Magic Choral Trick #69 Supermarket Singing

Don’t know about you – but I’d rather provide my own grocery shopping soundtrack.

There’s a whole style of singing that we do in the supermarket that can be a very useful part of our choral repertoire of sounds.

It’s mostly ventriloquist lip, heady and rather anonymous. And “Hey – it could be any one of these other women around that’s singing the theme from ‘I Dream of Jeannie’.” (Yes it is hard to keep it all in check when it’s time to move into that great, soaring middle 8)

This is a great vocal technique to use for the highest notes in a phrase, when one or two notes need to be held in check – to prevent them from popping out of the line. A perfect example of this would be in ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ where the word ‘a’ is the top note of the phrase. Even worse, this note is approached by a leap. On the first run through, almost every singer just nails it.

In this song, I ask the chorus to use ventriloquist lips/supermarket singing on the second syllable of ‘Yourself’, and on the ‘a’, and it works like a charm. Very smooth.


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 25, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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