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Artikel Tagged ‘Tine Fris’

Vocal Edu Series (4): Make the most of your expensive voice lessons: Practice!

by Tine Fris, Postyr Project (DK)

Rehearsal Methods for Individual Singers

Taking voice lessons can be an expensive pleasure. In this blog, I would like to share some tips and tricks for you to make the most of the time in between lessons, so you will improve more and faster from lesson to lesson and ask better and more precise questions during your lessons. How much you want to practise is of course up to you. The amount of practise time needed depends of course on your skills and resources and on the goal or level you want to reach within a certain timeframe. No matter your goal, level or timeframe, there are some things you could consider.

 

The Room

Make sure that you have a rehearsal room, where you can actually sing out loud, and where you are not disturbed. To practise you need to be focused and to feel free to make mistakes without being judged.

 

Duration and frequency

Studies have shown that most people find it difficult to stay concentrated for more than 45 min in a row. The longer you continue after that, the less you remember, the more mistakes you make and the more exhausted you will be. This means that you are likely to not rehearse again later the same day or maybe even the day after. In the worst case scenario, you might actually get worse and not better, if you push yourself for too long time, because your muscular memory will “save” all the mistakes you made when you were exhausted in the end of the session and not all the rights you made in the beginning, when you were focused and well-rested. Studies have also shown that you learn more from practising 2 x 45 min than 90 in a row. This also means, that you could consider splitting your rehearsal time during a day up in two or three laps: 30 min in the morning and 30 min in the afternoon and maybe 30 min in the evening.

 

Breaks

A break is not checking your cell phone, answering emails, watching television or things like that. A break is something where the brain can be unfocused and your thoughts can wander. Make a cup of tea. Go for a little walk. Or even better: Take a power nap! Studies have shown that the best way to save things from the short-term memory to the long-term memory is to sleep.

 

Structure

  • Make a plan of what you are going to rehearse. Make it a mixture of different disciplines, so you don’t get bored and lose your motivation. It could be:
  • Physical excercises to strengthen and stretch to improve posture and decrease involuntary/compensatory tensions.
  • Breathing and support excercises
  • Modes/different sounds in different ranges and volumes
  • Some kind of effect like vibrato or creeking you want to improve.
  • Improvisation over a vamp or a jazz standard. Give yourself assignments like: legato/staccato, change the first note of the phrase or don’t ever sing on the first beat of the bar.
  • Work on a song or two. Focus on different parameters: Rhythm/time/groove, sound colours, pronunciation, dynamics, interpretation etc.
  • Remember to take breaks every 45 min.

 

Observe – Consider – Take Action

Here is a simple model to help you analyze the observations you make about yourself and help you take appropriate short term and long term action:

  • What do I hear? What do I see? What do I feel?
  • What could possibly cause this?
  • What could possibly change this to the better here and now and on longer terms?
  • What should we do here and now, and what should we do on longer terms?

Thank you, Tine, for contributing a great article on vocal music education – again. Hope to have you back soon and safe travels with your wonderful group, Postyr Project! {FSt/Vocal Blog}

So…Business and Pleasure

by Tine Fris (Postyr Project, DEN), originally posted at postyrproject.com on Aug 11th, 2012

So… it’s been busy -not boring- lately, and that’s why I haven’t written you a blog for a while. I feel like I have been living inside a washing machine for the last couple of months. Trying to find some solid ground under my feet, but constantly finding myself turning upside down, bending over backwards or simply just dizzy.

So… what’s the fuzz about? Well, basically we have been trying to build a sustainable structure around the ”Postyr Project” to ensure our continuous creative development. Maybe you would think that would mean a looot of time spent in a nice summer house by the beach writing songs, drinking red wine and eating a home cooked meal, but no.

So… Yes, I also really like to cook, but that’s besides the point. For now, I will leave it at letting you in on my basic recipe for writing music

1)    Inspiration (red wine, summer house, life, other artists, a bird, what ever)

2)    Improvisation (in the bath, on the bike, walking, where ever)

3)    Composition (taking the best parts of the improvisation and developing and shaping them into a certain more or less fixed form –it’s like a puzzle, suddenly it’s all into place)

4)    Arranging (What aspect of the song should be in focus? –It’s like arranging the meal on the plate –just to top it off with a food metaphor)

So… basically it all starts with inspiration. But let me tell you what is NOT inspirational: Bills, tech stuff that doesn’t work and not sleeping at night because the to do list keeps getting longer every day.

So… Basically, what we found out during the fall of 2011 was that in order to be able to have the time to be inspired (and write music and rehearse it and record it etc.) we needed to do a couple of other things first:

1)    Make a business plan that would make us able to make enough money to quit most of our day jobs, so we could spent more time on Postyr Project.

