Why to be proud of your voice?

Your voice is one of the most important gifts you received from God. It is so important that it can be a symbol of speech, freedom and democracy in all aspects of life.

But let us not become too serious about voice. In this post, your own voice is in the spotlight, giving and knowing you the things you should be proud of.

Top 10 reasons to be a Soprano
10. The rest of the choir exists just to make you look good.
9. You can entertain your friends by breaking their wine glasses.
8. You can name an opera where an alto got the man.
7. When Sopranos want to sing in the shower, they know the tune.
6. It’s not like you are ever going to sing the alto part by accident.
5. Great costumes – like the hat with the horns on it.
4. How many world famous altos can you name?
3. When the fat lady sings, she’s actually singing Soprano.
2. When you get tired of singing the tune, you can sing the descant.
1. You can sing along with Michael Jackson.

Top 10 reasons to be an Alto
10. You get really good at singing an E-flat.
9. You get to sing the same note for 12 consecutive bars.
8. You don’t really need to warm-up to sing 12 consecutive bars of E-flat.
7. If the choir is rough, it is unlikely the Altos will be blamed.
6. You have lots of time to chat during soprano solos.
5. You get to pretend that you are better than sopranos, because everybody knows that women only sing soprano so they don’t have to learn to read music.
4. You can sometimes find part time work singing tenor.
3. Altos get all the great intervals.
2. When the sopranos are holding some outrageously high note at the end of the piece, Altos get the last words.
1. When the Altos miss a note, nobody gets hurt.

Top 10 reasons to be a Tenor
10. Tenors get high without drugs.
9. Name a musical where a Tenor got the girl.
8. You can show sopranos how it SHOULD be sung.
7. Did you ever hear anyone paying $1,000 a ticket to hear the Three Basses (click it to know who are the Three Basses)?
6. Who needs brains when you’ve got resonance?
5. Tenors never have to waste time looking through self-improvement books.
4. You can sing along with John Denver’s “High Calypso” (click to sing with John Denver).
3. When you get really good at falsetto, you can make lots of money doing voice-overs for cartoons.
2. Gregorian chant was practically invented for the Tenor. Nobody invented a genre for basses.
1. You can entertain your friends doing impersonations.

Top 10 reasons to be a Bass
10. You don’t have to tighten your pants to reach your note.
9. You don’t have to worry about a woman stealing your job.
8. Or a pre-adolescent boy.
7. Action heroes are always basses. That is, if they ever sang, they would be bass.
6. You get great memorable lyrics like, “bop, bop, bop, bop”.
5. If the singing job doesn’t work out, there’s always broadcasting.
4. You never have to learn to read treble clef.
3. If you get a cold, so what?
2. For fun, you can sing at the bottom of your range and fool people that into thinking there’s an earthquake.
1. If you belch while you are singing, the audience just thinks it’s part of the score.

(I got this information from a poster in CCP. When I am scanning the web, I learned that it was originally published here: http://www.stjameslex.com/CHOIR%20TEST.htm )

Glossary:

Descant – The descant was formed by adding a part or parts to the tenor, differing from organum in that the parts moved not only in parallel motion but also in oblique and contrary motion. In descant, all the voices move at approximately the same speed. (from: http://www.music.vt.edu/musicdictionary/)

E-Flat – The lowered third tone (mediant) in the C major scale.

Falsetto – A technique in which a mature male voice can reach notes of the soprano or alto range. This is not the same thing as a pure countertenor voice. In Falsetto, only the edges of the vocal cords vibrate as opposed to the whole length, and it is used by male voices to reach notes outside of their usual range. (from: http://www.music.vt.edu/musicdictionary/)

Resonance – the state of a system in which an abnormally large vibration is produced in response to anexternal stimulus, occurring when the frequency of the stimulus is the same, or nearly the same,as the natural vibration frequency of the system. (from: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/resonance)

Treble Clef – A symbol located at the beginning of a staff to indicate the pitches of the notes placed on the lines and spaces of the staff. The treble clef is also called the “G clef”. (from: http://www.music.vt.edu/musicdictionary/textt/trebleclef.html)

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