Get ready to be pitch slapped.
The roots of unaccompanied vocal music stretch all the way back to Gregorian chants of the Middle Ages, and collegiate a cappella is over a century old. But what was once largely an Ivy League phenomenon has, in the past twenty years, exploded. And it’s not what you think. Though the blue blazers and khakis may remain, a cappella groups at colleges across the country have become downright funky.
In Pitch Perfect, journalist Mickey Rapkin follows a season in a cappella through all its twists and turns, covering the breathtaking displays of vocal talent, the groupies (yes, there are a cappella groupies), the rock-star partying, and all the bitter rivalries. Rapkin brings you into the world of collegiate a cappella characters—from movie-star looks and celebrity-size egos to a troubled new singer with the megawatt voice. Including encounters with a cappella alums like John Legend and Diane Sawyer and fans from Prince to presidents, Rapkin shows that a cappella isn’t for the faint of heart—or lungs.
Sure to strike a chord with fans of Glee and The Sing-Off, this raucous story of a cappella rock stars shows that sometimes, to get that perfect harmony, you have to embrace a little discord.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
The star of the Metropolitan Opera's recent revival of Dvorak's Rusalka, soprano Renée Fleming brings a consummately beautiful voice, striking interpretive talents, and compelling artistry to bear on performances that have captivated audiences in opera houses and recital halls throughout the world. In The Inner Voice—a book that is the story of her own artistic development and the “autobiography” of her voice—this great performer presents a unique and privileged look at the making of a singer and offers hard-won, practical advice to aspiring performance artists everywhere. From her youth as the child of two singing teachers through her years at Juilliard, from her struggles to establish her career to her international success, The Inner Voice is a luminous, articulate, and candid self-portrait of a contemporary artist—and the most revelatory examination yet of the performing life.
Whether you're a beginning vocalist or a seasoned songster, Singing for Dummies makes it easy for you to achieve your songbird dreams. This practical guide gives you step-by-step instructions and lots of helpful tips, hints, vocal exercises, reminders, and warnings for both men and women, including advice on the mechanics of singing, discovering your singing voice, developing technique, singing in performance, maintaining vocal health, and performing like a pro. This Second Edition is an even greater resource with additional vocal exercises, new songs, and information on the latest technology and recording devices.Covers comprehensive singing techniques, finding one's pitch, the importance of posture and breath control, and taking care of one's voice Discover how to sing alone or with accompaniment The updated CD features new tracks and musical exercises, as well as demonstrations of popular technique, scales and pitch drills, and practice songs for singers of all levels
Singing for Dummies, Second Edition contains all the information, practices, techniques, and expert advice you need to hone your vocal skills with ease!
Note: DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file. These materials are available for download upon purchase.
The book is filled with numerous illustrations and musical examples, as well as fun and productive singing exercises. Unlike more traditional vocal instruction books, Idiot's Guide: Singing takes a "fast-track" approach to the topic, so that budding vocalists start singing right from the very start. The book even shows readers how to sing in different musical styles (pop, rock, country, classical, etc.) and how to perform live-including proper microphone technique.
This second edition of Idiot's Guide: Singing is accompanied by a variety of audio exercises and examples, which will be available online. These online examples and exercises replace the CD-based audio tracks available with the first edition, and will help to make the exercises more immediately accessible and lower the cost of the new edition.
New theories and concepts, rooted in both the wisdom of masters in the field and current scientific research, are introduced from the unique perspective of the performer. Practical application exercises train the singer to work with, rather than against, the systems of singing to integrate the cognitive and conscious with the unconscious sensory and motor processes of our nervous system.
By mapping not only the body's musculoskeletal structure, but also the body's voluntary and involuntary behavioral responses, the vocal artist is empowered with an ability to maintain the following with ease: Optimal performance, characterized by elite execution, coordination, and self-correction. An ideal performance state, characterized by heightened awareness, vigilant attention, and autonomic balance/an absence of anxiety. Imagery or manipulation of a mental representation of a sensory event, characterized by an ability to express one's thoughts and feelings through an infinite supply of phenomenal images. Alignment.
***Comes with online access to free audio demonstrating all examples. Hear how each one is sung by a teacher, then sing along with the backing band.***
"Excellent Product. This helped with a singing class I have begun teaching. It is an excellent product for teaching young singers the art of singing!" - W. Baker [Amazon]
Progressive Singing Method for Young Beginners contains all you need to know to start teaching kids to sing - in one easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson children’s singing tutorial. Suitable for children aged 4 to 8. No prior knowledge of how to read music or how to sing is required to teach a child to learn to sing from this book.
