Welcome & Warm-up (& Thank You!!!) Past/Present: Future: SQ x2 NEW Medleys: A1 ; A2 Next Performance: 22 nd January @ Bagatelle 31 st January @ Erskine Hosp (Erskine) Big events: 8 th February Cruden Hall (+2 Valentine themed performances in February) TBC 22 nd March Memory of Sheena 27 th March DCTI Tontine Hotel Next week: Door/Admin Duty: Kitchen:
14 th January Welcome & Warm-up Future: SQ x2 NEW Medleys: AL1 ; AL2 + Solos/Duets/Trios etc. Next Performance: 22 nd January @ Bagatelle 31 st January @ Erskine Hosp-Ersk. Prep Setlists: 8 th February Cruden Hall (+2 Valentine themed performances in February) TBC 22 nd March Memory of Sheena 27 th March DCTI Tontine Hotel Next weeks: Door/Admin Duty: Kitchen: Social Events: Edinburgh Tattoo/Nardinis/Willowbank
21 st January Welcome & Warm Up Future: NEW 122 & NEW Medleys: AL1;AL2 + Solos/Duets/Trios etc. Past/Present : Prep For 8 th February Cruden Hall 3; 67; 82; 49; 38; 44; 117; 73; 81; 119? ; 122?; 105 standby 76; 104? 40? 115; 110 ……………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………….. Next Performances: 22 nd January @ Bagatelle 23 rd January @ Riverside Gardens 31 st January @ Erskine Hosp-Ersk. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Announcements: Next weeks: Door/Admin & Kitchen: Minutes from last meeting available….group disscussion next week Social Events: Edinburgh Tattoo/Nardinis/Willowbank AGM to be announced
11 th February Welcome & Warm-up Past….Medley AL1; Present…..see handout Future…..119; 122; Theme tune Sign up sheets for: Willowbank 21 st May Abbamania - Beacon - 1 st May
Warm-ups….Basic Principals Stamina is important in singing as in sport. Good muscular balance will make singing for long periods easier and keep the voice healthy. Total involvement of the body takes pressure off the vocal apparatus, increases control and flexibility Reinforcement of every activity in warm-ups and in rehearsal encourages the singer to perform instinctively. Extremes are worth visiting. Do an exercise that takes you further than you need in the music; this will then improve control in the normal range. Tune up not only the ears, but also muscles. Relax the jaw, neck and shoulders and calm the mind- create balanced and comfortable posture. Change things often, because variety improves flexibility and the ability to respond. Harmony is at the centre of music making, so link each aspect- posture, breathing, sound-making, expression and communication – into one art
25 th February Welcome Newsletter for February/March Warm-up
25 TH FEBUARY Advisory Group Meetings Bi-monthly The purpose: 4 Contact Leaders and Group members: : Morag Wilson: Helen Spence: Faye Brookes: Additional Members as yet: Kathleen
4th March Welcome/Announcements Warm-up (see session 1) Past….Medley AL1; 59; Present…..122; 40…..& see hand out Future…..123 Things; 124 Calamity Jane; Jingle Jangle?: AL3?; Song Sung Blue; Sweet Sweet Payments for: Willowbank 21 st May Dancing Queen - Beacon - 3 rd May
12 th March Welcome/Announcements Warm-up (see session 2) Special focus on future…..You sing the hits link !!! + 123 Things; 124 Calamity Jane; Jingle Jangle?; Song Sung Blue; Sweet Sweet Past….Medley AL3; 59; Present….Proposed songlist Singing for Sheena 22 nd March 44; 3; 67; 82; 49; 38; [ABBA Set: 117; 73; 81] 122; 105 standby 76; 83; 119?; AL1; AL3? Daffodil tea….. 108 ; 109 & 80 Announcements: Letters to venues (any suggestions) Names for Fundraiser s (In memory of Sheena £6 & DCTI £5 Meal) Raffle gifts if any for above Willowbank - 21 st May Kitchen/Hoover & Door/Admin next week Tuesday April 15 th Film Showing…Sunshine on Leith Contact Leaders 8 th April (Group Discussions 1 st April) Seating arrangments? Annoucemensts when performing
Soprano As many of us would know, the Soprano voice is the highest of the female voices, and many of us would be familiar with this voice type. Soprano singers are able to hit the high notes with such ease! A typical Soprano vocal range would probably be from the A note below middle C (A3) to the F or G note 2 octaves above (F6 or G6), making it a range of 2 plus to 3 octaves. Of course, this is not to be taken as an exact measurement but more as a rough guideline for soprano voices, and proper breath support must be used measuring vocal ranges during singing. The Soprano Tessitura is also usually higher than the other female voice types, considering that the overall vocal range is the highest among the female voices. A Soprano would also probably transition out of her chest voice around the E flat note above middle C (E4) and shift into her head voice around the F sharp note one octave above the middle C (F5). The soprano voice usually has a bright tone, and she would usually have a strong head voice, but a relatively weaker middle voice. Sopranos are also able to sing more high notes and sustain at a high pitch better than a mezzo soprano can, and they are also most often the lead role for operas or shows.
