From the Front of the Choir

Blog URL:http://blog.chrisrowbury.com
Blog Tags:singing, choirs, harmony, acappella
Country:United Kingdom
State/Province:West Midlands
Location:Coventry

Thoughts and views on singing and choirs from a ‘Natural Voice’ perspective and encompassing unaccompanied harmony songs from across the globe.



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I always encourage my singers to stand. It’s the most effective body position for singing.However, some older singers or those with back problems can be resistant. Is it possible to stand and sing without getting backache?Of course, if somebody nee...

Like many choir leaders, I get people to loosen up their bodies as well as their voices when preparing to sing (see Preparing to sing: what should a warm up consist of?).But we also need to be aware of those who have limited mobility. Here are some i...

I’ve just returned from a week away. During that time I heard virtually no music and didn’t sing a single note.It got me thinking about how having a break from music can reinvigorate our music-making practice.I remember reading years ago that Kra...

We all need a break from time to time. Even choir leaders.But some of us find it hard to prioritise downtime. Here are some ideas for how to take a break without feeling guilty.Choir leaders work very hard. Singers might see you for just a couple of...

Some years ago I began to record the songs learnt at the end of each of my singing workshops.Here’s why I continue to do it, and what the benefits are.First of all, it’s not about getting a perfect rendition of the songs. If I were to do that, we...

If you’re not holding sheet music, what should you do with your hands while singing?photo by mr. throkThis can be problematic in a choir. Here are some ideas.feelings will leak out in the bodySome of us give no thought to what our hands are doing w...

Somebody asked on Facebook the other day for suitable songs to ‘learn by rote’.I imagine they meant songs to ‘learn by ear’ rather than by reading sheet music. I must admit, I was insulted. Here’s why.I’ve come across the phrase ‘learn...







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