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Or, for the teachers here - what are easy rock/pop songs you give to your students? just to build confidence or to have something that's quick to add to the repertoire? (considering their gender and different range of course).

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I've not encountered a teacher talking about assigning songs. Such as, this week, your homework is "Priests of Syrinx."

But probably the easiest I can remember is that songs with a catchy and clear melody are the easiest. For me, it was relatively easy to learn "Who'll Stop the Rain?" by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

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here are some ones I recall learning earlier on and doing well with

Radiohead - No Surprises (leave out the backing vocals)

Johnny Cash - Hurt (only difficult if you're a tenor and can't go that low)

The Shins - New Slang

Oasis - Wonderwall

Oasis - Champagne Supernova

Death Cab for Cutie - Your Heart is an Empty Room (if you're struggling with the E4 this is the song to conquer!)

Death Cab for Cutie - Company Calls Epilogue

John Lennon - Imagine

Thrice - A Song for Milly Michaelson

The Who - Behind Blue Eyes

Wilco - On and On and On

Wilco - Poor Places

and last but certainly not least, many many many many Coldplay songs, especially circa A Rush of Blood to the Head and X&Y.

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Or, for the teachers here - what are easy rock/pop songs you give to your students? just to build confidence or to have something that's quick to add to the repertoire? (considering their gender and different range of course).

To go by band and give more choices....... Eagles, Early Beatles, James Taylor, Jim Croce, Elton John, Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson. Lots of good songs in there for the mid range into Passaggio.

So many to choose from.

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Some suggestions:

Tears in Heaven - Clapton

Roadhouse Blues - The Doors

Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

Heard it Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye (adjust the key accordingly)

Elton John - (a few choices, lower a half step?)

Black Night - Purple (not sooo easy, but its quite manageable)

My blues knowledge ends up being a bit too rock n roll too lol, but I would go for Stevie Ray Vaughan and Hendrix stuff, how about Little Wing?

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i'm not a teacher, but if i may suggest some pretty easy songs, that also go over really well with audiences when they hear them. i use songs like this to give myself a chance to grab a quick "vocal break."

the outsiders - time won't let me.

frank sinatra - my way

ace - how long

the beatles - something

boy george - karma chameleon

elvis presley - hound dog

garth brooks - the dance

bill haley & the comets - shake rattle n' roll

neil diamond - sweet caroline

joan jett and the blackhearts - i love rock n' roll

these keep you from wide intervals, octave jumping and demanding tessitura and most people react favorably to them.

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Great suggestions here... (and please do keep them coming).

These are great ideas. I'm already working on Heard It Through The Grapewine, it really is a comfortable one for me.

Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan are two of my favorites. I've tried singing some of Jimi's stuff but he surprisingly sings pretty high while keeping his voice very strong, I usually sing in Falsetto where he just belts it (in some songs it actually sounds like he's strained and uses a technique that would give one a sore throat). The Wind Cries Mary and Little Wing might be easier though... I'll give them a shot...

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I like Geran's suggestions and I would add "Jeremy" by Pearl Jam.

One of my favorite lines is from that song. "And he hit me with a surprise left, my jaw left hurting..."

I would also suggest "Good Riddance" by Green Day if you want ballad by way of a punk band.

Blues:

"Lagrange" by ZZ Top. (I have actually driven through Lagrange. A wide spot in the road with a Walmart.)

"It must've been 'round that Texas town in a shack outside Lagrange. Just let me know, if you want to go, to that hole out in Lagrange. They got a lotta nice girls."

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For funk, there are a few different flavors.

You could try "When Doves Cry" by Prince. Except for the high falsetto parts, most of it is in an easy part of the range and the melody doesn't range all that much and it's really just two chords.

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Jeremy easy to sing? I think it's pretty hard.

Puscifer - Conditions for my parole. ("Sweet baby jesus on fire I'ma need a damn lawyer and a miracle to pull my ass outta this..")

Puscifer - the undertaker (the version which actually is a song and not some introish ambient stuff)

Puscifer - Trekka (spaghetti mix)

Puscifer - green valley

Puscifer - the humbling river

Tool - Right in two

Tool - intension

Tool - disposition

Pearl Jam - Let's just breathe

Pearl Jam - I am mine

Stone temple pilots - creep

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And Stone Temple Pilots - Plush.

Scott Weiland was never about difficult range, but more about tone and phrasing because he really is a poetic. Even his memoirs read like scansions and quatrains.

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I went through a bunch of songs this weekend... just for the sake of it. Not denying that singing take a lot more than just hitting the notes, but it's nice to find a few songs where the notes are exactly in my most comfortable area and I can shift the focus to other areas.

Here's what I found (hope it also helps others):

Having fun with Jimmy Reed. His songs are exactly in the comfortable area of my chest voice and the melodies are simple so I can play them while singing...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eHfWwSIjuI

Fever is another easy oldie... and I always liked this one...

When Doves Cry is indeed pretty comfortable to sing ( I actually found this one a little earlier).

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