DIRECTOR, Sally Trice says,
"I find HearFones(tm) helpful with singers' intonation, and the
rest of the choir notices the difference. They often make the singers'
voices softer and sing with better fidelity and less distortion.The
choir then blends better. One of my singers especially likes to
use her HearFones(tm) in her vocal warm-up exercises."
HAVING FUN IN CASA
Not the "Blanca" Casa, but the Contemporary A Cappella Society.
Those of you who sing in more traditional styles would get a wake-up
call from these guys; CASA covers the ground from Gregorian chant
to street corner jazz. Pete and Ray went to their A Cappella Summit
in Boston this past June and had a BALL! You should have seen the
vocal percussion crew go dreamy-eyed in our HearFones(tm). Their
music can range from lush to wild, but it sure is infectious.
In addition to a lot of fun, spirited singing by many groups and
a super Saturday night show, there were classes and seminars on
a variety of singing topics. We both learned a lot there, and Pete,
who can sing a bit in Swedish, sang an old folk song with a group
Whatever your kind of singing, invite one of the nearby a cappella
groups to join you some night; or find out who's performing near
you soon and enjoy!
Heard Rockapella sell coffee on TV?
Visit CASA at www.casa.org
QUESTION AND ANSWER
We invite you to submit musical questions and problems to be answered
by our readers. This should spawn some interesting discussion and
lively debate. It could be fun and a benefit to us all.
SHOOT 'EM IN AND LET'S GET SOMETHING STARTED!
to those of you who have bared your voices!
want to thank you for bringing me this wonderful invention. For
years I've been complaining about not hearing myself or my real
voice . . . Now I can correct myself while my jaw and muscles are
still in position. It s just wonderful . . . I love these HearFones(tm)."
and CHOIR DIRECTORS
some real good news:
You'll find a wonderfully workable scheme for improving your ensemble's
sound by practicing with less, or even no accompaniment in rehearsals.
What a great idea for letting the singers hear what's going on in
Leslie Guelker-Cone of Western Washington University has an earthshaking
article in the September '98 Music Educators Journal. She discusses
sight-singing systems, warm-up techniques and improved sound from
singers who can hear their vocal production much better.
Peek at Pete 'n Ray's Notebook
happen at N E X T E P, home of the HearFones(tm) folks. In each
issue, we will include topics that the two us us find of musical
importance and general interest. We're singers, inventors, scientists,
engineers, musicologists and manufacturers. Looking at the past,
present and future facts of music, we discuss a variety of interesting
musical issues and problems, many of which you'd find engaging and
informative. STAY TUNED!
HearFones® Singing Better workshop
planned for the 20th of this month at the First Parish Church in
Gorham, Maine. Call us at 888-886-9312 to set up your own workshop
anywhere in the New England area.
DO WE DO WITH THEM NOW?
us pass along to you observations we have from the thousands of
HearFones(tm) now out there in several countries. Lots of people
are very excited about how their 'fones' can help, especially teachers
and directors. Following are some of the reasons why:
First of all, HearFones(tm) help focus the attention on each singer's
own particular vocal production, often for the first time. Ultimately,
this amounts to having vocal coaches for each singer in the ensemble
--- the singers themselves.
2. With attention now focussed on quality, the teacher/director
can demonstrate the desired vowel sound or vocal quality for any
particular spot, then ask the singers to imitate them.
3. Any singer (or all of them) may "practice his own part" while
singing with the ensemble, thus improving individual quality while
enhancing the group's overall presentation.
4. HearFones(tm) may be used in one-on-one sessions with the teacher
to work on general vocal quality or on specific problems. Thus,
singers learn to hear exactly how their own best singing sounds,
and just how they achieved this improvement. In time, they learn
to produce this better singing without the aid of the acoustic device;
something like discarding the "training wheels."
5. While it's not necessary to outfit the whole chorus or choir
with HearFones(tm) to achieve very satisfying results in quality
singing, this has been done. A nearby high school chorus borrowed
32 sets of 'fones' for a recording session. One of their key soloists
remarked that they really helped her hit her song with new confidence.
You could sure hear the difference.
6. Although many see HearFones(tm) as a breakthrough in music education,
we do not suggest that they supplant more traditional vocal training.
This policy is clearly stated in the accompanying Singing Secrets
booklet. However, this new product allows for the direct approach:
to improve the quality of singing, improve how it sounds. And it
works, often making dramatic changes in a very short time.
7. Directors find it less work for themselves to help their vocal
groups sound better quicker. It seems that the responsibility for
good sound and effective musical presentation is placed just where
it ought to be --- on the singers. If they don't do their job of
making the sounds right, what can the director do to save it?
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