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Magic Choral Trick #200 Big Clean Sound (A Short Course)

I’ve selected 38 of my past posts as a short course on having your choir develop a Big Clean Sound.

Here are the categories, and here are the posts:

Physical Stuff

Breath of Fire
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/magic-choral-trick-4/

Brass Player Buzz
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/magic-choral-trick-1/

Moustache Hands
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/magic-choral-trick-97-moustache-hands/

Lip Ring
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/magic-choral-trick-149-lip-ring/

Harmonic Series 101
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/magic-choral-trick-159-harmonic-series-101/

Head Voice, Chest Voice and that Flippy Spot
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/magic-choral-trick-142-head-voice-chest-voice-and-that-flippy-spot/

Clean up the Vowels

Target Vowels
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/magic-choral-trick-5-target-vowels/

Marking Formed and Unformed Vowels
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/05/13/magic-choral-trick-139-marking-formed-and-unformed-vowels-on-the-sheet-music/

The R Vowel
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/magic-choral-trick-196-the-r-vowel/

Long Tones
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/magic-choral-trick-183-long-tones/

Expanded Sound
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/magic-choral-trick-160-expanded-sound/

Visual Cue for a Tall ee Vowel
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/magic-choral-trick-164-visual-cue-for-a-tall-ee-vowel/

Tuning

When the physical stuff (above) is correct, when the chorus is using absolutely in tune learning sound files and when the vowels are cleaned up, many of the tuning problems will just go away. However, a little Bio Feedback with a Korg Tuner will also make a huge difference.

Korg Chromatic Tuner
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2011/12/08/magic-choral-trick-21-the-korg-chromatic-tuner/

Target Pitches
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/magic-choral-trick-133-target-pitches/

Legato Line and Ends of Phrases

Elastic Bands
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/magic-choral-trick-10-elastic-bands/

Great Ape Pendulum Arms
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/magic-choral-trick-189-great-ape-pendulum-arms/

Cloud Lifting
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/magic-choral-trick-25-cloud-lifting/

Toes Down Through the Soles of the Shoes
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/magic-choral-trick-49-toes-down-through-soles-of-shoes-toe-press/

Palm Push
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/magic-choral-trick-135-palm-push/

Enprettification
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/magic-choral-trick-123-enprettification/

The Bass Freight Train
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/magic-choral-trick-186-the-bass-freight-train/

Presentation

This is Show Business
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/magic-choral-trick-161-this-is-show-business/

Presentation – The Emotional Story
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/magic-choral-trick-113-presentation-the-emotional-story/

Visual Noise
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/magic-choral-trick-148-visual-noise/

Eyebrow Activity
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/magic-choral-trick-118-eyebrow-activity/

Presentation – Eyes Closed
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/tag/presentation-eyes-closed/

Matching Vocal and Visual Dynamics
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/magic-choral-trick-138-matching-vocal-and-visual-dynamics/

Silent Singing To Perk Up Presentation
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/magic-choral-trick-80-silent-singing-to-perk-up-presentation/

Telegraphing
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/03/18/magic-choral-trick-101-telegraphing/

Rehearsals

Choir Practice as Experience of the Sacred
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/magic-choral-trick-194-choir-practice-as-experience-of-the-sacred/

Developing a Choir’s Spidey Senses
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/magic-choral-trick-172-developing-a-choirs-spidey-senses/

VLQs
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/magic-choral-trick-197-vlqs/

For Directors – When We Get Stuck
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/magic-choral-trick-187-for-directors-when-we-get-stuck/

Director Snits – Causes and Solutions
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/magic-choral-trick-107-director-snits-causes-and-solutions/

Why is this chord not working?
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/magic-choral-trick-104-why-is-this-chord-not-working/

The Case For Duetting
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/magic-choral-trick-153-the-case-for-duetting/

Keep ‘Em Singing
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/magic-choral-trick-63-keep-em-singing/

The Electric Silence
https://betterchoirs.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/magic-choral-trick-13-the-electric-silence/

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