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Singing is one of my hobbies (probably my most serious hobby), and as quite a few of you know already, I’ve recently taken up the art of a cappella multitracking – recording over myself singing in various harmony parts, sans instruments. It’s fun, it stretches me to improve my singing skills, and I get to mess with arrangements and that kind of thing. I’m still very new at this whole thing, and these recordings still don’t turn out nearly as well as I’d like, but I think I can sense improvement (that was the whole point of sticking my neck out and posting my attempts on YouTube – to force myself to improve). Singing is hard enough as it is, but being the only person singing and having to make sure my singing lines up with all the previously-recorded tracks brings a whole new level of difficulty!
As some of you know, I started taking voice lessons in November, and I’ve really been enjoying them so far! I’m going to be attending a choral music camp in Virginia in June, and in August I’m going to be singing with a choral ensemble group (primarily a recording venture, but there is a small tour as well). I’m SO excited to be singing with this group, but I’m also slightly nervous because this will be my first “professional” music experience. Mostly I’m just excited, though. I got the repertoire list via email last week (I’ll receive the music itself in a few weeks), and I am so happy about the songs we’re going to be singing! It was definitely an answer to prayer to be accepted into this group; I feel so blessed to be able to be a part of it, and I’ll have to keep you all updated about how it goes this summer!
Here are my newest multitracks in chronological order. I think the last one turned out the best. Lyrics for all the songs can be found in the video descriptions on YouTube.
“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” – this was just a really simple recording with 3 tracks. Some of the youth from our church are singing this song in an upcoming program. We just have the lyrics and are improvising with the music. Our bass is soloing on the verses (and doing a great job of it), and I was jealous (even though I assigned the solo…haha) because I happen to love this song. So I decided to do my own version.
“What a Friend We Have in Jesus” – this song has been on my mind lately. I wanted to get this recording done for last week’s devotional post (which you can see here) but it didn’t quite happen. “Oh, what peace we often forfeit; oh, what needless pain we bear all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!”
“My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” – I was actually fairly happy with how this one turned out (that rarely happens…haha). I love this song. “No more a stranger or a guest, but like a child at home.”
You can click here to see all my multitracks (starting with the oldest ones…*cringe*) in one playlist.
Click here to see my Sacred Music playlist!
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