Oct 12, 2013

Wait...You Can Sing Chords?

Apparently people can sing more than one note at a time.  I heard a friend in choir sing in thirds up high in his falsetto in high school. 

I've also heard people do overtone singing before. The first time, I was perplexed, excited, and confused.  How were they making those sounds?  Were there microphones hidden somewhere?  Speakers beneath the stage?

Then in 2005, I had the privilege of taking a masterclass with Rome Prize winning composer Ken Ueno, who frequently utilizes throat-singing.  Ken has an incredibly unique compositional voice, and turned out to be a pretty cool guy, too.

Normally, I post blogs that are designed to be instructional, or at least pedagogically introspective.  Today, I write simply because I'm inspired. 

Singer Lalah Hathaway performed "Something" with the band Snarky Puppy in a live studio session.  I could go on forever telling you why this is amazing, but I think great music speaks for itself.  And if you're short on time, skip to about 5:30 in.  You won't regret it.

Moving forward,
J.D. Frizzell, a composer, conductor, and educator, is the Director of Fine Arts and Director of Vocal Music at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, TN. He earned the double Master's in Music Theory/Composition and Conducting from The University of Southern Mississippi, where he also earned the bachelor's degree in Music History and Literature. He is currently a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of Kentucky. He has many published compositions available from www.cadenzaone.com and other sheet music retailers.

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