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MOUTH MUSIC A CAPPELLA

Do You Miss Singing Together?  WE DO!!

And we sure miss you!  This time apart is really giving us a chance to look at things differently, that’s for sure, but one thing that hasn’t changed for us is how much we enjoy singing with you.  That’s the toughest part.  Read on to find out how we are looking to stay connected.

A Message From Cody

Hello Rock Choir Colorado,

 Cody Qualls here, in the same boat as so many of us during this challenging time; at home with limited access to so many of the resources that bring us joy and also sustain our well-being. Tricky stuff! Please know that you are all in our hearts at FAM headquarters (or shall I say, “FAM head-quarantine”) during these incredibly unprecedented moments. 

 Despite all of our challenges, I am excited that our amazing RCC team and I are thrilled to announce a virtual choir that we are calling The Rock Choir Distance-Sing. This is a meant as a super low-pressure, completely fun way to stay in touch with our community. Instructions are below, but please please remember, this is just for fun! Is there already a little voice in your head saying, “Me? My voice? Recorded solo? Not a chance I’m doing that!” If you are telling yourself this, or any other version of that type of critical self-judgement, please know it doesn’t matter if you sing it perfectly or make a hundred mistakes. Our final product will not be professionally mixed or edited, but moreso, this will be a fun video display of our community coming together to create joy and connection through singing the music we love. We want you to be a part of it!

 We miss you. We’re excited to get back in the classroom and sing this music onstage when that time comes. Practice your music when you feel inspired so we are ready to rock upon our celebratory return!

 Cody

The Rock Choir Distance-Sing Project!

Here’s the general idea:  We are asking for everyone in Rock Choir to sing their part to We Are Family and send it in.  We know that this might feel a little scary, especially if you’ve never recorded yourself before or sung in front of anyone before, but we are asking you to trust us and be a part of this project as a musical community.  We need your voice!  Rest assured, we will not put your recording out there alone, but we do need it to be a part of everyone’s voice and make the choir sound like, well, a choir.  We will then compile all the recordings together to make a recording of all of us in one huge choir singing together!  Trust us!  We won’t make anyone stand out more than anyone else.  We’ll blend everyone as best we can.  Think of it as a statement of community through music in a time of separation.  We would love to make a video of all of us singing together to share with all of Rock Choir Colorado, and maybe beyond.  We’ll see!  

 Right now, this is all one big experiment.  We don’t yet know what quality of files we will get and we don’t know how many we will get either, but if nothing else it is a great exercise in keeping our community connected, so we hope you will participate.  Please click on each module below and follow the instructions.  

LET’S DO THIS!

If we could get everyone to participate, imagine the sound we could make with our voices coming together during this time!  Thank you for being a part of Rock Choir Colorado.  Let’s make our voices something to celebrate! We can’t wait to hear you all again!  

INSTRUCTIONS - Click Each Section Below

  • Of course you can sing along with your track! In fact, it’s pretty much required!  You will sing along to your track in order to make sure we are all in the same key and at the same tempo.  We just ask that you follow the steps outlined in How Do I Record Myself  below so the track is not audible on the recording.  We want it so you can hear it but that it won’t come through on the recording.  Imagine 200 people all singing along to practice tracks?  That’s all you would hear and no one would hear anything else. 🙂

  • You are part of Rock Choir Colorado!  We don’t care if you have a good voice or not, we don’t care if you sing the song perfectly or not.  We want you to do your best, of course! But remember, being in Rock Choir is not about how you sound all alone.  Not at all!  Rock Choir is about how we sound together!  But we can’t sound good together if everyone isn’t joining in, so we really are hopeful that everyone will be a part of this.  The point of Rock Choir Colorado is that when we sing together, we sound great as a collective, but that only happens when we all sing and we want to show how magical music really is in keeping our community together, even across the social distance.  

  • You can record it anywhere, however there are two very important things that need to be kept in mind as best you can:  Wherever you record needs to have good lighting, and QUIET.

    Anywhere that has good lighting will work:  your home, outside, your office, wherever.  The choice is up to you, but good light is important.  Natural light is preferred as it will show better on the video, but anywhere that has good lighting is strongly preferred. 

    Also, try to record it in a quiet location with as little background noise as possible – no pet sounds, family noises, street noises, etc.  Also extremely important!

