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As part of Red level, you must sing a short solo or solo line (which you have prepared in advance) in a service, concert or other public event. With your choir trainer, choose the solo you plan to sing and arrange where and when you will sing it.
  Write the name of the solo here:
When and where will you be performing this?
Here are some hints to help you prepare your solo:
• Practise your solo at home. If you know it very well, you will be more confident in your performance.
Listen carefully to yourself as you practise. Ask yourself the following questions. You will not be ready to give your performance until you can tick all the boxes:
Preparing your solo
When you perform your solo, your choir trainer will be listening for the following:
 • Clear diction and projection, without interrupting the line of the melody
• Even tone and the ability to move smoothly between different registers
• Good breath control, with breaths being taken at appropriate points
• Good intonation (tuning) throughout, (even when singing unaccompanied)
• Practise your solo with and without accompaniment. This will help you learn all the notes accurately.
    F Have I learnt all the notes accurately?
F Am I making all the words clear?
F Am I singing with clear consonants, while keeping the melody smooth?
F Is my tuning good?
F Is my breathing good?
F Is my throat staying relaxed?
Unaccompanied singing
F Am I breathing in appropriate places?
F Am I using any dynamics?
F Will I be heard by someone at the back of the room?
F Is my music held at the right height? F Is my posture relaxed but stable?
F Do I look like a confident performer?
 If any of your solo is unaccompanied, your choir trainer will want to know that you can keep going with confidence. Keep the rhythm strong and steady, and try not to speed up or slow down. Concentrate on staying at the right pitch. It helps to know the tune really well, because you will be sure about the exact size of each interval.
Your performance
When you have finished your performance, your choir trainer will give you feedback about aspects of your singing. He or she may feel you need to continue working on one particular aspect of your voice and to perform a solo again later. If so, keep practising the exercises in this book and the others that your choir trainer will introduce during rehearsals, and you will find that your singing improves.
  Module A: Using the voice well
         Red book UK prepress January 2020.indd 16

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