Keep living the dream of singing

English: David Singing

English: David Singing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: a short course in singing for people ...

English: a short course in singing for people that can’t sing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Back Beat record label

Back Beat record label (Photo credit: Fred Seibert)

A-Z of Bristol record labels

A-Z of Bristol record labels (Photo credit: brizzle born and bred)

English: Brett Manning performing at the Exit/...

English: Brett Manning performing at the Exit/In in Nashville, TN on October 6, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Artist Woman Singing Concert in Jazz Club

Artist Woman Singing Concert in Jazz Club (Photo credit: epSos.de)

It has been my dream to sing for so many years, but where do you start. I know that sometimes one can get discouraged and think that you can never reach you’re goal, but keep on reading.

WHERE TO START:

Well, I started of at joining a singing school. This was the best decision I made, because you need someone to guide you to use your voice to it’s full potential and they give you a chance to sing in front of a crowd, where you can grow and learn. This is where you grow as a performer and “get out of your shell.”

You can always get some voice exercises from the web, there are some great ones that even the well known singers are using like the exercises of Brett Manning.

You can also visit a well known recording company to record your songs on cd and promote yourself this way, by selling them. Also do remember that if you don’t write your own songs, you need to take a look at SAMRO’s website, because if you copy other people songs without permission, it is stealing.

Do you need get signed for a contract?

Don’t be stuck on getting a contract, with video blogging and blogging these days, you can advertise yourself and who knows, if you are well enough, someone will find you. You must just stay positive and keep on loading those songs. The signing of singing contracts are overrated in any case, what they actually do is to take a big bite out of you’re money.

There is just one thing, ask other people about their opinion of you’re singing, I have heard some people who think they can sing, but as they say, they are just completely “tone deaf“, they can’t hear that they are not singing on the note or even according to the melody of a song.

Conclusion:

So, if it is you’re dream to sing, don’t give up, just keep on dreaming and step out and do it, a dream stays a dream until you put it into gear. Singing is my passion and I am living it!!

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When you love singing, one of the best ways for you to get some exposure is YouTube

Please read this post on how I got allot of views on my YouTube video and why I deleted it up to the end, it might help you allot!

My video I uploaded:

My own personal video I uploaded was “soos die branders” which is a song in Afrikaans that I wrote myself. The music was done by someone else, because I cannot play any musical instruments. I wrote the song and with the recording the song was recorded first, then he created a ghost track on which I had to go practice and afterwards we recorded the complete song with the music. The person who did the music also did the mastering of the song (and I paid allot of money for it). You can read more about how I edited the video on http://all-about-life-tips.com/building-best-videos/ – there I explain which program I used to make the video, which was according to me, very good for a non-professional. I was very proud of my song, because it was the first song I wrote myself and I was proud of my video, because it took me a long time to do it and I did not have one part where my mouth did not move according to the song, even though I did the sound and video separately. Naturally, after doing all this work, I uploaded my song on YouTube for the world to see and share in my joy because of this first work I created. I was very excited.

How I got allot of views on my YouTube video

Every day I went to check the stats of my video and it burned like wild fire, within a week there was over 500 views on the video. How did I do it? Below my video in the comments, I wrote “If you like this, please like and share with your friends”. After my video was completely uploaded to YouTube, I went to the share button and shared this video which I was so proud of to facebook, twitter, google+, blogger, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

YouTube how to share video

share your video on social media

After I closed YouTube, I signed into my Facebook account and because I shared the video, it was on my wall. Here I re-shared it on my best friends’ timelines. There I also wrote, if you like my video, please share. (Some of my friends have over 1000 friends, so you can imagine how many people saw it on Facebook.) So you can see, I was very proud of this video and wanted to share it with everybody and that I did.

