FDP Forum / Never had to work so hard on such a stupid simple song./ 4 messages in thread.

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I am not a complete

idiot - I have several pieces missing!
Apr 13th, 2014 10:02 PM        

Ok - so I'm the new front man in an established band. The project is evolving into what will be about 75% new material for the band, but they have some solid material that is definitely worth keeping, including Black Magic Woman. <br /> <br /> I've played the song a zillion times in any key behind other singers. I can easily sing it in the crooner voice, but this is a rock band. In rock voice by the second verse my "accent" comes out and sounds like a country boy trying to do a Santana tune. This is not an issue in any other song. <br /> <br /> I've tried singing to the cd in the headphones and the playback still sounds country. <br /> <br /> Ideas?


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I walk

between the raindrops
Apr 13th, 2014 10:27 PM        

Toss in a reggae sort of phrasing...not too much, and add a touch of "eye-land" accent. The tune works pretty well with a little Caribbean angle.



Screw Sandy-lets make some noise!
May 11th, 2014 04:57 PM        

dont hold notes out for very long- this gives it a crooner vibe. It is also where accents can come across.<br /> <br /> also if you can mange some upper throat constriction you will get that rock "growl" to toughen up the vocals

Steve Dallman

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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Apr 10th, 2015 02:01 PM        

I learned a trick at a vocal seminar a couple years ago. While driving in the car, I sing through a straw. I have a few straws cut into 3" lengths for this. <br /> <br /> The straw forces the diaphragm into the correct place as well as the throat. <br /> <br /> That forced correct breathing quickly became habit and it has had several benefits.<br /> <br /> It extended my range, helped my voice last all night, and changed the quality of my voice, in a very good way. <br /> <br /> There have always been characteristics of my voice I wasn't crazy about. This practice trick actually corrected those characteristics. <br /> <br /> Who knows? It could possibly help with the accent thing.

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