PERFORMING SONG COVERS
How to perform song covers originally
Performing Song Covers: If you are struggling for inspiration to write songs, you may consider choosing song covers instead. This is obviously a big risk to take, so before you start going through all song covers you can think of, it’s best to consider which song covers allow you to make them your own.
Performing Song Covers
- Try picking something original. The last thing you want is to choose song covers that have been done countless times. If a song has been covered numerous times then your version will get lost amidst the other versions. You want to pick song covers that are not currently in the chart, as people will hear that enough as it is, but you want to avoid picking an obscure song no one has heard of.
- Once you have decided on a song, listen to other artist’s song covers and how they've altered the original to make it their own. For example, Guns N' Roses version of ‘Knocking on Heavens Door’ or Fallout Boy’s version of ‘Beat It’ by Michael Jackson.
- You need to bring something new to the table and perform song covers in a unique way. Things you can change around include the tone of the song, the tempo it is played at or even the instrumentation. Performing a straight up cover won’t show any imagination on your behalf. The more ways you can alter the original song to create something unique, the better. A slowed down, reggae version of ‘trouble’ by Taylor Swift would be something truly unique that would get people interested for example.
Performing Song Covers as a Singer
- Of course there are endless ways to change song covers; rewrite the lyrics, slow it down, speed it up, add adlibs or even add rap sections. Don’t change it for change sake but playing around with it will help with your song writing skills plus make it original.
- You should put as much effort into choosing and recording song covers, as you would put in to recording your own song. Remember, the cover should be created, not carried out!
- Remember that people are more often than not going to always say they prefer the original. You are not trying to compete with that, you are merely putting a fresh spin on it and getting any version of the song back in the public eye.
- Whatever song covers you do the most important thing to think about is whether you’re connecting with the song. Trying to sing a song that you do not feel an emotional connection to will be plainly obvious to your audience, so a top tip whilst learning how to sing with emotion is to pick songs you understand and connect with.
PERFORMING SONG COVERS
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