How to Interpret a Song with The Singing Lesson


Hi, friends! Welcome
to The Singing Lesson. I’m Betany Coffland, I’m
here to help guide you to the best singing that you can do. Today, I’m gonna talk to you
about how to interpret a song or how to make it personal to you. First of all, I know
this seems really simple, but make sure that you choose
a song that you really like. It doesn’t matter if other people like it. What’s important is that you do because in your performance or audition or even just if you’re doing this for fun, it’s gonna make a difference
in how much you enjoy it and if you are doing it
for a professional reason, your enjoyment of the song
is gonna come through. It’s so important. So I first wanna talk about
how to interpret a song and make it your own. As singers, we are storytellers. We’re here to communicate something. We’re here to communicate a story, right? And so in order to make it personal, we actually have to think
about something personal. We have to make it personal for others and this can sometimes
be a little bit difficult because it’s vulnerability. You often have to take yourself to a place that is vulnerable. So for example, when I sing a sad song, I always take myself
back to the same place. I had my first love betray me. This is really personal
information about 20 years ago and I remember the place when I found out that he had betrayed me. And I use that memory and that
particular place and setting and feelings and what that
space and place evokes for me for when I sing sad songs. So the great thing about this
is that nobody really knows what’s going on in your head except you. Well, you all now know
what’s going on in my head when I’m thinking about a sad song or presenting a sad song often but I wanted to tell you
about my technique of it. So choose a memory and you can
also do this for joyful songs or happy moments. Take yourself back to that happy moment and literally what I see
in my head and think about as I’m singing a piece is I
will remember 20 years ago I was a student at New
England Conservatory of Music and I was with my boyfriend outside and we were at the Christian
Science Center in Boston and I can see off to my right
this gorgeous reflection pool and all of the gray brick of
the Christian Science Center. It’s just huge and it was fall and I can feel the coolness in the air and I literally feel that again as I’m interpreting this song. That has nothing to do with
the song that I’m singing but it does because it makes it personal. It’s something that came from my life and it makes me feel things
and when you feel things in real life when you’re performing, the audience feels things. That’s a secret. So the second thing that I do is something a little bit more technical is I take the lyrics
of the song, the words, and I write them down
separately on a piece of paper and I circle the verbs and the nouns. Now, I do that because we
naturally speak that way and our ear naturally goes
to the verbs and nouns. In fact, studies have
shown that when we read, those are the words we go to. We skip over the “ands”, the
conjunctions, the prepositions, the pronouns and the meat of the lyrics are in the nouns and the verbs. It’s something that we enunciate naturally when we speak as well. So circle those and make sure that you’re bringing
those words out naturally when you’re singing. That can be really helpful. So those are some of my tips for how to interpret a
song and make it your own. I sure hope that was helpful to you. If it was, please consider pressing LIKE and subscribing to my page at
The Singing Lesson on YouTube. Thanks so much, friends. See ya next time.

1 comment

Thank you for the tips. However it helps even more to present a practical example as well. 💚A short verse which includes the theory you presented.🎤🎶🎹

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