Here is the Ralph Kramden chest resonance demonstration that I mentioned at the last session. For those of you who missed out, this is what happens when you use low abdominal support and keep a fine chest resonance.
This is a clip I created and uploaded from an episode of The Honeymooners called The Bensonhurst Bomber.
Enjoy! And please don’t take it too seriously. 😉
For those of you who must see the entire episode now, it is available here.
For those of you waiting with bated breath, and for those of you who couldn’t make it to our last session, here is Name That Tune #4. We will go through this at our next session and have a bit of fun.
For those of you who haven’t done one of these before, the idea is to improve your sight-reading. So, no cheating! Don’t play it on the piano. Give yourself a starting pitch and sing the intervals and rhythms as best you can to determine what the songs are.
To those of you whom we had the pleasure of hosting last night, here is Moondog singing Nero’s Expedition. As you may notice, we got it wrong––the round starts after 4 bars, not 3. So, now we’ll have to drag it out next meeting and get it right. Not such a bad thing. I’m really fond of it.
So, here are a few bits and bobs from last night’s session––a nearly lovely Non nobis domine (I say nearly because we’ll do this again, and better), a little jocularity around Britten’s treacherous setting of the word “merry,” and our first complete read-through of the canon from his Welcome Ode. Again, this will greatly improve but it’s important that we hear our starting point.