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!