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Sing, Sing a Song... #2715196 02/17/18 07:53 PM
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There's a really nice old pop hit song by the Carpenters called "Sing" that my granddaughter is learning at the moment - it's lyrics go, in part "Sing, sing a song, sing out loud, sing out strong..." (check it out on UT)...

So, do you?

Do you sing? At the piano? Away from it? Privately or publicly? With a group, amateur or professional? Just in the shower or when you're cooking dinner? Along with your favorite recordings? In the car? Have you ever recorded a song for a Recital here? Has there ever been a Recital devoted to singing exclusively? If you sing have you had a teacher or group training? Have you accompanied singers at the piano?

So, what's your vocal experience, musically speaking?


John

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Re: Sing, Sing a Song... [Re: Handyman] #2715204 02/17/18 08:32 PM
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I’m still new enough to piano that just adding pedal was a hugely difficult endeavor. Trying to sing and play seems overwhelming right now smile My musical background is primarily vocal, mostly choral and opera. I would like to accompany myself one day, but it’s a bit down the road I think.

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Re: Sing, Sing a Song... [Re: Handyman] #2715208 02/17/18 08:47 PM
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Singing - whether in the shower or out of it - is always good. For general well-being as well as to develop a good sense of pitch and intervals. Joining a good choir where you sing in SATB and (sight-)sing from the music is one of the best ways to improve listening and aural skills. That was what I did as a student. These days I don't have time for choral singing, so I just sing songs (mainly Lieder by Schubert), accompanying myself at the piano. If I hear vocal music I know on the car or home radio, I'd sing along with it.

A good test of whether you can stay in pitch is to sing a song unaccompanied, starting from a specific tonic note on the piano, then checking at the end of the song to see whether you've managed to stay in pitch... or whether you've gone slightly flat.


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I have a piano course/method that is based on simple folk song/hymnal pieces. I.e chordal/harmony in LH and the melody in the RH.
It is perfect for singing to at the same time.
At that level I find pedal or hand coordination to be of little problem.
Haven't published anything here, but on other site on the web.
Have sung in other settings too: Band/choir etc. but never been serious about it.

I think people need to sing more. It might even make the world a better place.


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Re: Sing, Sing a Song... [Re: RaggedKeyPresser] #2715223 02/17/18 09:14 PM
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Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser

I think people need to sing more. It might even make the world a better place.

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Cheers! To Music!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TDEyW9JLuc


"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life."
Re: Sing, Sing a Song... [Re: Handyman] #2715235 02/17/18 10:56 PM
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Amen, Raggedkeypresser! I also studied voice along with piano when I was in college. Sang in the chorus, sang in small vocal ensemble. I sang professionally on several recordings (back up singer). Now, I sing when I go to the supermarket and they play a song I know. The other day I was online waiting to make a purchase and was singing along with a horn part from a Stevie Wonder Song "Sir Duke" and the lady in front of me turned and said "Gee, you sound pretty good!". I thanked her and told her I've had the habit of singing along since my college days. My friends and I would challenge each other to see who could solfege any song we heard.

My favorite place to sing is in the shower.

The moral of the story: Sing, People, Sing!


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Yes, everyone should sing, whether good or not! Singing is not only good musical education but very healthy for you. It can relax parts of you body that get stuck in the modern lifestyle. When I have a bad tension headache and the pills won't help singing will often make it bearable.

I used to sing much more, which is a pity... But I still do. I sing in my head when I practice my pieces. So far I have not used the Gould method of humming aloud while playing though...and I cannot really sing properly while playing myself. But I sing my piano pieces aloud too, especially in the shower. LH or RH parts or just snippets from the different voices.

I do not like choral music nor karaoke and don't go jamming anymore so I only sing for others once or twice a year during christmas with my family and sometimes at parties. My relationship with singing is quite natural, something I wish I could have with the piano. There's no nervousness at all. I do not have absolute pitch but I know I can sing in tune and remember melodies easily.

Re: Sing, Sing a Song... [Re: bennevis] #2715259 02/18/18 02:41 AM
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Originally Posted by bennevis
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser

I think people need to sing more. It might even make the world a better place.

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Cheers! To Music!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TDEyW9JLuc


You lovely art, in how many gray hours,
Where I was stricken by life
You ignited my heart for warm love,
You brought me to a better world,
Brought me to a better world!

Often a sigh, that left your harp,
A sweet, holy chord from you,
Has shown me the existence of a better time
You lovely art, I thank you for it,
You lovely art, I thank you!

Ian


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Re: Sing, Sing a Song... [Re: Beemer] #2715287 02/18/18 05:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Beemer
Originally Posted by bennevis

You lovely art, in how many gray hours,
Where I was stricken by life
You ignited my heart for warm love,
You brought me to a better world,
Brought me to a better world!

Often a sigh, that left your harp,
A sweet, holy chord from you,
Has shown me the existence of a better time
You lovely art, I thank you for it,
You lovely art, I thank you!

Ian
Ah - Schubert and one of my favourite singers. Beautiful - thanks smile


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Re: Sing, Sing a Song... [Re: Handyman] #2715318 02/18/18 08:53 AM
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Here's the complete lyrics to "Sing":

Verse 1
Sing, sing a song
Sing out loud, sing out strong
Sing of good things, not bad
Sing of happy, not sad

Verse 2
Sing, sing a song
Make it simple
To last your whole life long
Don’t worry that it’s
Not good enough
For anyone else to hear
Just sing, sing a song

La, la, la, la, la…

Verse 3
Sing, sing a song
Let the world sing along
Sing of love there could be
Sing for you and for me

Repeat Verse 2

La, la, la, la, la…


Simple enough...except when Karen Carpenter is the one doing the singing...


John

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Hi all, I'm absolutely new to Piano Word, but definitely not new to singing.Being the daughter of two passionate singers, I was taught to sing right after I've learned to speak. So it's quite normal to me. All of my life I've been singing in choirs and other vocal ensembles. So I was able to develop good ear and relative pitch and to improve my musicality in the course of time. Which is rather usefull now, playing the piano.

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Originally Posted by Handyman

Do you sing? At the piano? Away from it? Privately or publicly? With a group, amateur or professional? Just in the shower or when you're cooking dinner? Along with your favorite recordings? In the car? Have you ever recorded a song for a Recital here? Has there ever been a Recital devoted to singing exclusively?


There has never been a recital dedicated to piano and vocal to my knowledge, but good idea.

There was a Pop recital a couple of years back with vocal entries with piano accompaniment. I have a couple in there with vocals, and there were a few others as well. This recital never made it to the recital index, which maybe is a good thing smile . As I recall there were also vocal entries in the American Song Book recital and a few others here and there in regular recitals from time to time. It is welcome, so if you like to do it, by all means, go for it.

I sang in choir in school, and a couple of years in a volunteer amateur choir as an adult. I like it and sing along to stuff all the time like maybe while cutting the grass, or doing the dishes, or for sure in the car and a good tune on the radio, but not usually when I'm playing so much. But, of the few times I have attempted with playing, I've always enjoyed it. It's not easy but is worth the effort. If you can do it well, you can up your entertainment value a lot.

Karen was one of the best ...

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Aww I always thought Sesame Street made it up!


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