Magic Choral Trick #264 Question Mark ‘s’

This one is for the ‘s’ sound (especially plurals) at the ends of phrases.

Thinking a question mark at the end of a phrase that ends with an ‘s’ does several things.

The ‘s’ sound itself is diminished in volume – and so is easier to synchronize.

The end of the phrase now has a physical lift to it, which tapers the end of the phrase. It also resets the interior of the mouth in an open, tall position, ready to sing the next phrase.

And, perhaps most important of all, a question implies a continuing conversation – even if the question is only in the mind of the singer. The singer’s intention to continue the conversation changes the energy and will be noticed – probably subconsciously – by the audience. We know when someone is not finished what they want to say. We can feel it.
The next sentence will respond to the ‘question’ and this drives the energy of the song forward.


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 July 16, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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