Helping You Harmonise

Blog URL:http://www.HelpingYouHarmonise.com
Blog Tags:choral, conducting, a cappella, music, choir, aesthetics, close-harmony, music theory, barbershop
Country:United States
Location:Birmingham

Helping You Harmonise is where Liz Garnett reflects on her work as a choral clinician, performance coach and close-harmony arranger. The goal is to help choirs and vocal ensembles perform with ever-increasing confidence, skill and joy.



Latest Blog Posts



Reflections on FICA19

on Nov 6, 2019

Overall winners: Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath I know I said I wasn’t going to be blogging until I’d written and presented both the papers I’m committed to in November, but I have some processing to do after last week’s extravaganza in Aveiro,...

One measure of a successful blog post is how many book recommendations I receive in response to it. On this basis, I consider my recent reflections on the value of downtime in rehearsal to have been particularly effective, in eliciting suggestions fo...

My undergraduate education, especially as a composer, was firmly within a Modernist aesthetic, and one of its tenets was that you should learn to compose direct from your mind’s ear to paper, rather than at the piano. The reason given for this was...

On Priming Effects

on Sep 28, 2019

Priming effects are the name psychologists give the phenomenon whereby an idea or a behaviour comes much more readily to mind if you’ve had some kind of trigger or reminder shortly before encountering it. The experiments that investigated it often...

Barbershop Actually!

on Sep 23, 2019 in: Coaching

I forgot to take a pic on Friday, but this one is nicer than anything I'd have managed! Friday evening brought the quartet Barbershop Actually! over for a coaching session. They are preparing for the mixed quartet contest to be held in Llandudno at t...

Having contemplated some broad themes in my previous post about the research strand at the recent abcd Choral Leaders Festival, I’d like to pick out a few interesting cross-references between the papers. There were four speakers reporting on projec...

Sunday took me back to Stockport for a longer follow-up to last month’s session with Affinity Show Choir on their new contest set for LABBS Convention in October. Having established the overall shape of their delivery last time, this visit focused...