Magic Choral Trick #240 One Thing
Remembering just one thing out of a list of corrections can make a big difference.
Another Kathy Greason trick – for after you’ve worked on a number of improvements in a song.
Ask each person in the chorus to decide which new refinement they’re going to remember to do – like the crescendo at a particular spot, or the later turning of a diphthong, or the pitch adjustment on a specific chord. A singer who’s already concentrating on everything that’s normally required, will have room in the brain for only one new concept or correction.
Run the song, or the section of the song again.
Now ask everyone if they remembered to do what they’d agreed to. At this point you can expect a fair amount of forehead thumping and self flagellation. Repeat till nobody groans in frustration with themselves.
What we found was that when people take responsibility for remembering a specific correction – they become the ‘monitors’ for that correction. And ultimately, more of the changes get ironed in to the history of the song.