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I'm in a high school choir and we just got a new teacher. He is adamant that we don't listen to rehearsal tracks or recordings, because "real musicians don't." Is there merit to this? It's certainly not true that real musicians don't listen to tracks or recordings... As Mafii says, many excellent musicians don't actually use scores at all. However, it ...


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"real musicians don't." Is there merit to this? As you have stated it, so bluntly, this assertion has no 'merit'. Countless great musicians - including jazz folks, not just rockers - have learned to play from scratch by listening to recordings. Virtually every musician, in every genre, listens to and learns from recordings by great artists, and goes to ...


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That's a poor argument imo. Many "real musicians" do very much sing or play by ear. They listen to lots of recordings, and lots of other musicians. Some can't even read sheet music, and only play by ear. It could be however, that he wants his class to learn how to sight read, and how to use relative pitch. He should then however be transparent about that.


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It's not arbitrary. American accents in choral singing (especially Southern) produce several disadvantages in tone, tuning and volume. Specifically, the American hard "r" forces the speaker/singer to close the jaw and lift the tongue, both of which reduce the air space within the mouth and the back of the throat, reducing resonance. The result when singing ...


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I admire a lot of Adam's work, but I think he's exaggerating a bit about the reasons why choirs get off pitch. (Though he's stating a commonly held belief -- or perhaps common excuse.) Yes, most choirs tend to drift in pitch when singing a cappella, but I guarantee you that at least 99% of the time, it's not due to "comma drift." Instead, non-professional ...


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It's common for a certain musical style to be associated with a certain accent. Adele ditches her Norf Laaaaaaandan accent for a distinctly American sound when she's belting out her latest soul-tinged ballad. Birmingham (UK)-born Ali Campbell of reggae act UB40 does a half-decent job of sounding like a Jamaican. On the flip side, punk singer Joey Ramone's ...


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It's a bit old-fashioned, and reasons have to do with placement (our accent has a lot of nasalization of vowels) and airflow restriction (try saying "er" as you normally do, and then the way the Brits do it, and you'll see that you don't restrict the airway as much in the latter). However, while these reasons may be musical reasons, they are also pretty ...


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Oratorios are similar to operas, but are unstaged, and are based on religious topics. Some common examples include: Handel's Messiah, Saul, Israel in Egypt, and Esther; Bach's Christmas Oratorio (and, arguably, his two Passions, which are essentially similar in form), Haydn's Creation, and Mendelssohn's Elijah and Christus. The best thing you can do is "dig ...


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The most extensive site is http://www.cpdl.org . There are also many chorale arrangements on IMSLP (http://www.imslp.org/) but that site also has orchestral, solo, opera, pieces, etc. CPDL is specifically focused on choral music. What you will not find on either site is most music published in the past 50 years (or since 1923 for American users) since that ...


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There is far more to singing than just the vocal folds. Much of the sound of a singers voice is shaped and influenced by muscles in the throat and face (including your nasal passages). So even if food does not come into contact with the vocal folds themselves, certain foods can have an effect on other parts of your vocal tract that can affect your singing. ...


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There's some phisical consequence in two or more voices/instruments producing the same note (besides the somewhat obvious volume raise). See, notes (higher or lower) depend on their frecuency (amount of vibrations per seconds, measured in Hertz(Hz)). A group may try to sing the same notes, but the tiny fluctuations and minimal down-tunning or up-tunning will ...


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If I understand correctly, you have a midi file with N different tracks, and you want to create N sound files out of that where for each sound file, one of the tracks is proportionately louder than all the other tracks. If that's the case, you can do this with python and the fantastic music21 library: from music21 import * ##Load in a MIDI file st = ...


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First of all, voice lessons is a great start! Your teacher will teach you proper singing techniques like breath control and voice placement. You might also want to ask your teacher about sight reading as well, which is not always required, but definitely a skill to have as a choir member. For an audition, you might actually have to sight read something, ...


