Tapestry of Style

Tapestry of Style

Tapestry of Style The How-Tos of Differentiating Between Pop and Classical and Everything in Between If It Aint Broke Why mix it up?

Making It Sing Familiar versus New hymns Appropriate stylistic choices Using choir or worship team to teach

congregational singing Fun in worship Vocal Technique The Fundamentals

Posture Sitting position Standing position Chin Lift Neck Position

Breath Management Breathe as though you are a 360 degree person and go all the way around More energetic styles of singing require more air which will make you sing louder

Tongue Position This is the one fix that transformed my choirs ability to lead congregational singing Make sure that the tip of the tongue is

touching the back of the bottom teeth at all times When trying new styles, its important to remind your singers that they need to keep their tongues forward as they are changing the sound

Vocal Space Many contemporary styles of singing require wide open mouth spaces. Encourage your singers to open their mouths

and allow their voices to come out Trying to sing in certain styles without adequate vocal space will feel very uncomfortable Vowels

Pure vowels are important in any context, no matter what the style Vowel modification is an important tool to have in the singers tool kit Knowing how to modify vowels will

encourage your singers to approach new music with same robustness they approach old standards Elements of Style 1.

2. 3. 4. Vowel Modification Rhythm

Use of Consonants Articulation Traditional Choral Style Allowing familiar and comfortable to be okay

Traditional Elements We teach: Clear vowels Rounded or vertical mouth shape Head voice and Straight tone Clean onset of sound

Clear direction of phrase and legato line Rhythm is very accessible Consonants (English) are very forward and easily timed together as a group

Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus 802 Swing The easiest way in 1. Diction Modifications 2. Articulation Modifications

3. Vocal Space and Register Diction Modifications Closed vowels Wet consonants often become soft or are

dropped from the ends of words Singing on consonants occasionally is encouraged Consonants can be used as a percussive effect Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus 802

Articulation Modifications Rhythm Division of the beat into three, especially on the eighth notes

Fat notes Vocal Techniques The fall The shake Brightness of tone

Scoops Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus 802 Vocal Space and Register Head voice vs Chest voice

Vocal Space in the upper register is huge which requires a large amount of air so your singers may not be able to sing gigantic phrases and may need to breathe more frequently

Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus 802 Praise the Lord Pop

Jesus doesnt necessarily have to be your boyfriend 1. Diction Modifications 2. Articulation Modifications 3. Vocal Space and Register Diction Modification

Colloquialism of text Spreading and Closing the vowel Consonants There Is Room For All

Articulation Modification Accent on beats 1 and 3 Use of syncopation Regular rhythm The noodle

There Is Room For All Vocal Space and Register Energy of Tone using the belt voice Make sure your singers have adequate open space

Practice talking at pitch to find the belt sound Predominance of chest voice There Is Room For All Go Make a Difference

Country Its more than old dogs and pick-up trucks. 1. Diction Modifications 2. Articulation Modifications

Diction Modification Diphthongs Sing on the second vowel, not the first Vowel and Consonant modifications O is often changed to uh

T often becomes d Ing endings become in Singing on the consonants R is not just for pirates Singing on M and N for effect is fine

Slides and glides into notes are perfectly fine Swing Low Sweet Chariot Articulation Modification Subtle emphasis on off-beats

Strong beat one Vocal flips or breaks are completely acceptable Regular rhythm

Swing Low Sweet Chariot Precious Lord, Take My Hand Gospel Sing it, sister!

1. Diction Modifications 2. Articulation Modifications Diction Modification As with pop and swing, the vowels open to a

slightly more spread modification and can close slightly through a moving passage Consonants are sloppy Often the text is repeated a number of times so the clarity of the diction is not as important

Slides and scoops are welcome additions Just a Closer Walk With Thee Articulation Modification Quarter notes need to be fat

Improvisation with the melody is expected Clapping on beats 2 and 4 is welcome and encouraged Adding a slight sway with the body or a side to side motion with the feet is also fine

We Are One Concluding Thoughts Its all about balance.

Everything in moderation. Dont be afraid! Listen, always listen. Use the choir or a soloist or a guest group or youth to introduce or encourage a new style

of singing. Variety is the spice of life. Use style like salt a little goes a long way. And some styles are like jalapeno peppers. Questions?

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