So You Think You Can Sing Country?
I want to pitch an idea for a new television show! Instead of “So You Think You Can Dance?” my show will be called “So You Think You Can Sing Country?”
I got this great idea after several nights singing and watching karaoke with some of my best girlfriends. Sure, a karaoke bar might not be the place to witness musical greatness, but it is fun and laidback. It’s fun to let your hair down and let your inner rock star out. However, I noticed some pretty sweeping stereotypes when people jumped on stage to sing country songs. Every single country song sounded like an over twanged, garble-y mess sung by a tone deaf toddler. In other words: It was terrible.
So, you think you can sing country? Well, here are some tips you should follow if you want to sound like the real deal:
- It’s Not All About Twang – It’s about Slide: No one wants to hear your Hillbilly howl. Real country singers slide their notes from one to the other, seamlessly. Effortlessly.
- Get Yer Growl On: We’re tough. We don’t scare easy. Our songs are about beating the odds and standing up against the world. That involves some grit and growl. Get some gravel in your voice.
- Okay, It IS a Little About Twang: Alright, fine. There is a little twang. But don’t overdo it and sound like a parody of yourself. Use twang sparingly.
- Commit and Crush It: Country isn’t timid. We’re dirt in the skirt, mud in the tires, and pedal to the metal kinda folk. Sing like you mean it.
Either way, have fun with it. After all, isn’t that what it is all about?
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