Makin' It Work!

Posted September 21, 2020
by Sandi Melody

Hello All!

While it is true that online singing is not the same as in person, that doesn't mean we can't continue to get huge benefits from singing online together during Covid.  It just means we have to change our expectations and our focus for the term.  We can still have FUN!  We can still LEARN!  We can still CONNECT with one another through smiles and conversations and just simply showing up for one another.  What we'll be missing without the in person connection we will make up for with personalized skill development and education!

REMINDER: This Thursday is our 2nd night of "sectionals"!  The first sectional last week went really well, you can see and hear everything that happened by looking at the "Recordings" page.  There you will find all the video recordings of our rehearsals PLUS soon to be posted audio recordings of warm ups and vocal exercises (from beginner to advanced), and the karaoke back tracks for our songs.

What is a sectional?  This means I will be working with the alto section only and Jeremy will be working with the bass section only.  We will spend the whole evening focusing on the ins and outs of these two sections, (we will not be covering any soprano or tenor part singing).  And next week we will hold sectionals for the Sopranos & Tenors again.

We are doing sectionals to make better use of your time and energy, so you don't get bored waiting around for your section to have it's turn.  Sectionals allow the group to be smaller and focused on specifics, so the learning curve is steep!  So far everyone who has tried it has said it was AWESOME!

What are you supposed to do on your "off week"?  Well, PRACTICE of course!  I suggest practice from 7 - 9pm on Tuesdays as planned to keep your singing time regular, but of course you can do your practicing whenever you want and as many times as you want!  That's one of the "pros" of online zoom lessons!  You are welcome to log on and join us for live warm ups before we break into groups.  And, if you feel strong enough on your part and it would be beneficial for you to sing along while I'm teaching the other part - that's totally fine too!  Whatever works best for you, you are always welcome to be with us online.  🙂

On your own, you can either re-watch the video from last weeks rehearsal in full, or you can watch it in part and rewind and run over the songs as many times as you need to until you start to INTERNALIZE them!  "Internalizing" is different from memorizing.  Internalizing is when the song just comes flowing out of you and you don't have to think about your notes or your words - you've just sung it so many times that you don't have to think.  THAT is when the MAGIC happens!  And that is when we really EXPERIENCE singing on the vibrational level.  🙂

PLEASE REFER TO THE SCHEDULE to check when all your live rehearsals will be.  We will post the video re-play of every rehearsal so that you have access to them whenever you want all term long.  This will actually greatly speed up the learning curve "if" you use the recordings!

And for those of you who want to work on your personal skill set... we will also put up recordings of all the vocal warms ups, skills & drills (including ear training, sight singing and vocal technique) so you can play around with those over the term as well.  The nice thing about working on "skills and drills" is that you will notice progress!  And nothing feels better than progress!

See you all soon!

Sandi

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