Basically, anyone can sing a song. But not everyone can sing a song that captivates and enchants the listener. To help you develop this ability, I’m going to detail the process of how to become one with a song.
You might think that the process is obvious: learn the words; learn the melody. But there’s actually more to it, including faster and easier ways to approach the process. When learning a song, first focus on the structural and technical details; then give it a soul — your interpretation of its meaning; and then tend to your musical styling and song performance choices.
1. Map the Song Form
Some songs have a unique arrangement while most follow common forms using a certain number and pattern of verses, pre-choruses, choruses and, in some cases, a bridge and/or tag ending. This arrangement or form, I call the map of the song. Once you identify and learn a song’s map, you can predict whatever comes next as you sing it. It’s much easier to memorize a song once you’ve determined its form.
In subsequent posts we’ll cover the remaining seven points including finding the best key, learning melodies and so on.