aravindmadis Posted January 21, 2015 Share Posted January 21, 2015 I have been really thinking about Ron's comment on choosing right songs for the voice and here is my assessment. It has taken me time to reach a certain level of maturity to understand this. I wanted to share this with everyone and would love to get your thoughts Here is a video of David Lyon covering "Faithfully" by Journey and here the same song covered by another singer named Tommy Obviously they have very different voices. David(who is a fabulous singer) has a much darker voice than Tommy. Tommy is able to effortlessly get the light tone, while it is tougher for David to do so. Being a much inferior singer than David, I have always struggled with finding the right tone(or I would call "extent of darkness") in my voice for the songs I sing. It is my assessment that "Faithfully" is perhaps not a right choice for David(just compare this rendition to his cover of "Rainbow of the dark" which is an amazing match for his voice and the style of singing he is good at. Which brings me to a question about what kind of singers are you? Are you a 1. Light singer - Uses very little weight in singing and very little volume and probably uses speech level singing irrespective of the genre. Generally a great match for lighter voices and for delivering emotions through "soft" notes. This is more "Head voice" singing 2. Heavy singer - Uses a heavier tone(more chest) and more volume in general in singing. Has power in delivery and is more suited to darker voices who like to belt and much better to convey emotions through "powerful" notes. When I am saying "soft" or "powerful" I am not referring to the range or the fullness of the. Both Steve Perry and Bruce Dickenson can do a full sounding B4, but they convey a very different feel and emotion. A> The choice of your voice dictates what you will sound better doing. Steve Perry would probably sound not great trying to do Dio and vice versa. They can both do the other type of singing, but it would most likely not be their best work. We need to understand our voice and respect its strengths and limitations B> The other thing is about doing covers. If you have a very different voice from the original singer, a very well done cover can divide opinions. Even if technically perfect(as David's cover of Faithfully is), human beings associate the song with the emotions conveyed by the original singer. If you are not doing a great job at replicating the emotions, they may not be satisfied. If you cover the song taking a different approach(light instead of heavy), they might well be outraged.. We can choose the Light or Heavy singing to cover a variety of emotions, but when it comes to a very popular cover with a unique voice, we are walking a tightrope when singing a song that does not suit our voice/style of singing C> The choice of "Light vs Heavy" does not dictate whether you will succeed in a certain genre. Steve Perry carved an amazing career in rock singing light. On the other hand Michael Bolton seemingly uses a much heavier style to sing amazing R&B. The reason I think is that human beings define their experience with singing not in absolute terms(light vs heavy styles), but relative within the song. I have had this problem when within a song I am not sure whether to go full fledged or to go light. And when I do covers, this confusion shows. The type of co-ordination you use has no bearing on the range. There are different ways to sing fifth octave notes D> Maybe a singer exists who can do both "Light" and "Heavy" co-ordinations and do them both amazingly. In other words be a combination of Dio and Steve Perry. But for most of us, this becomes a big problem when doing songs which cut across the passagio. Mastering bridging is very difficult to do it one way, let alone trying to do it in different ways. What is the most optimal way to bridge for our voice(which we can do with fullness and consistency) and what sounds good on our voice? We need to experiment as much as possible to find out true identity as singers. We are all unique and special in our own way. I think this is as important as learning the right technique. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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