City Chorus is a friendly, hard working choir, open to all with no audition. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings in the city and perform several times a year in beautiful venues.
Our musical director is Paul Ayres and our accompanist (piano and organ) is Philip Shannon. Our concerts feature top professional musicians.
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Hear music like Paul and Philip do (well, after a lot of practise) with this
It teaches how notes sound in harmonic context, in relation to the tonic.
Free course from the Open University that gives an understanding of musical theory and notation. It is "pitched" at a level equivalent to grades 1-3 of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music theory exams.
Simple step by step guide to learn how to sight sing using solfege (Do Re Mi).
It's simple, but again, you need lots of practise.
A great way to hone your intonation, i.e. singing in tune, is to practise singing single notes (and eventually your lines) over a drone, set to the base note or tonic of the passage. That way you learn to both hear and sing the notes of the scale in relation to the tonic. Also you get to know the sound of intervals.
Some more detailed and technical articles on vocal technique, for further reading.
Singing with an 'open throat' - Vocal tract shaping (singwise.com)