Give A Little Bit - Counting tracks added
The recording tracks for "Give A Little Bit" have been updated to include a counting track to help you get all the syncopated entries. As it seemed the majority of you preferred the audio count to a video conducting track last practice, we won't be making a video. Plus, as Torri pointed out, everyone's eyes would be on the video, not looking at the camera. (if you don't get the counting track when you click the file, you may have to empty your browser cache first - if you need further instruction on that, let me know and tell me what browser you're using - Safari, Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, etc.)
One more practice this coming week, before our two-week spring break. Then we're back April 1st.
We hope to see you all this Sunday night at 7pm for the Harmony House Jazz & Blues Concert Online! https://zoom.us/j/5845511675?pwd=TGZEN1BtUFJLbjFCRkhEN1JBN2FmQT09
See you soon.
Sandi & Jeremy.
Bohemian Rhapsody Recording Tracks
As promised, the guide tracks for recording Bohemian Rhapsody are now online. We've been working most of the afternoon and evening to prepare these tracks. We didn't quite finish but will have the alto track up tomorrow.
Have fun recording this song! Really rock it out, and it'll come across that much better in the video.
Remember, deadline for all recordings is December 6. Entries received after that may not make it for the December 12th concert.
The concert is held in conjunction with the Harmony House Music School, Saturday December 12th at 7pm, online. (same zoom link as you use for choir)
If you have any questions, or need assistance, get in touch. firstname.lastname@example.org.
New tracks on CRC repertoire list
As discussed last practice, there are now practice loops under Bohemian Rhapsody for the specific measures where you may need extra practice. The loops are only a few measures each, and they loop 12 times.
Let me know if you need anything else to help you learn the song.
New Choir Materials Online, Plus "Who Are You" video
Log onto the members page of Classic Rock Choir at harmonyhousecommunity.com/members to see all the new materials for choir rehearsal, including I've Seen All Good People, Listen to the Music and Bohemian Rhapsody.
Plus, check out our video of "Who Are You" from last season. After many hours of editing and refining, it is finished and on Youtube. Find it on the Classic Rock Choir channel, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V05wv9Gs--g
Leave comments, and you can even subscribe to the channel to help spread the word!
See you soon.
1/2 Price Private Vocal Lessons for Choir Members
Hello friends! Have you ever wondered what a private voice lesson would be like?
We have come up with another win-win idea to help fill the schedule of our newest teacher at our music school.
We hired the beautiful Assell Zakarina to take on 1 day of teaching our budding musicians, but she would like more students so we are offering all choir members up to 4 private lessons at 1/2 price.
Assell just graduated from the exact same program at Capilano University that Sandi did back in 1996 (Jazz Studies, Vocal Performance) and she even studied with many of the same teachers! Assell is keen to help students of all ages and stages of development learn more about their voice.
Private lessons on zoom work REALLY well. It is very easy for the teacher to hear the student sing and give feedback, (the teacher sends the student back tracks for their songs and of vocal warm ups and exercises before the class).
We will add a picture of Assell to this post soon. A few people have already signed up! We'll post their testimonials after they've had their lessons so you can get a better idea of what you might gain from trying it out. 🙂
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!