Magic Choral Trick #138 Matching Vocal and Visual Dynamics

Tracey, the clever, clever choreographer for my women’s chorus came up with something today that is so simple and so obvious I can’t believe this was the first time I’d ever heard it suggested.

Just as we (in Barbershop circles) talk about vocal dynamic levels as going from 1 to 5 (what in other circles would be from pianissimo to fortissimo), she suggested that we use exactly the same system for calibrating the ‘dynamic’ of physical involvement.

So just as we rehearse singing a chord at each of the dynamic levels, we rehearsed the different physical levels of involvement.

It makes such sense to have the facial and body intensity match the volume level of the phrase.

I’ll let you know how this goes, but I’m going to be incorporating both of these types of dynamic level into the warm up from now on!


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 May 12, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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