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Old 02-10-2007, 04:08 PM   #1
 
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I got asked to sing at this Fair Trade Coffeehouse thing my school is putting on. I'm not good enough on piano or guitar to accompany myself, and I don't have time to get other people to accompany me, so I've got to sing a cappella. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for songs that sound good a cappella, especially jazz/folk/standards type stuff. Any ideas are appreciated....thanks!
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anyone?
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I can't think of any songs at the moment, but if you don't want to sing a capella, you can always rent or borrow a karaoke machine so you'll have some music to sing along to.
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Anything rythmic if you can maintain the beat, like Fever, It don't mean a thing, or a slower song at a faster, swung tempo. Something like God Bless the Child with a swing. Or else a very slow, ballad type song, a la Blue Moon, My Funny Valentine (appropriate for this time of year!), My Man's Gone Now, I guess I'll hang my blues out to dry, etc. etc. etc. Or you can make a jazz version of an older R&B ballad like All at Once, Didn't We Almost Have It All, etc. etc. etc. Do it slowly or with a swing. Summertime is very effective unaccompanied if you can pull it off. I also sing a lot of unaccompanied spirituals at the end of recitals and embellish where I feel like it and that is often the most effective part of the programme. For folk, I think House of the Rising Sun would be a fantastic choice. I don't kbow that genre as well....

Listen to the songs that Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Joan Baez, etc. sing and pick one that suits you.

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I enjoy hearing "Ave Maria" and "Amazing Grace" sung a cappella. I don't know if these are too religious. (?)

ETA: I think Simon and Garfunkel and Peter, Paul, and Mary (folk) songs would sound great a capella, too.
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ooh these are good ideas......thanks you guys!
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