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This month I went to Rock Choir. It was fun, but it was different to the choir I'd more used to.

Rock Choir say that they don't ask you to read music, which I was fearing meant that they would only give you words and no music. Turned out I was right. At choir, whenever we've had words and no music it's made it so hard to learn anything.

Although having music doesn't necessarily make it easier to sing - I can tell you what the note's called and I can play it, but not sing it. However, at Rock Choir, because no one is expected to know it, it's all learnt by repetition - a lot of repetition. Which did mean that we sung far fewer songs: we learnt most of one and sung through one they'd previously done. Which did make it a bit samey.

It is all pop songs, which is a change from choir, where we never do anything that recent. So it was nice to sing something a bit different.

The most different thing were the parts. In choir women sing soprano or alto, men sing tenor or bass. In Rock Choir there are three parts, which are called soprano, alto and bass, but are really just top, middle and bottom because anyone can sing any part. Which was just as well because at my local one there weren't any men.

Once you join you get to download your part - as an mp3 - you never get the music. But that does at least mean you can practise in the car or wherever, you don't also need to be able to play it (which got tricky for things with seven flats).

I am definitely not going back this term because it will mean going out three nights a week (in a row) all term and I will keel over. I may go back at some later date, but it depends on a whole load of other things. I am glad I tried it, because now I actually know what it's like, since all that anyone was prepared to tell me was that it was fun and/or expensive, which is not that helpful.

Overall I give it 8/10, those two off are mainly because of the (necessary) repetitiveness.

Mirrored from my blog.

Date: 2017-04-30 12:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lost_spook
That's probably the best result so far, yes? (My Dad taught himself to play the guitar, but he can't read music, which he's sometimes very conscious off, even though he's actually very good - no wonder he likes it! Also, he's a show off; he loves the performances!)

Date: 2017-05-01 02:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] watervole
I'm enjoying reading these different activities.

Date: 2017-05-01 03:35 pm (UTC)
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That sounds interesting!

I also prefer to have the music in addition to the words. It helps a lot with new songs, but if Rock Choir attracts a lot of people who don't read music, I can see that they might not want to spend the time/money getting that ready. Having an MP3 of your part would be helpful, though, particularly if your part doesn't hold the melody. I can generally sing something if I've heard it once or twice, so listening to it and singing along a couple of times before the session would be helpful.

I've Youtubed new stuff when I'm singing in church things, so I feel prepared.

The repetitiveness probably would be annoying at times, but I can see why it's necessary for something like that. Sounds like something you'd enjoy popping into periodically, but maybe not every week.

I'm so impressed you're trying all this stuff!

Date: 2017-05-01 06:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] selenay
but most of them sing soprano on the basis that they mostly have the tune.

I hope they can hit the high notes! I find having the tune is an advantage of being soprano, but I've sung in groups where the "sopranos" really were altos and I was the only person who could hit anything above high-C. Yeesh. Most of my choir singing has been church with hymns and the old stuff goes *high*.

And if you really can hit those notes, the choir master likes to put you on descant which is "being a soprano who gets the high twiddly bits in choruses so you still don't get the tune".

I've occasionally looked up stuff on Spotify, but, but it's only sort of helpful as I sing alto and our arrangements don't always have exactly the same rhythms. But I do have my parents old keyboard, so I can play what I should be singing.

That does help. Alto is tricky because you can't hear it under the melody, so I can see getting a recording of your own part would help.

I do love Spotify. I listen to far more music, and a much wider range of music, since I started using it.

Date: 2017-05-05 06:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] selenay
Hah, the amazing miming sopranos :-) They exist in every choir. Eh, I'd be amazed if an alto section could hit high F. I have to work up to it, too, and it's in my range!

I pay for my Spotify, so I don't have those issues. It's one of my indulgences. The premium subscription has some great features and it's introduced me to a lot of new artists, which I'm pretty happy about.

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