A little about online singing:
An online choir will never be able to replace the sound and feeling of singing in person with a local community choir. So yes, I use the word choir loosely. These sessions will probably feel like something of a hybrid between a choir, some sing-along songs, a playful workshop series, a kids television show, and sometimes even a bit like private singing lessons (as you'll be singing along with just my voice).
We will be using the Zoom platform for these sessions, so we'll be able to see each other and chat a bit as a group between songs, but participants will be muted while we sing (because of our varying internet speeds and time lag issues). However, I will use my looper to create layered harmony vocals for everyone to hear and sing with. Yay! And I have a vision for an online group singing experience that I think will be rewarding and still allow for musical growth, a feeling of connection and fun!
Pssst! No one can hear you... tee hee hee. This will be a choir where you still get to see the smiling faces of your fellow singers, but with the anonymity of being muted while singing, you can also go ahead and try stuff without throwing your neighbour off their part. Woot!
So feel free to make this your own and try the stuff you want to try. If you want to sing the verses and be the lead singer on every song... go for it! If you want to keep it light and easy and just sing along with the melody on each chorus, go for it! If you want to use this experience to really work on your harmony singing and holding down parts, this will be a great place for that. If you want to randomly try singing a different part on a song than the week before, or even try coming up with your own parts... go for it! If you want to try out scat solos and improvised soul licks a bunch, go for it! If you have a tired voice or sore throat one week and you simply want to tune in to see the smiling faces and listen to me sing, that's cool too.
The vibe of these sessions is intended to be very relaxed and playful and soulful and fun. Each singer can choose how deep into the learning they want to go (with the audio learning files, you can use them for extra study/singing time or not). I arrange songs into high, middle and low parts and singers can then sing those parts in any octave they like, and can freely switch around and try different parts whenever they want. Some songs will have extra layers, like 3 part harmony "ooo's" happening under 3 part harmony lyrics and maybe a vocal bass line as well. In songs like this, my looper will be doing all the heavy lifting and covering all the parts, and each singer at home can still just pick whichever part they feel like singing and we'll always have all the parts covered...woot, thanks looper. :)
Right now we can't come together and sing in the same room, but we can still sing. So let's do this. Let's get our sing on. :)
If you have any questions, you can drop me a note here.