Along with other musicians I've been playing Somewhere over the Rainbow for the carers at 8pm on Thursdays on my piano with the windows wide open. I'd love you to send in some vocals to add to my recordings.
Email your audio file to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will mix everyone’s voices together to create a virtual choir performance to share here.
Why not get the whole family to join in and sing together. And don’t be shy – you’ll be singing together with others in the final performance, not on your own! You can send me a recording anytime.
And if you're enjoying singling then have a look at my Computing page to sing along with Happy and take part in the Happy Art project.
Over the Rainbow by the Slinfold Virtual Choir
Here's the first performance by the choir. They did really well to sing along with a backing track and stay in time all through.
This week the choir have been singing We'll Meet Again to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE day – the end of the Second World War in Europe. This song made famous by Vera Lynn has as much meaning for us today as it did for those people kept apart from one another 75 years ago. Hopefully soon we will all meet again.
I've enjoyed hearing your voices and reading your messages so much.
Do keep sending me your recordings.
How to join in
Use the backing tracks to sing along with. Do practise first.
When making your recording get a better sound quality by choosing a room with a hard floor and few soft furnishings. The bathroom might be a good choice!
Download the words to Over the Rainbow here
It's never too late to join in! Sing along with the performance track. If you can’t manage the octave stretch at the beginning then just sing the high or low note twice. Putting plenty of air through your vocal chords helps you reach a high note so be confident and go for it. Use your diaphragm. And watch out for the piano solo just before the end where you don't need to sing. Finally take a deep breath and hold that last note as long as you can.
Download the words to We'll Meet Again here
Be ready to come in promptly after the introduction, and sing it with a bit of swing and a sense of longing.
How to record
Pop your headphones on, playing the audio file above and sing along, recording your voice. Please record only your voice – listening to the piano accompaniment through headphones ensures only your own voice(s) goes onto the track.
That means you will need to play on one device and record on another unless you are using a computer. On an iPhone or iPad the Memos app is the best way to record. On an android device you may already have a sound recording app or you can download one. Failing that, send a compressed video. Large videos won't email successfully.
On a laptop or PC with Windows 10 you can use the Voice Recorder app. You can also play the music through your headphones at the same time as recording your voice.