Magic Choral Trick #133 Target Pitches
I just emailed out a list of Target Pitches to my women’s Barbershop chorus. I didn’t want them to be overwhelmed, so I chose six chords on one page for them to stop on, and check with their Korg Tuners.
Here’s an Example of what I did.
Bar 22 – on the word BEAT
Tenor – C sharp (3rd of the chord)
Lead – A (Root)
Baritone – G (7th)
Bass – E (5th)
They already know that if they have the Root or the 5th of the chord that they’ll be singing with a slightly greater dynamic level than the parts singing the 3rd or the 7th. So in addition to working on chorus tuning at home, they’ll also be working on chord balancing.
If all my chorus members actually take 5 minutes a day (being helped along with motivation by http://www.dailytodo.org ) to work on the six chords I sent out, I think it would be the equivalent of at least an hour’s worth of rehearsal time.
They’ve had the Target Pitches for the first page for a while, and the tuning has actually improved quite dramatically.
The next step is to combine this work with the motivation – for all of us – to do something every single day about the quality of singing and performing.