Why I deleted my YouTube video (and all the others I had on)

After about 3 weeks (sorry, I can’t remember the exact time span) I already had allot of views and I was excited, but then a negative comment came in. This was the only comment on the video at that stage. At first there was only one and I reported it as “abusive”. This comment was in Afrikaans, but translated it said: “I registered to YouTube just to tell you that this is the s*&@#$#@ (with the real swear word in) song I ever heard” As you can imagine, I felt very sad and did not quite know what to make of it, because according to me, the video was doing well. I could not help thinking that it was someone who was jealous of me, because as you  might have guessed – this comment did not have a picture. In my innocence I left a comment on my Facebook page with a link to the video asking those who liked it to please give me a thumbs up, because I got this negative comment and don’t know what to make of it. Naturally, some of my friends sent me private messages of support and some of my friends who are registered to YouTube gave me a thumbs up. At a later stage, I got another negative comment and then I re-shared my video on Google+ with the question “is my video really as bad as the person said?” This person, also faceless and nameless said “honestly, you cannot sing and you must rather take up painting.”  (I shared this because I was still proud of this video and could not think why someone could be so ugly) Boy oh boy, I should not have done that. I can take supportive comments like I should do something different with the video or the sound is not that good, but some people got really – really ugly. The most ugly ones, I also reported as “abuse” and then YouTube added a feature to approve or delete comments, but I could still see these comments. Some of them really broke my heart and I could not take it any more – I was a victim of online bullying. They started leaving negative comments on my other videos as well. Someone sent me a private message telling me that the negative comments was because someone with a very bad destructive website that likes to make a fool of allot of people put my video on his website.  (I’d rather not share the link to that website with you, but what I can tell you is that he lives in South Africa) One guy even wrote a “poem” for me it was very long and I can’t remember half of it, but what I can remember is that in his poem he mentioned that I make him want to vomit and I should definitely stop singing. Some people even attacked my family saying that they must be deaf and I must get another person to do my video, my husband does not know what he is doing. The more comments I read, the more I cried, because singing is my life and the only talent God has given me – I can’t paint. Some guy even left a comment that I should take a look at his video and when I listened to his song I heard more than once where he was off key, but I did not tell him that, I knew exactly how bad it felt when people left these comments, so I would not do it to anyone else. You won’t believe the thoughts that went through my mind, I even thought that if I can’t sing, I would rather die (kill myself), because singing is my life.

How I feel these days

Personally I am still hurt when I think of all the things the people said, but I think I reacted a bit quick to delete my videos, but at that stage I was so hurt that for me it was the only solution. For days I did not want to go to town, because I felt what if someone recognized me and I could not look people in the eyes. I did not even tell my family until about 2 weeks later. I even thought that I must stop singing, but then I realized that I would not be in the top 20 in a singing school of over 50 students if I could not sing. I realize now that the people who are so ugly has a problem with themselves and they want to hurt others for them to feel better.

What I learned and want you to learn

If you are brave enough to put videos on YouTube, you must be able to handle negative comments as well – you must please just not think that it is you – some people are just very sad and hurt on the inside and they want to hurt others. If you want to put a video on YouTube, apparently times have changed – YouTube is not for personal home type videos any more, it is for high quality professional type videos. Please let me know if I’m wrong by leaving a comment below. Afterwards I saw that even some of the best most awesome musicians get negative comments, I think that is how these people operate.

If you have a YouTube video you want to delete:

If you have a YouTube video that you want to delete, it is easy to do: You right click with your mouse on the video you wish to delete and choose the option to delete, but if you want to do it, remember: YOU MUST BE CERTAIN THAT YOU WANT TO DELETE YOUR YOUTUBE VIDEO, BECAUSE IF YOU DECIDE LATER ON THAT YOU WANT TO PUT IT BACK ON, YOUR STATS START AT ZERO AGAIN.

 I wish you the best of luck in building your singing career and pray from the bottom of my heart that you will be strong and make a huge success of your singing career.

PS: Sorry to those people, I will never stop singing and personally I think they never even tried!!!

Live your dream – publish your music

Did you know it is possible to Live your dream and publish your music:

This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. All opinions are my own.

