200 Reasons To Love A Cappella

Family A Cappella Groups

200 Reasons To Love A Cappella

Reason #95: Family A Cappella Groups

Members of a cappella groups often refer to their groupmates as family. There are those groups that take this to a whole ‘nother level, though—groups that are literal, biological and legal relations. Whether it’s the Fannin Family of Sing-Off, the California-based barbershop quartet My Three Sons, or any of a number less-known or less public outfits, intra-familial a cappella groups mark one of the most distinctive, interesting, and intimate make ups of a cappella groups possible.

Family a cappella groups celebrate the propinquity of a close family, provide the family a unique opportunity to collaborate and provide a real treasure for not just the family, but the surrounding community to drink in as a real inspiration and source of aural beauty.

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Barbershop Quartets

200 Reasons To Love A Cappella

Reason #94: Barbershop Quartets

When you start talking about a cappella amidst non-fans, you’ll inevitably come upon at least one person whose mind leaps to red-vested, top hat wearing, barbershop days of yore, and dismisses the form that you love as one-hundred-percent lame.

But even though barbershop is a less edgy, less current approach to a cappella than the contemporary style on which this blog and most younger fans focus upon, should we dismiss it out of hand?

No.

Barbershop represents some of the very best of a cappella, stripped down without the beatboxing, the choreo and, for the most part, even the synthesis of instruments, barbershop focuses on what just four voices can do to complement each other, flesh out a full sound and even achieve the illusion of notes that aren’t there for the way in which the vocalists harmonize. It’s an extraordinary genre of a cappella with a long tradition—one that non-barbershop singers would probably benefit from studying a little bit more closely to get a new perspective on some of the fundamentals and round out their ears.

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The A Cappella Bop

200 Reasons To Love A Cappella

Reason #93: The A Cappella Bop

The a cappella bop—a repetitive bend at the knees, usually (and hopefully) to the beat of the music, sometimes from side to side, is the both the signature and the default dance move for a cappella performers. Since groups became (self-)conscious of the phenomenon, some have seemed to purposefully step away from it in favor of prioritizing blocking over movement, or more intricately choreographing the duration of their songs. And yet, for many, if not most groups, the bop persists, used either obliviously or with a very intentional sense of a cappella pride.

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The A Cappella Walk

200 Reasons To Love A Cappella

Reason #92: The A Cappella Walk

You may not know it by name, but I can all but guarantee you’ve seen it. Take a talented vocalist and watch him walk down the street. The odds are you’d never know he’s a singer, much less an a cappella singer just by looking at him in that everyday context. Put a mic in his hand and put those feel on stage, though, and you’ll notice a certain swagger that evolves into a strut. He’s moving to the music, moving with confidence.

No, it doesn’t look quite the same across all soloists; some folks prefer to stand still and some affect a more particular style for their movements on stage. But the walk enough is common enough to have carved a distinct niche in the a cappella culture, and it’s a pleasure to see every time out

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Photos of People Performing A Cappella

200 Reasons To Love A Cappella

Reason #91: Photos of People Performing A Cappella

Here at The A Cappella Blog, we take a lot of photos. Some of these photos are hilarious, as all of the drama and intensity of a moment of performance transforms into something downright comedic and a still frame. Some of these photos serve as reminders of remarkable moments, triggering moments of how he felt when we first heard the music and inspiring repeated YouTube viewings of the show that was.

And then there are my favorite photos of all. These are the moments of sheer passion—the ones that aren’t necessarily about dramatic poses or money notes, but that nonetheless capture one or people 100 percent at home on stage, doing what they love, making beautiful sounds, painting a beautiful picture

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Good Sound Technicians

200 Reasons To Love A Cappella

Reason #90: Good Sound Technicians

As much as we would all like to believe that all stages are created equally and that, when it comes to raw talent and work ethic, the cream rises to the top, there is no question that sound technicians play a huge role in how an a cappella group sounds to its audience. Experienced sound people know how to position mics to best serve an a cappella group’s intentions and group make up, how to properly set up the perc and solo mics, and how to modify levels to help a group put its best foot forward.

Sure a group can perform un-miced, and for an informal arch sing or particularly intimate venue, that’s great. But when it comes time for major shows, or most performances in more formal performance venue, a skilled sound engineer can prove the perfect complement to make a good group sound great, and a great group reach the stratosphere. It's the gurus from The Vocal Company, Liquid 5th, A Cappella Productions, and other top names doing what only they can--maximizing the sounds of live a cappella.

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Family A Cappella Groups
Barbershop Quartets
The A Cappella Bop
The A Cappella Walk
Photos of People Performing A Cappella
Good Sound Technicians
Good Lighting
Crowd Clap
Guitar Solos
Orange Appeal's Outfits
The Midnight Ramblers Cover of Lazy Sunday
SingStrong
SoJam
Post-Collegiate Groups
The Exhilaration of Getting Into A Group
The Intrigue of Auditions
Combining New Energy with Experienced Voices
Body Percussion
Big Show Atmospheres
Ben Folds Presents University A Cappella
The Nintendo Medley
Busting A Move
Women Singing Songs by Female Artists
Groups That Don’t Take Themselves Too Seriously
Groups Developing Over Time
The Midnight Ramblers Scholarship
Collaborating with Other Groups
Unique Friendships
Late Night Shows
Family Weekend Shows