HOW TO USE LEARNING TRACKS
There is no reason you should be wasting your quartet's time by working on notes and lyrics during your short weekly rehearsal. On this page, I'll share with you tested and proven techniques to maximize your learning potential outside of rehearsal, so that you're prepared to work on higher-level singing with your quartet when you get together.
When first getting started, listen to the song with both earbuds in to get a feel for the overall quality, and sense of what the other parts are doing
Now, take out the right earbud, and listen to ONLY your part a few times, until you get a good idea of your notes.
Put the other earbud back in, and start singing with the other parts. If you aren't sure about your notes, take the right earbud out as necessary.
Once you start to feel confident in your part, take the left earbud (with your part) out of your ear, and try to sing with ONLY the other parts. Put it back in when you need a little help! Pretty soon, you won’t need it at all!
TIPS AND TRICKS
Work on the music just before bed, and right when you wake up to maximize your memorization potential.
Even if you can’t read sheet music, it’s good to follow along while you’re learning; using multiple senses heightens your ability to memorize.
Record yourself singing, with the music playing on your headphones. Sometimes what sounds good in your head doesn’t sound good in anyone else’s head!
Test yourself! Download another part’s learning track, and try singing with only their part in your ear. It might be easy to sing with the melody, but a bit harder singing with the baritone, or the tenor!
If you start to get bored or frustrated, work on a different song for a while. Come back to it later. If it’s not fun, you won’t learn as fast.
Once you learn the song pretty well, try and plug in the left ear (only your part) and hum along softly. You may be surprised at how many notes you’ve been missing!