Gaelic choir discovers "Chuckle Muscles"
Members of the Aberfeldy & District Gaelic
Choir enjoyed an unusual workshop at the weekend with voice coach Val
Munro, who encouraged them to learn how to sustain their breath by discovering
their “chuckle muscles” below their ribs! Using a variety
of exercises and voice-training techniques, Val taught the Choir members
how to increase their vocal range, the importance of good posture and
how to have what she calls a “happy larynx”!
Val, who works for the South Edinburgh Healthy Living
Initiative in Active Lifestyle Development, has held several workshops
with the Gaelic Choir having been a visitor to the Aberfeldy area for
the past twenty years. “The Choir is so receptive to my suggestions”
says Val. “It’s a sheer joy to be here with people I now consider
to be my friends. They are so keen to know how to improve their own singing
technique, and over the years I’ve noticed a huge improvement in
the Choir’s sound, it’s much more confident. Of course a lot
of the credit must go to Frances McCallum, who is an excellent and enthusiastic
The workshop was held as the Choir is gearing up for
October’s National Mod in Dunoon. The Choir will be holding a free
pre-Mod concert on Monday 16th October at 8pm in the Aberfeldy New Church
Centre in Taybridge Road, to which all are welcome.
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Val Munro (in orange trousers on right of
picture) with members of the Aberfeldy & District Gaelic Choir