So this is the first time I’ve done anything like this, but I thought it’d be kind of fun. For those unaware, I’m pretty heavily injected into the music world, and have been singing for as long as I can remember. I attend regular voice lessons, sing at various gigs, and am a member of a few premiere organizations in the Phoenix area, including The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and the Arizona Music Festival Chorus.
The other night at rehearsal, TPSC’s chorus master was talking about how non-musicians are very curious about the musical world. I never really thought about it, but I think he’s probably right. What the audience sees is a polished piece, but there are weeks and months of rehearsal that go into the ultimate performance.
I typically record my voice lessons so I can go back through them, listen, remember what changes I made, and fix anything that sounds “off” (and there’s always something that sounds off, trust me. A musician is never 100% satisfied with her work!). This week, I took a different listening approach, one that was more of an “outsider” looking into the musical world. Maybe that sounds…quacky or something. I don’t know. And maybe this is a silly idea. But I wanted to share a few clips from my lesson to give you a glimpse into what it’s like to pick up a new piece and try to master it.
For the past month, I’ve been working on Offenbach’s Doll Song from Tales of Hoffman. Enjoy!
Figuring out breaths…
Silly exercises are the norm!
The tiniest change can make a big difference…
Lots of laughing!
You’re not always so sure of yourself…
The finale always feels good.