Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
Bumblebee!: Rounds & Warm-ups for Choirs Paperback – February 28, 2013
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
From the Inside Flap
Who can sing? Speaking at TED Melbourne in 2013, Tania de Jong asked her audience if they had ever been told they 'can't sing'. About 85% had been told this. It is no wonder that so many of us are reluctant to try to sing. But save the 3-5% (depending on the source) of the population with congenital or acquired amusia, the good news is that we are born with a genetic disposition for making music.
When it comes to singing, everyone has the essential requirements of this greatest and most beautiful of musical instruments. That is:
- For the motor we have lungs supported by intercostal (breathing) muscles.
- For vibration we have vocal folds. Isn't it amazing that when we hear a pitch vibrating at say 440 times per second, we can copy it accurately - simply by having our brain send a message to the vocal folds to vibrate the same number of times per second. The physical attributes of the vocal folds are self-adjusted to produce the proper pitch without any conscious effort on our part.
- For a resonating chamber we are spoilt with spaces. Throat, mouth, and the nasal and head cavities all provide opportunities for resonance, as well as the facial bones, the skull and cartilage.
To prepare the vocal instrument for singing requires exercise. Warm-up exercises do not need to be complex, in fact the time required to master technical difficulty would be best reserved for the song repertoire. These warm-ups will prepare the motor, vibrator, resonance and articulating mechanisms for singing, and train your choir in technique. Professional singers mostly do only a few exercises to maintain the condition of their voice, and so it is that despite the numerous opportunities within this book, you may find your favourite exercises and be content with those. But even if you only practise a few exercises, these should be varied. The brain loves variable repetition where the essence of an idea is repeated with a small amount of difference. This keeps the mind alert. The core exercises in this book include a number of variations, and you may well make up more of your own. In time you will develop the ability to find aspects of the song repertoire that can be transformed into a warm-up. Like all learning endeavours, one must practise regularly and thoughtfully. With sustained application, seemingly average voices can be transformed into a choir of exquisite artistic splendour.
As well as preparing the choir for the physical and mental aspects of singing, warm-ups establish a rehearsal focus and initiate attention on the conductor.
When structuring warm-up time, pay attention to the following:
- Motor: physical stretches and breathing exercises.
- Resonance exercises and humming.
- Vibration: controlling intonation - diatonic and chromatic scales, and arpeggios.
- Increasing vocal range.
- Articulation: a focus on vowels and consonants, mouth shape, lips and tongue.
- Harmonic independence: round/canon.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $2.99 (Save 70%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)