Rise Up Singing: The Group Singing Songbook Spiral-bound – Sep 1 2000
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You couldn't play the songs in this book if you don't already know the tune, since only chords are listed for most songs. On the other hand I can't open to any page without finding songs I know (and usually, love). Many of these are songs you won't find in other songbooks. All are singable. Included songs run the gamut of folk music (and that includes trad, Celtic and other ethnicities, folk-rock, singer-songwriter, and on and on) as well as Motown, Tin Pan Alley, a few showtunes, and more. When I first came across the first edition, at the Philly FOlk Fest, I literally jumped up and down in excitement. They were sold out and while we waited for a new supply to arrive a friend and I sang our way through the sample book.
This is the best book I've ever seen for singalongs, jam sessions, etc. There are songs in it that I've never heard, but that's because there are SO many songs! And I do wish that they'd put out a version (I know it would have to be several volumes) with at least the melody line for each song, but I understand the decision to just have the words and chords for most of the songs. The indices - by topic and performer - are very helpful. I found myself wishing for another index by time period last teek, though.
I'm told that a new collection, Rise Up Singing II, I suppose, is in the works. I hope so! This one is getting a little dated (how relevant are most of the 60's protest songs today?) but is still a marvelous resource.
Some people have mentioned finding the book confusing or poorly laid out/organized. While I disagree I can understand how it might be that way for some. The abbreviated chord notations don't convey the timing details as well as regular sheet music, and there are no melody notes (vocal part) so you really have to be somewhat familar with the song. But there is a definite logic to their notation system, which is explained at the beginning of the book, and I think they've done a fabulous job of squeezing a huge amount (and variety) of music into a really small space. It replaces several times its weight in other songbooks and the spiral binding is not only convenient but also very durable.
I'm ordering two this round, I'm hoping they will stay in my house for a while. I imagine that someday my 2 children will each want a copy so they can sing the songs that meant so much to them to their own children. I only hope its still in print by then -- or that I have managed to hold onto two copies!
Rise Up Singing was the perfect solution. I got two books (which gave me free shipping) so I could work with one and give the other to the group. Felt good to say "We can do any song in this book. Just like Kareoke if you can sing it... I can play it!"
There are dozens of kids classics (Old McDonald, Itsy Bitsy Spider), plus plenty of well-known songs to please the adults. Not just folk but some nice Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and popular show tunes. Pretty much every page there will be songs you know and can play, even if you are a beginner guitar player.
Get it! And make sure you get the "spiral bound" version so it can lay flat!
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This is a fantastic book. So many great songs. Too bad it is out of print.Published 7 months ago by Eric Stutzman
Great book, recommended by a friend, delivery was exactly when stayed book was in good condition.Published 14 months ago by Marty Wood
WE already knew about this wonderful book because a number of our friends had copies and we decided to get our own. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Laura Yaros
This is a stupendous volume. It arrived in pristine condition, and I am thrilled. Too bad it seems to be out of print.Published 22 months ago by janet
I don't have the time to tell you how I feel about all my purchases. I loved everything except the Ray Charles - I've heard better cds which he has done.
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From folk tunes to spirituals to showtunes. It's all there. Easy to read. It is a good resource for singers.Published on Dec 23 2013 by northern dragon queen
This contains many, many songs and provides lots of information about the sources it is a very useful tool. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2013 by E. Allchin
I have been wanting this song book since I was first introduced to it 20 years ago! Finally, decided to take the plunge and am very satisfied I did so! Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2013 by Beth
this is the music book for want to be singers and ( hopefully) the friends gathered with their guitars and Ukeleles. I have used it that way numerous times. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2013 by Elizabeth Gratton
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