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A dear friend sent me this video today, and it was so much fun I want to share it with you, even though it is not directly related to cabaret–it’s just fun, and if you are a classic film lover like me you will enjoy it! This is a video of stars who were famous at MGM Studios back in the studio’s heyday in the 1920s-1950s. The video was taped in 1974, on MGM’s 50th anniversary, and features people who were still alive then who had worked at MGM. Remarkably, you will see Adele and Fred Astaire together–very little video of them together, and none of them dancing together, which is a shame. Some more information from Wikipedia on MGM, most notably in the history section–enjoy!
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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’m thinking about becoming a better cabaret singer, so my tip for you today is this: Here are a couple of tips for finding the starting note of your song.
This is a basic tip for singers, one that experienced singers know and use, almost without thinking about it, but I thought it might be useful for those who are starting out.
here are a couple of different ways for finding the starting note of a song that you are singing. They both deal with listening to what is happening in the musical introduction to your song before you sing.
1–If you are performing with a rhythm section backing you, listen to the bass player. If you are working with just a piano player, listen to the notes coming out of the left hand playing the bass part. The bassist often is playing the root of the chord as the first chord when you are to start singing, and this is often (not always, but often) the start note for the vocalist. It can be hard to find your note at times, especially if you happen to be performing with a larger band that has horns–it’s difficult to hear over the horns’ volume sometimes to find your note being played by the piano or bass. So try to be standing as close to the rhythm section as you can, or at least have a lot of rhythm section coming through your monitor so you can hear them over the horns to stay on pitch.
2–Listen for an ascending or descending scale run in the musical introduction just prior to where the vocals come in. It is often going from the 5th interval in the scale going up or down to the root–this is where it helps to know your intervals, and be able to sing them. You may or may not be starting on the root tone, but the root will help you find your pitch in relation to it, as long as you know what the interval is from the root to your start note.
Hope these Tuesday cabaret tips help–let us know what other topics you’d like to see us cover here, and we’ll do our best to work through them!
Do you have any tips you like to use for finding your start note on a song? As a singer, what would you add to this conversation? Leave us a note about it in the comments below—we always love to hear from our readers!
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Weekly Post Lineup At McElrath Cabaret:
Tuesdays: Cabaret Tip Tuesday
Wednesdays: Ask A Cabaret Question
Thursdays: Featured Cabaret Blog, Website, Performer
Fridays: Cabaret Through Time