I sang a note, sliding up into it. I gestured to everyone to join me and we slid up to the note again, my hand went sliding with the sound. We did this a couple of time until it felt comfortable, and then I asked, “who wants to slide to their own note?” No one wanted to volunteer, but then one brave soul said she would. She slid up to her own note, everyone joining in with her as she raised her hands in the air. She smiled a happy grin.
Begin by everyone singing the same note and sustaining it.
Then, for example, if there were three players:
Player 1 ‘slides’ away to a new note, and the other players slide with player 1 to this new note.
Also. If you are singing, the slider can conduct the slide with their hands or body.
Then player 2 slides away and players 1 and 3 slide with player 2.
Then player 3 slides away, and players 1 and 2 slide with player 3.
Keep taking turns, playing “Slide Away/Slide Home” until you are sliding fluently through melodies and harmonies.
Also. Try allowing anyone to “steal” the slide to the next note, rather than going in a fixed order.
As we went around the circle, people got more and more creative. They would slide everyone up with their hands and then everyone down. They would slide people side to side. Round and round. Flutter their fingers – little fluttering wobbly slides. They would hold their arms out like the wings of an airplane, and then tilt to one side and then another – everyone knew just what to do. Each person conducted the chorus and was in the chorus at the same time. How will you conduct the song?
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