  • Here’s where the fun starts!  To get things started, in addition to your phone or camera, we are asking everyone to do the following: 

    On a piece of 8.5×11 paper, use a marker or some other means of making LARGE, FAT letters   Please write the word TOGETHER as large as you can on the paper.  Try to fill as much of the page as you can.  Get creative if you like!  After you are done singing your part of the song, you will hold this sign up in front of you, so it is best to have it already done and ready to go.  

    Now, let’s get started:

    1. You can use your phone, a camera, whatever you have, to use to record you singing your part of We Are Family. 

    2. Place your phone/camera on a table or stand about two to three feet in front of you. Don’t hold the phone if you can avoid it as it will be shaky, and don’t have the phone right in front of your mouth as that will cause balance problems in the recording levels (plus the video will only be of your nose if you are holding it too close.)   Two to three feet away is ideal or most people.  Also make sure the mic isn’t blocked or covered.

    3. If you have earbuds or headphones, you will need to use those and have the track playing in your ear as you sing along, rather than have the track playing. That way you can hear the track better, and it will not come through on the recording. (Hint: most people find it helps to only have one ear covered so they can hear the track and still hear themselves.)

    4. If you can use a digital copy of your sheet music (have it on the screen of your computer, use a tablet, etc.) that would be preferred so the sound of turning pages doesn’t come through on the recording.  If you don’t have anything other than sheet music, please be as quiet as possible when turning pages.

    5. Once you have pushed the button to start recording, let the recording go for 3 seconds before you say anything.

    6. State your full name, the choir location you are representing, and your voice part.

    7. Start your rehearsal track and sing along with it for your voice part.

    8. Are you feeling the groove?  You can dance around a little if you feel so inclined as long as it doesn’t have an adverse impact on your singing!  

    9. Once you are done singing, please take the sign you made earlier that says TOGETHER and hold it up in front of you for 5 seconds. (See fellow Rock Choir member, Traci, as she does a lovely job of showing how to hold the sign.)

    10. At the end, do not just shut your device off.  Please wait another 3 seconds before you stop the recording.  These 3-second spaces give us space to work within the videos to line things up.

    11. Once you are happy with your recording, save the file and upload to either YouTube or Vimeo and make sure the settings are public.

    12. Name your video with the word Family, your Last Name, and your Voice Part.  It should look like this:  FamilyDolanTenor

    13. Copy the link to the file, and email it to admin@faceacademyofmusic.com

    Of course, do the best you can, but it doesn’t have to be perfect.  We just want you to be a part of it. 🙂  If you have problems, please email Diana Dolan at the admin email address for help. Thanks!  We are so excited to see how this turns out!

  • YES!  At the end of your recording, with the video still recording, please take your sing that you made with the word TOGETHER written as large as you can on a piece of 8.5×11 paper in large, thick letters and hold the sign up in front of you for 5 seconds (not in front of your face, we want to see your face!) Traci is showing how to hold the sing for the video.

  • Once you have the video of yourself singing your part of We Are Family, upload it to YouTube or Vimeo (you may have to create an account if you don’t already have one.)  Be sure the privacy settings are set to PUBLIC, and send the LINK ONLY to the admin@faceacademyofmusic.com email address. 

  • The sooner the better so we can start compiling and processing the recordings.  If possible, if everyone can have their video turned in by next Sunday (4/19/20) midnight we can start the process to put this together.  It will take some time, probably a couple of weeks or more, but we can do this!  If anyone needs more time, just email Diana at the admin email and we will give you a new due date.  We really want everyone to be a part of this with us!  Once we get the hang of this one, we may move on to other songs in our repertoire as well, so keep singing!

Support The Rock Choir Distance-Sing Project!

Just to be clear, everyone in Rock Choir is invited to participate at no cost.  However, if you are able, and would like to help contribute to our overhead expenses so our staff has the means to continue to have the resources they need to make this all work, we would appreciate it greatly.  A HUGE THANK YOU to all of you for sticking with us and for keeping the spirit of FAM alive with music for our community.

Click here to donate to the Rock Choir Distance-Sing Project. Thank you so much for keeping music alive for our community!
A Note About This Project:

Participation in the Rock Choir Distance-Sing Project is totally voluntary, and is our way of keeping connected and keeping the Rock Choir spirit alive!  We hope you will stay with us until we can all be together again.