Basses singing octave lower
Date: April 24, 2014
I'm working with a church youth choir (6-12) who regularly sings in SATB music. Last year, there were many seniors who graduated, who really kept things on pitch and energized. This is my first year working with the choir, and I inherited a great program, however, I have 2-3 basses that consistantly sing an octave lower than written. They have been without some senior leadership - as the next larger class is the current sophmore group. We have done several exercises in range and breath support - we do warm-ups each week, but I've still not figured out how to get those basses in the right range. There are 6-7 of them (they don't all show up at the same time), and I've got half who will sing in the correct range & the other half who sing an octave lower. The other week, I was asking them to sing octaves, and it was like they couldn't hear the difference between octaves. I'm not sure if this is a range issue or a hearing issue. Any ideas on how to correct this?