I know that when singing is what you want to do and it is your LIFE, then you dream of publishing and selling your music, but how do you get the big publishing houses to like you and where do you start searching for the one who will like your particular type of music? Well, you can stop dreaming and start publishing your music.

Yes, it is possible for you to start living your dream and publish your music in a professional manner with the help of TuneCore.

The basics:

If you are an artist, creating your own music and writing your own songs, your obvious next step will be to publish your music for the world to hear and buy.

You want to make money from living your dream.

Please remember: you must write your own music, not copy music from other people.

TuneCore is the premier digital music distributor and publishing administrator for musicians worldwide.

The results:

Take a look at the Infographic supplied by TuneCore below, if you click on it, you will go directly to Tunecore’s website where you will find all the information you need to be able to publish your own music. Now if this is not living your dream, I don’t know.

TuneCore infographic

TuneCore infographic

About TuneCore:

Like I mentioned earlier: TuneCore is the premier digital music distributor and publishing administrator for musicians worldwide.

Don’t think that you are not a famous musician yet, take a look at the awesome services they provide.

You can have your music mastered by the professionals to make it sound like the professionals’ music you hear everywhere.

There prices are affordable. I’ve paid for mastering of some of my music and believe me, their prices are great in comparison to what you pay “non-professionals”.

Your music must already be recorded and you send them your copy to master.

Already have your master and you are happy with it, see how you can publish your music through them and make money.

Make money with your YouTube uploads, let TuneCore help you.

Get a publishing deal.

They sell and advertise your music and you collect the money.

Radio airplay: Get guaranteed online radio airplay to millions of listeners who like your style of music.

Take a look, there are millions of reasons to join TuneCore, but the most important is that they will help you live your dream of singing.

Deep down, from inside my heart, I wish you the best of luck in living your dream and believe that TuneCore will help you to do it.

Was this post helpful? Do you believe again that it is possible for you to live your dream of singing?

In my next post, I will share with you why I deleted all my YouTube Video’s, especially the one that got over 3000 views in 2 months and I will share with you how I got so many views so be sure to stay tuned.

The only reason we may fail

When we give up on our dream it is the only reason we may fail.

The obstacles

When you dream, especially of singing, there are allot of mountains to climb.

There are negative situations or negative people that just don’t want you to make it, but it is what you do with this that depends on what your future will hold.

When you dream of singing, you must get out there and put yourself on the line, otherwise you will just eventually give up and decide that you are not going anywhere.

In the past, I participated in allot of competitions and later on decided that I don’t want to put myself through that anymore, because when you don’t make it through to the next round, you feel unworthy and as if you cannot sing.

The most important thing is not to let these situations get to you.

You must persevere and continue. You must stand strong and NOT let these things make you feel unworthy. You must keep living your dream.

You must remember that no one else is going to give you a push, you must get out there and you must live-it.

You must decide for yourself that no matter what who says, I am going to do what I want to and I am going to live my dream.

Don’t let negative critism make you feel unworthy and just give up.

When dreams become reality

You must grab every situation that comes your way, don’t let anything hold you back.

Decide in your mind that you are good enough to make it and take the necessary steps to get there.

Don’t wait for people to ask you to go sing somewhere, go see people and ask if you can sing there. If they listen to you and say you are not good enough, don’t make it personal. Move on to the next place.

Take small steps at a time, don’t try to jump to the top, everybody has to start at the bottom. Most of the celebs didn’t just get there, they also went through this. Just take Justin Bieber for instance, they told him that he was not good enough. Someone “found” him and look where he is today. He is completely living it.

Although you dream in your mind that you stand in front of a huge crowd of people, singing as they cheer you on, this is not where you start. You start in the small places. You might even start with family and friends. Sing to them and listen to their comments. If it is negative comments, think about it – evaluate yourself and think realistic – maybe they might be right and there are some things you must change. Try to change them and sing to the family again. If they think you did well, move on.

