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FINE-TUNING - MARK YOUR MUSIC

posted Jan 7, 2016, 10:45 AM by OregonSpirit
Here's why it's important to mark your copy of the music:

  1. Improves your skills and knowledge of the barbershop art form.
  2. Increases your awareness of your part's relationship with the other three singing parts.
  3. Enables a higher level of accuracy.
  4. Provides a better likelihood of staying in tune throughout the song.

Here are the things to mark on your music for I DIDN'T WANNA FALL.  I recommend using different colored highlighters for the various elements you're marking.

  1. DOH - Key note (starts in B-flat, key change to B, then key change to C)
    • This is the root, tonic, basis of the chord, especially leads/basses. Maintain that note in your head thru the entire song, like returning to “home base”.  Bass is responsible for establishing foundation of overtones and must always strive to keep DOH in tune.
    • Mark every B-flat in your part in measures 1-48, then mark every B-natural in measures 49-64, and then mark every C in measures 65 to the end.
  2. OCTAVES
    • Bass is the bottom note of most octaves (with few exceptions)
    • About 2/3 of the measures in this song contain octaves.  Find them.
  3. UNISONS
    • Find the unisons with other parts and when you're singing, anticipate them and listen to achieve exact match.
    • May need to sing a lighter sound since there are two parts on the same note.
  4. ACCIDENTALS (sharps, flats, naturals)
    • When you see an accidental, it must be sung with deliberate importance and attention to tuning.
    • Sharps are sung higher, flats are sung lower, naturals are sung high or low, depending on the key signature.
  5. PYTHAGOREAN TUNING (P-tuning).  This is especially important because our voices can "bend" notes to tune them perfectly.  Attention to P-tuning helps achieve more overtones.   See the table below for marking your music on this song.   Plus (+) means to sing the note higher; minus (-) means to sing it lower.  For instance (using the table), in the key of B-flat, every time you see a G# in that key, you will mark it as +20 and will sing it much higher than written. 

 KEY      +12     +14     +16      +18     +20     -12  
 B-flat E B F# C# G# F-flat *
 B E# B# G D A F
 C F# C# G# D# A# F#
* Yes, F-flat looks the same as E, but in music theory and in an arrangement, it is slightly different.

If you have any questions, let me know and I'll help.   I'm also presenting a class on this soon - check the OSC calendar on this website for the date.

Happy singing!

Kathy


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