Stream Leader: Stuart Lines

Know your Vocal Instrument. - Stuart Lines: 1 session

Ever wonder how the human voice is produced and then heard and understood? This course will take you through the anatomy of the voice, how sound is created, resonated and then heard by the listener. See some video shots showing the vocal folds at work and understand the part the ear plays in decoding the sound it receives. This is not a technical course but will give the student a better understanding of the way the voice works, with an understanding of how to use it properly.

Care of the voice. - Stuart Lines: 1 session

Despite the abuse we sometimes give to our vocal folds, the voice is a delicate instrument. Learn how to treat it with respect so it continues to deliver quality singing. Look at some common vocal problems through videos. Some tips about warming up, how to prepare for the big day and general advice on keeping it in good condition.

Physics of Sound. - Stuart Lines: 1 session

Sound is all around us. Loud sounds, soft sounds. Speech, music, vehicles, birds. In this session, you will learn how sound is carried and how the human ear interprets and untangles the many sounds which surround us. Learn how and why you need to protect the delicate instrument which makes up your hearing mechanism.

Song Learning Techniques. - Stuart Lines: 1 session

Performing barbershop is often more challenging than other singing forms, because we perform without music. Words, notes, moves; all need to be committed to memory before performing in public. We all have different ways of learning and this session will look at learning styles and recommend some ways of committing that elusive song to memory.

Introduction to free music notation software. -Stuart Lines

There are some excellent software programs for composers and arrangers, including Sibelius and Finale.  However, they are expensive, complex and not always suitable for amateur composers and arrangers.  Free programs are also available and have enough features for many musicians. In this session, we will look at one free program, MuseScore, showing how to get started with it and work on one quick arrangement.

Closing Date: 11th July 2022