Magic Choral Trick #329 Whiteboard Marker

We learned this trick/imagery recently from Village Vocal Chord director Jeanne O’Connor – and it’s been very useful for reminding singers to focus on a continuous wall of sound.

Imagine that there’s a whiteboard in front of you

Now take an imaginary black marker, and place the tip against the whiteboard. (It’s important to actually mime this as everyone is imprinting the feeling.)

Sing a phrase from a song, and as you do, mime drawing a solid line across the white board. There will be fewer energy leaks in the sound. In fact, if everyone is actually doing the exercise, and not just thinking about doing the exercise, the phrase will be much smoother and more legato.

I find it helps if the singers watch their hands (not me) as they do this.

This is similar to the Toilet Paper Breath Gauge exercise – but the benefit of this one is that you can also incorporate musical ‘blooms’ in the sustained pitches just by having the singers draw a little hill as part of their solid black line.

In case you are curious, or don’t remember the Toilet Paper Breath Gauge…

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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