2)    Find the right business partners that could help us realize the business plan.

3)    Find out what yet undiscovered creative, organizational and personal resources we had within the group and find a way to use these resources in the best way.

4)    Find a way to improve communication to ensure that information is shared and everyone has their say and is on the same page as to where the project is heading and why we are making the decisions we are making

5)    Find a way to handle the physical stress in relation to heavy traveling and touring so the voices are ready for rehearsal, recordings and concerts when needed.

6)    Find a way to handle the emotional stress of dealing with uncertainty of the future, outside pressure and personal ups and downs.

So… We haven’t been bored. It’s been and it still is a true journey into the minefield of the business and into the hearts and minds of everyone in the group. And then after we got the most important things done, we wrote a whole bunch of new songs and recorded it and now we are in the process of mixing it and deciding what to do with it, and tomorrow we are meeting at my new place to hang out, talk and enjoy a bottle of red wine or two. I think that’s what they call business AND pleasure.

If you want to become (or already are) a Tine Fris fan, too, check her out on Facebook, Twitter and through the Postyr Project website.

A Happy Birthday Gallery for Tine Fris

by Florian Städtler, Vocal Blog founder & chief listener

I’ve worked with quite a few achievers, movers, shakers, creative and energetic people. However, some people surprise you again and again with their dedication and willpower. One of these people is Danish singer, composer, arranger, vocal coach and organizer Tine Fris of Aarhus-based electronic vocal group Postyr Project.

As a mini-tribute to her birthday, here’s a spontaneously compiled gallery with a few snapshots from Aarhus, Freiburg and London. Happy birthday, Tine!

Hosting aca-celebrities Céline Morel (CEPRAVOI, FRA) and Peder Karlsson (The Real Academy, SWE) at Aarhus Vocal Festival 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting Jens Johansen (Vocal Line, DK), the maestro of contemporary, rhythmic choral music right after Postyr's AAVF show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a passionate teacher and vocal coach at the old school house during AAVF 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back at Ridehuset for the AAVF 2011 final party, having a chat with Clare Wheeler (The Swingle Singers, UK) and Peter Martin Jacob (magenta concerts, GER)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the winner of the London A Cappella 2012 shoe fashion competition is: From Denmark!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More aca-fashion presented by Tine at King’s Place, London, January 2012

What have I done to deserve this...? (says a happy German agent & blogger). With Line Groth (Postyr Project, DEN)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The core of Tine's musical life: Postyr Project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Bonne anniversaire! Happy Birthday!

If you want to become (or already are) a Tine Fris fan, too, check her out on Facebook, Twitter and through the Postyr Project website.

 

 

LACF 2012 Video Greetings

recorded by Vocal Blog on Tour aka Florian Städtler on Sat, Jan 14th at Kings Place, London

Three times is a tradition, they say. So after Aarhus Vocal Festival 2011 and SoJam 2011, Vocal Blog video greetings from international vocal music events are now becoming a tradition. I haven’t counted the nationalities, groups etc. But I think this series of virtual hellos gives you a pretty nice impression of the artists and audience attending London A Cappella Festival 2012. Have fun watching the videos and thanks for sharing. For those of you on Twitter: I added the Twitter names of the interviewees; the official festival hashtag is #LACF2012).

 

 

JEREMY SADLER (UK) – @thejesmeister

JONTE RAMSTEN & KASPER RAMSTRÖM (FIN)  – @forkacappella

ALEX GODFREE (UK) @voicefestival

THE BROWN DERBIES (USA) @brownderbies

TINE FRIS (DEN) – @tinefris

JEEVES MURPHY (USA) – @euphonismdc

OLIVER GRIFFITHS (UK) – @swinglesingers & AARON JENSEN (CAN) – @cadencetweet

HANS CASSA (NED) – @hanscassa

ANNA ASUNTA & MIA HAFREN (FIN) – @forkacappella

WILLY ETESON (UK) – @willyeteson

LORENZO SUBRIZI (ITA)

THE IKON ARTS SUPERGIRLS (UK) – @ikonarts & @londonacappella

MURRAY (NZL)

ROSS LYNDE (CAN) – @cadencetweet , AMANDA ALDAG & CHARLIE FRIDAY (USA) – @euphonismdc

DOLLY MAY (UK)

CARL BERGER (CAN) – @cadencetweet

DYLAN BELL (CAN) – @freeplay

CLAUDIA APPEL (NED)

BILL HARE (USA)

CHRISTINA KRULL (GER)

COSTA PERISTIANIS (UK) – @costaIKON

 

Florian Städtler is founder Vocal Blog and Chairman of the European Voices Association. He can’t believe how quickly this blog has developed a following of wonderful, intelligent and nicely-smelling people. Thanks for sharing the greatest ideas and the latest aca-gossip with a growing number of vocal music enthusiasts. If you can’t get enough of this stuff and/or want to get in touch with almost 1000 a cappella buddies like Vocal Blog on Facebook. If you want to make us of Vocal Blog as a filter and aggregator of a cappella news, links, tipps and hilarious tweets, follow Vocal Blog on Twitter.

