Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Letters from A Vocal Coach - How to Learn Style through Imitation

Developing your own style doesn't get easier than this. Listen to a variety of good music and try imitating the different styles. If you've been through voice training you'll have the advantage of having a far better understanging of the tricks that professional singers use. It helps to know the little secrets behind their successful delivery of songs. But for the purpose of this blog post, consider learning through imitation. Cos in the the long run it'll help you develop your own unique style.

And on that note, I think it's time to take a look at what you ought to be listening to. What defines good music? I'll tell you this for nothing. Go back to the 90s, 80s, 70s, 60s, 50s and you'll find an archive of really good music. With the exception of the 90s, they didn't have computers back then. Singers had to be perfect. They had no technological assistance as we do today. So have a good listen and then fast forward to the 00s if you like...but never forget your roots. As the saying goes, old is gold.

And now I'll throw in a few names and songs for you to go and look up: Luther Vandross (Give Me The Reason/Always & Forever/A House Is Not A Home), Haddaway (What Is Love), Aretha Franklin (Who's Zoomin' Who), Tevin Campbell (I'm Ready), Atlantic Starr (Always/Secret Lovers/Silver Shadow), Imagination (Body Talk), Shalamar (Full Of Fire).

In coming Letters from A Vocal Coach blog posts I will be suggesting some more songs for you to listen to...and to try and imitate. Have fun!

To find more handy singing articles on this blog, run a search for Singing Lessons as well as Letters from a Vocal Coach.

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