This trick from Mark Baxter worked really, really well last night with my men’s Barbershop chorus.
Actually, to be truthful, we didn’t even use real toilet paper – just toilet paper of the mind. They imagined the exact amount of drag that could be exerted on the toilet tissue to keep it taught, but not to let it break. With every phrase we mimed the exercise that Mark Baxter demonstrates in the video. (below)
Not only was everything smoother and more legato, but as Harry, one of my basses, pointed out, getting the hand that’s doing the mimed dragging back to the starting position in time for the next phrase helps everyone to time the breath more cleanly. And the breaths happen quickly and efficiently without anyone actually thinking about them.