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Jim Carroll discussion of A.L.Lloyd's singing (82* d) RE: discussion of A.L.Lloyd's singing 25 May 20

"I have not noticed any uk traditional singers singning with a smile to attain that tone"
Can'r disgree with that Dick, but we are not traditional singers and our role is a very different one
Your average source singers had repertoires limited to what was locally available to them - it seldom, if ever ranged through children's songs, shanties and wok songs, ritual songs, lyrical pieces - through to the stark, demanding big ballads
We revival singers have all of these at our disposal and many of us choose to handle as many of them as we can
In order to do that it is necessary to develop techniques the source singers didn't need - that, largely, was what The Critics Group was about
Bert's grin was a fore-runner of that (Bert was a revival singer and scholar) - Ewan, in order to help the Critics and other groups, devised a whole programme of techniques to assist tone (thet's what the grin was about), relaxation, breath control, exploration, understanding and full use of the voice.... and other necessities of improving yourself as a singer
That is what I have been trying to share and add to for years - "still willin'" as Barcus said

Thaks for your kind words Dave; I'd like to take up your points later, when I've woken up and dressed
Stay safe folks - we seem to be getting there at last, despite the efforts of Boris and Cummings :-)

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