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You'll probably find the lowest bass voices in Russian choral music, reaching down to C1 (32.7 Hz). Such low basses are called Oktavists: The Power of the Russian Oktavist


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While it's true that a violin can play loud, a flute is technically louder due to its nature. Not only: trying to play very loud on a violin while keeping a good sound is hard, and there are limits over which you just can't (those limits also depend on the quality of the instrument and the bow, not only the technique); on the contrary, having a good sound ...


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If you look at standard SATB arrangements of hymns, you will notice that the bass often moves in contrary motion to the melody, and often in rhythmic intervals in the middle of phrases when no one else is moving. This really makes the bass part pop in a way that does not distract from the song itself. Also pick up and study some of Bach's chorales, and you ...


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This style of singing is actually seen more common than you would think. You can hear it in hymns, national anthems, and even Happy Birthday. The idea is that everybody singing the same note will sound like one powerful voice and has a different texture then if the 4 parts had different notes. This piece seems to start like most hymns do with many voices ...


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Using this list: http://imslp.org/wiki/List_of_works_by_Wolfgang_Amadeus_Mozart I found 2 for mixed chorus. Click the links to download the score. God is Our Refuge, K.20 (Youtube video, with score) Quaerite primum regnum Dei, K.86/73v (Youtube video) Both pieces are quite short, just over a minute. I added a musescore transcription for God is our ...


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I don't know a huge amount about plainsong however I can think of a couple of possibilities. The first thing to note is that there are definitely some differences between the two videos you post: the Kyrie has elements of polyphony whilst the Dies Irae seems to be mostly in unison. Gothic could refer to the specific period between the 9th and 14th ...


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Indeed they are similar! That particular Kyrie is called Cunctípotens Génitor Deus, one of many Kyries in Gregorian chant. What they did, back in the Middle Ages, was borrow it from Gregorian chant, slow it way down, and resurface it with a second voice in a medieval improvization technique called organum, a well-known feature of Notre Dame polyphony, as ...


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It depends on the circumstances, but if it is a community choir, I assume you don't rehearse more than once or twice every week. Hence, rehearsing on the day of the concert or the day before will surely not be too much rehearsing. We used to do this with my community choir in England, especially because normal rehearsals were at the gym of the local ...


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I only watched for a few seconds but it's clear that it is in-ear monitoring. It may be that there's a click track running in the earpiece to keep them in time; maybe it's to make sure they can hear the accompaniment and keep in time with that in the echo acoustic of the church; or maybe they're actually miming to a pre-recorded track, and the monitoring ...


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Try out the methode READING BY WRITNG In your case with basic knowledge this will mean: Play and sing the scale of the song you want to practice and notate it on a sheet (staff and clef) always using the absolute and the relative note-names. Sing all kind of variations of intervalls of the scale: doredomidofadosodoladotidodo (the scale up and back ...


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One way is to place any expression markings relative to that voice's placement on the staff. In other words, markings relating to the soprano and tenor lines should go above their respective staves, since they are the higher voices. Meanwhile, markings for the alto and bass should go below their respective staves. For example (with apologies for any ...


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As you ask for singers and choirs it might depend of the ending consonant. Many amateur singers don't keep the whole note and give not the exact value. Normally it is up to the conductor to tell the members how long he wants the note exactly held. If you are conductor yourself I you can say the ending consonant has to be sung on the first eighth note. I ...


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Well, you'd need to have a really, really excellent choir for this effect to be observable. For most choirs, yes, they drift. A lot. Unless the choir is accompanied, they will end every piece on a different tuning than they started with. The better the choir, the smaller the drift. But even the best choir may end a piece a bit flat one day, and the very next ...


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We can't possibly suggest specific titles. But there is something I can say to guide you. It will make more sense if I start out this way: I went to hear a performance of The Fantasticks at my community college years ago. The young woman in the lead role had a lovely voice, but it was her first semester, and she had almost no vocal training. However, ...


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