Monday, March 19, 2018

CC Podcast S. 2 #10 - Spring Forward with Octave Jumps

Graham, tenor, on the Irish coast
Look down before you leap.


This week's Choral Cacophony Podcast features a warmup you can do to help with Octave jumps AND relaxed open tones.

The secret??

Looking down. Yes.

Literally. Looking down.

Looking UP to reach a high note - straining for a note - can close off your air flow and tense up your muscles unnecessarily.
Pierre warms up the sopranos with Octave jumps
So, look down when you reach up for that note.

Try it, it works.

Chapter 1 - Warmup begins with vowels on single notes then arpeggios. Pierre encourages bright clear notes.
Chapter 2 - Drop down an octave and continue arpeggios going down.
Chapter 3 - Octave jumps. Pierre discusses clean notes with no "stretching' for the notes. Looking at the floor helps to relax and let the sound be open. Positioning is important.

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. 

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