This week we’re looking at which musical styles demand the most technical focus from the singer.
There has long been a divide between classical and popular approaches to singing. The former has been considered to require considerable technical prowess and the latter was dubbed as an easy alternative. In some ways I can see some truth in this argument, pop songs (on mass) are written to be anthems, memorable & easily singable so that fans can easily latch on to a melodic idea. On the other hand, classical pieces can be written to be enjoyed and admired by their audience, but never copied. What this argument does not consider is the plethora of popular music which requires an immense amount of support and ability from the singer, take power ballads for example! This week we’d like to hear your thoughts on this.
So the question is: On average, do you think that singers who have trained in the opera tradition more ‘technically able’ than those in the pop world?
Great Comments from last week:
Last week Craig asked: In your opinion, is illegal downloading & file sharing killing the industry or simply introducing people to more new music than ever before.
Alex De Hoyos wrote…
“Simply introducing people to more new music than ever before? That’s the nicest way I’ve ever heard someone refer to illegal activities. Killing the industry? Maybe not, but certainly hurting it and changing it. I love music. I’ll buy anything from my favorite artists. I’m happy to pay for it, knowing that hundreds of people may have worked very hard to produce an album that I have greatly enjoyed. I wish musicians and engineers could make some real money off of recordings like they used to. It’s sad that people think they can just take whatever they want. So it’s just something that we have to deal with, I guess”.
Wes Stilman commented…
“I think it helps and it hurts. It hurts sales on the music, but it increases the fan base of the artist as more music is getting around easier and quicker. There ARE still people out there that WILL buy the artist’s music, as well as materials such as shirts or posters. Kiss didn’t make their money off album sales or their shows in the early days, they made money off of merchandise”.
Suzanna Woods posted…
“All sounds fine for the already successful artists who can command high ticket prices and sell merchandise to offset the sorry state of affairs regarding their intellectual property but unsigned acts (the potential stars of tomorrow) DON’T get paid to play live, they’re lucky if they can find a gig at all, and their original work is no less valid than a proven hit! Illegal downloads (as opposed to legal ones Peter) are hurting new aspiring artists and the industry as a whole is the poorer for it”.
Another great discussion guys! Don’t forget to log on and join the debate next week
All the best, C x