Go to a small place like a restaurant or café where they allow people to perform. Ask them to listen to you and if you can sing there.

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Singing at SideWalk, which is a small restaurant.

Do it for a while, enjoy the moments you sing and evaluate your audience. See what songs they like when you sing them and what they don’t really respond to. When you know what the audience likes, you can sing more of those kind of songs.

When you move on to another place, the audience might be different, so you must evaluate them again.

As you get more and more exposure, you will gain more confidence. You will move on and who knows, while you are singing in a small restaurant, someone who has influence might hear you.

Remember that the only reason you may fail is because you give up. Don’t let other people let you give up.

My song

A long time ago, I mentioned that I will share my song as soon as I put it on,

I know that I don’t post here much anymore, because I bought my domain name and hosting, but like I said, a long time ago I mentioned that I will share my own song that I wrote myself here, so here it is:

I would like to ask the people reading this that you will please give me a thumbs up (if you like it). Allot of people who looked at it did not vote at all and if you have a blog where you post video material as well, you will know exactly how important those thumbs up are.

If you don’t like it, I will appreciate it if you would maybe just keep quiet (I hope that is not asking too much) but I had someone who left a comment saying that this is the sh*@#$ song he ever heard and that I must stop singing. If you are singing or want to be a singer, believe me, you can do without that kind of negative abuse.

I would actually like to ask those people (but for some or the other reason they remain anonymous) if they’ve tried anything “out of the box” in their lives and it failed, now they want to let everybody feel bad.

Hope you enjoy the song and thank you to those supporting me.

Attracting vocal techniques

Attracting vocal techniques are important:

How we say the words we choose is just about as important as the words themselves. Our voice is a powerful instrument that can motivate the troops or lull them to sleep. There is a huge difference between presenting and persuading. Your voice is a complete arsenal of persuasive techniques in and of itself. For example, you can say the same thing but mean five different things, depending on the tone of your voice. You can say “Thank you” laden with sarcasm, love, hate, anger, humor, or surprise–just by changing the tone and inflection of your voice.

Peter Blanck, in his research, found that judges communicated their bias and attitudes by the tone of their voice. The juries in California were twice as likely to convict trial defendants when the judges already knew the defendants had a record and prior convictions. The law simply states that the judge cannot share this private information with the jurors. Researchers found that when (judges) the judge gave the instructions to the jury, his words and tone of voice lacked warmth, patience, and tolerance.

You can change your rate of speech, your vocal fillers (um, uh, ah), the volume, pitch, inflection, emphasis, and even the pauses that you use. You can keep an audience listening with both ears and with full energy, rendering them absolutely spellbound because of the power of your voice.

Your voice is who you are. It is your trademark and your calling card. Your voice must exude energy, confidence, and conviction. We tend to judge others by their voice: Is it confident, nervous, relaxed, energized, tired, weak, or strong? If you sound unsure and timid, your ability to persuade will falter. Persuasive voices have great volume, varied emphases, good articulation, and a pleasing pitch. Master Persuaders use vocal variety and frequently vary their pace.

The good news is you can change many characteristics of your voice. Tape your voice. What does it project? Your voice must be interesting and easy to listen to in order to help, rather than hinder, your ability to persuade. Does your voice work for you or against you?

PACE refers to how quickly you speak. Mehrabian and Williams found that people who spoke faster, louder, and more fluently as well as those who varied their vocal frequency and intensity were perceived as more persuasive than those who did not.

Speeches delivered at fast speeds are more persuasive than those of slow or moderate speeds, because persuaders who speak faster appear more competent and knowledgeable. At these faster rates, receivers are not able to mentally engage in counter-arguing.

Pace and SPEED are also important to keep and capture attention. We can think three times faster than we can speak. We have all had conversations and were able to listen while thinking of other things. When we speak faster, we can keep attention longer. There is less time for our audience’s mind to wander. Studies show that we generally like faster speakers and find them more interesting. Most speakers average 120 to 180 words per minute. But there is no ideal speed. Franklin Roosevelt spoke 110 words per minute while John Kennedy raced along at 180 words per minute. Persuasive speakers will speak fast enough to excite and energize the mood of the audience but will be able to slow their pace down to create a mood of anticipation.

