Magic Choral Trick #34 Warm Air

This one is so simple, so effective.

Ask the choir or chorus to sing a couple of phrases of a song. Listen (preferably without directing, so that you can really hear)

Now have the singers hold the palm of a hand up in front of the mouth – about three inches away from the face.

The only instruction now is to create a constant flow of warm air onto the palm of the hand. Fuller, richer, more blended sound.

By the way, I often ask a chorus member to come out and listen to the before and after stuff – just to be sure that it’s not wishful thinking on my part.

Also, the great thing about introducing this sort of physical action is that the director can ask everyone to use the technique without ever stopping the singing.

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About janetkidd

I've been waving my arms in front of choirs now for more than 35 years - and these are descriptions of all the very best things I've learned. I direct a Women's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Men's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Med School choir, and for a few weeks each year - Big Choir (about 100 voices) - which performs at an annual fundraising concert. Hope at least some of these Choral Magic Tricks will be useful to you - and thanks for reading. Janet

Posted on December 21, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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