Rehearsal Notes and Audio 30.06.21

NHSBT Rehearsal Audio 30.06.21

Lovely evening thanks everyone!

We did a few odd vocal warm ups – some lip trills which are harder than you think and some what I call ‘Professor Yaffle’. These weird sounds are quite handy for all types of singing.

We sang ‘Happy ending’ which is full of love and emotion.

We worked on ‘A Little Respect’ with the low harmony in the second verse as well as the high harmony. It’s in three parts but the extreme ends really are quite extreme! The harmonies are on the website if anyone would like to have another listen x

We then sang ‘One day like this’ and our old recording of ‘Let it be’.

The poll says it all

And I love this one……

Rehearsal Plan 30.06.21 8pm

We’ll do some lovely vocal warm ups making some odd sounds (these are great if you;re about to speak for long periods of time, if you’re presenting for example or need to speak in meetings either online or in person. Just saying!)

We’ll work a little more on ‘Happy Ending’ working further into the song with some more harmony parts.

We’ll start on some of the high harmonies on ‘A Little Respect’ – the warm ups will have come in handy here!

‘One day like this’ – If there’s time, I’ll take you through some of the lower harmonies.

And to finish, we’ll go back in time and sing along to our own recording of ‘Let it be’ created last March.

Looking forward to seeing you all – bonus brownie points if ANYONE can get any MEN along to join us!

Rehearsal Notes and Audio 23.06.21

NHSBT Liberty Singers 23.06.21 Zoom Rehearsal

We started with some vocal warm ups exploring the different voices we have and how to use articulation. Apologies these aren’t on the recording – we’ll be going over to all again. And probably again!

We sang through ‘One day like this’ keeping an ear out for where the harmonies are. The harmony parts are on the website if anyone fancies a listen between sessions – I will be teaching each one so there’s no need to prepare unless you want to.

‘Happy ending’ – we did most of our work on this! The arrangement I’ve created starts in unison and has little pockets of harmony peeping through. We don’t want to give everything away right a the start! There’s some high harmony in the first section which we went through. Then back to unison. We then get back to the ‘Mika’ section where we remain in unison again with just a little flash of high harmony on the end lines.

Next time, we’ll go over the oohhhssss which are under and over the next chorus of ‘this is the way you left me’

We finished with a rousing sing of ‘Little Respect’! Lovely energy and smiles all round – thank you all.

NHS Birthday Celebration

Please join us for our special free singing session bring together the ICU Liberty Singers, The Skincredible Liberty Singers and the NHSBT Liberty Singers! Half an hour to catch up, sing and have a laugh.

Kari Olsen-Porthouse is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Happy Birthday NHS!
Time: Jul 5, 2021 08:45 PM London

Kari Olsen-Porthouse is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Happy Birthday NHS!
Time: Jul 5, 2021 08:45 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 857 1809 6233
Passcode: 419504

Please invite any of your colleagues you think might enjoy it!

One Day Like This – Harmonies

Ohh this looks like a tricky one but it’s really not that bad! As ever, I’ll be teaching this thoroughly so you don’t have to prepare in advance if you don’t have time.

One day like this GUIDE MASTER all parts
One day like this GUIDE Yellow (main tune)
One day like this GUIDE RED (high harmony)
One day like this GUIDE ORANGE (not as high as red, but higher than yellow)
One day like this GUIDE PINK (the highest of the high)
One day like this GUIDE GREEN (alto harmony – slightly lower than yellow)
One day like this GUIDE BLUE (tenor harmony – for all the guys and probably a few ladies)

Happy Ending – Harmonies

I won’t terrify you all by posting all the harmonies until I’ve taught them. There are 7 parts – you only have to learn one!!! I can’t tell you which part will suit you best – only you will know that. I’d always suggest picking your favourite and the one you like most which doesn’t strain your voice in either direction.

This is what all 7 parts sound like together……

Happy Ending ALL 7 parts GUIDE
Happy Ending Yellow 1 GUIDE
Happy Ending Yellow 2 GUIDE
Happy ending Orange GUIDE
Happy Ending Red GUIDE
Happy Ending Pink GUIDE
Happy Ending Green GUIDE
Happy Ending Blue GUIDE

California Dreamin’ Harmonies

I’ve arranged this in 3 parts -with just a tiny weeny little high bit at the end for the reds. The greens are actually quite high too. The blue isn’t that low. Any guys with really low voices could optional try the Yellow part an octave lower….

If you’re planning to learn this from the website, here’s how to go about it. I’d listen first to the ‘ALL’ version, then find your colour and listen to that on it’s own, singing along. Then go back to the ‘ALL’ version and see if you can hold your part.

It’s call and response, so the reds/yellows start (call) and the greens/blues respond – in harmony.

California Dreamin’ ALL Guide
California Dreamin’ RED/YELLOW Guide
California Dreamin’ GREEN Guide
California Dreamin’ BLUE Guide
California Dreamin GREEN/BLUE Guide

Little Respect – Harmonies

This song has a MASSIVE range which is why I usually sing it towards the end of a session to give people time to warm up their voices! Don’t ever stretch to notes you know you can’t hit, either high or low. Over time, your vocal range will develop and your range will naturally expand… if you look after your voice.

The tune for this is taken by the yellows and the greens – it’s quite a strong tune. The recording below has the red harmony added so you can hear where it goes. It’s VERY high!

Little Respect main tune (with red harmony)
Little Respect RED harmony (high)
Little Respect BLUE Harmony (low)

I’d suggest learning your part on it’s own first. The tune is obviously the easiest. Then you can attempt to keep your part as you sing along with the whole thing….

Little Respect – ALL PARTS (Guide Track)