The A Cappella Bookshelf

 Many of our customers are singers and arrangers. The singers share with us a desire to get better so we can sound - at least in the shower - like the pros. Arrangers, especially those just starting to tackle the problem, need all the advice they can get. Here are some products designed to improve your vocal technique, ranging from "Singing 101" to advanced exercises, along with "how - to " manuals for building a cappella arrangers. > home | videos | books | tapes & CDs

Mark Baxter: Rock-n-Roll Singers Survival Manual

This book is perfect for the aspiring rock singer that needs improvement, but cannot or will not take lessons. It is a thorough, yet easy-to-understand presentation of the basic elements of singing, including vocal production, training, breathing, posture and diet. Written in a down-to-earth style, the author addresses such relevant topics as overcoming nervousness, dealing with emotions, and the true consequences of coffee, alcohol & smoking. Includes useful illustrations and diagrams.

6219 BOOK $17.95

Jeffrey Allen: Secret of Singing

A complete step-by-step guide, "Secrets of Singing" provides everything needed to gain technical and musical vocal mastery. Some of the highlights include: Basic principles of singing, mastery of the upper voice, achieving the power of an open throat, and phrasing and diction on a professional level. Jeff has developed a hard-hitting vocal method designed to bring out the unique qualities in any singer's voice. Through his process of technique and performance analysis, he has fine-tuned the voices of thousands of solo artists and bands now performing and/or recording throughout the musical world. Jeff's experience as a coach, band consultant, and producer allows him special insights into the problems of singers at all levels. Whether you're singing for pleasure or for profit, "Secrets of Singing" will give you the know-how to practice, audition, perform and record professionally.The package contains two CDs (one for high voice and one for low voice) and an almost 400-page information-packed book.
Male voice
1166 BOOK & 2 CDs $44.95
Female Voice
1167 BOOK & 2 CDs $44.95

Breck Alan: The Art of Body Singing

This is the complete 4 volume series of The Art of Body Singing. This vocal method book has more tangible information than any other system available. This series includes countless techniques and exercises designed to guide you through progressively more difficult singing terrain. Instruction is taught in an intelligent order that will leave you with a clear understanding of how to warm-up and practice for ongoing growth. This book comes complete with 2 accompanying CDs of exercises and examples.

Vol. 1-4
6158 BOOK & 2 CDs $24.95
Vol. 1
6157 BOOK & CD $14.95

Gage Averill: Four Parts, No Waiting

Four Parts, No Waiting investigates the role that vernacular, barbershop-style close harmony has played in American musical history, in American life, and in the American imagination. Starting with a discussion of the first craze for Austrian four-part close harmony in the 1830s, Averill traces the popularity of this musical form in minstrel shows, black recreational singing, vaudeville, early recordings, and in the barbershop revival of the 1930s. In his exploration of barbershop, Averill uncovers a rich musical tradition--a hybrid of black and white cultural forms, practiced by amateurs, and part of a mythologized vision of small-town American life. Barbershop harmony played a central -- and overlooked -- role in the panorama of American music. Averill demonstrates that the barbershop revival was part of a depression-era neo-Victorian revival, spurred on by insecurities of economic and social change. Contemporary barbershop singing turns this nostalgic vision into lived experience. Arguing that the "old songs" function as repositories of idealized social memory, Averill reveals ideologies of gender, race, and class. This engagingly-written, often funny book critiques the nostalgic myths (especially racial myths) that have surrounded the barbershop revival, but also celebrates the civic-minded, participatory spirit of barbershop harmony. The text is accompanied by an audio CD.
2838 BOOK & CD $34.98

David Bauguess: Sight Singing Made Simple

This easy-to-use audio course for self or small group study is a step-by-step introduction to music reading skills. From the creator of The Jenson Sight Singing Course, this resource will be an effective tool for building confidence and skill. Includes exercises on reading note and rest values, meter, echo drills, reading pitch from syllable letters and notes on the staff, movement by step and skip, key signatures, and clef signs. Book and CD.
2834 BOOK & CD $14.95

