Adventures in Sound
Adventures in Sound

Hocket

Duration: 10 to 15 minutes
Age range: 8+
Players: 2 to 15. If you have a larger group try doubling up the parts

This singing game is based on a mediaeval vocal technique. The word ‘hocket’ may or may not derive from the Old French word ‘hoquet’, meaning to hiccup or stutter, but the possibility gives a useful insight.

  • Stand in a circle (not essential but it’s probably easier if you do). Choose a song that everyone knows, such as ‘Happy Birthday’ or ‘Frère Jacques’, or teach a simple song. The leader begins by singing the first syllable of the song and then each person sings a syllable in turn until it is the leader’s turn again whereupon everyone follows on, singing a syllable when their turn comes around again. (You can see why it is easier to play it in a circle.) The aim is to keep the song flowing smoothly and this may take a while to achieve.


 

Tip: In a larger group, count in the first note of the song and sing in pairs. This is interesting even in a small group.

  Taken from Adventures in Sound