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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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Competition Tips

It's the spring, which means it's competition season. The ICCAs, the ICHSAs, the Harmony Sweepstakes... people from age 14 to 70 will be performing on stages across the US over the next couple of months, hoping their group proves to be the best of the night. I'm often asked how a group can improve, and what they should focus on in the rehearsals before the performance, as well as when they're on stage. Here are a few suggestions I find myself saying often: featureimage: 

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The Most Important Thing

Let's just say you're in an a cappella group, and you're getting a nice, warm reaction from the crowd, but it's nothing amazing. No stomping, no screaming, no undies thrown on stage. You'd like a bigger response, but you're not sure why you're not getting one. Let's figure it out. Is it your tuning? featureimage: 

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The Most Important Thing

Let's just say you're in an a cappella group, and you're getting a nice, warm reaction from the crowd, but it's nothing amazing. No stomping, no screaming, no undies thrown on stage. You'd like a bigger response, but you're not sure why you're not getting one. Let's figure it out. Is it your tuning?

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Futurapella

The House Jacks do our fair share of workshops, and during the question and answer period, we're invariably asked: "With you guys living in 5 different cities (San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and New York), how do you ever rehearse?" My answer is usually "We don't!" but the truth is that we usually pack a rehearsal in when we can (between shows on a road trip, before or after a multi-day gig in a city, etc). However, those days are perhaps numbered.