Page 18 - Voice for Life Yellow Workbook
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 Listen carefully to yourself as you practise. Ask yourself the following questions:
 • Have I learnt all the notes accurately?
• What are the words trying to communicate?
• Am I making all the words clear?
• Am I singing with clear consonants, while keeping the melody smooth?
• Is my diction appropriate for the style of music I am singing?
• Is my tuning good?
• Is my breathing good?
• Is my throat staying relaxed?
• Am I breathing in the appropriate places?
• Am I using contrasting dynamics?
• Is the sound still focused when I sing quietly?
• Will I be heard by someone at the back of the room where I will be performing?
• Is my music held at the right height?
• Is my posture relaxed but stable?
• Do I look like a confident performer?
Planning for the performance
 Who is accompanying you? Do they need a copy of the music to play from? Make sure you have a copy for them, and one for you if necessary.
What will you wear for the performance? If you do not have a choir uniform and are allowed to choose your performance clothes, it is best to try on your chosen outfit before the final performance to make sure that it is comfortable to sing in.
Make sure that your clothes are not too tight as this will restrict your breathing. Also, make sure that the heels of your shoes are not too high, otherwise your knees and legs will become tense and this will restrict your breathing. Whatever you choose to wear, make sure you feel comfortable and look right for the occasion.
Unaccompanied singing
If any of your performance 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 if you know the tune really well, because you will be sure about the exact size of each interval.
 After 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 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.
Many singers cough and clear their throats before singing, but this actually closes the throat. Instead, bring water to rehearsals, as swallowing will clear away any excess mucus. Try not to clear your throat every time you are about to begin singing.
  18 Module A: Using the voice well

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