertina
- Friday after evening prayer
- Wednesday after Evening prayer
Watch this week's Breathing Technique video on Youtube:
Scales and Intervals
1. Watch this intro to Solfege
Every day BEFORE we sing, we want to warm-up to make sure we aren't hurting ourselves and to make sure singing is easy.
1. Warm-up EVERY TIME you are about to sing.
2. RELAX. Get rid of tension, do some easy stretching - nothing strenuous.
3. Do your weekly Breath Exercise for 2 minutes.
a. Sit on the edge of a chair with your back straight (great posture)
b. Pretend you are breathing through a straw. In your mouth, not a nostril ;-)
c. Breath in until your stomach is pushed out.
d. Hold for 15 seconds
e. Release with a "TS" sound through your teeth, as slowly as you can until all your air is expended.
4. Sing some Solfege Intervals along with this video:
Repertoire: Amazing Grace
1. Hum along with this video :
2. Now, keeping your voice unstrained and relaxed, sing the words along with this video. If you have to strain to get to a note, don't - hum it instead. We don't want to hurt your voice.
3. Now sing another version - think "smooth and round"
Extra Credit: PARTS
We offer our voices, our time, and our fellowship as a sacrifice of praise to our Lord God. Therefore, we commit to learning, practicing and refining our singing skills and techniques to perfect the offering we make. In Jesus' name, AMEN!