(I’ve had to host the MP3 tracks on my website because Facebook will only host video.)
one option / suggestion of practice schedule:
April: print out the music Seasons Of Love REDUCTION (whether you read music or not, you need this for the words and so you can see what you’re singing when others are singing etc.) If you haven’t got a printer let me know and I will pop them in the post for you.
April: decide for definite which part you are learning, as I will need to make sure there are enough people in each part (we are aiming for 5-7 people in each part). You can work this out by listening to the practice tracks.
April: learn your part
May: Now start singing your part not just to your own practice track, but see if you can hold it listening to other tracks. Eg. I sing my part 4 times a day (takes me 15 mins), once to my track (Sop 2) then along with the alto track, then the sop 1 track and then the ‘altogether’ track.
PRACTICE TRACK ALTOGETHER
June: keep up the May routine but also begin to sing it without the guide notes so you are used to the backing track not always cueing you in. In someways this track is easier as you haven’t got the other parts in it, but harder because of fewer cues.
BACKING TRACK FOR THE DAY
If you want to listen to the professionals and get a sense of singing with a group here is the link, but remember WE don’t come in until “In daylights..’ as we don’t want to spoil Rosenanna’s solo there and the end of our song deviates from the end of the professional version mainly because (as far as I’m aware) we don’t have a soloist with the capacity to sing that part towards the end. It’s quite a good link though for getting the group feeling and picking out your part.
June: if possible attend a group practice at 6pm on June 20th at Halifax Hall. If possible find other choir members for a quick practice before the ceremony on the 21st.
June: enjoy the song on the day, it’s just about friendship and love so it can’t go wrong. If you lose your place or note, just smile and mouth ‘ooooh’ as if you are singing until you find your part again.
Practice Notes – a guide:
This is not a ‘performance’ and there is not an ‘audience’. We’d like to sing it as a if it were just a spontaneous explosion of friendship, love and joy, but that will sound a hell of a lot better if people know the music, the harmonies and the words beforehand! So good enough is the aim.
Our little choir is made up of experienced singers and enthusiastically willing singers, to sing our joyous closing song at the hand fasting ceremony. Everyone will help each other make it a primarily enjoyable experience and a fun passable version of the song because it means something to us.
1 Choose your part, (Sop 1, Sop 2 or Alto) you may want to listen to the guide tracks first or check the sheet music to see what your top / bottom notes would be. We are hoping for 5-7 people in each part.
2 Print out the sheet music here Seasons Of Love REDUCTION
3 Spend some time with the music in your hand and backing track to your part to learn it and experience how it fits with the words etc.
4 Once you have learned your part, play on your device regularly and sing along. ENJOY exercising using muscles and mind to create music and a positive mood!
To help us sing as a group, avoid adding your own flourishes or additions. Verse one words should be clear and it helps to think that you are ‘speaking’ them though you are singing them, so that notes are not held on in a singing-y manner.
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5 After a while, days or weeks, when you feel secure with your part, play the group practice track, you will be more distracted by the other parts with the track, as will happen on the day. Practise until you can hold your part alongside the others.
6 Continue to use the group practise track most of the time but do check back and use the single practice track sometimes, to check you are sticking truthfully to your part.
7 Let yourself enjoy the song and the vibe. We both LOVE the song because it’s about friendship and how love of all kinds makes the shitty things in life worthwhile. Start to infuse your singing with happiness and pleasure and think of people you love and being a group with other people who all enjoy singing and friendship and love. Let your body move as you sing. Smile.
7 You may get a chance to sing with others (Finn and Miriam are going to be able to practice together and the wedding party are mostly going to be at the hotel the night before for a walk through so can sing through as well) or you might first sing with the group on the day at the wedding. You will be seated near people singing your part and if you don’t already know them, you will have been introduced before the ceremony either weeks before by powers of the internet or at the hotel when you are shown to your seat. You and any companion guest/s will be seated with the best views of all the action!
You will not be singing to an ‘audience’. The seating will be such that you will be in a horseshoe around Miriam and Finn and so mostly facing each other. You will all have people in the group who you have friendships with, even if it’s only Finn or Miriam.
Karen (celebrant) will announce, “I now declare you both married / wife and wife”. Finn and Miriam will have a kiss and you will hear the opening bars of the music. You will stand up, move forward, make eye contact with the others, smile, take long easy breaths as Roseanna (soloist) guides us all into the song. Be relaxed, make eye contact with each other, laugh, hold hands, dance, whatever feels authentic and natural. Please don’t stand there wooden and anxious as if it’s an ordeal! It’s fine if it goes wrong, just smile. REMEMBER ‘tits and teeth’ and what could possibly go wrong?