Saturday, November 5, 2011

Observing and listening to others

Just like any form of communication, listening and watching other people talk will help you understand what the other is conveying to his listeners. It is only through silence that you will be able to hear the emotions and appreciate the ideas of the deliverer of the message.

Given this thought, an idea came up to me. If we are to listen to various choral groups all around the city or even within our own vicinity, this could entail the possibility for us to understand how these groups sing differently from each other. In some way, we will be able to pick-up the good ones and apply in our own technique. Or even take on the bad ones and improve and develop from then on. In summary: observe, adapt, improvise.

We had the opportunity to visit a few churches in the Metro and we've seen several groups that may have the edge in choral singing.

Throughout the series of our visits, we have seen different methodologies and techniques though not as perfect as the world renowned groups like the Philippine Madrigal Singers or Loboc Children's Choir, their way of singing is a good point to start from.

We tried to listen to every note they sing, the breath that they make throughout the course of their delivery and the movements made by their body to create the right sound at the right time. We enjoyed every single minute as we hear mass and watch other choirs sing.

It is clear to us that some choral groups does sing with great voices while some do not. But there is one thing in particular, it doesn't matter if the choir members has great voices. When a group lives in harmony and in support of each other you can feel the unity as they sing. Each sound flows sweetly and expressively without any hesitation. Team work is greatly in play. No one wants to standout from another instead everyone maintains a perfect balance and that what makes a choir a choir.

Here are somethings we considered before we planned on observing other choral groups:
  • Look for the best places to listen to a choral group. A church with good acoustics or sound system is a plus. It is imperative that you hear all the voices so you can distinguish the quality of their voices and point out which voice is the soprano, alto, etc.
  • You don't need to find the best chorale to listen to. Find out in your community if they know someone or some place where a good choir provides music ministry service.
  • It is good if all of the members can join the activity so all can have the chance to observe and listen to the group to be heard.
  • Make a post assessment to validate all your observations so the group can build on their own technique.


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