This is the fourth vocal exercise from the Resonance LAB, Waves. Walk around, find some other people to sing in harmony with. Rather than leaving the group and moving on after a while like in the previous exercise, the group solidifies. In every group a leader appears, this can be spontaneous or it could have been decided beforehand. The leader listens carefully to the harmony in their group. If it turns out to be the same or similar to that of other groups, the leader can decide to silence their group and start again until the leader is happy with the diversity of the sound compared to other groups. Only when you have a distinctive harmony as a group, you can move onto the next step.

The leader will signal changes in dynamics, waves. It is particularly beautiful if it happens in 5 or 6 different groups, slightly apart from one another. However, if everyone would sing at the same time, it wouldn’t be as great, so leaders can pause their group for a few seconds, to listen to what’s happening around them before making another wave. A beautiful structure can appear when being careful and calm about the waves and pauses.

Try it out with your vocal group or choir! Film the results and upload your video in the comment section on this page in order to share your results with other singers and vocal leaders of The Resonance LAB. We’re curious to see your results!