How to Add Instrumental Parts to Your Choir Chorales

Playing and hearing different instruments has lots of benefits to your choristers. Before we proceed on this article, it will be pertinent to know these benefits.

a). It offers singers the opportunity to connect with music in new ways

The opportunity to always try new things is the fun part of learning music. In the case of children, for example, clapping hands and playing different types of music instruments offers them the opportunity to invent and even create their personalized rhythm melodies and styles.

b). Singers are deeply involved in the music making process

The truth is that we learn by participating, by thinking and by trying out. Children see music as a form of play and they interact with it by singing, clapping, moving their bodies, and playing different instruments helps to enhance their experience.

c). Helps to Expand the singer’s understanding of pitch, sound, and resonance

These experiences help children in deepening their opinion as to what the sound of a guitar sounds like or how high a trumpet can play, or the soft sounds of a violin. Additionally, incorporating some musical instruments can offer you valuable and insightful teaching periods during rehearsals. During this period, you’ll get the chance to discuss phrasing, tone, high versus low sounds, and other rudiments that engineers the expression of music.

Well, you now have a good idea about including instrumental parts to your hymns occasionally, but being more factual, are you satisfied in learning music this way? What if the new songs you selected this year does not include adding instrumentals?

Never mind, here is a summary of what to watch out for and how to begin:

What to Look for in An Anthem

Style – study the style and tenor of the anthem and ponder on the type of instrument that will best suit it.

A Long Instrumental Section – instrumentation may come at the beginning, middle or end of the anthem.

How to Write Your Instrumental Parts

Do you want to start writing even though you are not a composer? Well, not to worry because here is a step-by-step guide on how to go through the process:

How to Write an Instrumental Part

Immediately you discover an instrument that will accompany the tone and style of a song, try to determine sections to add an instrumental part. Usually, the interludes and introduction are places where you can add an instrumental, but you can also decide to make the instrumental part to come at the end of the music.

a). Be Creative – sing the instrumentation line while you play the accompanying melody, to rightly know how all the parts will suit each other.

b). Melodic vs. Harmonic Instruments – when writing for a melodic instrument like flute, violin or trumpet, try to accompany it with countermelodies.

Also, when writing for a harmonic instrument like guitar, study the piano which accompanies the tone; include the chord symbols so that the instrumentalist would play from it.

How to Write a Hand bell Part

Hand bells can be used in two simple ways when writing a song: resounding the bells separately to create tunes or ringing some sounds at the same time to produce blocked chords.

a). Elementary Choirs – Blocked chords is highly recommended for children. It is just smooth like the harmonies which are seen in the accompaniment – always one chord for every one or two measures.

b). Older Choirs – Youths and Adults – Try to sound some basic musical patterns during instrumental piece sections. It will be ideal to write a simple piece in either half-note or quarter-note beats. After that, produce a simple four - five notes pattern that has a component of chord tones which suit the sound harmony.

Conclusively, it is ideal that when writing an instrumental part, you add new rhythmic lines to the instrumental parts of the song. Do not consider adding an original instrumental as an overlap on the vocal parts, except it is simple and light, or will not be too distracting in sounds.