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Unread 12-02-2007, 08:16 AM   #1
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Watermelon

Has anyone heard of this?

If not, its basically when you forget the lyrics or notes to the peice you are singing (this only works in a quoir) you stop singing and start mouthing the word "watermelon" to the rythm of the song until you get oriented.


Does anyone here ever find themselves doing this?

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Unread 12-03-2007, 07:34 AM   #2
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I just mouth the words to a song when my voice is gone, like yesterday at our Choir concert. Practiced the program, sang the program, and did special music for chuch. Gotta love it.
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Most of the time I have music in front of me. When I sing from memory and forget a word, I think I just mumble.
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Unread 12-04-2007, 12:57 PM   #4
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I make up words, but then again, I'm singing alone and I have a mic and I'm really good at making stuff up on the fly.
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Wow, seriously? I have never heard of this and can't imagine how it would work. The beauty of singing in choirs is the uniformed sound (ie. same vowels) and singing an incorrect vowel (ie. vowels in the word watermelon) would sound wrong. Singing well, in solo or choir, requires two things, the correct pitch and correct vowel.
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Wow, seriously? I have never heard of this and can't imagine how it would work. The beauty of singing in choirs is the uniformed sound (ie. same vowels) and singing an incorrect vowel (ie. vowels in the word watermelon) would sound wrong. Singing well, in solo or choir, requires two things, the correct pitch and correct vowel.
You're not actually making any sounds. You are just moving your lips. This works rather well if you are in an ensemble and momentarily lose your place.

When I was running camera for my church's massive Christmas Program a few years ago, we told the choir to mouth "Peanut Butter Watermelon" if they ever forgot the words. That way, in case they were filmed at that moment, their lips would atleast be moving. Nothing would be worse than keeping one's mouth shut while the person next to them is still singing.
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You're not actually making any sounds. You are just moving your lips. This works rather well if you are in an ensemble and momentarily lose your place.
Ha, I missed the word 'mouthing' in the first post. My bad.
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I actually first heard of this a few years ago. Our church sent a mission team to Honduras, and everyone was going to learn "Lord I Lift Your Name On High" in Spanish. Well, 3 of us guys didn't really learn it, and were to lazy to learn it, so we did the "Watermelon" trick. I actually got lucky and was chosen to play guitar for it, so I was excused from singing. But yes, I've done this on occasions.
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Has anyone heard of this?

If not, its basically when you forget the lyrics or notes to the peice you are singing (this only works in a quoir) you stop singing and start mouthing the word "watermelon" to the rythm of the song until you get oriented.


Does anyone here ever find themselves doing this?
My old choir teacher always said that!!!
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