Magic Choral Trick #53 Inner Smile

Why is everything so much funnier in church? Sometimes even the smallest things can make it difficult to keep your composure – especially if there’s something just a little outrageous about it.

I remember one time being at a mass where two priests that I knew well suddenly were having to really fight a case of the giggles – and I can still remember how it feels to be reacting to something like that when it’s not ok to just laugh out loud.

First of all – when you turn to the person beside you – your eyes open wider, and the whole area at the back of the throat and behind the nose seems to rise and expand. This initial reaction gives you the Inner Smile. If you sing while your face and throat (and maybe sinuses) are in the Inner Smile position the sound is more resonant.

And if a whole chorus is doing this, the difference in the sound is spectacular.

So it’s just the initial slightly shocked, slightly amused feeling that you want – not the subsequent pressure of trying to hold in your own case of the giggles.

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 January 9, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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