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)
Posted on July 22, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged clean choral vowels, clean chorus vowels, clean singing vowels, formed vowels, hand signals for singing vowels, pure singing vowels, singing formed vowels, unified choir vowels, unified choral vowels. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.