Songs and key choice

Posted on Aug 13, 2014

As both an educator and singer, I have always been fascinated and stimulated by the process of analyzing options for the key that a given tune might be played and sung. Of course, the ultimate choice is up to the singer performing the song.

As a vocal instructor, I notice that students will sometimes question, or even resist, changing the key of cover tunes that we work on in lesson.

I’ve found that at the outset, it’s a worthwhile exercise to examine a tune’s melodic range, as well as phrasing, potential breathing challenges and then the movement of the melody ascending and descending.

Sometimes changing the key is the answer if we can’t reach a note, but sometimes we can alter the melody slightly, and keep the key the same- without changing the overall “feel and sound” of the melody. Additionally, we may consider a key change just to create a unique overall sound of a song- regardless of any technical vocal challenges.

Remember that the singer in the original recording of a song has their own unique vocal range. And then the key of the song was chosen according to that range and voice. Unless you have the exact same vocal range and voice, you must choose the key that is right for you.


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Singers and Microphone selection

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

When it comes to a singers preparation, one area that we cannot take lightly is equipment and specifically the choice of the right microphone.

Thought I would share a great site link that contains some basic technical information that  singers should be aware of as they approach the studio, as well as the stage. Topics include the “How and why” and importance of microphone impedance and polar patterns. And there is an overview on Mic selection for studio and stage for both singers and instrumentalists. There is also a list of the top 5 microphones with an option to order if you wish.

Glad that I could pass on another valuable resource for everyone.

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