Magic Choral Trick #265 Science Makes it Loud

When audiences hear great big ringing chords they tend to think that the singers are just pumping out the big muscle sound.

But using muscle in the sound and pressure in the vocal apparatus will only sound like a bunch of individual guys singing flat, and as loudly as they can. The resulting impurities in the sound actually prevent the pop, lock and ring that gives us that huge expanded sound.

“Science makes it loud” is a quotation from Jim Henry at the Ambassadors of Harmony master class at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s convention in the first week of July. He was talking about keeping the pitch perfect, the vowels clean and the vocal placement correct, so that the overtones – the naturally occurring miracle in the physics of sound – can do their job and create their magic doubling of the amount of sound. And all this without any more physical, muscle effort from the singers.

Sing clean clean clean, and science rewards you with a truly thrilling, and much bigger sound.

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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