Monday, March 12, 2018

CC Podcast S. 2 #9 - - Movable Do - Dissonance!

Winter Sky - Northern Canada
How high can you go? And can you hold that note?

Does dissonance pull you away from your part? Stay with your section and stay in tune!

Those are the two skills practiced in this week's Choral Cacophony Podcast. As an alto I know all about having to hold one note... for...ever. I've called us the Polyfilla of the choir since we always seem to fill the cracks missed by the other harmonies.

In Modern and Contemporary music the dissonances in the musical design can be challenging - to say the least.

Sing hard..  I mean - work well, um, you know what I mean.

Chapter 1 - Warmup begins with arpeggios on vowels. Staccato.
Chapter 2 - Moving up the scales.
Chapter 3 - Top note on Ah and HOLD.
Chapter 4 - Down the Major scale following Movable Do hand signs. Find your part and stay in tune!
Chapter 5 -  Pierre explains the concept behind the hand symbols in Movable Do.
Movable Do

About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie began our a cappella choir 40 years ago, in 1977,  while he was a music student at Ottawa U. 

The Stairwell Carollers are now ranked with the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

A registered Canadian charity, we also help local charities with our concert, CD and cookbook salesNet proceeds benefit charity.

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