Chris and Carole Beatty: Maximum Vocal Performance Book

Before the Curtain Rises
Learning New Music
Mastering a Vocal Blend
Perfecting Your Diction
Expanding Your Range
Planning Your Performance
Taking Care of Performance Details
Checking Your Heart: The Way of It All
Ten Steps to Correct Breathing
Dealing with the unexpected: Laryngitis and Colds

Strengthen and Develop Your Voice to Its Maximum Potential! For over two decades Chris Beatty has been training and developing the voices of soloists, choral groups, and public speakers. Known to his thousands of students as "The Vocal Coach," Chris has been instrumental in the careers of such renowned performers as Pat and Debby Boone, Jack Hayford, Steve Green, Twila Paris, Dallas Holm, The 2nd Chapter of Acts, The Continental Singers, The African Children's Choir and many more. Now Chris' proven vocal performance techniques can be yours in this easy-to-use handbook. Designed for vocal students, church choirs, public speakers, and professional singers, the Vocal Workout book will provide a comprehensive resource that you will use again and again.

6173 CD $12.98

Chris and Carole Beatty: Vocal Workout Book

Getting to Know Your Voice
Taking Care of Your Voice
Your Physical and Spiritual Posture
Your Breathing: How It Works
Tips for Better Breathing
The Tone of Your Voice
Warming Up Your Voice
The Coach's Final Word

It Isn't Difficult to Make Your Voice Heard... But It's Up to You to Make Sure Someone Is Listening! For over two decades Chris Beatty has been training and developing the voices of soloists, choral groups, and public speakers. Known to his thousands of students as "The Vocal Coach," Chris has been instrumental in the careers of such renowned performers as Pat and Debby Boone, Jack Hayford, Steve Green, Twila Paris, Dallas Holm, The 2nd Chapter of Acts, The Continental Singers, The African Children's Choir and many more. Now Chris' proven vocal performance techniques can be yours in this easy-to-use handbook. Designed for vocal students, church choirs, public speakers, and professional singers, the Vocal Workout book will provide a comprehensive resource that you will use again and again

6174 CD $12.98

Brian Beck: Sightsinging Made Really Easy

With Brian Beck (of the Championship Quartet Dealer's Choice) as your guide and author, you'll be up to speed in no time! Includes learning cassette.
5853 BOOK $29.95

Gloria Bennett: Breaking Through - The Basic Technique of Voice

Author and voice teacher Gloria Bennett has taught Axl Rose of Guns N'Roses, Vince Neil of Motley CrŁe, Exene Cervenka of X, Steve Wynn of Dream Syndicate, Dexter Holland of The Offspring, and Anthony Keidis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others. Her comprehensive and practical book, now in its second edition, offers a clear explanation of the voice as an instrument and proper vocal technique. Through examples, anecdotes and exercises, Breaking Through provides for both the novice and professional vocalist a vital sourcebook for maintaining and enhancing the quality of the voice. Topics covered include: pitch problems and solutions, evening your range, projection without strain, how to stay vocally healthy on the road, how to find a good vocal coach, and much more.
1161 BOOK $14.95

Anna Callahan: Collegiate A Cappella Arranging Manual

Anna Callahan is a vocal instructor from Los Angeles. This book was initially published in 1995, and was very popular until supplies ran out. We are pleased to return it to circulation, as the marketplace is bereft of practical guidance for the developing arranger, particularly in the contemporary genre, and this manual is packed with detail. An overview of basic theory is provided, along with examples of stylistic modifications, using the familiar tune "Greensleeves" as a model (with taped demonstrations). Once the fundamental process of arranging is mastered, Anna shows how to improve on the result, with hints for rehearsing and performing, a discussion of jazz, and an appendix of notation, among other practical chapters. Her style is clear and encouraging, and this book will be helpful to arrangers of all levels « though beginners will may need more theory than is offered here to get up to speed.
2233 BOOK & TAPE $24.98

