What Songs Should I Not Sing Given My Vocal Range?

Recently I had an associate ask me whether
he should sing a certain song. His voice is deeper and has more “heft”
or weight in his lower range similar to mine. Most artists who sing those songs have a lighter
voice. He wondered if his heavier voice would sound
as good. How do you decide if you should sing a song
or not? Will your audiences like it? Will your voice sound good singing it? Inside this video, I’ll give you the simple
answer to guide every decision about songs you should and should not sing. Hi I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. When I first learned to sing The “Soliloquy”
from the Broadway show, Carousel, the ending note was the F above middle C. Then I heard
John Raitt’s recording of it, and being a tenor, he took the high Bb. So I tried the Bb in my lesson and it was
sooooo fun! So I sang the Bb during a workshop for singing
teachers. I later got the feedback from a couple of
my teachers that just because I can hit the Bb in a lesson doesn’t mean I should sing
the Bb in a performance. The reason was that the F was more optimal
for my voice. The Bb in my lessons and in the development
of my voice will “protect” the F. That means that it will make the F even easier
and more comfortable because of my work in practice and lessons singing the Bb. The feedback was that my vibrato was more
labored and less consistent on the Bb vs the F. I knew that meant that I had some squeeze
going on on that Bb. And so, I’ve given similar advice to singing
students. “Just because you can doesn’t mean you
should take the higher note in a performance”. As a teacher, this is likely good advice,
strictly speaking from a singing technique perspective. But as a singer, wanting to explore the limits
of possibility, I never regretted taking the high note! I’ve done it several times since! So here’s the guideline you can follow the
rest of your life. SING WHATEVER YOU WANT. SING IT IN WHATEVER KEY YOU WANT. SING ANY GENRE AND STYLE YOU WANT. FOLLOW YOUR PASSION. FOLLOW YOU HEART. IF YOU LOVE THE SONG, SING IT! Forget what I say as your teacher. Forget any advice you might get from any outside
source. Be true to yourself and your heart and your
passion. Here’s What I’m Not Saying I’m not saying disregard good technique. I’m not saying abuse or damage your voice. I’m not saying disregard your director,
producer, or employer’s advice. But when you have a choice, sing what you
want, the way you want, the style and genre you want. As a teacher, I insist on getting you into
a healthy, balanced vocal coordination during your lesson and I’ll guide you to optimal
vocal technique, and I’ll tell you what I think is ideal. What are the consequences of singing what
you want and how you want? It may not be your best sound. It may be your best sound. You may not gain any fans. You may get new fans. You may lose fans. You may love it. You may hate it. Like anything else in the world, how will
you know unless you try? Even if it’s not better, it may be very
fulfilling and bring great joy to your life. Please whatever you do, make it a rule, YOU
DO NO HARM TO YOUR VOICE. Here’s 4 examples of singers who were known
for a certain genre and style and sang something completely different. Maybe their voices weren’t a perfect match
for the songs, maybe their fans weren’t happy about it, but they did it anyway and
in many instances wildly succeeded. My guess is, they didn’t care what you and
I thought about it. They wanted to do it! Watch. Linda Ronstadt
Pavarotti Michael Bolten
Andrea Bocelli Who are others that you know about? Vocal classification is not Vocal Type. Your vocal type is what you tend to do when
you sing through the first bridge of the voice. Do you tend to have a high larynx? Pull Chest? Flip? Do it in falsetto? Do it light or breathy? Mix? Go to PowerToSing.com and take the vocal test
which I call the power test. Take the quiz and discover your vocal type. Then go to the Knowledge Center and watch
the videos about your vocal type. Download the free exercises for your vocal
type and start improving your voice immediately. If you liked this video, give it a thumbs
up, subscribe and share it with a friend. I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. You can sing higher with beauty, confidence
and power. I’ll see you inside the next video. Subtitles by the Amara.org community

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