Magic Choral Trick #152 Fast Breaths and Forward Motion

Most of us are aware that if we take too long between sentences as we speak, our audience will lose interest.

Not sure why we forget this when we sing – but we’ve all heard it. The singer, or choir is singing with great conviction and passion, then lets the energy of the sound flag at the end of the phrase. The song’s forward motion then comes to a complete halt as the singer or choir takes a leisurely breath.

The formula for keeping the audience’s interest is: Sustain the energy of the end of the phrase by getting louder, or softer, or enriching the tone – and singing on the target vowel as long as possible. Sustain the sound until it’s time for a fast breath – timing the breath so that the next target vowel lands on the downbeat.

This builds the excitement of a song towards its climax – and every phrase is a little more urgently stated than the previous one. More forward motion, more audience involvement, and more fun for everyone who is singing or listening.


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 June 8, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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