Resource: Sing Pop Acapella books 1-3


Associated NVN member: Gitika Partington

Publisher: Novello

Price: £12.95 each ( sometimes cheaper if you shop around)

How to buy: on line, music room, amazon....


Tagged with: pop, acapella, harmony

Further information:

Sing Pop A Cappella is a collection of a cappella arrangements of fantastic pop songs old and new, by renowned teacher, singer and director Gitika Partington. Her arrangements are used by choirs across the UK, and she emphasises that being able to read music is not necessary.

There are 2 books – each has notated parts and a lovely CD with each of the parts sung separately and together. Many of the songs can heard on youtube…gitikapartington

Book One:

  1. Chasing Cars
  2. Help!
  3. I Say a Little Prayer
  4. Nobody’s Fault but Mine
  5. Something Stupid

Book Two:

  1. All I have to do is Dream
  2. Happy Together
  3. House of the Rising Sun
  4. Lovely Day
  5. Man in the Mirror

Book Three:

  1. Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
  2. Black Is The Colour Of My True Love’s Hair
  3. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
  4. Rolling In The Deep – Adele
  5. ‘Sway (Quien Sera)

What’s great about Sing Pop A Cappella series is how Gitika understands that to make great music or to sing a great song, it’s not necessary to be able to sight-read. It may be useful, but she has learned that there are other ways to communicate music, namely through ear training, repetition and gesture. Her arrangements, five of which appear in this book, have enabled youth and community choirs to spring up across the country, making singing truly and universally accessible.

Vocal scores for these innovative and enjoyable arrangements are included in standard notation, although Gitika recommends learning by ear as something equally beneficial. To aid with this, the accompanying download card includes five tracks of audio for each song. One features a full performance demonstration while the other four each focus on either soprano, alto, tenor or bass. The easy download of these tracks makes learning efficient and fun, as you are able to listen wherever you are.

The great thing about a cappella singing is that it can be done anywhere, with limited resources, with members who don’t necessarily have any musical training. This book can be used by a cappella choirs who love pop music that sounds great and will thrill audiences. Sing Pop A Cappella is not just a songbook, though, it also includes an extensive introduction, as well as performance tips for each song and information on voice care and learning the tunes. It’s a personal book for Gitika, who is passionate about the power of music to bring people together, and enthusiastic about getting people who wouldn’t believe they had the confidence or ability, to sing pop!

Sing Pop A Cappella is a brilliant book for choirs of any type or size who would enjoy singing five incredible pop tunes without accompaniment. The fantastic sound of a group of people singing a well-known song in a completely new and interesting way is something that Gitika knows well, and something that she wants to impart to groups across the country. Songs like this were made to be sung, so pick up Book Three and Sing Pop A Cappella!

You can hear snippets of the audio tracks:

It is worth phoning music sales to get licenses for separate songs. Book 3 – the songs are definitely available as individual pieces.