FILLERS can destroy your presentation, hurt your credibility, and annoy your audience. Most people feel they don’t have a problem with this, and most of them are wrong. You would be amazed when you tape yourself what words you use to fill in space during a speech. Fillers are not acceptable and need to be eliminated from all speech. Vocal fillers include the common “um,” “er,” and “uh.” Some people have their own idiosyncratic way of filling in the silence between ideas that makes them uncomfortable. Some repeat the first two or three words of a sentence until their brain catches up and they decide what they’re going to say. Others might say, “Okay” at the end of every sentence, as if they’re checking audience comprehension.

PITCH is the highness or lowness of the speaker’s voice. Low is best. In our culture, deeper voices are generally interpreted as reflecting authority and strength, for both men and women. In addition, a deeper voice is stereotypically considered to be more believable, indicative of an individual’s sincerity and trustworthiness. Some speakers even drink hot tea before they speak, a technique that creates a lower sounding voice.

Remembering to employ variety in your speaking is a constant challenge, but it is of paramount importance. You can help people remain alert and pay attention while you speak if the pitch of your voice rises and falls. There are two main reasons why this strategy works. First, the varying pitches will prevent your voice from sounding monotonous. Second, the varying inflections can help emphasize a particular word. Remember, if you are not an engaging speaker, you will not be persuasive.

Clearly ARTICULATE every sentence, phrase, and word. When your speech is clear and coherent, it conveys competence. When your articulation gets sloppy, it suggests lack of education and laziness. Consider how lawyers, doctors, supervisors, lobbyists, and the like must be articulate if they are to survive professionally. Good articulation conveys competence, experience, and credibility. Another practical reason to have good articulation is simply because it is so much easier to follow. As previously discussed, people will comply with you more if you are easy to understand.

Treat your PAUSES like gold. Well-timed pauses attract attention to a particular part of your presentation, give others time to tune in and process your message, and help you gain poise and confidence if you’re rattled. Use intentional pauses for the points you intend to drive home. Not only does a pause increase comprehension, but it also helps to highlight important points. Use pauses to create attention, emphasis, and mood.

A carefully planned pause usually comes before the point you want to highlight. It is a common mistake to not hold the pause long enough. Be sure you allow enough of a pause that the full effect will be felt. When you do this, the audience anticipates and listens closely to what you will say next. They can tell something important is about to happen. This strategy is made even more effective when you combine it with pitch strategies: Be sure that as you come to the pause, your pitch is high, thereby building suspense and giving momentum to what will follow. Inflecting your pitch downward will defeat the purpose, providing a feeling of resolution instead of suspension.

APPLICATION QUESTIONS

What are you using to fill in the pauses in your presentation? How are you going to stop using vocal fillers?

Make an audio of your self and judge yourself on pace, inflection, pitch, volume, articulation, and pauses.

Analyze your call to action and persuasive presentation and add silence to the key moments.

 

WHEN YOU DREAM OF BEING A SINGSTAR

WHEN YOU DREAM OF BEING A SINGSTAR AND YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START.

Well, I am not one to really ask, I am still dreaming of being a singstar. I am also one of those people watching every Idols show there is and I’ve sent my CD to some of the companies and radio stations, but the market is so flooded, I don’t even think they listened.

What I do know is that if you are looking for backtracks for songs then you can go to Ameritz any time, they are great, have allot of tracks, so most probably you will find what you are looking for there and then they are very cheap. JUST REMEMBER IF YOU WANT TO RECORD  OR EVEN PERFORM THESE SONGS, YOU MUST HAVE PERMISSION FROM THE PEOPLE WHO CREATED IT.