Mike Campbell: Harmony Vocals - The Essential Guide

Finally! The rudiments of harmony explained and demonstrated in this easy-to-use and understand songbook and accompanying tutorial CD. Brought to you by the Musician's Institute, this concise guide contains a wealth of information all in one convenient reference. Beginning with an overview of intervals and chord construction (with accompanying exercises), the book then guides the singer through 18 "Songbites,"practice pieces where each three-part harmony arrangement is broken down so that the parts can be rehearsed individually. Other sections include "Tips and Techniques,"a truly practical introduction to singing style, particularly as it applies to harmony vocals–things like how to hear your part and stay on it. The last chapter focuses on sight-singing and chart-reading. "Harmony Vocals"is recommended for any beginning/intermediate harmony singer.
6013 BOOK $17.95

Mike Campbell: Sightsinging: The Complete Method For Singers

This book designed from core curriculum programs at the famous Musicians Institute in Los Angeles is a comprehensive source of sightsinging fundamentals. It covers major and minor scales, modes, the blues, arpeggios, chromaticism, rhythm and counting, and includes professional lead sheets and over 300 examples and exercises.
1157 BOOK $17.95

Emily Crocker: Voice Builders For Better Choirs

This valuable resource is a must for every choral director. The 140 warmups and vocal exercises in a handy Book/CD format will help singers produce a free and open tone, develop clean articulation and diction, improve resonance, intonation and more. The enclosed CD includes demonstration for each accompanied exercise for full choir, small group or individual practice.
1156 BOOK & CD $29.95

Shirlee Emmons and Alma Thomas: Power Performance For Singers

To perform well in today's highly competitive world where technical skills have been advanced to an unprecedented degree, a singer must be able to handle incredible pressure within the performing arena; his or her ability to deal with this stress will often determine whether he or she will succeed. Why, then, do singers with less technical skill sometimes out-perform stars? Why do some stars suddenly stop performing? What is that mysterious factor that makes an electric performance? Consistent, competent performances do not depend solely upon superior vocal skills, nor are they a matter of luck. On the contrary, the best performances result from a combination of mental attitude, concrete performing skills, and excellent technical skills in that order. Yet most singers have never had the opportunity to acquire the essential skills that make for a successful career.Written as a self-help manual for singers at all levels of expertise, Transcending the Performance Barriers is designed to teach performing artists, and especially singers, how to experience elite performance at their level. The skills outlined in this book will help singers use what they have, to enjoy their voices during performance, and to perform consistently to the best of their present ability.
1153 BOOK $34.95

Dr. Scott Fredrickson: Scat Singing Method - Beginning Vocal Improvisation

If you have ever wanted to learn to scat, try this book! Dr. Scott Fredrickson presents the basics of vocal improvisation in his book Scat Singing Method. This detailed book and two accompanying CDs include step by step instructions and exercises on how to use syllables, melody and rhythm for jazz singing. At the end of the method are eight arrangements for voices (solo with back up), piano, bass and drums. This book is great for individuals as well as the classroom. This new approach is based on the technique of theme and variation. By using the elements of vocal improvisation: syllables, melody, and rhythm, and applying the techniques, musical objectives can be met and instant success achieved.
6016 BOOK &2 CDs $29.95

Jimmy Joyce: Scoring For Voice

Jimmy Joyce's A Cappella Choir was featured on the Alfred Burt Christmas Carols CD, considered by some to be the finest recording of carols ever. This intermediate level instructional manual covers a variety of topics, including voice leading, intros and outros, scoring and rehearsal techniques, and has an accompanying CD featuring 50 examples. Also, an appendix of Dick Groves' Harmony and Theory Charts, which detail which scale is appropriate for each chord in a harmonic progression. This book presupposes a fundamental grasp of notation and harmonic structure and is an excellent way to progress in sophistication after the basics are learned.
4171 BOOK & CD $24.95

edited by Michael Kennedy: The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music

