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Topic: What's the best way to sing churh hyms?
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posted: 4/18/2004 at 9:28:07 PM ET
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I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint choir where I live. I know we could do a little better, based on our attendance. Currently, I am the youngest guy in the choir. I sing baritone (bass or tenor)... As a choir, the practicing we do is regular singing, over and over the song we'll be singing in our upcoming performances, which is good. Even if our members have sang for years, I wish I could do something to help us to sound good. I'm also hoping more will come out on Thurs. nights & sing with us. Maybe we should move from the Relief Society room to the chapel to really see how we sound since we perform there. Are there any Ideas that can help us? If so, I'd love to hear what you have in mind. Feel free to email me. Thanks in advance.

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posted: 7/1/2004 at 7:12:46 AM ET
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hi! wish i could have logged in earlier but am just a new user. i assist in the training of church choir members here in the Philippines. am a Catholic. well, singing church hymns are solemn and does have a very regular beat.we practice every Monday and Friday nights and also wish more members will come. listen to the tapes you have to sing if there are any, and try learning to read notes. Goodluck and Godbless!


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posted: 7/1/2004 at 3:22:13 PM ET
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Growing up with my Mother as a Methodist church choir director, and visiting other churches, I have found that if you are looking for congregational participation, that the methodist model of turning up the organ, singing hymns that are simple to learn, easy to sing and in medium tessetura, a lot of people will participate. Most untrained people will enjoy singing if they think that no one can hear them, at least not that well. I taught music in a Catholic school and found that when the church chose Vatican II folk songs that had syncopation and not easily learned tunes, that few people sang, but when they chose old hymns that people knew, many more people sang.

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