How to Choose the Right Song for Your Voice

Singers always wish to know how to choose the right songs for their voice. Each voice is unique, and it’s impossible for each voice to sound exactly like the artist whose song they may be singing, no matter how similar they may sound. Often times, a singer will choose an exciting  song they love that is near impossible for them to sing or an outdated, boring song they have no connection with because it’s easy to sing in front of others. With so much to choose from, a singer may be left wondering how they can choose the right songs for their voice. 

Here are two tips. Singers should always first consider their connection to a song. You must determine whether or not the song and the message appeals to you and speaks to you in a way that you can express musically. Part you as a singer finding your voice is figuring out what you want to say musically, and discovering the topics and vocal styling that appeal to you most and that you can sing competently.

The second thing to consider when choosing the right song is the vocal styling and range of a song. The range of a song deals with how high or low the notes in a song go. When choosing music, it is good to always consider the highest and lowest note of a song to determine whether or not you can sing them well. If not, consider adjusting the key. Sometimes a song needs to be lowered or raised by a key or two in order to fit your voice perfectly. If the range is so wide that changing the key will not help, consider changing the highest or lowest note in the song to something that fits your voice more without making the song sound awkward. You want to be sure that you are singing a song that you can sing regardless of any performance anxiety or nervousness that you may have. Simply adjust the song appropriately and be sure that you can sing through the song perfectly several times before performing it.

Even the most versatile singers need to learn how to choose the right songs for their voice. It can make the difference between a polished, professional performance and a sloppy, amateur performance. Understand, acknowledge, and embrace your range and your strengths and weaknesses in order to be a confident and successful singer.

- Article written by Dileesa Hunter

Dileesa Hunter is an international vocal coach and consultant based in Atlanta, GA. She also records and tours with several recording artists and performs in various stage plays. Born in Manchester, England, She has always been exposed to different music vocal and music styles. Dileesa’s vocal repertoire includes Gospel, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Barbershop Quartet and Opera.

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