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Unread 05-16-2007, 01:46 PM   #1
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finding an appropriate key

how can i know what key i should sing in? i can take some songs and play it in A and move the capo up the neck and sing it in each half step up, but i dunno whats best...

then there are songs where it just seems like i cant sing at all! i dont know my range or anything. im a little...confused.

anything would help, thanks.

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Unread 05-16-2007, 01:54 PM   #2
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Sing in whatever key the song is in. If you're trying to find a key to play and sing in that you are comfortable then I'd really have to say that you should start with the original key and move it by halfsteps until you find a key you can sing in comfortably. There really shouldn't be a key that you'd be able to sing in and not in others... it's all in how the melody is written. I'd also be afraid that it might be that you are having trouble with certain intervals so I'd practice singing intervals with my piano or guitar if I were you. Also, Piano is a good way to measure your range.
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At 15 I was confused about my vocal range. You will become more comfortable knowing your range the more you sing. And just because you think you sound good in the car, doesn't mean you will like the way you sound singing the same tune in public or on stage. My range was not that great after my voice changed, but well into my twenties I had much more range.

My advice, take some voice lessons for at least a few months. For the cost of mid range new guitar, you will learn so much.
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At 15 I was confused about my vocal range. You will become more comfortable knowing your range the more you sing. And just because you think you sound good in the car, doesn't mean you will like the way you sound singing the same tune in public or on stage. My range was not that great after my voice changed, but well into my twenties I had much more range.

My advice, take some voice lessons for at least a few months. For the cost of mid range new guitar, you will learn so much.
I just noticed where it said he was 15... Yeah, I'd say that your voice has most likely not settled yet... Find a vocal instructor! A good vocal instructor should be able to help you immensely and if you go while you're still in this awkward age it will be easier to expand your range for further on down the road.
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really? that would be awesome because a lot of times, it seems like i need to "talk" the song instead of "sing" it...y'know?

back to that key thing...is that all just opinion? or is there a key for every voice?
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really? that would be awesome because a lot of times, it seems like i need to "talk" the song instead of "sing" it...y'know?

back to that key thing...is that all just opinion? or is there a key for every voice?
A key, to put it simply and not confuse things, is simply the scale that the song was written in...

Like say a song was written in C.. the C scale goes: C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C so when you sing the song every not should be in that scale ie. if you were to sing A# it would not sound good and be considered off-key.
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really? that would be awesome because a lot of times, it seems like i need to "talk" the song instead of "sing" it...y'know?

back to that key thing...is that all just opinion? or is there a key for every voice?
Opinion? There is a range for every voice but it is not related to key. You can go as low or as high as you want in any key.
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Opinion? There is a range for every voice. You can go as low or as high as you want in any key.
I more or less hinted at that... I should have said that... but then again... certain melodies are harder to sing in certain keys for some voices because of how they are written...
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