Teach your child:
• How to sing a repertoire of well known children’s songs, along with the use of sol-fa syllables to help the student identify pitches within the key
• How to read and sing note pitches and note rhythms while also referring to the keyboard to check the correct pitch
• All the fundamental techniques of singing including correct posture and breathing
• Basic music theory for kids including rhythm, time signatures and first and second endings
• Singing tips for kids that every child should know when learning singing
• Shortcuts for how to learn singing fast by getting the most from singing practice sessions
Contains everything you need to know about how to teach a child to sing today.
• Progressive step-by-step easy singing lessons written by a professional children’s singing teacher
• Beautifully illustrated in full color throughout
• Easy-to-read singing music for kids
• Keyboard note chart chart for all important notes
• 35 great sounding children's songs including popular kindergarten songs
Kids singing lessons have never been this easy for parents and teachers who want to teach children to learn how to sing, fast.
* Over the Rainbow
* Simple Gifts
* Bridge over Troubled Water
* Let There Be Peace on Earth
* How High Can I Fly
* You Raise Me Up
* The Blessing
* The Prayer
* The Impossible Dream
Drawing on decades of work observing and researching the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Michael Hicks examines the personalities, decisions, and controversies that shaped "America's choir." Here is the miraculous story behind the Tabernacle's world-famous acoustics, the anti-Mormonism that greeted early tours, the clashes with Church leaders over repertoire and presentation, the radio-driven boom in popularity, the competing visions of rival conductors, and the Choir's aspiration to be accepted within classical music even as Mormons sought acceptance within American culture at large. Everything from Billboard hits to TV appearances to White House performances paved the way for Mormonism's crossover triumph. Yet, as Hicks shows, such success raised fundamental concerns regarding the Choir's mission, functions, and image.
Little Voices: Classic Pops brings together five well-known pop tunes, specially selected and arranged in two parts for young groups and choirs.
- I Have A Dream
- Mr. Blue Sky
- Morning Has Broken
- Nowhere Man
- Wouldn't It Be Nice
Little Voices: ABBA brings together five hits by the Swedish pop group, specially selected and arranged in two parts for young groups and choirs.
- Dancing Queen
- Mamma Mia
- Super Trouper
- Thank you for the Music
This book by music expert Calvin Stapert will greatly increase understanding and appreciation of Handel s majestic Messiah, whether readers are old friends of this remarkable work or have only just discovered its magnificence.
Stapert provides fascinating historical background, tracing not only Messiah s unlikely inception but also its amazing reception throughout history. The bulk of the book offers scene-by-scene musical and theological commentary on the whole work, focusing on the way Handel s music beautifully interprets and illuminates the biblical text.
For anyone seeking to appreciate Handel s Messiah more, this informed yet accessible guide is the book to have and read.
(Handel s Messiah: Comfort for God s People is the newest volume in the flourishing Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies Series, edited by John D. Witvliet.)
***Comes with online access to free audio demonstrating all examples. Hear how each one is sung by a teacher, then sing along.***
"I’ve always loved singing, but needed some direction.... this book helped me not only improve at singing, but understand my theory and better communicate ideas to other musicians." - Sara Perry, IL
Progressive Beginner Rock Singing contains all you need to know to start learning to be a great rock singer - in one easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson singing tutorial. Suitable for all ages and all types of singers including soprano, mezzo soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass. No prior knowledge of how to read music or sing is required to teach yourself to learn to sing from this book.
• How to match pitch and rhythms, pre-hear notes, copy melodies by ear and harmonize melodies
• The basics of reading and understanding music, the blues scale, time signatures and the language of rock
• How chords and chord progressions work and how to perform in public
• How to sing beginner vocal scales used in lead vocalist solos in major and minor keys
• All the fundamental techniques of singing including essential information on breathing, posture, tone production
• Music theory for learning how to read vocal music for beginners
• Singing tips and singing tricks that every singer should know when learning how to sing
• Shortcuts for how to learn to sing fast by getting the most from singing practice sessions
Contains everything you need to know to learn to sing today.
• Progressive step-by-step easy singing lessons written by a professional singing teacher
• Full color photos and diagrams
• Easy-to-read singing music for beginners
• Diagrams containing ranges for six basic voice types including soprano, mezzo soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass
• 85 singing exercises and popular easy vocal music for beginners in rock singer styles
Beginner singing lessons have never been this easy for anyone who wants to learn how sing, fast.
The modern day musical theatre phenomenon Matilda is the multiple Olivier Award-winning adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel, performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Five pieces from this show have been specially selected and arranged in two parts for young groups and choirs.of the
- School Song
- When I Grow Up
- My House
- Revolting Children