Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Golden Harp

The first in our series of singing school workshops was a great success!  Fourteen singers showed up--all women except for Chris and a brave, brave soul (Bill) who sang bass with me.  Ha!  I'm a treble.  And I was kinda sick.  Poor guy...

We had a lovely visit from an old singing friend who now lives in Portland, Maine.  Yay!  Thanks, Alexa!  I think the alto section was really glad to have you!  Sadly we did NOT have a visit from another expected Maine singer because she got lost in the New Hampshire wilderness.  I blame her lack of a sense of direction, and not the North Country roads.  Better luck next time, Emily!  We missed you!

Have no fear... it's much easier to get to our singing location than it is to get to oh, say, the Chattahoochee Convention in Georgia.  And people have been going there for more than 150 years.

We took things slow and we went over scales using my Shapenote Machine (TM).  Our resident quality assurance associate, Nuala, is pictured inspecting the Shapenote Machine (TM) below.

We went over all four parts to several songs including Old Hundred, Russia, New Jerusalem and Loving-Kindness.  We practiced shapes.   We sang our faces off.

The class seemed particularly smitten with 274t, The Golden Harp.  And that's good because that's the one song we got a recording of!  Not bad for a bunch of beginners!  Aw, yeah!

Chris and I tried to embed the sound right into the blog post, but we were having *ahem* technical difficulties, so you'll have to just click on this link, which will bring you to my Google site, where you can then download the mp3 (by clicking on the blue arrow next to The Golden Harp). 

Don't worry.  Once we have our fancy new website up and running we'll have an easier way to embed sound files, and we won't have to send you on a wild goose chase just to listen to some dang music!

We're really looking forward to the next in the series.  We'll go over all the basics again and introduce a few new concepts, such as leading (!).
Hope you can join us!  And bring a friend!

Singing the Shapes, v. 2.0

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
921 Main Street
Berlin, NH

Monday, June 3, 2013

Old Hundred

About a week ago we held the second North Country Sacred Harp singing.  This time, we sang at WREN 921, the space in Berlin where we will hold our upcoming singing school series.  We had seven singers, all of them women, but one.  Most of these gals had only sung shapenote music a couple of times, or not at all, so I think this is a pretty killer start!

I made this recording with my iPhone and I have NO IDEA what I'm doing, so it's basically just a black screen that I uploaded to YouTube, but hey...  you get the picture.  Maybe next time there will be actual moving images!

I'm really looking forward to teaching the first singing school in the series this coming Saturday evening! We'll meet at WREN 921 and sing our faces off from 6 until 9pm. Quick break for snacks around 7:30. Bring something to share!

Singing the Shapes: A Singing School in Four Parts
Saturday, June 8th 2013
6pm - 9pm
921 Main Street
Berlin, NH