Singing to Your Strengths - dummies

By Pamelia S. Phillips

You want to emphasize your particular singing talents whether you sing at your cousin’s wedding, at a family gathering, for an audition, in church, or as part of karaoke night at a local pub.

The following list highlights skills and strengths you can emphasize. If your strength is

  • A lovely tone, choose a nice ballad that enhances your tone. Examples of songs that showcase a lovely tone include “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella and “To Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan.

  • Acting, choose a great story song with a conflict that you work through as you sing the song. Examples of good story songs include “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin (female); and “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress,” by Allan Clarke, Roger Cook, and Roger Greenaway (male).

  • A strong head voice, sing a song that has some high notes, such as “Oh, Holy Night,” by D. S. Dwight and Adolphe Adam, in the high key.

  • An ability to sing notes quickly and easily, sing “Rejoice” (female), from Messiah, by Handel.

  • Proficiency in switching quickly between registers, sing “The Lonely Goatherd” (female), from The Sound of Music, by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.

  • A strong chest voice, sing “Ol’ Man River”(male), from Showboat, by Jerome Kern.

  • A strong range from top to bottom, sing “Crying” (male), by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson.

  • Your great sense of humor, poke fun at yourself and sing “Great Balls of Fire” (male), by Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer.