#256 Complete Magic Choral Tricks List…to date

Magic Choral Tricks – list

T = Tuning, B = Breathing, S = Synchronization, L = Leadership, PS = Placement/Sound, N = Nerves, M = Mental Focus, Pr = Presentation, E = Energy, H = Health, HWK = Homework

The categorizing of each of the posts with the above letters is a work in progress…

1. The Brass Player Buzz………………………………………………..PS
2. Breathing Through an 8 Foot Straw…………………………………..B
3. The ‘Ee’ Vowel……………………………………………………….PS
4. Breath of Fire………………………………………………………….B
5. Target Vowels………………………………………………………S &PS
6. The ‘Ay’ Vowel……………………………………………………..PS
7. Learning Sound Files………………………………………………HWK
8. Jin Shin Jyutsu Holding Points…………………………………..M & N
9. The Importance of Knees………………………………………..Pr & E
10. Elastic Band………………………………………………………E & S
11. What You See – subtle weight shift………………………………….Pr
12. Remembering to Revel……………………………………………..L
13. The Electric Silence…………………………………………S & M & E
14. The Nothing vowel……………………………………………..S & PS
15. The Nothing vowel – one more thing…………………………..S & PS
16. Heading off a cold…………………………………………………..H
17. Central meridian Sweep…………………………………PS & H & E
18. Zzzzzz……………………………………………………………….PS
19. Breathing in Through the Vowel…………………………………….S
20. Taking the first breath with the choir……………………….……….S
21. The Korg Chromatic Tuner…………………………………………..T
22. Using your new Korg tuner at home………………………………….T
23. Energy Leaks………………………………………………………….E
24. Coaching………………………………………………………………L
25. Cloud Lifting…………………………………………………….Pr & E
26. Unison warm up to clean vowels……………………………PS & S & T
27. Synchronization – 4X4………………………………………………S
28. Snow Globe…………………………………………………………N & M
29. Synchronization – Basses in Front of Sopranos/Leads………………S
30. Laser Eyes Through the Director’s Head…………………………….S
31. Blending Back to Back………………………………………………..S
32. Small Sips of Air – the torso as beachball……………………………..B
33. How I Messed Up (1)…………………………………………………L
34. Warm Air…………………………………………………………….PS & B
35. Maintaining Excitement Over a Silent Pause……………………….E
36. Ear pulls………………………………………………………………E
37. Perfect Staggered Breathing……………………………………….E & S
38. Building up Breathing Capacity……………………………………..B
39. Narrow Narrow Narrow………………………………………………PS
40. Jerry Lewis…………………………………………………………….PS
41. Choir gigs to run away from (unless the choir really really needs the money)…L
42. mp3 recordings – self evaluation………………………………………HWK
43. Word accentuation – Feminine Endings……………………………….S
44. Happy New Singing Year!
45. The Weight Shift Thing Before During and After……………………..PS
46. Directors and Winging It……………………………………………….L
47. Memorization- backwards……………………………………………..HWK
48. Flat out unison tune up……………………………………………….PS & E
49. Toes Down Through Soles of Shoes………………………………….E
50. Quit Breathing Altogether During Up Tunes…………………………..S
51. Finger in the Cheek……………………………………………………PS
52. Ah visual – whiteboard ‘aw’…………………………………………..PS
53. Inner Smile………………………………………………………..E & M & PS
54. A Tongue With a Mind of Its Own…………………………………S & PS
55. Singing in Tempo Metronomeonline.com…………………………..S
56. Thinking in Sentences and Phrases……………………………….S & Pr
57. Balancing a Major Chord………………………………………………PS
58. Competition…………………………………………………………….L
59. Down the Tiles – the presentation power of a choir singing right at the audience…Pr
60. Enlightenment at Choir Practice………………………………………..L
61. Getting a Song Into the Voice…………………………………………..HWK
62. Fast Quiet Breath – open throat, drop the belly…………………S & E & PS
63. Keep ‘Em Singing………………………………………………………L
64. FBI………………………………………………………………….Pr & PS
65. Stuff that Directors have Got to Stop Doing……………………………L
66. Jaw Tension – relax the back teeth – stupid stupid stupid……………..PS
67. Lip Roll…………………………………………………………….B & PS
68. Breathing stuff – is breathing really the problem?…………………………..B
69. Supermarket Singing…………………………………………………PS
70. Evolution of the Short Vowels and Vocal Damage
71. Body Awareness Can Light Up Your Singing and Change Your Life….E & PS
72. Korg Tuner Jingle Bells…………………………………………….T & HWK
73. Happy Birthday Mr President (Trim Tab)…………………………….PS
74. Get the ‘L’ Out of There……………………………………………….PS & S
75. Isometric Pressure………………………………………………….E & PS
76. Nerves – Rescue Remedy, Breath of Fire, Jin Shin Jyutsu……………N
77. The travelling Voice……………………………………………………H
78. The Days That You Should Not Sing…………………………………..H
79. Silent Run Through – individual…………………………………….Pr & M
80. Silent Singing To Perk Up Presentation……………………………..Pr & M
81. Warm Up One Note………………………………………………..PS & T
82. There’s Something About Singing
83. Vocal ‘catches’ that make you cough………………………………….PS
84. Laughing………………………………………………………………..PS
85. Synchronization Plink…………………………………………………..S
86. Glottal Attacks………………………………………………………… PS
87. High Notes………………………………………………………………PS
88. Sample Rehearsal Schedule………………………………………………L
89. Chord Balancing – minor chord…………………………………… T & PS
90. Waste Air………………………………………………………………..PS
91. One of the ways that less is more
92. Kazoos……………………………………………………………………S
93. Sumo Squat……………………………………………………………….PS
94. Pre-pitch grunting…………………………………………………………S
95. French Teacher ‘eu’ lips…………………………………………………..PS
96. Balancing the Half diminished Chord – the Controversy………………..PS
97. Moustache Hands…………………………………………………………..PS
98. Speaking Voice Placement
99. From ‘Oo’ to all the other vowels (trumpet lips)
100. Top twelve tricks so far. Brass Buzz, Jin Shin Jyutsu holding points, Breath of fire,
Zzzzzz, Inner Smile, Korg tuner, Laser eyes, Rehearsal schedules, Elastic
Bands, Sumo Squat and Moustache Hands, Toes Down through soles of shoes
101. Telegraphing
102. Breathing Out
103. Balancing the Diminished Chord
104. Why is this chord not working? Arr., bal, vowel, tuning, placement
105. Finding the Climax of the Song
106. Goodness and Niceness
107. Director Snits – Causes and Solutions
108. Cue for Breathing Out
109. The Shuffle – Who Should Stand Where
110. Shoulder Tapping
111. The Voice in Your Head
112. Balancing the Dominant 7th Chord
113. Presentation – The Emotional Story
114. The Tilt of the Chin
115. Hands Up!
116. Legato Painting
117. Adjusting the Vocal Colour
118. Eyebrow Activity
119. Directors’ Fruitless Flailing
120. Tiger Eyes
121. The Video is Our Friend
122. Eyes Closed – Synchronization
123. Enprettification
124. One Baby Step
125. 24 Hours – That’s All this Phrase Has Got
126. The Instructionally Overloaded Singer
127. Driving the Song Forward
128. The Motivation to Improve
129. Enough Time
130. Old Repertoire, Old Singing Habits
131. Training Wheels and Muscle Memory
132. Why We Work So Hard At This
133. Target Pitches
134. Trumpet Lips
135. Palm Push
136. Slow Motion Chords
137. Presentation – Eyes Closed
138. Matching Vocal and Visual Dynamics
139. Marking Formed and Unformed Vowels On the Sheet Music
140. Many Hands, Light Work
141. How Narrow? Whistle Narrow
142. Head Voice, Chest Voice and that Flippy Spot
143. Rehearsing the Chorus for Onstage Nerves
144. Stance – Better Sound, Better Presentation
