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DVN's Richard Hsu Channels Contacts Into New Business

VIRGINIA -- In 2004, the enormously popular comedy a cappella group Da Vinci's Notebook made the decision to stop touring, thus

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Studio Recording vs. Home Recording for the Collegiate A Cappella Crowd (A Step by Step Guide)

This next column was much easier for me to write, since I didn't write it!  I wanted to have someone with more "homebrew' experience do a guest column for me, and Tat Tong came through!by Tat Tong From the cutting-edge sound of Code Red by the Tufts Beelzebubs, to the silky, tight harmonies of In The Pocket by York Wibijazz'n, it is clear that a cappella has come a long way from its humble origins.  Lots of music sounds just as good-if not better than-what you're hearing on the radio currently. We listen, we admire. And then we pale at the cost that recording such projects must necessarily entail. Right?Wrong!

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Recording From The Beginning: A Primer

Many groups who haven't yet made that first "professional" recording seem to be a bit in the dark about how the "magic" actually happens.  Hopefully we can shed some light on that here and now, so recording newbies can see that maybe some of these other groups they've been admiring on CD really AREN'T that much better - they just know how to utilize the studio to its full extent!

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Confessions Of An A Cappella Groupie

BOSTON -- There is a fine line between being a fan and being a stalker. Both involve memorizing someone else's schedule, watching them very carefully, and wondering if they could ever be your Close Personal Friend. But only a groupie would make t-shirts, hold filters over hot spotlights for hours on end, and build a full video studio in their basement. By comparison, stalkers have it easy I met my favorite band by chance on a weekend getaway, at a favorite performance venue. Their show so blew me away that I approached the quartet immediately after the set to gush. I didn't even have time to talk myself out of it. Although they were extremely friendly and humble, they eagerly humiliated me by singing "Happy Birthday" (note to the shy: never disclose delicate personal information before the sound system is disconnected).

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12-Step Program To Learning Music With Recordings

This is a 12-step program that can assist you in learning your music. It is only a suggestion until you find another system that is best for you.The success of this program is contingent upon the effective listening skills of the learner much more than upon the musical background or ability to read music.Any of the 12 steps may be repeated before continuing on to the next step. But, remember: EACH step is important in learning ALL the right notes, words and timing of the new song.DO NOT eliminate any of the steps because they may appear to be insignificant to you.