Mezzo Soprano For most ladies out there, you would probably belong to this voice type as the Mezzo Soprano voice is the most common female voice type out of the 3 main types, and it lies between the higher Soprano voice and the lower Contralto voice. The vocal range for the Mezzo Soprano voice would be likely between the G note below middle C (G3) to the C note more than 2 octaves above (C6), making it also a range of around slightly more than 2 octaves. The Mezzo Soprano Tessitura or most comfortable vocal range lies somewhere between the Soprano Tessitura and the Contralto Tessitura. The Mezzo would probably transition out of chest voice around the E note just above middle C (E4) and shift into head voice around the E note one octave above the middle C octave (E5). Be sure to avoid the common singing of raising your head when you are measuring your register transitions. The Mezzo Soprano has a stronger middle voice and a weaker head voice as compared to the Soprano. Also, the tone of the Mezzo Soprano's voice is darker or deeper than the Soprano's.
Contralto (alto) The Contralto voice is the lowest among the female voices, and it is certainly more unique among females, as the typical female voices would probably either be the Soprano or Mezzo Soprano voices. The vocal range for the Contralto voice would lie somewhere between the E note below middle C (E3) to the 2nd G note above middle C (G5). This would mean that the Contralto voice would be very close to the male tenor voice, having a similar range in vocals, and would thus be able to handle most of the songs that men may sing too! The Contralto would probably transition out of chest voice around the G above middle C (G4) and shift into head voice around the D note an octave above middle C (D5). Also, the tone of the Contralto's voice would be darker and richer than the Mezzo Soprano, and she would be totally comfortable in the lower part of her voice.
12 TH June Welcome Announcements (Logo for T-shirt) Warm up Revise Songs 6; 7; 9; 15; 17; 19; + Songs 20 - 40 28 : Annie’s song with accompaniment Solo’s including 43; 21; Practise 116!!! Set Lists (See Handout): Mariners Thursday 13 th June Invite to Puppet Show 13 th June Saturday 15 th Aileymill Primary School Sunday 16 th Gourock Garden Party Next week s Dates : Newark Cancelled & Comet Festival Booked
18 th June Change of structure…. Welcome/Warm-up @ 12:30 Song numbers for practise today @ 12:40 – 1:30pm : 6 / 20 / 112 / 113 / 85 Potential New Song and/or Medley @ 1:30pm : Ten Guitars, Waterloo & Medley Practise of songs from upcoming performances @ 1:40 -2:15pm : See songlist 12; 114 plus …and finally, Announcements/Amendments @ 2:15 onwards re newsletter and upcoming events Models/T-shirts/Sheena re fundraiser/Arran/Poppy Scotland/Acoustic Sets
25 TH June Warm up: 12:30pm Past Songs: 20 / 81 /38/ 83 Plus 112/113 Future Songs @ 1:30pm : There’s a Kind of Hush, Ten Guitars, Waterloo Present Songs @ 1:50pm : Muisheil Centre & Singing For Shauna (See Songlist) Announcements: Baking; Kitchen; Models; Raffle; On the door
Group Leader: Sheena S Celia Carol Mhari Helen I Pat M Alice Bridget
Group Leader: Helen S Jo Sandra A Sandra Mc Pat S Heather Elizabeth W
Group Leader: Morag Sally Pearl Ann H Evelyn P Mary M Kathleen Elizabeth B Eleanor P
Group Leader: Faye C0-leader: Mary W Myra Mary D Anne F Dorothy B Margaret M Evelyn M Sadie C Jean N
Group Leader: Trudy Christine S Sheena C Ellen F Anne G Agnes Margaret O Mary F Ethel Pat Ma
Group Leader: Mary G Co-Leader : Mags Gloria Gordon Craig Mazz Sam O Roz Pat G