For improving the counting of singers, I developed clapping exercises. These canons are meant to do without sheet music. The singers will learn to internally visualise the different beats of the bar.
For my female vocal group, I wrote a three-part warming-up exercise. At first, all voices are singing the melody in unison once. Next, you may sing the exercise in three parts. The lower voice is singing the exact notes from the melody, but a fourth lowered. The high voices are singing in harmony with the melody a third above:
In this warm-up exercise the choir is singing a melody in major, next in minor and finally in major again:
Most warm-ups I think of have two layers at most. But this time I have an exercise with three layers, in which the two upper voices imitate each other:
Lately I heard the lovely Canon in D by Pachelbel again. Because the chords are repeating, the music can easily be made into a warm-up for multiple voices. Here is my attempt to create a swinging Pachelbel. The canon now is in G:
This exercise for singing in canon is built up of seconds and sixths. The warm-up looks like the exercise form my book ‘Harmoninic warm-ups’, but it is just a little different:
In one of my choirs there is a singer who insists on doing swinging warm-up exercises. Thus, I wrote another. This time, there are fast syncopations in a latin style: