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What do I do?

Important note: If you have a problem with any of these instructions, call Ian on 0412 000 508 and he will help.
He’s not scary and he doesn’t bite. 🙂

1. Setting Up

You will need to have the following to hand:
Computer or iPad
Headphones or earbuds

Setting up the computer.
Plug the headphones into your computer. Jump down to the end of these instructions for a moment and play the video of Fiona singing your guide track. Check that you can hear Fiona singing through the earphones. If you can’t hear her, check the volume setting on your computer (and/or your headphones if they are adjustable).

Setting up the phone.
Open the camera function of your phone.  It will probably be set to Photo. Set it to Video by swiping to the right. The shutter button will turn red.  That just means your phone is ready to record. It is NOT recording until you press that button.

It will now be set to record whatever the camera is pointed at but we want you to record, well…, you.  So you need to use your phone’s second camera: all smartphones have a function whereby you can see (and record) yourself. The function you need is called Camera Rotate and it looks like the icon on the far right:

Tap that icon and you should be seeing yourself.  Yay! 🙂

2. Recording your video

The aim is to sing along with Fiona and record your part at the same time.
Hold the camera AT ARMS LENGTH and SLIGHTLY  above eye level when you are recording.And here’s why:

Sadly, this is NOT adjusted for effect.
There are several issues: you can see all my wrinkles, my double chins and the camera is so close that the lens distorts my face. And you can see right up my nose!
Not a good look

Much better.
The lens distortion is gone and gravity is working in my favour where wrinkles and extra chins are concerned.
Now, if only I had remembered to smile…  

Remember, there is no rush.  Any wobble or hesitation at the start will be edited out. Take as long as you need to get settled.

When you are ready, put on the headphones you attached to your computer and begin recording on your phone.
Check that the counter is ticking over.

Don’t forget to hold the camera out and slightly up.

Once you are settled and you are sure the phone is recording, then press play on the computer.

As you will have seen, Fiona will count you in; “One , two , three, one , two, … (the last “three” is silent – count it in your mind) then begin to sing along.

When you have finished singing, WAIT A FEW SECONDS, before pressing the red square to stop the recording.

3. Sending your recording to us

Please note, your phone must be on your WiFi network for the following method to work. Look at the top of the screen.  If you see this logo somewhere, you are good to go.

(If, however, instead of the WiFi logo, you see 4G, the following method won’t work and you need to switch your phone to WiFi – call Ian if you don’t know how)

If you have an iPhone your video recording is now in your Photos App. (Not using an iPhone? Contact Ian and he will help)

The Photos App icon looks like this:

Tap on that icon to open the Photos App and tap on the recording you just made.

On the bottom left hand corner of the screen you will see an icon that looks like this:

Tap that and then tap the Mail logo from among the options that appear.
Now, be patient. The phone will spend a few moments preparing the video. Once that process is complete an email window will open.  Fill in the Subject line and address the email to:


and press Send.It will tell you the attachment may be too large to send by email and you will be offered the option of Use Mail Drop.  Click on that and the email will immediately disappear as it begins sending. As the file is quite large it will be some time (sometimes many minutes) before you hear the “whoosh” you get when an email is successfully sent.

Lastly, once you have sent the video email, send another telling us so we know your masterpiece is coming and we can let you know it arrived successfully.

Done! That wasn’t so hard, was it? 🙂



Sound of Silence

Use the “New Songs” versions to learn Sound of Silence. The versions below have a 10 second pause before the count in to allow you time to get settled. Have fun

Virtual choir Soprano
Virtual choir Alto
Virtual choir Both

Sound of Silence           (Paul Simon)

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

“Fools, ” said I, “You do not know
Silence, like a cancer, grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells, of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls”
And whispered in the sounds of silence