Guest delvin146 Posted June 14, 2006 Share Posted June 14, 2006 Not strictly an organ topic, so forgive me. However, I do believe it is related. I have always been very reluctant to turn keen members away from choirs. We all know how valuable new recriuts are and I admire and respect those wanting to be part of it. The problem is that requests for joining the choir often seem to come from people who either can't pitch a note literally, or those with voices which could shatter glass at 200 yards. They've recently been given brand new robes in an effort to encourage them, and now some who kind of infiltrated themselves want them as well. When something is trying to develop out of nothing, I'm more inclined to think that we should encourage them. The choir I have at the moment is quite small, top line only about five people. (Ladies) However, they have made quite a significant improvement recently, through lots of hard work plus quite a lot of moaning that breathing in the correct place and pronouncing words correctly is too much like hard work. In fact, anything they didn't previously know is rather too much like hard work and that was mainly a diet of MP. My new male recruit simply makes vague non-musical mumbling noises under the top line. There's no other male there to support him or help him pitch even in unison. The major part of me really wants to train them, but of course this takes time and just as the original members are improving, if I let these new ones in a lot of the good work could be undone and the congregation will just say don't they sound terrible, and I'd agree. Coupled to that, there are a significant other number in that church that would love to see the choir fall flat on its face anyway. Although not the vicar I hasten to add. I believe if a choir sounds terrible, then nobody with any real potential will want to join it. They can do very basic music for trebles, with an occasional two part texture, but it's pushing it a bit at the moment. Music reading skills are at best extremely minimal, although they can now see if the blobs go up or down or stay the same! They only wail away in seconds about two times out of ten without realising anything is wrong. Only after some considerable effort on my part could I convince them that, really it was much better when they all started on the same note. Any suggestions gratefully received. Thanks Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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