Idler Ensemble Singing course week 3

Greetings!
Firstly I have parts for Carol of the Bells that have guitar and singing; I had thought organ would be more forgiving on the ear than my high ‘G’ on the soprano part, but hopefully even if that’s not the mellowest part of my range it’ll be clear enough to serve as a reference. I’ve put the higher part in as I know some sopranos can get there; and anyone who finds it a bit too high can take the octave below.

For the tenor/bass part-I dropped the vocal out on a couple of notes that I couldn’t get to-but the guitar is in there.

Carol of the bells all voices

Carol of the bells soprano

Carol of the bells alto

Carol of the bells tenor:bass

I’ve also done parts for a really nice piece called Gaudete that we might look at in week 4-you’re welcome to preview.

Gaudete all voices

Gaudete Soprano

Gaudete Alto

Gaudete Tenor:Bass

And to pick up Daniela’s focus on rhythm, there is a short video on reading rhythms for beginners below.

Rhythm is probably the most important building block of a successful performance. If the rhythm is confident but there’s an occasional uncertainty about pitch, the overall effect will be more convincing than if the pitch is exact but the rhythm faltering. Building a strong time-base is possible even if you are not that confident with rhythm to start with; I can prescribe some activities working with a metronome and clapping out rhythms. In the meantime, I hope this is useful to those of you who are new to reading music.

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