Whether you like it or not, vocals are the bread and butter of our music industry. Knowing how to work with them or use them yourself is the definition of an asset.
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1.Learn You/Your Vocalists Range And Voice Type
The first step to creating that amazing vocal take is understanding what the range and voice type of the singer you’re working with is.
Basically your vocal range is the measurement of how low or how high you can sing, a common way to look at this would be males vocal ranges vary from C3-C5, and womens more generally is A3-A5. Knowing the range is important for knowing what key to play in, what melodic notes are possible, and it gives you an insight into the most powerful areas of a person’s voice.
Want to find out your vocal range?
Go to a piano/guitar, find middle c and sign the note on a “ah” sound. Next sing each note heading down the scale until you reach the lowest note you can sing (This is your lowest range). On the flipside sing middle C with in the same way and go up the scale and until you can’t sing the notes anymore. This is your max range.
2.Raise The Key Of The Song
Facts: Many Singers are writing too low for their vocal range
If you’re only singing low notes, you’re really missing out on the expression and opportunity that exists in the higher ranges. Higher notes help keep the melody exciting, and crowds love it when a singer can reach up and hit those high notes.
Fortunately for you, raising the key of the song is easy. If you play guitar, a capo is a great solution that easily allows you to quickly alter the key of the song (careful though if you put the capo on the wrong string, the world might end). I once played a performance on live TV where the singer/guitar player i was working with capoed the wrong fret, and it was the most “jazzy” our indie rock band had ever sounded.
The easiest way with today’s modern technology is that most DAW’s and Keyboards will have a transposition setting, so you can easily switch the key and even on the fly if you’d like to.
Experiment with different keys, and once you’re comfortable in one try and switching it so you can hear and feel the difference..
3.Play The Melody On Another Instrument
This is one I highly suggest to everyone, vocalists and instrumentalists alike. If you learned a sung melody, playing it on an instrument is going to give you an entirely different perspective. When you sing something, there is an element to it where you’re not intellectualizing the rhythms, the phrasing or the timbre. You’re mostly feeling those naturally, and this is a big reason why people can sing along with sung melodies , but if you ask someone to clap out the vocal rhythm, or describe the way the melody is being phrased, that’s something that takes a trained ear.
So pickup your guitar, or sit at the piano and start to learn that melody you just came up with. Not only is this useful in terms of producing the song you’re working on ( you can double the melody with guitar, piano, synth, etc), but it will also help your awareness of the melody, and really give you a full understanding of it (plus we all need work on those guitar and piano chops)
4.What Would Your Favorite Artist Do?
Sometimes when you’re working on a new song or idea, it’s good to look to those who inspire you for ideas. If you’re experiencing writer’s block, or just aren’t sure if this melody is really hitting the way you want. Listen to vocalists who really inspire you.
How would John Legend sing this part? What notes would Beyonce hit for this melody, How would Pharrell write this chorus?
Listen to lots of different genres, it’s beyond useful to have a musical awareness that exceeds one genre. It’ll allow you to impose other elements into your music, if you’re a trap rapper make sure you’re listening to some country (Lil Nas much), or if you’re a rock vocalist, make sure you’re listening to modern pop of the day. It’s important to have as much to go off of when making a new song or working with a new melody.
Now important note here, being inspired by one of your favorite vocalists is very different then just stealing one of their melodies. Make sure you’re using this for inspiration, and a creative boost not to actually write the song for you.
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