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Evan Feist's Collegiate A Cappella FAQ

If have any questions regarding collegiate a cappella, or would like to add to what I present here, please post your name and question in the comments below OR send me a message at Evanfeist@gmail.com. These are my opinions and thoughts, and I welcome discussion on the below!How do I pick songs that will translate well to a cappella?

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Arranging: There’s No Magic Formula

For all you aspiring arrangers out there young and old, I have good news and bad news.  The bad news is that unfortunately there’s no magic formula for how to put together a good a cappella arrangement.  To be sure, there are basic things that you need to consider before you get started (see Deke Sharon’s 10 steps to a cappella arranging pamphlet), but once you’re rolling it’s really just a bunch of trial and error.  The good news though is that since arranging is all about learning from your mistakes, anyone with the time and courage to mess up can become a good arranger.

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Why Jen and Jo Aren't My Friends

 Let me start with an explanation of a theory I've developed about contemporary a cappella syllables: The human voice, though most of history has been used in a very limited function, singing words, or simple syllables such as "ooh" and "ah." More recently, "bum" and "doo" have come into the vernacular in doo wop and barbershop styles.

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Contemporary A Cappella Arranging in 10 Steps

Contemporary a cappella has been around for over a decade, resulting in a dynamic and rhythmic sound and style that makes it different from barbershop, doo wop, close harmony, and other a cappell