Page 10 - Voice for Life Workbook 4 - Red
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Ask your choir trainer to check your answers to the last exercise. Then look at the music below.
  This time there are no breath marks. Use the breath mark symbol shown in the last exercise to mark in the places where you think it is appropriate to breathe.
              What won - drous love is this, O my
4    
soul, O my soul! What won - drous love is this, O my
8 
soul! What won - drous love is this that
11    
caused the Lord of bliss to lay a - side his
14  
crown for my soul, for my soul, to
17   
lay a - side his crown for my soul.
                                                                               When you have put breath marks into the music, try singing it yourself. Think about the questions below.
• Do you think you have placed • Do you need to take all the
the breath marks in the best places? breaths that you have marked?
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 Staggered breathing
Sometimes it may not be possible to get through a phrase that your choir trainer has asked you to sing in one breath. Staggered breathing is a way of ‘cheating’ within a choir to create an illusion of a long phrase being sung with no breaths at all. Each singer takes a quiet breath at a different time from the person next to them – this way the sound keeps going throughout the phrase without a break.
When you stagger your breathing, don’t pronounce consonants at the end of the words. Otherwise, it will be obvious that you have taken a breath because your consonant will sound at a different time from everyone else in the choir. (In particular, watch out for ‘s’ and ‘c’ sounds – they are especially obvious.)

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