Choosing The Right Song To Sing - The Secret To A Better Voice
Introduction To Singing
You've tried everything to make your singing sound better. You use good vocal technique, do daily warm-ups and practice faithfully. Still, most of the songs you sing just don't sound good enough. Your tone is fine and you sing on key. So, what's going on with your voice?
It's time to take a hard look at the songs you choose to sing. Just because Mariah Carey sounds awesome or Josh Groban is unbelievable when he sings doesn't mean the same song will suit you too - no matter how much you love it.
Tips For Choosing The Right Song To Sing
One big mistake most singers have in common is choosing the wrong song to sing. Let's get one thing clear - even if you have a magnificent voice you can't sing any song you want. In fact, your favorite recording artist may spend months sifting through material until he finds just the right song. Song writers study many factors about the singer and his voice when composing a song for a particular artist.
What is the singer's range?
How should the phrasing be laid out?
Build the song around the singer's vocal style.
Compose a ballad or an up-beat song?
Does the song show off the artists talent?
Write Lyrics that the singer can relate to.
When you're struggling to imitate your favorite recording star, you're trying to sing a song designed for someone else and not your own. As a result, you end up thinking that you can't sing very well. And others may unfairly judge you as a bad singer with no talent. So now your self-confidence is at an all time low and you label yourself as un-talented with a terrible voice.
How Do I Choose The Right Song For My Voice?
You must be wondering right about now just what is involved in choosing the right song for your particular voice. I'm going to share with you some excellent but easy tips for how to go about this:
Easy Does It. Make sure your song is simple to sing in every way. The easier the song, the better you will sound. Also, the more uncomplicated the song, the more freedom the singer has to style the song, putting his own spin on it. There are some fantastic simple-to-sing songs available out there. I've listed a few below for you.
The right key. If the song you choose is too high or too low and you end up straining your voice to reach the notes - your material is in the wrong key. It's not for you my friend. Be aware that you can damage your singing voice this way. Think of a size 12 person trying to squeeze into a size 8 dress or pair of jeans. Seams may rip, muffin tops appear, buttons pop all because the apparel doesn't fit. So it is with singing in the wrong key.
Like the song you choose. You'll sing better and sound better if you really like the song in the first place. Just make sure to keep it simple and in your range. Believe the lyrics you sing spreading just enough emotion to engage the audience.
High-lite your strengths. Look for songs that will bring attention to your singing strengths. If you pride yourself on good breath control and you can hold a note for a long time then find a song that will allow you to "show off" during your performance. Perhaps you have an impressive range. This is a strength to be used to decorate a note or two.
- Or perhaps you can hit a super high note. Use this skill and wow your audience. Just don't overdue it. Barry White, famous singer of the 60's and 70's made an amazing career just by using his low, sexy voice. Check him out in the video provided below and you'll see what I mean.
- Make the song yours. The easier the song is to sing, the more liberty you can take with styling. You can make the song yours. The last thing you want to do is to be an exact copy of the recording artist who made the song popular. Make it your own! Dare to be different and sing with a unique style. Try changing the phrasing or try a modulation after the bridge which adds excitement and lifts the songs energy. Feel the passion and then feel it again. Live the lyrics. Be in the moment as you sing and you won't have time to experience fear.
Easy Songs Male And Female
You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift
Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
Top of the World - Karen Carpenter
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash *
House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
Fever - Peggy Lee
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
This Land Is Your Land - The Mamas And The Papas
Thank You - Dido
Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
Teach Me Tonight
Already Gone - Kelly Clarkson
Something - George Harrison
What A Wonderful World
Broken Wing - Martina McBride
My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
Smile - Michael Jackson
Someone Like You - Adele
Take Me Home Country Road - John Denver
Imagine - John Lennon
Summertime - Nora Jones
Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks
Georgia - Ray Charles
Compare This Style of Summertime With The Video Featuring Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
2 Different Styles of Summertime
A Collection of Favorite Songs
Summarizing It All
The point is - the easier the song is to sing, the better you are going to sound. This is especially true when you're in the beginning stages of developing your voice. Once you master good, solid vocal technique you may branch out into more challenging pieces.
When choosing the right song to sing remember these rules:
- Can you sing the highest notes without pinching the sound or cracking your voice, and thus making it clear to an audience that you are struggling to hit those notes? If not, you need to further stretch your range and develop your upper end over time before attempting to sing that particular song in that particular key.
- Does the tone of your voice fall apart, change dramatically, become breathy or sink back into the throat when you attempt to sing very low notes? If so, you need to work on the bottom end of your range.
- Be aware of complex vocal runs, arpeggios, embellishments and improvisations. Do you struggle to stay on pitch? If so, you may not yet be ready to sing this particular song at this time.
- Are you running out of breath or becoming lightheaded during a performance? You may need to return to the basics of proper breathing technique, strengthen the core muscles involved in effective breathing, develop more stamina and/or closely examine where and how often you are taking breaths during a particular song.
- Stronger muscles involved in breathing will ensure that you have more control and endurance, and will need to take fewer breaths during a song, thus reducing awkward vocal phrasing and lines being chopped up by quick breaths. (Sometimes, the problem lies more in when breaths are taken - whether they are being taken in good, seamless places - than in whether or not a singer is strong enough to sing a song. A vocal coach can help eliminate this minor problem.)
- Find a song that high-lites your own strengths and not someone else's. Simple songs allow you the freedom to do this.
- Original songs, whether written by yourself or by someone who is writing specifically for your voice, allow you to be as creative as you like and to define the personality and sound of the song. They allow you the freedom to express yourself through your own lyrical poetry and vocal interpretations and allow you to have more control over a song's range and key.
Dare to be different and use that difference to create your own unique style. Capture the mood of the song infusing your passion and feeling as you sing. Above all focus on the lyrics and be in the moment. One of the great joys of singing is the freedom of self-expression.
The singer has everything within him. The notes come out from his very life. They are not materials gathered from outside.— Rabindranath Tagore
Which of the following are important when choosing a song to sing.
© 2015 Audrey Hunt