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If you like face-to-face communication (like 4-hour candle light dinners or after party allnighters), I agree: This is the best way to communicate. So let’s stay in touch via social media and meet in person when Vocal Blog goes on tour: See you in Stockholm!

Postyr Project – Time in the Rehearsal Room

by Tine Fris, Postyr Project

Tine in NYC, 2009

 

2012. A whole new year. It’s like a blank piece of paper, just waiting to be filled out with new adventures, experiments, and thoughts. I guess, it comes as no surprise, that Postyr Project couldn’t keep all that space empty for long. We had our first meeting and rehearsal this week, where we had a chance to talk a lot of things over, make some decisions and work with some new music. Already, there is so much to tell, but today I will focus on the one thing that both Line, Anders, Andreas, Kristoffer and I had on top of our wishing-list for 2012: Time in the rehearsal room.

While most of 2011 was spent in the studio and on the road, we have decided that at least the first half of 2012 should more or less be spent in the rehearsal room. Of course, there will still be time for a few concerts and some studio-sessions, but the main topic, the main focus, will be on the musical process and not the final product.

Rehearsals
We always start our rehearsals with a brief talk, where every one can get a chance to say what ever they have on there mind. Things having been the way the have lately, these brief talks have had a tendency of turning in to long discussions of both important personal and organizational matters. Necessary talks, but with the consequence, that there weren’t much time left to actually sing. As of now, we have decided to separate business briefings and rehearsals. We still hold on to the brief personal updates in the beginning of the rehearsal each Wednesday, but leave the business briefings to our new Monday-noon Skype meetings. So from now on our rehearsals are structured like this:

1) Setting up all the microphones, the computer, the in-ear monitors etc.
2) Personal briefing. A couple of minutes pr. person.

Five voices, one laptop...and one guitar.

3) Warm up.
4) Working on new material.
5) Working on old material pinning out particularly challenging phrases focusing on one parameter at the time, just like we have been taught by The Real Group;-)

We try to keep our cell-phones and pending emails off, while rehearsing. The rest of the world can wait -at least until there is a break.

Now let me go a bit deeper into the warm up.

Warm-ups
At the moment one we focus on two things in our warm-ups:

1) Improving our physical posture.

The goal is to balance the muscle power and flexibility on the front and back of the body and on the right and left side, so we can

a) breath more easily
b) release muscles that had previously been used for keeping us upright to keep our breath control more steady.
c) maintain a steady intonation no matter the duration, volume or pitch.
d) gain a more balanced and rich resonance.
e) connect with our inner power and find peace and grounding, so we can open up to our feelings and emotions in the music without feeling insecure.

2) Improving our blend and intonation.

The goal is to balance the timbres of the five voices even more and to get a deeper understanding of the harmonies we sing, so we can balance the chords better. We do that by

a) improving or physical posture
b) knowing the songs and each other very well, so we won’t be too nervous on stage.
c) practicing with our in-ears almost every time we rehearse, so we can adjust with the special head resonance you get from the ear-plugs.
d) and of course by doing a lot of “classic” intonation and blend exercises.
e) singing the difficult phrases over and over again, making small changes, talking about what we hear, which notes should be louder here? And here
f) adjusting the sounds of the vowels, so they match the vowels of the voices we are linked to in a particular phrase.
g) adjusting the way we begin the note. Is it with air? Without air, but soft? Without air, but hard?

At some point we will change our focus to other areas like time, emotional expression or performance, and when we think, we are done, we will just start all over again. That’s the beauty of it, you can always improve as an individual and as a group. The sky is the limit, you just got to keep moving forward.

Best, Tine

Tine Fris is a member of the Danish vocal group Postyr Project, an very successful teacher and vocal coach and seems to be simply everywhere composing, arranging, teaching, singing and networking. It’s so great to have her as a co-blogger here on Vocal Blog to write hands-on articles of practical use with a little glimpse behind the scenes of a group of hard-working musicians from vocal music Mecca, Aarhus/DK. Be sure to check out Postyr’s website, Facebook fanpage and Twitter channel and if you are a singer, vocal group or choir, don’t miss an opportunity to meet Tine as a teacher and coach.