Magic Choral Trick #344 Formed Vowel Hand Movements

These hand movements train us to focus on clean formed vowels, and help to ingrain them in the body, so that these unified vowels become a habit.

The formed vowels are ‘ee’, ‘ay’, ‘ah, ‘oh’ and ‘oo’, and these are the hand signs that I use.

There’s something about the isometric nature of the pull or push in each one that creates a taller, richer, more unified sound.

And as a director, I find it really useful to be able to use these signals to remind choruses to lock in to a vowel. When my singers have rehearsed these movements, they already know what this sound/movement combination feels like – and can reproduce it when they see me giving them the cues.

Here’s the video I’ve just made so that you can see the hand movements I use… (So new at this that I have yet to figure out why sometimes the first few seconds of sound have no accompanying video. Just hang in there, and the video does appear)

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 22, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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