Monday, January 23, 2006
Today was no better. We actually had to chant collect tones, which have several different notes in them! Not just monotone! Not as much sweating this time, but some. Prof. made everyone sing twice - once and then a second time after receiving comments. The comments I got were: "I could tell you were a little bit nervous, cause it sounded a little breathy." "The first meturm (series of note changes) you were slightly out of tune, but you hit the second metrum and the flex well." So, Prof. made me do it again, and to my surprise, I actually sounded good to me! And to them apparently, cause they applauded me and said "you nailed it that time!"
So, the singing adventures of Ryan continue...next week, Collect tone 1, which apparently only the current Presiding Bishop ever uses with regularity.
I quite understand. Last week in a practice presiding session (i.e. "play church" in the reformed tradition), my left hand would not stop shaking. It was rather a bit of a distraction.
I can say, the more you sing in front of others, the easier it gets. You will do well.
Performing for others seems, to me, to be a skill I have to re-learn for each new "thing." Once I could act in front of a crowd, I thought I had crowds licked, until I had to sing. Once I got public singing under control, there was dance. Ditto guitar, ditto lecturing, ditto seminars, etc. Every skill has to be learned at least twice: alone, and under observation. At least, that's my experience.