Westminster Chorus - 2 part warmup exercise (listen for OVERTONES/harmonics)





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Published on Jul 2, 2012

There are only two notes being sung at a time. Yet, when the voices line up correctly, you'll hear octaves, fifths, and even and thirds. The final interval is a perfect fifth - (Only two notes being sung!), yet, you'll clearly hear a four part chord. (Keep in mind, this is being sung outside, with the worst acoustics possible!)

These 'extra' notes are naturally occurring "harmonics" that are always being produced by your voice at all times, but are amplified significantly when the voice is completely free of all tension, while maximum space is created in the throat, mouth, and head. You'll also notice no vibrato. This is an intentional effort, as vibrato can create shifting in the pitch and tone, thus disrupting a perfect unison by creating conflict between voices, and prevent harmonics from lining up and being heard.

Instructions for warmup:
Bass and Baritones (in unison): Stay on a G
Leads and Tenors (in unison): Start on a C, and walk down the major scale
Start on an "NG" sound (as in sing), and then open to "AH"

The intervals that occur are:
Perfect 4th, Major 3rd, Major 2nd, Unison, Major 2nd, Minor 3rd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th

Warm ups by our amazing coach (and previous director), Royce Ferguson

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