Magic Choral Trick #101 Telegraphing

If you’ve spent much time around small children you’ll know that they often make up songs about what they’re doing, or how they’re feeling. This is song writing in its purest and most honest form – no rewrites – no second guessing. You can watch them form the next thought, then sing it.

The best songwriters understand this progression and development of ideas through the song. This unfolding of thoughts and emotions is probably one of the reasons that we wanted to sing a particular song in the first place.

However, as we rehearse and rehearse the vocal aspects of the piece, we often become desensitized to the meaning of the lyrics. And our performances tend to reflect this.

Telegraphing is the process of allowing the audience to see the thought, the emotion and the intensity of the next phrase – before you sing it – as if the thought or feeling has just occurred to you. It’s the process of recapturing the song writer’s initial inspiration – line by line – and letting the audience in on the experience.


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 March 18, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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