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Home Exercises: Week 17

Hello Cheyne Gang!

This week Kathy has prepared four brilliant videos to keep The Cheyne Gang singing at home. They were filmed on the banks of the tweed and at home on her porch. Kathy teaches you several songs and a bit of Scottish lilting!

We also re-visit a breathing exercise from week 1 and Pauline has suggested a couple of her favourite songs for you all to enjoy at home.

My Breath is Life

Singing can be a form of relaxation and being in the present moment. Kathy demonstrates the song by the banks of the River Tweed.

I breathe in and I breathe out and my breath is life.

My Breath is Life - Round

By Mig Kerr of the Natural Voice Network, demonstrated by Ken and Kathy Kennedy and Helen Kell.

Lilting With Kathy

Try a form of Scottish scat singing with a New Yorker!

Macaphee Turn Your Cattle (Scots Trad ) and some lilting!


MacaPhee turn your cattle round Loch a Feoran (x 3)

Hee hee and michty me the cows are in the corn

Waiting at the sheiling – O, varee van mochree

Looking from the sheiling –O, far away to sea

Homeward comes the bonnie boats, varee van mochree

Home come the bonnie lads sing hey and ho and he!

Next we re-visit a breathing exercise by Julie from week 1.

Connecting to Your Core – Abdominal Breathing

➢ Reduces stress, anxiety

➢ Lowers heart rate and blood pressure

Sit comfortably, feet flat on floor or you can lie down.

Place 1 hand on chest and 1 on belly OR

1)Both hands on belly thumbs resting in belly button, fingers pointing downwards to make Cheyne Gang diamond.

2)Breathe out on psshhh, imagining the belly button pulling towards the spine untilyou reach the end of your outbreath.

3) Let go.

4) Feel the Fill and the gentle rise of the tummy

5)After a few outbreaths on psshh, try outbreaths with no sound.

And Finally, here are a couple of songs that Pauline has chosen for you to enjoy.

Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In the Dark

Dougie MacLean - Caledonia

This version is a live performance featuring Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher.

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