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Jul. 17th, 2008 @ 02:46 pm Hi again
Current Music: Orchestral Suite in C Major, BWV 1066
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Date:July 24th, 2008 09:11 am (UTC)
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I'm a cellist, so I have no idea how people run choir classes :P

It seems the majority of us here in first year are learning solfege from scratch, and it's pretty much a big part in our melody singing. We have to learn melodies (memorise them for extra marks) and sing them back in either fixed or moveable solfege (the keys can vary, depending on the difficulty you're doing) whilst conducting with your hand at the same time.
In lectures he usually puts up a piece on the screen and we sing it in rounds format. He also gets different groups to sing different notes (to create a chord) and gets us to listen to how it harmonises.

If you ask me, it should probably be easier than the choir stuff you do. Especially with you being a singer you should have developed good relative pitch (by general assumption) - once you've learnt solfege in either form, my classes would be a piece of cake for you.

With rhythm exercises, it's a simple learn and repeat (no memorising is required). Of course, rhythms get progressively harder with triplets and such.

Hopefully that explains enough...feel free to ask more questions :)
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Date:July 25th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
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Ah, that makes sense. Yeah, it pretty much sounds like the same stuff I've been doing for years. I already know solfege so that seems like it would be pretty easy for me. That's kind of reassuring, actually...while I'm sure I have a disadvantage in classes that focus on intrumentation and orchestration and stuff, it's nice to know the singing background comes in handy...relative pitch is something we almost take for granted, since it's pretty much impossible to sing without it, on some level xD

Thanks for the response...I'll be poking around more as the year goes by since I'm planning to apply for colleges next year and I'm pretty nervous about it.
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Date:July 25th, 2008 04:36 am (UTC)
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...relative pitch is something we almost take for granted, since it's pretty much impossible to sing without it, on some level xD

I have no relative pitch at all, no wonder I'm struggling and barely passing my solfege exercises :( Thank god my lecturer is a nice guy!