Capt. Kirk - Finding The Best Singer Inside
Tom Patrick McAuliffe - source
up as a wannabe singer, I developed my voice by imitating those
I heard on the TV, Radio, and records (remember them?).
remember listening to Motown and Beatles 45s and playing
them over and over until I felt I had mastered every note, riff
or lick they sang (or close enough). Singing along with songs
and mimicking the phrasing and style of todays singers
is a great start.
emulating other artists really is a sure way to developing your
voice, and as they say... it's only the long term mission thats
worthwhile. But finding your own voice and a style that works
best for you and constantly working on your chops
is the key that leads to success.
As we progress
it's important to realize that there's no other singer out there
who sounds just like you--and that's a groovy thing. Its
a large class M planet with lots of talented humans
but we all have our own individual sound and style. Discovering
your inner singer gives you warp drive to start
truly developing as a singer, KJ or entertainer - be it just
for fun, part time or perhaps someday as a full time career.
the best singer inside yourself is a journey of discovery. Those
who are born with the voice come by it more easily,
and the characteristics that set singers apart from one another
may have more to do with style than vocal power. For example,
Mariah Careys high notes are a trademark for her, whereas
soulful Lou Rawls' smooth deep voice is one of a kind. But it
goes way beyond just the sound. Some singers who may not have
great vocal ability have developed an unmistakable style thats
easily identifiable. James Brown, Tracy Chapman, Mick Jagger
are good examples.
at your next Karaoke gig the tendency is to imitate the artist
and for the most part, that's what the audience wants to hear.
But Ive always found that those who put their own personality
and interpretation into a song are the ones who really get the
most sincere and enthusiastic responses. Even if hitting the
right notes seems like an afterthought... other folks will believe
what you do, so find a way to deliver the piece that speaks
in your own "voice." With the music mechanics down
you can begin to express yourself through the lyrics.
Whitney Houston tune can at best be challenging, given her vocal
calisthenics. And some Karaoke arrangements limit the way you
can interpret a song, but don't feel like you need
to match her, because you most likely never will. The best you
can do is nail the pitch and deliver the song with conviction.
Thats why it's important that in addition to finding a
song in your vocal range, you find one that speaks to you.
is born with a specific "tone" to their voice. Maybe
youre down and gritty, so singing the blues or rock might
be a better mission than trying to be a convincing Broadway
show singer. The key is to use all of what you have.
the certain must-dos of music (fussy stuff like key and
tempo...), style is the single most important weapon in being
the best Karaoke singer or entertainer you can be. Your own
style is special because no one else in the galaxy has your
way of delivering a song. And there's a great deal of self-discovery
as you plot a course to the planet of song. Are you trying to
wail like Luther Vandross or Barbara Streisand when your music
and voice sound like Tom Petty or LL Cool J?
As an entertainer,
what story are you trying to tell with the song you're singing?
Is your vocal delivery telling the story or conveying the feeling
in the most effective way? What can you add visually? Putting
a Show Biz shine on a song can make the difference between an
also sang and a brought the house down
performance. Then again, think of Roy Orbison who just stood
there and sang... all in black with those big black shades...
And if you
aspire to greater things as a performer, Karaoke is great for
finding where you shine as well as for keeping your chops
up to performance level. New singers need to try a bunch of
different styles and listen to an endless variety of music before
being able to totally unleash the best singer they have inside.
Being honest with yourself is the #1 key to improving. If you
aren't any good at singing a specific style like country or
R&B, forget it and move on, concentrating on those songs
you do well. Don't try to be, or sing like, someone you're not.
Always give it your best and sell it in your own way by being
the real you, vocally.
professional vocal lessons its always helpful to record
yourself as often as possible as the tape record doesnt
lie. Once you find the really good stuff and the areas where
youre most comfortable, build on that. Which songs,
what style or emotion is needed, whats the vocal range?,
are all questions you should be asking yourself.
only should we constantly work to improve our singing versatility
and ability, we must also work to find our own unique style
via songs that speak to us. While it may sound like a great
idea to just get up and sing anything... the more
you identify your best singer via songs you feel
strongly about... the more people will see you as a true performer
and if you work hard enough, perhaps someday as a real musician.
Never give up or limit yourself and always make the most of
what you have. Karaoke is a world of fun and in some cases with
some raw talent and lots of hard work, it can become more if
you fully apply yourself. Remember someone with a little something
who uses all of it will always be ahead of someone loaded with
talent whos too lazy to do anything with it. And remember...
if Capt. Kirk can sing on TV... so can you!
with the kind permission of Singer