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Charlie Macon
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Jul 17th, 2008 05:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I started rehearsing with these guys I'd played with last winter again just the other evening, and sure enough was egged on to cover Neil's 'Old Man', which is one of my alltime favorites. I was able to get the high stuff, and that felt pretty good. I'm thinking I'll be losing range soon as I get old, but at least I can still get the "old man take a look at my life I'm a lot like youuuuuu." 'Barstool Blues' is an even greater challenge.

What are your favorite vocal challenge songs?

Charlie Macon
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Jul 18th, 2008 03:19 PM   Edit   Profile  


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usa/ Northwest IN

You say you`re leavin,I`ll help you pack
Jul 18th, 2008 07:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Roadhouse Blues"...."Stand By Me"(chorus).....

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...tap your foot in twenty one!
Jul 20th, 2008 06:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm not a singer *by any stretch of the imagination*, but like most I do sing to stuff I like (plus I'll help bump yer thread ;p). I have a pretty low voice, but have always been drawn to the higher parts in songs, whether they're the main melody or backing harmonies. Unfortunately, I've been a smoker for years, but I used to be able to nail Squire's backups on Wonderous Stories, in falsetto (and I can't imagine he wasn't doing falsetto himself), which are pretty damn high. Can't quite get there anymore. Another one that's a great challenge is Jeff Buckley's Grace (all around, not just for stratospheric notes). I'd be a much happier person if I could just resign myself to doing the "Ba-ba-ba-ba-Barbara Ann" parts that suit my voice. ;)

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usa/ Northwest IN

You say you`re leavin,I`ll help you pack
Jul 20th, 2008 08:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

$5 to relayer for help in bumping the thread!!!

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Galt's Gulch is where I'd rather stay...
Jul 20th, 2008 08:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Any tune that dwells on A above middle C is a challenge for me ... in that regard, guess I'd pick No Matter What (Badfinger).

"Knock down the old grey wall ..."

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Montco PA, USA

Sarcasm-Just 1 of the services I provide
Jul 30th, 2008 08:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

"It's a Shame" - The Spinners

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Junior Snakestretcher
Aug 17th, 2008 11:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

The one guy who's music I love but rarely attempt to sing is John Fogerty. I can handle some of the old Creedence tunes where he's singing kinda low like "Who'll Stop The Rain", but something like "Travelin' Band" or "Up Around The Bend" I won't even go near. It's amazing that he's kept his voice all these years too.

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usa/ Northwest IN

You say you`re leavin,I`ll help you pack
Aug 18th, 2008 01:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, TNT, I can manage "Green River" and "Old Man Down the Road"(barely) but any song with the range he exhibits in "Born on the Bayou" stops me cold in my tracks...........

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So.Calif., USA

Aug 23rd, 2008 04:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

A couple that come to mind are "Oh Darling", The Beatles, McCartney's range to this day is hard to match.

The other is "Unchained Melody", The Righteous Brothers, Bobby Hatfield really made this his signature song, it's a tough one to do, I should say.. to do right.

I had the good fortune to see him sing this song at close range on several occasions, I remember thinking to myself "that's the definition of a profesional performance", a sad loss.

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"Dyin' ain't much of a livin' "
Sep 28th, 2008 08:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak.

busta string
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Chesapeake Va.

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Oct 16th, 2008 09:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Oh Darling" for sure...even when I was young I couldn't hit that.

"I've Got a Feeling"...used to be able to get by on that one, 'til the bridge---sheeesh!

I can still do "Green River", but it's @ the absolute edge & needs to be done early in the first set.

"Born on the Bayou"...stopped cold, no doubt.
Last time I sang that was 10 years ago & even then, I was tuned down a whole step. Thankfully one of my bandmates can do that one w/ ease (he gets all the Joe Walsh stuff too)...in the original key ! (still love that tune even if I can't sing it anymore)

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usa/ Northwest IN

You say you`re leavin,I`ll help you pack
Oct 16th, 2008 05:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, Born on the Bayou is out for me too. I can handle Rocky Mountain Way still, but ANY of these borderline range songs has the potential to kill my voice for the night if I get a little too much into one of `em, y`know what I mean????

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Santa Rosa, CA

The future is unwritten
Nov 9th, 2008 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Old Man River".
Been working on it with my vocal teacher for awhile; also have karaoke version I practice to.

That in one tough song

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Chicago IL.

Nov 16th, 2008 10:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

"The other is "Unchained Melody", The Righteous Brothers, Bobby Hatfield really made this his signature song, it's a tough one to do, I should say.. to do right."

I was at a party at some smoky bar on the South side of Chicago and some grizzled drunk looking guy got up and sang this tune and nailed it just like the original. Everyone was riveted. I went up to him after he was done and asked him if he does gigs and he said "no I just sing in my car."

Charlie Macon
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Dec 12th, 2008 10:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've noted more and more I have a lot of difficulty singing several of my favorite old Rolling Stones tunes, if simultaneously playing guitar, particularly the gospel preacher sounding parts. Examples are "Time Is On My Side", "If You Need Me", "Everybody Needs Somebody" (no way....I give up on that one).

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Toad Suck/Nashville

In the pines..where the sun never shines
Dec 12th, 2008 06:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

"The Star Spangled Banner" is the most challenging song i've ever had to sing:)

joanna collins

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S.E. Michigan

Carney in a festival of mediocrity
Dec 14th, 2008 03:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

Probably "A Change Is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke, and that's dropped a whole step to Ab.

Also "If You Love Me Like You Say" because gravel doesn't come easy to my voice.

'"Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak.'

I hear ya, 6L6. While I never really played it out, I goofed with it a while back at a jam. That yodel isn't in a comfortable falsetto range for me. The rest, not so tough.


Here Nor There

Mar 20th, 2009 06:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

Heaven by Los Lonely Boys. For some reason I can't keep the timing while trying to sing and play at the same time. Easy song to play, but sing and play at the same time for me has been kicking my behind on this one. I'm not a singer, but I sing because no one else in our jam session wants to do it. After about a six pack, heck i sound pretty good to myself. everyone else thinks i'm drunk, lol.


New England, USA

Nobody knows, no one but the Fool and me
Apr 9th, 2009 02:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm the primary singer in our recently formed band, and I find the most challenging song we do is Tequila Sunrise. Not that it's a tough song to sing, but I have to work like the devil not to sound nasally when I sing it. Paperback Writer is also a toughie; we've been doing it in E in order to make it easier to sing, but a couple of weeks ago just for the hell of it we tried it in its original G. I was out of breath in no time, and that was the last time we did it in G. Sir Paul, I raise my glass to you, you're a far far better singer than I!

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