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FDP Forum / Sing, Sing, Sing! - Vocalist's Forum / Sounds Like....

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Delusions of adequacy...
Aug 26th, 2007 02:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have this ability to do some pretty good vocal impressions. So what happens when I do a cover song, I end up sounding like the original artist.
If I do a Neil Young tune, I sound like Neil Young. A Van Morrison tune..Van Morrison. I can do Dylan from any era, but this I tame down to a more generic form.
Anyway, should I work to stop this? It sort of just comes out that way. And...it tends to lend a bit of authenticity to a song.
So what say you...

I'll be back later, I have to go finish painting my house:(

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Aug 26th, 2007 04:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well if your doing covers then I don't see how it can hurt. It's when you start doing your own stuff and instead of singing as you, you have to try to decide who to sing your song as that the trouble begins.


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Aug 26th, 2007 04:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Musicy singing people will tell you that you should own your own sound, but I too do a lot of the same thing. The only thing I have to look out for in singing through my nose, cause I seem to do that in some generas.

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Ypsi-Ann, Mich'gan

27 watts O' Princetons!
Aug 26th, 2007 04:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

I prefer that when listening to cover bands, a vocalist sounds like himself, rather than the original. Likewise with the guitar, bass, drums, keys, etc. I like interpretations, not Xeroxes!

Singing like the original artists is the same as learning licks from the original guitarists. Once you've learned a few, strive to make them your own, with your own tone. And combine techniques of various artists. Try and do the same thing with your singing!

But, in certain situations, being able to mimic is a plus. You should consider doing some parodies! Seriously.

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Michigan USA

Aug 26th, 2007 04:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've played a few gigs with a bass player who's a real good vocalist. His Van Morrison is chilling it's so dead on.

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Toad Suck,Arkansas

106 in the shade
Aug 26th, 2007 08:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

oooh! can you do Alison Krauss?
That'd be REALLY cool:)

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Delusions of adequacy...
Aug 26th, 2007 08:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

No, but I used to be able to nail Roy Orbison's "Mystery Girl". That, and "Cowgirl in the Sand". But alas, age is taking its toll. Soon it'll be lower registers only. Look out George Beverly Shea....

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Toad Suck,Arkansas

106 in the shade
Aug 26th, 2007 09:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Let me know when you hit Barry White;)



Aug 26th, 2007 11:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

As I see it, there's two kinds of cover bands. One kind that does the songs more or less exactly as the original. In that case the impersonation is OK or even desirable. This is the easy way to get paid.

Then there's the IMO more interesting kind that makes every song they play their own. Kind of like an original act that doesn't write their own material. I that case an impersonation ruins it all.

Anyway, sometimes it's really hard to find a way to sing a song without impersonating. If you want to get away from the impersonation, try to play it completely different. Another tempo, another key, different intensity. Something drastic and you might find the song hidden in that well known performance.

My two tiny coins.

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Aug 27th, 2007 12:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

George Beverly who???? :-D j/k i'm a PK so....

(This message was last edited by jd125 at 01:31 AM, Aug 27th, 2007)



Aug 27th, 2007 03:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

In my heydays (60's) I swear to God I did Mr. Pitiful followed by Roy Orbison's "In dreams"....

These days I sing like me, wanna hear?

Don't worry about me (Old Marty Robbins song)

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San Diego, CA.

Aug 27th, 2007 08:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

Fedora, do you sing for your own personal enjoyment or in a band? I sing for my own enjoyment mostly and when the sound coming out of me matches the sound in my head it's a special satisfaction. Similarly, I tweak my guitar tone for the same reasons. A lot of people are OK with trying to cop a particular guitar tone, but get a little nervous when we do it with our voice. If you can do it well, kudos to you my friend.

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Memphis, TN

They're real and they're fabulous.
Aug 30th, 2007 07:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

I sound like Carol King when I do her songs (or I'm fooling myself) and Stevie Nicks when I do some Fleetwood Mac.

I thought that's what the song was supposed to sound like....

Still working on "Angel From Montgomery", tho.

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The 'Burgh

The PIRATES are on a STREAK!!
May 25th, 2011 09:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Do you sound like the singer in a song, or the entire catalog of the singer?

Let's face it, you may sound good on one Van tune, but every Van tune?



I'm with you fellers!
May 26th, 2011 06:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have the same "problem". I have evn had people ask me what we are using on the vocals to make me sound like the original artists. I always answer a little reverb, a little delay and smile.

When we spent a short period recording originals it was difficult for me to find "my" voice. Some people call it a gift but most times I consider it a curse.



hmm Hairy Eyeball not just for breakfast
Jun 25th, 2011 11:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

vocalisms of particular artists in a given song are a plus in my book. Not a dead on impression but rather some nuances of the original artists give the song the "sound" of the original.

Unless you are doing your own version of a tune it may sound "off" to some people who expect a Bruce song, a Dylan song or a Tom Petty song to have a particular nasal, throaty or other quality

IMO Tom Petty is just Dylan on 10 cups of coffee. The vocalizations and nasal quality are very similar

When doing covers I like to do "some" vocally close and others in my voice but its not like it sounds like an impression- too close and it can backfire (unless you are in a tribute band)

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