Thursday, May 15, 2014

What Style of Music is Right for You?

One of my Twitter friends asked me, “How do you know which style of music suits your voice?” The answer is not as easy as one might think and it’s not all about the voice. I certainly could not answer in the 140 limited Twitter characters. So, I thought I’d write this short blog article to answer the question.

You need to think about what kind of music you like to listen to. If you want to be a professional singer you need to sing music you like, because if you do become successful, you’ll be singing it for a very long time.

You need to make sure you can actually sing the kind of music you like. If you like hard rock, but you can’t seem to get that gravely screaming thing to work, hard rock may not be right for you. If you want to be a pop singer, be sure you can hit and hold the high notes with ease. Do you have an accent? A deep southern drawl may work well for singing country music but could be a disaster on the Broadway stage.

What kind of stage performance might your chosen genre require? Could you imagine Haley Williams of Paramore standing at the microphone and simply swaying as she belts it out? Or George Strait making moves like Miley Cyrus? Do you have what it takes to get out there and really involve yourself with an audience or are you somewhat more reserved? It’s really more about knowing who you are.

When you figure out who you are then you’ll know the kind of music that is right for you. Almost everything I’ve listed can be changed. If you want to sing pop music you might want to work with a vocal coach to learn how to hit long high notes. If you don’t move well on stage but want to rock out, get a performance coach or take dance lessons. And, as far as distinctive clothing it only requires a trip to the shopping mall.

But, keep in mind whomever you choose to emulate make sure you choose to be true to yourself.

One last thing, as you grow older, who you are may change and there is no reason why you can’t reinvent yourself time and time again. Madonna does it!

Happy hunting

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