In the July/August 2014 issue of The Harmonizer, there is an article entitled as shown in the image below. In preparation for the upcoming Town Hall Meeting to be held at Crabby Joe's on Caradoc Street South in Strathroy on Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 10:00 am, it might be worth it for Strathroy Vocal Federation members to take the time to read this article.
A simple change; in the Tag bar #68, I moved the pause symbol to be over the second note in the Baritone and Bass lines rather than the first. It sounds better and less confusing for the pause to occur after the slur.
While practicing this song I noticed that I had somehow missed placing in bar #20, those two extra words "with you" for the baritones to sing along with the two extra notes that go with those words. This has been corrected.
Those of you who have graduated to using the Noteworthy Composer Viewer to play the original NWC Version files, are able to scroll down within the viewer to see an extra staff that I
have labeled the "Swing Staff". In songs such as "I Don't Mind Being Alone" we are told to sing it with a shuffle or swing tempo by putting a swing marking over bar #17 like the one shown to the left.
I can get the NWC file to playback with swing in it by going through the score and changing all the beamed 1/8th notes to the tripleted notes as indicated in the marking, but it is a pain to do and the resulting score is complicated for us to read. Instead, a Swing Staff is added to the score that forces the NWC file to playback with a series of tempo changes, giving us the swing sound.
I follow the Barbershop Harmony Society on Facebook and I suggest that you all do the same because you will see things posted such as the following video:
At our last Ready Set Sing session, our director John Gough quickly put together a teaching quartet in the persons of Frank Knoll (Tenor), himself (Lead), Jim McDougall (Bass) and Roswell McPherson (Baritone), and they performed for us the long version of My Wild Irish Rose. The annual show of 2005 had an Irish theme and these four people learned this song back then so were able to perform the song for us as we want to perform it in our next annual show. I was able to get my cell phone up in time to record the whole thing so I can now post it for you here to watch, listen and learn from.
As we continue to learn the other songs for our next show, I hope John puts together teaching quartets like this one so that I can record and post them for us to learn from. I am posting this here on my blog page and it has also been posted on the Odds And Ends page via The Members and Gallery pages. Also, opposite My Wild Irish Rose on the SHOWS AND SINGOUTS page or on the "M" SONGS page via the INDEX OF SONGS page, you will find a button marked Teaching Video that will be linked to the same video. Just click on that button.
I made some changes to the tag portion of I'll Fly Away. I slowed down bars 45 and 46 and put in a few pauses to make it sound somewhat closer to what we want the song to sound like when we sing it. I also added another bar at the end and put in those extra, bracketed notes that John wants us to sing.
I still have not found any way to put in those squiggly marks indicating a continuous slide up or slide down from one note to another, which by the way is known as "a true Glissando". Some users of Noteworthy Composer have found ways but I was not able to duplicate their methods to the point where the slide sounds good enough.
In bars 31 and 79, I changed the time values of the 1st and 3rd notes to give us a rhythm that more closely matches the rhythm that John is directing us to follow. When ever I can, I will make these kind of changes to song files to make them more comfortable to learn from but I must still encourage you to rely on them primarily to show you what are the right notes to sing.
As will always be necessary when changes are made to song files, those of you who are now using the Noteworthy Composer Viewer to play the NWC Version files, will have to download the new NWC file to experience the changes made.
My name is Doug Morley and I am a retired, paper mill worker from Kapuskasing in Northern Ontario. I am pleased to be a member of the Strathroy Vocal Federation and the Webmaster of their website.