When The Oxford Dictionary of Music first appeared, it was hailed by Music and Musicians as "without question the most comprehensive, detailed, reliable one-volume reference work on music now avaiable in the English language." Extensively revised and expanded for this new edition, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Fourth Edition is a rich mine of information for lovers of music of all periods and styles, providing over 10,000 entries on musical terms, works, composers, librettists, musicians, singers, and orchestras. The dictionary's coverage is exceptional, providing comprehensive work-lists for major composers, detailed entries on living composers and performers, important choral works as well as descriptions of musical instruments and their histories. Written to appeal to general readers, musicians and musicologists alike, this volume is an indispensable addition to the reference shelf of the concert goer, the record buyer or anyone involved in music, whether amateur or professional.
1152 BOOK $17.95

Roger Love: Sing Like The Stars!

Let America's #1 vocal coach transform your singing voice with the 10-step approach that makes vocal mastery fun, entertaining and rewarding! Roger Love will show you how to: master the art of breathing; conquer stage fright; sing hit songs with his unique program, Lovenotes; and put the whole package together – your sound, your look, and your moves. Includes a bonus warm-up CD with over 20 helpful exercises. Love has trained stars including: Eminem, the Beach Boys, Matchbox 20, Phish, Al Jarreau, Chicago, Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen, Lisa Marie Presley and dozens of others! Includes personal performance tips from Nelly, Christina Aguilera, Luther Vandross, Cher and more. Published by MTV Books.
6019 BOOK & CD $14.95

Dena Murray: Vocal Technique - A Guide To Finding Your Real Voice

Stop straining to hit those high notes! Unlock your true potential and start singing easily and effortlessly with this book/2-CD pack by Musicians Institute vocal instructor Dena Murray. She teaches how to: breathe naturally; improve your speaking voice; stop holding, pushing and squeezing; develop your natural three-octave range; place your chest and head voices; and bridge the registers to sound like one voice. Includes two CDs with demonstrations, guided exercises, and plenty of practice tracks.
1154 BOOK & 2CDs $19.95

Musicians Institute: Musicians Guide To Recording Vocals

In this one-on-one lesson, Recording Institute of Technology instructor Dallan Beck presents a well thought-out tutorial on recording vocals that all musicians and recording engineers can learn from. He explains microphones, mic placement, compression, equalization, tracking vocals, effects and more in a detailed, yet easy-to-understand way. The accompanying CD contains 80 helpful demonstration tracks.
1151 BOOK $14.95

Anne Peckham: The Contemporary Singer

This comprehensive guide based on the curriculum of the Voice Department of Berklee College of Music is a must-have for every vocalist! Covers all the essentials, including: an overview of the singing process, treating voice as an instrument, tips for getting started & overcoming stage fright, proper posture and breathing, tone, discovering resonance, belting, diction, maintaining vocal health, mic techniques, and exercises for all voice ranges and types on the accompanying CD. Includes lead sheets for such standard repertoire pieces as: Yesterday; I'm Beginning to See the Light; and I Heard It Through the Grapevine. Maximize your vocal potential with this outstanding guide!
1159 BOOK $24.95

Anne Peckham: Singers Handbook

The Berklee in the Pocket Singer's Handbook is a must-have guide that sets a perfect 45- to 60-minute practice routine for you. Use it as your practice manual for a total vocal workout, from warm up to cool down. Covers: breathing exercises, tips for productive practice, mental practicing, breathing for relaxation, cool down techniques and more. Learn new tunes, clarify diction, and improve all aspects of your singing!
6027 BOOK $9.98

