Beautiful City Resources
PLAYBOX VIRTUAL CHOIR
In these weird and trying times, I think it is important to keep everyone singing and so Juliet and I came up with this Playbox-wide initiative to create a virtual choir of as many of our members and their families as possible. I have arranged a four-part (SATB) version of Beautiful City from Godspell. Essentially, the premise is very simple: pick a part — either soprano, alto, tenor or bass — and learn it. Then record yourself singing it, send it in, and through some technological wizardry and a bit of blind luck, we’ll be able to collate you all into one huge Playbox choir.
Goto https://www.playboxtheatre.com/virtual-choir to download:
4 Lyric Sheets (one for each part)
A Full Score (for those of you who prefer to read music)
A Backing Track, with no singing (if you would like to hear the track by itself)
4 Tutorials (one for each part. This is what you should use to learn your part and, eventually, record it)
And now, the instructions:
1. Pick a part
Think to yourself: am I a higher singer or a lower singer? If you’re female, and the answer is higher, then you’ll probably want to learn the soprano part. If the answer is lower, alto’s for you (although the soprano part really doesn’t go that high). If you are a boy with an unbroken voice, I suggest you learn the alto part. If you’re male (with a broken voice), and the answer is higher, then take a look at the tenor part. And finally if you’re male (with a broken voice), and the answer is lower, bass is your best bet. I strongly suggest you only look at the material relevant to your part. This prevents any confusion and should make the learning process far easier for you.
2. Learn your part
I have given you as much help as I possibly can in terms of provided material. There is a copy of the music for those of you who are readers and simple lyric sheets for those of you who aren’t. There are also four tutorials — one for each part — which are videos of me or my sister singing and conducting your part along to the backing track. Please learn to sing it exactly as we do; in order for this to work, entries and cut-offs have to be clean and unanimous across all singers.
3. Record your part (read this well!)
When you feel like you know your part well, it’s time to record. You can film yourself on whatever device you have available whether that be a smartphone, iPad, camcorder or laptop. The most fundamental thing about your recording is that it must be only your voice. We must not be able to hear the backing track/tutorial. The best way of doing this is to listen to the track/tutorial through headphones through one device and film yourself singing along on another device. I also suggest you film yourself singing along to the relevant tutorial as opposed to the blank backing track — there is less margin for error, and you might find that the support of another voice singing with you is helpful. When you record, aim for a clean recording with no mistakes or interruptions and please find as quiet a room as possible to record in. Please record yourself video in landscape (i.e. wider than tall)
4. Submit your recording
Once the hard work’s done, send in your video. Please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by visiting playbox.wetransfer.com in a browser and following the instructions. This is the preferred method, but if this doesn’t work for you feel free to email or use another service.
And that’s it! I hope you’ll enjoy doing this and I cannot wait to hear the finished product.