Magic Choral Trick #291 Two Elbowed Thinker

Men of Fundy Two Elbowed ThinkerA number of years ago my husband asked me to sing the vocal line for one of his songs so he could record it.

We ran it a couple of times before recording it, and because I was feeling wretchedly unwell, I was sitting down and leaning forward with my elbows on my knees, reading the music which was on the seat of another chair facing me – so my head wasn’t raised.

This was such an effortless position in which to sing, that I stayed right there as we recorded the song.

Tried this last night with my men’s Barbershop chorus – and the sound was rich and full, ringing, blended and effortless. I had them all sit in a circle, on chairs, and leaning forward – elbows on knees.

I let them sing the song intro a few times themselves – but the breaths were a bit slow, and the interpretation not as perky as I wanted it. So because they still needed me to direct, and I didn’t want them raising their heads, I sat cross legged on the floor in the middle of the circle to direct.

If and when we decide to make a CD, I think this is the way we’ll record it!!

(The above photo was taken just after we’d finished the exercise, so not everyone visible in the photo is still in position – but you get the idea)

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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