There is no exact sound for the American Singer canary. The definition of Song in the ASC Constitution (from section G. 32.) is:
In shows, ten percent of their score is for Freedom, which means how soon and how often they sing. A good, healthy bird should sing on and off all day. So at a show, the first 10 minutes are devoted to counting how many times each bird starts singing. Each song is worth one point up to a maximum of 10 points.
Sixty percent of the show score is for song Rendition. In the ASC Constitution, the term Rendition refers to song as a whole, the musical interpretation or presentation of song. Song should not be monotonous, either by a sustained note or notes, or through repetition. The more variety the better. The official definition of Rendition (from section S. 7.) is:
Although subject to personal preference, here are many of the characteristics of Rendition:
|Variety||a change in general song, intermixture or succession of different tours and notes pleasing to the human ear|
|Volume||medium is desired, not too loud or too soft|
|Length||the longer the total song the better|
|Range||capable of wide dynamic range, without becoming thin on the high notes or muddy in the low range|
|Tone||pleasing tone is desired, no harsh or nasal notes|
|Tempo||the delivery should be slow enough so that the song can be understood by humans|
|Creativity||changes the order of the tours, constantly surprises the listener|
|Smoothness||song should smoothly build up, then taper off, not cut off abruptly or stick on one note for too long|
|Showmanship||the bird should stand upright and proud while singing, no roller "hoop" (horizontal stance) or singing from the bottom of the cage|
|Quality||depth and richness of song notes|
|Strength||vigor shown in a strong song, not necessarily loud; power of endurance|
Here is a sample of good American Singer canary song. Because sound files are large and can take a long time to download over a modem, a full and short version is here for you to choose from. The short file is the beginning part of the long file and has nothing different on it. Click on the title to start the download. This song sample was provided by the Rocky Mt. American Singers chapter and was from the CD they used to sell, which is no longer available.
|Title||WAV File Size||Length of Recording|
|Full Song||700 Kbytes||32 seconds|
|Shorter Song||175 Kbytes||8 seconds|
Search You Tube for videos of American Singers, but realize that many of these may not be real American Singers.
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