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 THIS NEEDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION.  JUST HEARD FROM JUDY.

As you probably know, our website has had a few problems lately. Some malware has been discovered on our site. The issues on the site are being worked on, and at the moment, you may see that a few things aren’t working, such as the chorus directory.

 

One possible cause for this is our passwords. Most all of us have very weak passwords and this has left us vulnerable to attacks. Because of this, we must all change our password to a strong one.  I will now give you the definition of a strong password, show you a “trick” to remember a strong password, and then how to change your password on our website.

 

Please call me if you need help – 847-997-4196.

A strong password:

  • Has 12 Characters, Minimum: You need to choose a password that’s long enough. There’s no minimum password length everyone agrees on, but you should generally go for passwords that are a minimum of 12 to 14 characters in length. A longer password would be even better.
  • Includes Numbers, Symbols, Capital Letters, and Lower-Case Letters: Use a mix of different types of characters to make the password harder to crack.
  • Isn’t a Dictionary Word or Combination of Dictionary Words: Stay away from obvious dictionary words and combinations of dictionary words. Any word on its own is bad. Any combination of a few words, especially if they’re obvious, is also bad. For example, “house” is a terrible password. “Red house” is also very bad.
  • Doesn’t Rely on Obvious Substitutions: Don’t use common substitutions, either — for example, “H0use” isn’t strong just because you’ve replaced an o with a 0. That’s just obvious.

 

Memory trick:

Think of one or two sentences that are easy for you to remember. Then use the first letter of each word. Include the punctuation in the password. For example:

“I am a member of the North Shore Harmonizers. We rehearse at 7pm on Thursdays!” Your password would then be: IaamotNSH.Wra7poT!  Whenever you have to type your password, just say the sentences in your head and type the first letters. Another example is to use members of your family: I have 3 daughters; their names are Rachel, Amy, and Erica! becomes Ih3d;tnaR,A,aE!

 

How to change your password on our website:

On the Members Homepage, go to My Profile.

On the My profile page, scroll down to the bottom. Type in your new password and repeat it. Then click on Update.

– Judy

Many thanks to Judy for staying on top of things while we bring ourselves into a new reality of internet hacking.   We can do this.  All of you MUST change your password or call me or Judy for help.

Meanwhile we have work to do.  By now most of you have your audio recordings in to me and you can begin to make your video.  Each time it should be easier.  This time I tried looking at the little camera light instead of looking at my face and the end product was much better.  We have been told to do that but it’s hard not to look at yourself.  Give it a try.  I used Judy’s green screen and it helped me use a better place in my house for the video.  I also stood up to do it instead of sitting down and I think that was a plus as well.  The scarf wrap makes a nice frame for our faces.  Good choice, show committee. 

Get those videos in to Judy as soon as possible.  She is sitting by her computer, ready to drop your gorgeous  face into a box.  Don’t let her down.   My birthday is March 6 so that weekend is your drop dead deadline.  I remember what fun it was a year ago.  We had treats and candles and had a wonderful rehearsal.  You all gave me a gift certificate for the movies.  Guess what? They closed the theaters the next week so I have this gift card eating a hole in my pocket.  Can’t wait to use it.

Ken is coming this week and he is very excited.  Lyric Opera has been having Zoom rehearsals.  Wonder what those are like? Maybe he can give us some insight that might help us as well.  

 Here is his response to the questions you wanted me to ask.

Regarding some questions…. Vocal fry can be useful sometimes to get the cords to approximate better. I have used it here and there in my own practicing, but don’t use it a lot. I personally feel it is a use only when needed exercise. 

The straw is difficult to explain/demonstrate when I can’t hear what everyone is doing. I am sending you a link to a video by Ingo Tize who developed the straw phonation as a way of “resetting” the voice.  Feel free to share it! Hopefully it will answer questions and help the interested in continuing to do more with it. I have actually had a student who got very light headed once in a lesson and almost fainted. Needless to say, we stopped doing straws work. 

     ingo titze straw exercises

After warmups I plan to spend some time directing since that seems to be a fun way to learn and it helps me as well.  We have never tried  Will the circle with me directing so we will do that as well  as Soon, New Orlean, route 66 and It don’t mean a thing. 

Remember, if you have questions about the video, please ask.  No need to worry about how you sound on the video, just sing along with gusto to the four part recording or your part.  Judy needs to hear the recording but it will magically disappear once she has you in the video.  Do not wear earphones for the video and be sure you are horizontal (landscape) view or she won’t be able to use it.  

Meanwhile, chorus work continues behind the scene.  Carole and Emily are working on the cook book, Terry and her committee will continue planning for the future and Ilene and I have been organizing the repertoire by throwing very old, outdated songs away and getting a final list of all our songs.  You all may want to look at that once we have finished.  

See you next Thursday.

Alice