Brain Gym exercises
Date: February 3, 2012
My adult community choirs can sometimes need enlivening during rehearsal. I use "brain gym" activities for this. In sharing this, I hope others will contribute ideas.
We first sing the well known "Frère Jacques" through once. We then repeat it, replacing the French words by singing "One, two, three, four" over and over again. That's the end of the easy bit.
We now sing the tune with the words (repeated over and over) to "One, two, three. four, five". Initially, this is tricky because the 4/4 time of the tune and the 5/4 count is conflicting.
We progress by counting 1,2,3,4,5,6 and then onto 1,2,3,4,5,6,7. To test the best, we sing 1,2,3,4,5,6;1,2,3,4,5;1,2,3,4;1,2,3;1,2;1;1;2;3;4;5;6 and so on.
Finally, we return to singing 1,2,3,4,5 but clapping on the first beat of every 4/4 bar.
The exercise invariably ends up chaotically, with lots of laughter and a woken-up group of singers.
Any other ideas?
The Renaissance Choir
Southampton Choral Society
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