Another thing I know is that you can go look at this link for a recording program, but remember that this is not the only thing you need, great microphone, soundproof room and allot more, but for a recording program that has been recomended by allot of known stars you can just Click Here!

I still love singing and I love performing, although I am not known everywhere. I have written some of my own songs as well, but I can’t play any musical instruments, so I can’t add the music except if I go to someone. I have one song that someone put in the music for me, I will upload it sometime, but it is in Afrikaans.

Good luck to anyone trying to get a break, I am in the same boat, but I am still positive that somehow, somewhere I will get it.

I’ve seen the other day with a performing art exam, that even the girl who was at the top in this exam has entered Idols and did not even go through to the next round. And believe me she is great.

So some people get there, some don’t, but as long as you start singing in your town or city, then hopefully the right person will be at the right place.

If you send demo’s to people, please pay more for better quality demo’s. I had my first demo made for cheap cheap and believe me, it was cheap cheap quality. Sadly because it was my first, I thought it was great, but now when I listen to it, I realize it is awful. The worst part is that I have given it to a record deal company and now I think I cannot give them another one, because what if they think “oh, this is the one who thinks she can sing”.

In the end, I just believe that one must stay positive and when you dream of being a singstar – KEEP ON DREAMING, YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU GET THAT BIG BREAK.

Buttery voice

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English: RCA 44 Ribbon Microphone — Creative Commons — LuckyLouie 23:22, 4 November 2007 (UTC) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: A singer in front of a pop filter and AKG C4000B microphone. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Make Your Voice Buttery

Your speaking voice is one of the biggest assets you have when developing an

online business. It’s true. There are a number of different applications where

you can use your voice to enhance your online presence and your business model.

In particular, you can use your voice to record podcasts, add audio messages to

your website and create audio information products.

Modern technology has made the recording of your voice very easy indeed. You

can download a free version of the Audacity software and purchase a microphone

and quickly record digital audio files with whatever spoken message you like.

This article will discuss a few techniques you should use to make those spoken

messages smoother and buttery, just like those radio announcers.

The first thing you need to do is purchase a pop filter. Pop filters eliminate

the plosives in your speech like P’s, B’s and D’s. All three of these tend to

pop into the microphone, thereby popping into the ears of listeners as well.

Pops can be extremely distracting when listening to an audio recording and can

even discourage your audience from listening to any more of it. A simple $10

pop filter looks like a big foam rubber cover for your microphone and it can

eliminate the distracting plosives quickly and easily.

Next, it’s time to start recording. And after your recording is complete, there

are three electronic effects you can use to make your voice sound all milky

like the radio announcers. The most effective one is called the compressor. It

compresses the dynamic range of your audio file so that the loud parts are

softer while keeping the volume of the softer parts the same. The net result is

that your voice sounds smoother to the audience.

I usually lower the pitch slightly as well. On Audacity, you have four ways to

specify the change you want: musical note, semitone, frequency or percentage. You can only lower it by half a semitone which works out to a 2.87% drop in your voice

pitch so it’s a small change but you’ll think your voice sounds better afterwards. You

can play around with this to see what pitch suits your voice best.

The last effect you can use is the bass boost. Predictably, it amplifies the bass

frequencies of the audio file. Now, it does NOT lower the pitch of the file. It

only amplifies the bass frequencies while leaving the treble frequencies

unchanged. This effect rounds out the bottom and takes the tin out of the

recording. If your voice can sound tinny and shallow. The bass boost

eliminates that and leaves my voice sounding like honey.

At the time of this writing, these audio files have been downloaded over 17,000

times in 27 countries. But don’t use these effects to completely alter your voice.

If you listened to the recordings, it must still sound just like you. But the effects

described above make it incredibly smooth and pleasing to the ear, allowing the

listener to absorb the content rather than being distracted by a poor voice

quality.

Two pieces of advice.

First, find a way of incorporating voice

recordings into your business. It adds a personal dimension to your online

presence and enhances trust.

