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Week 2 Voice and Rhythm (Due Wed 10/10—Fri 10/12)

Prepared Singing

Ottman #347, 375 (Excerpts taken from previous edition)

Singing Drills

(1) Interval naming drills (see last week’s assignment): key of D and A-flat. Be sure to name accidentals correctly (e.g. “F#” and “C#” in D) when those notes come into play. (Do not call them “F” and “C.”)

Be prepared to begin on any step interval in the D major scale (as before, the second note of each pair will be one note higher than the second note of the previous pair).

(2) Basic Ear Preparation – practice this two or three times a day—for not more than three minutes each time. The following explanation and example refers to the tonality of D minor.

a. Using a keyboard or other instrument, play a short D and immediately sing ‘D’. 

b. Play D notes in different octaves, after each one respond by singing it in whatever range is comfortable for you.

c. Do the same with A. Again, play A notes in as many octaves as your instrument allows, but respond by singing the same comfortable A.

d. Now play both D and A notes and respond accordingly. Try surprising directions and sizes of leaps. When your spontaneous keyboard notes leap considerably, try singing your responses close together, and vice versa. When your keyboard notes create a rising contour, try singing your responses in a descending contour, and vice versa.

e. Very gradually add notes from the D minor scale, in the following order: F, G, E, Bb,.

f. Sing “B” on the note B-natural, and hold it for a relatively long time. Then find a leading tone (C#) in a different octave.

g. Sing “C” on the note C, and hold it for a relatively long time. Then sing Bb in a different octave.

h. Repeat f & g above, but in the case of f, continue from your leading tone up a half step to D. In the case of g, continue from your Bb down a half step to A.

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