Magic Choral Trick #238 Finger Under the Chin
My women’s chorus recently had a terrific coaching weekend with Harmony Inc Music Judge Kathy Greason. She taught us many useful things – but this was perhaps the simplest, and it produced instant synchronization and blending results.
Synchronization problems – especially in uptempo tunes – often happen because each individual singer has his or her own habitual amount of mouth movement. Once the amount of jaw movement can be matched, synch problems clean themselves up.
And here’s another, really efficient way to do that.
Point your index finger straight up – as if you’re indicating the number 1.
Now place the tip of the finger under the chin – just lightly touching the skin.
Sing through the passage that needs to have all voices lining up better – without letting the chin push down on the fingertip.
There are many ways to ask singers to cut down on the amount of jaw movement, but this is simple, elegant and produces no tension.