Friday, November 1, 2013

For gospel choirs -- Taking the next musical step

Church gospel choirs are known for singing one type of music, and we do it very well. But how do you expand from there? Does your choir want to do other styles? Jazz? Spirituals? Classical? What do you need to learn if you're trying to branch out into any of those areas?

I made a video that starts to talk about ONE aspect of this – the music theory part of it. There's a particular format that most gospel choir music uses to put together the melodies and harmonies, but other types of choir music are not put together the same way. This video starts the conversation about how typical gospel choir music is structured and the ways you would need to grow from there in order to do a greater variety of music with your choir. There's a lot to say about this subject, so this video is just the beginning; I'll be getting more into it in future videos.

Don't worry if you've never studied music theory before. We're going to approach it very gently.

Here's the video: 

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