For some the desire to sing is an instinctive personal thing and there is no wish to share the sound with others or perform - the classic example of this is singing in the shower.
For some the desire to sing is an instinctive personal thing and there is no wish to share the sound with others or perform - the classic example of this is singing in the shower. Contributed

Set your voice free with Maryborough Male Chorale

COME out of the shower and join the newly-formed Maryborough Male Chorale.

Members Alan Muller and Don Bushnell said you do not need a musical background.

According to both men; we can all sing.

The group started just before Christmas last year and were looking for members.

They are looking for men willing to join in the fun and fellowship that comes from learning to blend their voices to produce harmony.

Don said everyone has a natural desire to sing.

"It is a way of expressing feelings and emotions as well a means of telling stories and reminding us of important events," he said.

"For some the desire to sing is an instinctive personal thing and there is no wish to share - like singing in the shower; for others the feelings associated with singing can represent a desire to perform."

Don said many people say they cannot sing but this is rarely true.

"It usually means the person is not confident about the sound of their singing voice," Don said.

"With a bit of knowledge of fundamentals such as learning to sing pitches and rhythms by ear and a little practise, it is my belief that everyone can sing well enough to gain a great deal of pleasure from the experience."

Alan said he has people tell him that they can't sing and they sing to him and I say who told you you can't sing and they reply with 'oh my grade 2 teacher'.

"This is what gets to me - everyone can sing."

Alan is a singing teacher and has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in the singing voice.

"I can look after their voices - I go through breathing and vocal exercises, I can explain a bit about the human voice and where to place it," Alan said.

"I show them how to support the voice - use your diaphragm."

Don said he feels a real high when he is singing and wants people to feel the same.

"When you start to sing with men there is a camaraderie and that is the kind of atmosphere we want," Don said.

"We want to teach anyone who doesn't read music, to read it to a basic level.

"Anyone who comes here - we can turn them into competent, confident singers and musicians.

"I believe in choir that everyone should be able to sing solo and eventually I would like that for this choir.

"I think the absolute epitome of the voice and the sound that comes from a men's choir exceeds anything else by far as voice is concerned, coupled with the fact that I think we have something unique to offer Maryborough."

Alan said anyone who comes through that door is welcome.

"It's not just teaching singing but building confidence," Alan said.

"We want people who think they can't sing - we will create a voice, develop a voice.

"Music break the barriers - you don't have to read music, just turn up."

The Maryborough Male Chorale meets Tuesdays at 7pm at 161 Woodstock St.

For more information phone Don 0434 385 940 or Alan 4123 1415.


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