Magic Choral Trick #185 Constant Vocalization

The Men’s Barbershop Harmony Society is having an Operation Harold Hill (Music Man reference) membership drive these days. And Wavebox Singing – a program by Paul Ellinger is part of this.

One of the points in his Wavebox Singing presentation shows us how to check for Constant Vocalization in any line.

Teaching singing groups about legato line, and coaching them in the art of producing the solid wall of continuous sound has always been difficult.

But Paul, with one simple little trick has suddenly made this a lot easier.

Just above where the two sides of the collarbone meet – right in the middle at the base of your neck is a small hollow.

As you sing, touch this spot very lightly with one or two fingers.

As long as smooth, legato sound is happening, this little spot puffs up a bit and stays still. You can feel the vibration of the sound, but there are no little bumps against the fingers. When the sound is uneven, you can feel this slightly bumpy movement. And when you stop vocalizing, (to breathe) the spot once again becomes hollow.

When I’ve been trying this, I find that legato singing happens when I focus on maintaining the pressure of this spot against my fingers.

Thank you Paul Ellinger.

And thanks to Rob from Men of Fundy for bringing this to my attention


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

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