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i have to sing led zeppelin's "whole lotta love" in a show tonight. it's the judges's pick song for me.

do any of you folks out there have any tips or suggestions from your experience with singing it?

they gave me three days notice. i'm dropping it a half step. i'd really appreciate it.

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Take it easy, sing as lightly as you need to. Feel free to change some intervals if needed. It's a lot of the same thing over and over which can cause fatigue, so don't be afraid to play with phrasing or mix it up. It's ok to be sloppy and bluesy as long as it's tasteful. You can make it as hard or as easy as you want.

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hey bob

all i can say is try starting right (light).. the first line is a b***h to get right.. stay in a light heady mix through the song. increasing weight will cause chaos.

the chorus and the interlude parts are easy enough.. its the beginning of the verses to watch out for. Try and record the performance!! i want to hwar/ see.

cheers, am sure you'll rock it

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Hej,

I've sung it live at jam sessions and such a couple of times. But I don't know how I did it.... Some days you feel like you can sing anything, so I just went for it and it worked :). On other days I'm sure I wouldn't be able to pull it off. I'm terribly inconsistent...:(

I second srs7593's advice on not putting too much weight and playing a little around with phrasing if needed. Robert Plant often phrases differently live, and I guess it's to make it easier for him to sing it.

Well good luck! It's a tough one to sing. Btw: what kind of show is it?

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Here's my attempt, during band practise (I've posted it before):

One tip would be to NOT PUSH the tone but let it resonate high in your head with as relaxed throat as possible. Resonance over pushing. You can add extra intensity and feel for a bit of a rock tone/rasp if you want but if you feel that you're pulling chest too much, be ready to pull back a bit on the volume and try to recover on the spot. I think it might help to practise sirens at home where the top note is sustained and you say random words. Good luck man!

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i dropped it a half and completely winged it last night. ken said the secret is to release the tension every chance you get, and try to demphasize the consonants as much as possible and move the jaw as little possible.

it was really tough.

here's a new one i'm learning for the next week, which is "one hit wonder" night

jonpall, you're gonna love the rasp on this guy's vocal. i'll stick to singing cleaner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMRKMf6_WY8&feature=related

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I've sang that song and jonpall's advice is best. All I can say is go light and resonate (hit your pockets.) And, since part of that song is in the passagio, hold the air back. What you think is a small note comes out louder than you think.

Of course, I may be a day late and dollar short. This thread went fast and I've been so busy lately. Oh well.

"Way down inside, woman, you needed ......Love!"

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