A Cappella singing is a brave thing to do. You can’t hide behind the acoustics and harmonics of an instrumental accompaniment. To sing a cappella by yourself allows for a certain freedom, but is even more bare bones exposed. To sing multiple parts in a recording that is a cappella requires the precision of an ensemble with the added skill of listening for the nuances and breath phrasing without the benefit of seeing other singers for visual cues.
When shedding out an interpretation of a new piece I plan to perform or record, I try to lay down recordings of my different phrases so I can get a better feel of what the audience is hearing in terms of tone, volume, over or under ornamentation, and most important to me, the connection to the lyric in as conversational a manner as possible.
“River” by Joni…
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