Discussion in 'Theory and Technique' started by mawmow, Jan 8, 2020.
Personally I find playing, singing and playing while singing to be 3 completely different skills.
I occasionally sing with the cathedral choir in Kingston -- I take lessons from the organist/choir director. He will play organ on three manuals and pedals, switch organ voices, direct the choir, sing parts where we need support and watch the church for cues. All at once. Amazing musician.
uhhhh , take cues from someone playing with his organ in church ? ( gotta stop trying to speed read )
I was having no problem playing and singing until I decided to learn Roy Orbison's Pretty Woman. Near the end of the song it repeats the riff over and over about 15 times and when it gets there I turn into Porky Pig and my fingers stop obeying commands
AC/DC's Brian Johnson sings at normal speaking volume.
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I find that playing repeated patterns and singing at the same time is particularly hard. Not sure why.
I’ve known folks like that, have page turned for them too. Freaky stuff.
Several years ago I was in a somewhat experimental band called The Bag Of Hammers. We were all multi instrumentalists, but the most talented was our drummer who would sing (headset mic), play a full kit with two feet and one hand while playing keys (he had a degree in piano) with whatever hand he had available. It would have been tough for us to do Stevie Wonder’s Sir Duke as a three piece otherwise.
Not the greatest signer but i do my share and get by. It came naturally when i started playing back in early 60's. We had amazing bands, Beatles, Rolling Stones,Animals etc... The only thing i struggle with is lyrics. been signing the same songs forever and still cant do it without my book.
Then there was the Fender Greta amp--and lots of typos of the Fender Great Amp (Not a comment on it--I know some people really liked it, and I wouldn't have turned one down.)
(Odd I type "Greta" and auto correct changed it to "Great", but when I mistyped "Great" as "Greta" it doesn't?)
if you heard me , you'd pay me NOT to sing.
plus some failure for motivation.
some songs the instrumental line only works in a certain key so then you're stuck either doing it or not
i learned by T&E (mostly E) that the range that makes sense for me practicing alone at midnight by a candle with an acoustic guitar is about a major third lower than what makes sense at a solo live show that i'm excited to be playing at especially if i'm also putting it on
simple songs with repeated notes in a fairly wide range that are playable in a bunch of keys are good tests
the jason isbell song "24 frames" works pretty well and so does adam baldwin "living proof" and they're both good songs anyway
some songs need to be pushed past the end of your comfortable range. try singing U2 "Where the Streets ... " down at the bottom of your range some time it's weird sounds like a parody
and your range singing into a mic is different than your range belting it out acoustically or in a choir
That is how my father wished he had closed bars at night ! ;-)
I mean paid to sing just after last call )
That is why I do not sing either. :-/
ya don't have to be able to sing to enjoy good music !
It's a living.
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