Singing and song choice
- From: iarwain <iarwain_8@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 2 May 2007 06:15:58 -0700
I wanted to bring this topic up because I'm not sure I've seen it
discussed here before and I'm wondering if other people's experiences
are similar to mine.
I'm not particularly interested in singing (lead vocals I mean), I
don't consider myself the greatest vocalist on the planet. Yet I find
that if you want to be able to pick some songs to do in a cover band,
you have a far better chance of getting to do them if you can sing
them. If not, then you have to convince someone else to sing the
song. How many of you are in bands where most of the musicians in the
band share the singing duties (everyone gets a number of songs to
If you're in an original band, or a cover band that does some
originals, and you want to write some songs that will actually be
performed, then you'd better be prepared to sing them. I like to
write songs myself, and I would rather just have someone else sing
them. But it is way more convenient and easier to just sing them
yourself - they are far more likely to get played this way. Otherwise
you're placing a roadblock between writing the song and performing it
- again you have to convince someone else to sing it. Easier to bring
it up in a jam type situation and just grab a mic.
In bands where I've just played bass with no vocals, I've pretty much
just played whatever songs everyone else wanted to do. Otherwise
there's an issue over who's going to sing it, and that can be a pain.
Does any of this match your experiences at all?
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