A Cappella Arranging (Music Pro Guides) Paperback – November 1, 2012 – by Dylan Bell (Author), Deke Sharon (Author)
The world loves to sing. From barbershop groups to madrigal choirs to vocal rock bands, there are tens of thousands of vocal groups in America. The success of mainstream television programs such as Glee and The Sing-Off not only demonstrates the rising popularity of vocal music; it reflects how current trends inspire others to join in. In addition, through various online and on-the-ground vocal music societies, the “a cappella market” is well defined and well connected. Like singing itself, a cappella is a global phenomenon. At the heart of every vocal group is the music it performs. This often means writing its own arrangements of popular or traditional songs. This book is the long-awaited definitive work on the subject, wide ranging both in its scope and in its target audience which spans beginners, music students, and community groups to professional and semi-professional performers, vocal/instrumental songwriters, composers, and producers providing genre-specific insight on a cappella writing. The tone of the book is instructive and informative, yet conversational: it is intended to stand alongside any academic publication while remaining interesting and fun. A Cappella Arranging is a good textbook and a “good read” for every vocal arranger, whether amateur or professional; every vocal music classroom, and any professional recording studio.
A Cappella (Paperback) – November 1, 2015 – by Deke Sharon (Author), Ben Spalding (Author), Brody McDonald (Author)
More than any other person, Deke Sharon is responsible for the current success of pop a cappella. Founder of the House Jacks (the original “rock band without instruments”), Deke continues to influence through his work with The Sing-Off, Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, and Vocalosity. Combine Deke’s expertise with that of directors Ben Spalding and Brody McDonald, add a foreword by Ben Folds, throw in advice from contributors like Peter Hollens, and you have the most comprehensive volume ever created on the subject of contemporary a cappella singing. Sections include: Setting the Stage * Getting the Band Together * Arranging * Preparing * Technology * Making a Name * and more. 404 pages.
The Heart of Vocal Harmony: Emotional Expression in Group Singing (Music Pro Guides) Paperback – July 1, 2016 – by Deke Sharon (Author)
Most choirs spend their rehearsal time focusing on notes, rhythms, and precision. They rarely, if ever, discuss a song’s meaning and feeling, even though those elements are precisely what draws people to the music in the first place. Thousands of books have been written about choral technique, teaching people how to sing technically well. What sets The Heart of Vocal Harmony apart is its focus on honest unified expression and the process of delivering an emotionally compelling performance. It delves into an underdeveloped vocal topic the heart of the music and the process involved with expressing it. The Heart of Vocal Harmony is not just for a cappella groups it is also for vocal harmony groups, ensembles, and choirs at all levels, with or without instruments. In addition to the process, the book features discussions with some of the biggest luminaries in vocal harmony: composers, arrangers, directors, singers, and groups including Eric Whitacre, Pentatonix, the Manhattan Transfer, and more!
So You Want to Sing A Cappella: A Guide for Performers – by Deke Sharon (Author), Dan Ponce (Foreword)
From amateur collegiate a cappella groups to professional ensembles like Straight No Chaser and Pentatonix, contemporary a cappella has exploded onto the world pop music scene. In So You Want to Sing A Cappella, Deke Sharon combines historical context and a comprehensive look at the a cappella community with a detailed discussion of vocal techniques, rehearsal practices, and live audio support needed to sing great a cappella. Additional contributed chapters examine singing and voice science, vocal health, vocal percussion, and audio technology. The So You Want to Sing series is produced in partnership with the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and each book features online supplemental material on the NATS website. Please visit www.nats.org to access style-specific exercises, audio and video files, and additional resources.
A Cappella Warm-Ups: for Pop and Jazz Choirs (Paperback) – August 1, 2017- by Deke Sharon (Author), J.D. Frizzell (Author)
What choral conductor or soloist has not looked around for new ideas for warming up the voice? Here are over 39 creative exercises which do more than just warm up the voice: they help to relax the body, train the ear and develop an awareness of dynamics and rhythm. Two top authors, Deke Sharon and J.D. Frizzell, have provided a wide array of warm ups specifically designed for pop and jazz choirs but these warm ups will work well for contemporary a cappella groups of all sizes and styles. Every vocal ensemble has its strengths and weaknesses which vary from year to year. The warmups within can to help polish your weak spots and hone your strengths. Regardless of your group s strengths, this book is can help you address the full range of skills required for great music-making. Topics include: Rhythm, Syllables, Tone, Intervals, Dynamics, Intonation, Blend, Balance, Pitch, Improvisation, Solo Techniques, and Vocal Percussion.