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What Can I Sing When I've Got No Accent?

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by misterwogan, Dec 24, 2019.

  1. misterwogan

    misterwogan Senior Stratmaster

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    I don't know why, but the last few days I've become a little obsessed with trying to find a song that I can sing and record - and share. I can usually only sing in the key of E and within a single octave range. On the positive side - pitch control is very good, on the negative side is - pretty much everything else.

    My biggest issue is: I have absolutely no accent, at all. I am a native Irishman and speak with an obvious yet very mild Irish (Dublin) accent. If I try to sing with an Irish accent, I just end up sounding like a really bad, stand-up comedian impersonating Shane MacGowan of the Pogues. American - forget it (bad impersonation of JR Ewing). English - no, remember Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins - yes, that bad and worse.

    I tend to equate a singing accent with vocal character. Therefore not having an accent means that I'm looking for songs that require no character whatsoever. I have come across one song that I could do that was not utterly dire, it was Ralph McTell's The Streets of London - a song that I learned to play on acoustic back in 1976. One more thing. I'm 57 - yet when I did Streets of London (this evening) I sounded like I was 12. So folk may be the way to go, so long as it is accent-less folk.

    Any and all pointers and suggestions will be gratefully considered.

    EDIT
    Better if you hear what I'm talking about (I'm baring it all here). This a rough recording of the my vocal on The Streets of London, done just now. How would you classify this voice? What sort of songs could I cover? Should I just shut the feck up and never be heard again?

     
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  2. Stark

    Stark Still an idiot

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    Just be yourself and sing whatever can be sung as strongly as possible in your vocal range.
     
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    GuitarPix Senior Stratmaster

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    Just because you don’t HEAR your accent doesn’t mean you don’t have one [emoji6]

    But I agree - any song in your range you really like is good. Choose one word per line to emphasize (more than you’d think correct) and you’ll be fine.
     
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  4. misterwogan

    misterwogan Senior Stratmaster

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    Ok, I've just posted the vocal. Tell me what accent you think this is?
     
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  5. AncientAx

    AncientAx Still hacking ....

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    Try this one
     
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    Stratoman10 Dr. Stratster Silver Member

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    Just sing and whatever comes out, comes out
     
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    Write your own tunes. Then sing them. No way to be wrong.
     
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  8. mjea80

    mjea80 Lost In The Light Silver Member

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    I dont know many songs in E, but I do think your recording sounds quite good here. Levels are good and you stay in key the whole time.

    If you dont like the key of a song throw a capo on and make it into your own version in any key you would like! :thumb:
     
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    @misterwogan you have a beautiful accent. Sing like that in Nashville and it won't take half an hour before somebody asks where you're from. The way your vowels come out is distinctively different from all the accents I hear regularly. I think you could very naturally cover Paul McCartney vocal parts.
     
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    I feel you’d do good on some Tom Petty stuffs.

    to me, has a Canadian, I recognize a pretty obvious British accent, reminds me a lot of Morrissey...

    Try this


     
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  11. misterwogan

    misterwogan Senior Stratmaster

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    I am very definitely - not British.
     
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    Pearl Jam - maybe?
     
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  13. misterwogan

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    Oh yes, I like that. If You Could Read My Mind was another one that I did in 76.
     
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  14. misterwogan

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    I could get used to this :thumb:
     
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    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    You sound great! Dont change a thing.
     
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    Alrighty then
     
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  17. misterwogan

    misterwogan Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm even less British than you are. I just, live with them - to help maintain their feelings of guilt.
     
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  18. misterwogan

    misterwogan Senior Stratmaster

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    Thank you very much. Well, that's the easy bit - because I can't change it, in any way - at all. The question i'm trying to answer is: what songs can I realistically take on for recording?
     
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    Who gives a flying f*ck if you have an accent? It’s what makes you you. I’m bilingual Russian-English. I don’t like my accent in English and I don’t like the one I speak with in Russian, but it is what it is.
    I am relieved you chose a song that is very good for your voice. It’s pleasing to listen to. Keep up the good work.
     
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    Sounded fine to me.

    Everyone hates the sound of their own voice at first. Keep recording it, a lot.
    You'll get not only more comfortable but find ways to do things you would never have expected with it.
     
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