Second, use the effects described above to

improve the sound quality of your recordings. Your audience will respect you

more as a result.

Dreaming of flying

Have you ever dreamed of flying, well here is a look at a flight from a micro-lite “plain”.

This is something completely different from what I’ve been posting up till now, but I felt like it is also living your dream.

This is living your dream on the move.

 

Essential Guitar Tabs For Beginner Guitarists

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley (Photo credit: Brett Jordan)

 

04-10-2011My two acoustic guitars

04-10-2011My two acoustic guitars (Photo credit: jokerswild1963)

 

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When we wonder which guitar tab we need to get to begin to make up our repertoire, we usually think only
about songs we like. We know that our choice in music does not suck in the
slightest but if we are going to be playing our guitar and singing for audiences we need to get used to
the idea that our taste in music will not match what our listeners want to
hear.

 

 We may even take a look at popular choices in songs and get the
uncomfortable feeling that we might have to play songs that we do not like. One
thing guitar players are famous for
is standing on their principles and not
compromising
on what they are going
to play. The other thing they are famous for is giving the audience what they want. So a mixture of these two
attitudes is probably going to form in your psyche as you peruse your list of
guitar tabs on the internet. While we are on the subject of lists of guitar
tabs remember to pay a visit to your local music store or online merchant for
ready-made collections of easy guitar tabs. You can find titles like “Popular
Songs
for Acoustic Guitar” or “CMT’s 100 Greatest Songs of Country Music”.

One fact that has emerged from field
tests
conducted by buskers, night club performers and covers bands is that
you should look for your repertoire
in the songs of years gone by. Oldies
are goodies
. Another thing you should think about is whether or not you are an audience participation kind of performer.

If you are still wondering about it
one second after the thought enters your head, then you probably aren’t. So stay away from songs that require you to
yell, “Everybody now!!” or “Just the girls this time!”. Likewise if you play
solo acoustic guitar and have a voice like Johnny Cash you might want to stay
away from Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”.

But do not walk away from songs you enjoy just because they might not seem immediately doable. Remember Jose
Feliciano’s “Light My Fire” and Eric Clapton’s unplugged “Layla”.

Of course what songs you choose is not going to matter much if you do not pay
attention to how you sing and play the
guitar. People pay to see performers
who are better at something than they are. Which is where playing material that
you like comes in. If you are playing a song that you consider to be a crowd
pleaser but you personally think is a load of stomach chunks you give attention
to the part the audience likes. You already know what that is. That is why you
do not bellow, “Hello darkness my old friend” or shirk on the enthusiasm when
you sing the line, “Welcome to the Hotel California”.

Okay so what we get out of all this is
first, there are songs that crowds of people like and second, you can sing and play these songs in a way that
highlights your particular talents. Now for a basic list of songs that have
been known to please a crowd or two over a period of years:
Wild World by Cat Stevens
Imagine – by John Lennon
Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
Catch the Wind by Donovan
Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks
Angie by the Rolling Stones
Everybody Hurts by REM
50 ways to leave your lover by Paul Simon
The 59th Street Bridge Song by Simon And Garfunkel
American Pie by Don Maclean
Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell
California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and Papas
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan
Mrs Robinson by Simon And Garfunkel
You’re so vain by Carly Simon
Blowin’ In The Wind by Bob Dylan
Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
I Walk The Line by Johnny Cash
Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton
Gloria by Van Morrison (or Them)
Hotel California by The Eagles
Behind Blue Eyes by The Who
White Room by Cream
Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers
What Its Like by Everlast
Alison by Elvis Costello
Life By The Drop by Stevie Ray Vaughn
Melissa by Allman Brothers
Dead Flowers by The Rolling Stones
Seagull by Bad Company
Mediterranean Sundance by Al DiMeola and Paco De Lucia
Classical Gas by Mason Williams

This list could be much, much longer, but you probably already see songs here
that you would never play in a million years so all I can say now is I hope
this guide to essential guitar tab has been helpful.