Practical A Cappella

Practical A cappella: How To Critique Singers

I recently attended a seminar on how to work with different skill levels and instruct others properly. A great word of advice that stuck with me was, "Some people just suck and you have to work with them and around them." The goal of coaching positively is to use the "sandwich technique" 80% of the time while analyzing, coaching and directing people that are struggling. When I first heard about this 'sandwich', I was not feeling it. It takes up too much time, comes across as fake if I have nothing genuine to say, plus it's just sugar-coating a problem. After testing the sandwich technique, I started seeing results that changed my perspective forever; I saw consistent long term success, happy infectious energy and higher self esteem.

Practical A Cappella: How To Improv a Song

How do you get the most out of your voice? How do you effectively manage an a cappella group? Where is the money in a cappella, and how can you use it effectively once you have it? Practical A Cappella explores these topics and many more, to help you and your group reach the next level and sustain your success.

Believe it or not, you do not need to formally compose or buy sheet music for your a cappella group. The old-fashioned way is to make it up! Improv-ing songs is all about the "out-of-thin-air" singing method. This song puzzle process is the science of pulling notes out of nowhere, singing off the top of your head and jamming on your toes…whatever you want to call it, I'm here to tell you it is possible even if you don't understand a lick of musical theory. The technical, proper way to improv a song is to follow the chord progressions, then layer loops of the rhythm line. Next you add riff phrases, create harmonies and complete it with someone singing the lead. If your members do not come from extensive musical backgrounds, that procedure is too complex. My approach below will train your ears and give you the skills of reflection, mocking, matching, copying, pretending and duplicating…basically, you're about to become a professionally aca-certified kickass copy-cat.

Practical A Cappella: Singing Technique

How do you get the most out of your voice? How do you effectively manage an a cappella group? Where is the money in a cappella, and how can you use it effectively once you have it? Practical A Cappella explores these topics and many more, to help you and your group reach the next level and sustain your success.

If you resist learning the science of voice and singing healthy, kiss your cords goodbye and find a new silent hobby like basket weaving or snorkeling.

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