145. When Less (Directing) is Much More
146. He Shall Feed His Flock Dame Edna
147. Listening For Noise
148. Visual Noise
149. Lip Ring
150. The Fast Silent Breath
151. The Great Irony About Competition
152. Fast Breaths and Forward Motion
153. The Case For Duetting
154. Easy Music
155. Time To Smell the Roses
156. Playing With Resonance
157. When Choreo and Sound Fight – Choreo Always Wins
158. When the Presentation Works
159. Harmonic Series 101
160. Expanded Sound
161. This Is Show Business
162. What You Always Do, You Always Do
163. More About Standing Arrangement
164. Visual Cue for a Tall ee Vowel
165. The Director’s Coterie
166. Saving the Chorus
167. Sergeant at Arms
168. The Most Thankless Choir Job
169. The Curse of a Great Acoustic
170. Singable Consonants
171. Perfect Diphthongs
172. Developing a Choir’s Spidey Senses
173. Christmas in July
174. Mezzo Forte Technique
175. Creation and Analysis – Two Different Processes
176. Clench the Teeth and Perk Up the Tempo
177. The Chordasm
178. The Music Team
179. Cranking up the Voice for the New Choir Season
180. Syncopated Rhythms
181. The Big Barbershop Ending
182. Too Late to Fix It
183. Long Tones
184. Ditching emotional baggage – Ghost Fingers
185. Constant Vocalization
186. The Bass Freight Train
187. For Directors – When We Get Stuck
188. Consider the Back Story
189. Great Ape Pendulum Arms
190. The Unconscious Upward Slide Into the Pitch
191. More on the Exorcism of And and The
192. Choreography – Rehearsing With a Metronome
193. Performing-Type Listening
194. Choir Practice as Experience of the Sacred
195. Preventing Fainting
196. The R Vowel
197. VLQs
198. Three /Four Time – Basic Rule of Thumb
199. Fruitless Grousing
200. Big Clean Sound
201. Spinning the Sound
202. When You’re Not There, You’re Missed
Table of Contents from 1 – 202
203. The Bloom Gesture
204. Rip it Up Fabulous Singing – At the Party After the Gig
205. More Spinning
206. Avoid Finale Sopranos and Altos
207. Eyeballing
208. Thought Balloon
209. Singing Outside of Your Range
210. Your Face is Not As Active As You Think
211. Cheek Wings
212. Choirs and Social Consciousness
213. Pancake Flip for Pitch
214. Refreshing the Thought
215. Where’s the Tonic Chord?
216. Why Choirs Sing Flat
217. Onion Skin Stacking
218. Oversinging
219. Staying Healthy for the Gig
220. Our Toddler Minds
221. Staying Conscious
222. The Believable Breath
223. Directors and Mockery
224. Keeping the Voice Supple
225. The Prayer Hands Slide
226. Singing in Klingon
227. Singing at Funerals
228. The Fifth is King
229. Our Singing Brain and Our Speaking Brain
230. Giant Beach Ball Breath
231. Choreography – Pitfalls of Rehearsing While Speaking the Words
232. Cheek Wings of the Mind
233. Power Poses – Rich Sound
234. The Front Row
235. Target Pitches
236. Cheering Up
237. The Wavering Pitch
238. Finger Under the Chin
239. Swing/Back Beat
240. One Thing
241. A Reminder About FBI
242. Reach For the Sky, Lion
243. Leadership with Integrity
244. Cheekbones Up
245. Nights When the Numbers Are Down
246. Intention and the Superpower of Noticing
247. The Game of Excellence
248. Ready Set Go!
249. Directors – Subtle Hand Signals
250. Soft Palate Stuff
251. Video Lessons in Humility
252. Collection
253. They Don’t Really Need Me There
254. Toes and Rose
255. Hand Signal for a Tall Throat

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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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