Soul Ingredients(TM): Gospel Music
Vocal Training for the Gospel Singer
I am both excited and honored that God has chosen me to produce this much needed resource for teaching gospel singing. There are very few resources available that deal with the teaching gospel singing from the perspective of solo voice, and even fewer resources with information obtained through voice science and scholarly research. This book may actually be the first published teaching resource of its kind for the genre of gospel music. The information in this book is derived from: information gathered from my extensive doctoral research of gospel music and vocal pedagogy for contemporary commercial music; over ten years of teaching experience; being the result of a legacy of clergy members in the holiness tradition of Black church; and ultimately a product of the gospel music culture.
This book is designed to serve the needs of all levels of singers interested in singing gospel music styles, from the mature minister of music to the newcomer with a voice. No one can efficiently learn to sing solely from reading a book. Therefore book is not intended to replace the invaluable experience of working with a good voice teacher or coach, nor is it intended to replace the most authentic and imperative way of learning and nurturing gospel music style—i.e. being fully immersed in the gospel culture and community.
This book is intended to serve as a supplementary resource for developing both the voice and the musical interpretation of a gospel singer. Conceptually centered around three sections, Vocal Training : Building and protecting the instrument; Identifying Stylistic Components of Gospel Singing; and Strategies for developing interpretation. A CD and possibly a DVD (if funds permit its creation) will be included with the book. The audio CD will feature audio warm up tracks, audio examples of the content described in the book, and practice tracks. If enough money is raised, a DVD would include interviews from gospel artist (International recording artist to local stars) talking about their process for interpreting music, voice production, regiments and care. I would love your support in bringing this much needed document to fruition.
INSIDE THE BOOK:
Specifically, the different sections within the book will focus on:
1) Building and protecting the instrument includes information on:
• Understanding Basic Components/Requirements of Voice Technique for the gospel soloist • Strategies for Developing and Strengthening the voice • Preserving and Maintaining the instrument • Complementary Audio examples and Warm-up tracks
2) Identifying Stylistic Components (musical and vocal) used in a gospel music performance:
• Various forms of melodic improvisation (from alterations of the melody to “runs”) • Various forms of textual improvisation (from testimony to adlib) • Ways rhythmic improvisation, dynamics, and other vocal nuances can be incorporated to convey certain emotional intents or convictions. • Use of Use of vibrato, vocal range, voice registers, distortion, and dynamics
3) Developing Interpretation:
• Transcription exercises: For runs, phrasing, etc • Journaling exercises for establishing content • Practice tracks for practicing adlib
There will be sections in the book that will also address the spiritual component of gospel music, history, any function. However the primary focus of the book will be for vocal and musical development. Books which focus on the historical and spiritual aspect of gospel music will be listed in a recommended reading section.
This book will be self-published, rather with your help, “community”-published. The estimated cost of the book WITHOUT the DVD is around $7500 with printing and packaging; adding the DVD will likely be at least an additional $1500 for promotion and packaging.
The publication team and media specialist are already in place and have been diligently working towards a publication date of May 2013. As the timeline is heavily dependent on finance, I am seeking your help to fulfill this financial obligation. In July 2013 I will be traveling to Brisbane, Australia to present a 60-minute workshop on gospel singing for the International Congress of Voice Teachers Conference (only occurs every 4 years). I am also a contributing author to a book sponsored by the same conference called Teaching Singing in the 21st Century, in which my chapter is one teaching gospel singing also. My goal is to go down to Australia with product in hand, do my workshop at the conference, in addition to workshops as local venues.
As with all Kickstarter campaigns, the campaigns goals have to be met 100% in order for the funds to be released, so I set the goal to $7500. However, the ultimate goal is raise at least $10500. Your support will determine the extent to which this project will be completed and delivered. Thank you in advance for your support and God Bless You!
Risks and challenges
The greatest challenge for this project will be adhering to the established timeline and insuring all parties involved complete their portion in a timely manner. I do have back up personnel available if necessary.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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