Cabaret Tip Tuesday At McElrath Cabaret: Breathe At The Commas–Join Us!


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The lovely Vernon Duke standard “Autumn in New York,” here played in a thoughtful and reflective manner by Bill Charlap and his trio.  He performs a cabaret duo act with his mother, Sandy Stewart.  Enjoy!


Welcome to Cabaret Tip Tuesday at McElrath Cabaret, where we offer cabaret performance tips to help you put together a great performance at your next show!


Today I want to share a simple singing tip:  Breathe at the commas.


This is a simple tip I remember learning years ago in choir.  You will want to take a look at your lyrics, and see where the lyricist has placed commas in the words.  A comma, grammatically speaking, means that you should take a pause, and in those pauses you will have a chance to take a quick breath, and then continue on with the next lyric.  By breathing at the commas, you will also find an easy way to phrase the lyric so that it makes acting sense when you sing it.  You may not need to take a breath at every comma, of course, but if you are working on a new piece of music, this is a good place to start to help you begin work on the phrasing that you will choose to use when you present the song before an audience.


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Weekly Post Lineup At McElrath Cabaret:

Mondays:  Cabaret Soiree Cabaret Blog Link Party

Tuesdays:  Cabaret Tip Tuesday

Wednesdays:  Ask A Cabaret Question

Thursdays: Featured Cabaret Blog, Website, Performer

Fridays:  Cabaret Through Time

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About Athena at McElrath Cabaret

Athena McElrath is an entertainer with a love for theatre and singing. She enjoys delving in the area of historical cabaret, researching the singers and clubs that were in business from before 1920 to the present, in New York and beyond.
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