Mark Philips: Sightsing Any Melody Instantly

Many voice students are incorrectly taught to sight-sing by memorizing the sounds of intervals. This book is for you if you'd like to be able to look at any melody and instantly know how it sounds. It will show you how to memorize the sound of each scale degree in both major and minor keys, sing chromatic tones, and much more. Packed with tips and tricks, this new book is essential for every vocalist.
1168 BOOK $12.95

Wayland Pickard: Complete Singer's Guide to Becoming A Working Professional

The purpose of this book isn't to teach you how to sing, but rather to apply your existing vocal skills toward a structured career in a "wild and woolly" business. In this book, Wayland Pickard discusses many topics, such as: - how to get bookings, create your own band, work with an arranger in designing custom charts, communicate with musicians on stage in their vocabulary, move past the technology of singing, find your own individual style, write Do-it-yourself charts, find your key to a song, be your own conductor, be your own personal manager, create no-rehearsal arrangements, find the best performance material, communicate with your audience, stage your own show, master efficient rehearsal technique, create your own demo package, and, in general, discover the reasons why you are NOT working [in this industry].
1172 BOOK & CD $29.95

Seth Riggs: Singing For The Stars

Seth Riggs is one of the most respected and in-demand voice coaches in Los Angeles, where he's helped everyone from T.V. entertainers to hard rock singers. His method focuses on developing a connected tone, and stresses a natural approach to singing - or, as he calls it, "speech level singing." This instructional can be used by everyone from the beginning to advanced student, and includes two CD's of accompanying exercises. There's also a Q & A, where he addresses topics such as selection of material, choir singing, practice regimens, range, other vocal approaches and vocal health. This manual is full of excellent material that is effective and practical, and the dedicated student will see results quickly. Finally, it's easy and fun to use!
4172 BOOK & 2CDs $45.00

Bob Rose: Contemporary Singing Techniques

Tried and proven by known industry professionals, Bob Rose's method for men and women will show you how to vitally improve your singing performance in all styles of music. These book/CD packs include live singing sessions demonstrating specialized techniques, and warm-up exercises to stretch, align and build your vocal instrument. They are designed to aid you in releasing, directing and controlling your singing, eliminating your problems and replacing them with working solutions.
Female Voice
7402 BOOK & CD $19.95
Male Voice
7401 BOOK & CD $19.95

Gloria Rusch: Professional Singers Handbook

So you want to be a professional singer? You have seasoned your singing britches and are feeling confident enough to realize this incredible dream you have chased since childhood. This is the survival manual to take with you to the land of limelight. Gloria Rusch is a singer, actress, published lyricist and vocal coach who has been a mentor to many award-winning and successful artists. Co-Founder of the School of the Natural Voice, Gloria is one of the most sought-after vocal coaches in the music industry. Though topics of performance, ear training and vocal pedagogy are touched upon, please keep in mind that this manual is NOT a handbook to teach you the techniques of singing. This guidebook focuses on issues that will rise post training such as; microphone technique for both studio and stage, sound equipment, recording studio etiquette, working with record companies, understanding contracts, finding management, health and treatment, stage fright and many other tips necessary for success in the music business. Do not leave the practice room without The Professional Singerļs Handbook!
5457 BOOK $19.98

Bob Stoloff: Scat! Vocal Improvisation

Bob Stoloff is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music. This book is a comprehensive how-to on vocal jazz scat technique. Beginning with an introduction to the history of scat and its evolution, it contains a virtual library of scales and exercises. Rhythmic, melodic and harmonic concepts, including modes, are discussed, with recommended methods for practice given. Also, vocal bass and percussion routines are explained. The accompanying CD allows the student to listen to examples, and then work on the exercises with rhythm-section accompaniment. "Scat!" is an intensive program, based upon application, not dry theory. Fundamental sight-reading ability is required to do the exercises. This book is an excellent resource for the jazz vocalist seeking to develop their style.
5321 BOOK & CD $24.98

