by Smart And Fun
First: Tips on Choosing a Great Song for the Talent Show
Few things to keep in mind when choosing a song:
Know your voice and your range. If your voice has never been evaluated and you don’t know whether you’re a tenor, soprano or an alto, or whether you can sing well in within one octave or seven, choose a few songs you like, video yourself singing them and choose the one that sounds best with your voice. Pick a song that falls within your limit of high and low notes.
Ask for help. It might be more helpful to post your videos on a singing forum and ask for honest opinions from people who a) don’t know you and b) know what they’re talking about when it comes to singing and performing.
Be wary of the “untouchables.” Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Freddy Mercury and Adam Lambert are a few of the singers considered to have the best voices in the business. Sing one of their songs with extreme caution, as they often sing very difficult songs and sing them extremely well, leaving imitators to pale in comparison. Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and Leona Lewis are a few others known for singing songs that require a huge range, advanced skill and precise technique.
Choose a song that is appropriate for you and the show. Before choosing a song, read all the lyrics to make sure they are G-rated, if that is what your school or church requires.
Also make sure you understand what the lyrics mean and the message the songwriter is trying to convey. This will help you sing the song with emotion, rather than simply reciting the words.
Song Mood. While slow, sad songs are filled with emotion and often showcase a voice very well, they can bring the audience’s mood down. A fun, more upbeat song is more likely to be a crowd favorite. You should consider the impact you’d like to make on the audience. Do you want to leave a lasting impression with a sad but moving song, or get the crowd dancing and clapping with a funky dance party number, or something in between?
Song Length. When it comes to talent shows, shorter is almost always better. Dragging out your act long past the audience’s interest and attention span doesn’t help with its success, and neither does singing a song that tires out your voice. Longer songs also mean more lyrics to memorize and recall on the big night.
If you do choose a lengthy song, consider shortening it, especially if you are new to performing or tend to get nervous on stage. Choose a few of the verses that are most meaningful to you and cut the rest. One benefit to choosing your favorite verses is that they’ll make a bigger impact when you highlight them this way. Another is that the audience is more likely to give you their full attention. You’ll also have less lyrics to worry about memorizing, which means you’ll feel more relaxed. Shorter can definitely be sweeter.
Chris Brown songs are good choices for boys.
Ballads are heartfelt songs that tell an emotional story. A ballad gives you — the singer! — an opportunity to connect with the audience by singing the lyrics in a sincere, expressive manner that makes listeners feel as though you lived through the story and wrote the lyrics yourself. Although “power ballads” are sometimes vocally challenging, ballads come in all shapes and sizes, many of which are well suited to an amateur singer’s vocal skills. While singing a slow ballad is a great way to show off your chops and impress the audience with your singing skill, singing something more upbeat will make the crowd go wild. More upbeat songs are more exciting for the audience, and also make it easier for the singer to move around to the beat. http://smartandfun.hubpages.com/hub/Awesome-Talent-Show-Songs
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