Hello everyone,

It is a new day and Thursdays will seem very strange but only for a few weeks I hope.  Thats right.  Due to the need to address all the needs of our chorus, our families and our community, we will not meet as a group until April 16th.  If that changes, you will be notified.

Thursdays may be out as a group but the joys of learning our music and continuing on our goal of a November concert are still very much alive.

Here is my first attempt to provide some leadership during this period.

1st. Be sure to go to the Community Corner , click on it, then click on subscribe and join the rest of your chorus members in ongoing dialogue.  Seems as if some of you are not aware of this page on our website.  This page is for you!  Take a look and contribute.

2nd.   I will make every effort to have Director Notes posted by noon on Monday of each week.  If additional postings are made, I will have an eblast sent out to let you know.

3rd.  In addition to general suggestions about how to learn your music, I will select one piece each week to work on in detail.

4th,   If you are comfortable meeting in small groups with friends that you normally see, it would be a wonderful time to get together and practice like we do in my dining room. I can come or not, depending on your needs.

5th. I hope to get more parts up on the website , but until then, concentrate on those pieces that were to be off the paper in March.  You were lucky to get a reprieve.

So now to This weeks assignment.

In general , these are ways to work on your music.

Listen to your part.

Sing along with all of the parts, not just the closest to yours. In other words, Tenors might sing with the bass.

Follow along with the music as you listen and mark places that sound difficult to you.

Write out the words on a piece of paper for memory.

Check your pitch with a pitch pipe or keyboard after about 12 to 18 measures.  Be honest.  Were you sharp or flat?  My dear friend and friend of many of you , Virginia, used to start singing with the tape and then walk out of the room, still singing for a page or two and then return and see if she was on the right note and in the right key.  Kinda fun I thought .

Sing it without any music playing.  See how close you come to the final pitch.  Just don’t get discouraged.  It is not easy.

Sing without the music playing but with a metronome.

The list is endless and I will add more each week.

Now for this weeks project. NEW ORLEANS

First, get out a pencil and your music. We need to make sure breath marks are in your music.

Add breath marks as follow.  Measure   2 after so, measure 8 after day, Measure 10 after stronger, m.12 after away, m.16 after sing, m.18 after Mississippi, m.20 after the break sign“, m. 22 after Bayou, m. 24 after air, m.26 after the leads June, m.32 after heart,  m. 34 after for,37 after more.

How to practice:

Leads sing against tenor and bari

Tenors sing against lead and bass

Baris sing against lead and tenor

Bass sing against lead and tenor.  Basses (and other parts) be aware of the notes you sing in unison with the other part.  Basses-check out measures 13,21,22,25,29,35,37, when singing with tenor. Just a few measures but fun to check yourself on .

Also, everyone , make note of how measures 7 and 31 are different. Same with measures 10,18 and 34.  Always good to mark those in your music.

There is a recording on YouTube  that you should listen to at least once.  It is the same arrangement but done with different interpretation of course but I’d like for you to listen for the signature 7th chords which are all through the music.  Notice that they often are at very important held notes.  For instance Measures 5, the chord on Means, m. 8 the chord on Day, m.12, the chord on way.Thats why we hold them out and “drive the tone”.  See if you can find others.  Also listen closely to measures 21-26.

Google YOUTUBE and type in Bay Rhythm Quartet Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans.  I don’t want you to listen too much because we do some things differently but It will give you a good idea as to the chords.  Look and listen for those 7th chords.

And lastly, let me know if these are helpful hints or if I should go in a different direction.  (Might do that anyways but your input will be helpful as we move along.)

Have fun, stay in touch and stay well.  We just might come out of this really knowing these pieces.