Magic Choral Trick #51 Finger in the Cheek
I know I mentioned this in one of the first posts – the one about the vowel ‘ee’ – but this is very useful when it’s done at some point during every rehearsal. The goal is to have the creation of space between the back teeth become a physical habit for everyone.
When the whole chorus is singing with back teeth apart (about the distance of a tic tac on its end) there is a noticeable difference in the amount of resonance in the sound. More ring, and a richer quality.
Again, I’ve found that something physical works much better than simply asking the singers to do this.
Stick an index finger into the outside of the cheek (about two inches in front of the earlobe) right where the back molars meet – or don’t now, because the finger is blocking the way.
If this is done for short periods of time during every rehearsal, people get used to the feeling of singing with the back teeth apart. The chorus members can then remember the physical sensation and recreate it without using the finger.