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FDP Forum / Sing, Sing, Sing! - Vocalist's Forum / Your favorite vocal challenge song

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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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White Bear Lake, MN

I spent THAT much?
Apr 27th, 2009 01:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

The past year, I have taken to singing acapella when I practice alone. Some of my favorites to sing:

-- Color My World
-- He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother
-- Bridge Over Troubled Water

I have improved a lot with hitting notes within medium to mid-high range, but I am finding that my higher range is starting to falter. Certain singer's songs that I used to be able to sing easily (Robert Plant, Neil Young) are finding their way to lower keys.

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I am not a complete

idiot - I have several pieces missing!
Apr 28th, 2009 10:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't have much range so I stay where I belong and move songs without too much spread into keys I can reach. What's really hard for me is trying to sing songs where the guitar parts are on a completely different thythm. I can sing and play Into The Mystic, but not at the same time.

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Universe of Tejas

Bluz Cowboy
Jun 1st, 2009 10:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a friend who, at least used to, was able to sing a lot like John Fogerty. I love to sing CCR songs, and apparently do it pretty well, but I take the Tina Turner approach (not to compare myself to Tina). I sing the song like me singing the CCR song. I might try to copy Billy Gibbons but not Fogerty. I just try to sing the song as well as I can and try to concentrate on singing, meanwhile playing.

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White Bear Lake, MN

I spent THAT much?
Jun 5th, 2009 05:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

When I read the topic, I was not thinking "challenge" to necessarily equate with "upper range limit."

Like many who have commented here, I find that I have a hard time (at age 52) trying to sing material by bands like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, CCR, etc. that had no problem singing in my 20s.

To me, a challenging song to sing is one that contains changes in key, tempo, and dynamics rather than just be in a high falsetto range. When I want to challenge my singing ability I sing(acapella) songs like "Color my World," "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother," "Share the Land," and yes, "Oh Darlin" by Sir Paul McCartney.



Jun 10th, 2009 01:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Annie's Song by John Denver.

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Chicago IL.

Aug 14th, 2009 02:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't like vocal challenge songs. I like tunes that are easy for me to sing.

Dex Kemp


Jan 27th, 2010 08:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mojo Pin by Jeff Buckley

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Sterling, VA

Deathbillies needs Lead Gtr and Drummer!
Mar 3rd, 2010 06:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

Anything by Hal David/Burt Bacharach. All kinds of weird sharps and flats that stymie the undisciplined singer.

andrewginger music


whall's son
Aug 18th, 2011 09:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

try singing this one :) good luck! - http://youtu.be/CSvFpBOe8eY

BBQ Gord


Didn't chew kill my bruvah?
Feb 13th, 2012 06:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

"It's Only Make Believe" by Conway Twitty.


vero beach, fl

That was broke
Feb 22nd, 2012 11:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

Neil Youngs "Don't let it bring you down"



'scuse me while I kiss the sky.
Mar 21st, 2012 08:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

Bon Jovi's "Living On A Prayer" In it's original key. Not even he can do that nowadays.



Apr 21st, 2012 08:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

This seems like a thread worth bumping! One of my favorite songs of all time is also one of my favorite songs to play and sing in my band... and is also my biggest challenge:

Alright Now by Free

(This message was last edited by jcv at 08:06 PM, Apr 21st, 2012)

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