Midnight Ramblers sing Army by Ben Folds

I’ve stumbled across a really excellent performance by a spirited a cappella group with an arrangement that really caught my eye.  Of all the others of this song I could find (save the Stereotypes), this is the only one that was particularly entertaining: If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player […]

Before You Arrange All-Female A Cappella

While arranging music for any a cappella group requires  musical sensibility–not necessarily training, but sensibility–arranging music for an all-female group requires particular dexterity. It is a socially challenging activity, especially at an 18% Greek liberal arts school when you’re asking hot, cool girls to sing nonsense syllables. More often than not, collegiate a cappella groups […]

Case Study: Subdivision, Basslines, and Memory in “Get Ready”

This case study is on subdivision in parts, both within the bass and the upper voices. Additionally, we’ll touch on a few other techniques, such as accommodating vocal backup parts within your arrangement, changing the feel of a tune, and arranging from memory instead of from a recording. Let’s shall, yes? The tune of the […]

Arranging for Women’s Voices: Range Compensation

A cappella arrangers for All-Female Groups: Here are a few tips and ideas to try on that might just make all the difference for your next arrangement.

The Music We Say

That would make a pretty grand book title wouldn’t it?  Dibs! I have been thinking about the musicality of inflection patterns in day-to-day speech (previously here, here), and my friend Jason brought some new information to light on the cognition of speech and music.  As it turns out, some new research is being conducted on […]

Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea

Live at Montreaux in 2001.  A fantastic job by these guys, who also had a remarkable duet album. If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it’s missing. Get Flash Player from Adobe.