Re: [bbs_sectionleaders] passing "tapes"
- I think that it all depends on what kind of chorus your chapter has. If
you are a "c" chorus that really is a social gathering, but not geared
toward being one of the top 30 at international, then forget the taping.
It will only cause grief. Sort of like the story about teaching the pig
If, on the other hand, you want to be the best, or at least be
considered a "B" chorus, then I think that taping can be a good thing. I
say can be because it depends on how it is done. If you are checking all
the notes and words and putting "gig marks on the music for the singer
to see, it can be very defeating & discouraging.
My preference is to use taping as a "voice improvement" tool. Encourage
the singer for what he/she has accomplished and give POSITIVE
suggestions for further improvement. People don't want to be bad
singers. They want to be better. But sometimes we discourage them be
having too many "thous shalt nots" and too few attaboys.
Different personality types respond in different ways to perceived
criticism. But using taping as a one-on-one voice lesson session, or
vocal improvement session within the context of the chorus sound is
usually well received by one and all. Perfection shouldn't be the name
of the game for any of us, but improvement in individual performance
within the group should be what we are striving for.
"Shrine of Democracy Chorus"
Rapid City, SD