SPEBSQSA: Barbershop Arranging Manual

The 80,000 men and women barbershoppers around the world are the largest consumers and generators of new a cappella arrangements today. To help train arrangers to meet these enormous needs, SPEBSQSA amassed this humongous manual, which likely contains everything you'll need to arrange in the barbershop style. For those interested in other styles, this manual includes many fundamentals and techniques that are critical, like ballet is to a dancer. There's all the basics on harmony theory and many examples of chord progressions and voice leading. The manual details the definition and evolution of the barbershop style, which is elaborated on in sections covering embellishments, tags, swipes and much more.
5848 BOOK $39.95

Teach Yourself to Read Music: A Guide for Pop, Rock, Blues and Jazz Singers

Covers everything any singer needs to know to read music! Includes examples, exercises, songs, answers and an assignment for each chapter. This book starts slowly with the basics and adds more complicated elements one by one. It uses visual images to help you hear in your head what you see on the page. Unlike most other sight singing books, it is specially geared to the singer of pop music. Once you learn the system, you can sight sing in any given key. The accompanying CD will help you to monitor your efforts.
1162 BOOK $19.95

Jo Thompson: Find Your Voice

Just for fun or as a career choice, singing well is now more valued than ever, with the advent of pop star reality TV and the rise of karaoke's popularity. Coach Jo Thompson has decades of experience, teaching everyone from novices to celebs how to sing. Her innovative new book is a comprehensive, yet user-friendly manual, providing practical advice and step-by-step instruction for must-know techniques.
6018 BOOK $4.95

Tipbook - Vocals: The Best Guide To Your Singing Voice

This easy-to-read and highly accessible book in the respected Tipbook music series has been written in close collaboration with classical and non-classical singers and teachers, therapists and other experts. Tipbook Vocals doesn't teach you how to sing, but it supplies you with valuable, practical information that will help you to understand and extend the possibilities of your voice, to appreciate and evaluate input from voice teachers and coaches, and to have easier access to other literature on the subject. Perfect for singers of any style and at any level, it covers: singing well, registers and voice types; voice care; lyrics; microphone selection; and much more.
1146 BOOK $9.95

Michele Weir: Vocal Improvisation

Calling all current and would-be jazz musicians«you have some serious reading and woodshedding (practicing) to do, 232 pages worth! A former member of the Grammy-nominated Phil Mattson Singers, Michele Weir currently teaches at UCLA, and has taught at USC, CSU Long Beach and the Phil Mattson School. "Vocal Improvisation" is designed for singers, students and teachers of vocal jazz. There is a CD that contains vocal examples with rhythm section background. The exercises are appropriate for all levels of experience, from beginning to advanced, and also be useful to instrumentalists for developing jazz articulation. A tremendous resource of information for any jazz musician
6012 BOOK & CD $29.98

Steve Zegree: The Complete Guide To Teaching Jazz

Dr. Stephen Zegree is one of the most respected vocal jazz educators in the world. As a professor in the School of Music at Western Michigan University, Dr. Zegree teaches classical and jazz piano and directs Gold Company, WMU's internationally regarded vocal jazz ensemble. He is in demand as a pianist and conductor around the world, and his students are among today's leaders in jazz and pop performance, Broadway, recording studio production, writing, arranging, singing and music education. Included is a comprehensive CD that Dr. Zegree uses to illustrate points he makes in the book. This is a must-have book for the music educator, performer - basically anyone who is serious about Vocal Jazz!
6014 BOOK & CD $29.98

Copyright: The Complete Guide For Music Educators

The standard reference on copyright, written by Jay Althouse, with updated sections on video and computers. Written specifically for music educators, this book will help you decipher the applicable laws for your own unique requirements.
5851 BOOK $10.95

The Essential Dictionary Of Music Notation

348 page guide will clearly explain and illustrate notation, for the amateur or professional! Arrangers and sight singers, take heed!
5852 BOOK $5.95

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