Thank you all, this thread has been a great help and I guess it would be for any beginner who wants to sing along to their playing.
As my earlier post suggested, Iâ€™ve been struggling to sing quite a few songs because I canâ€™t quite get the key right even though the range didnâ€™t seem too far out for me.
Initially before this post I thought a capo was simply used to transpose the key of a song to the way it is â€œsupposedâ€ to be played as intended by the original artist. I didnâ€™t realise you could manipulate the key to suit your vocal range, I had simply never thought about it, to busy practising the guitar I suppose.
Anyway, to the point; I went through my songbook last night and just sung the first verse and chorus of each song, I noticed that all songs which started with and predominantly stay close to E, F or G (plus minors obviously), I was able to sing ok, certainly ok enough to stop the local dogs howling in return!
However I started to struggle on songs which start with and predominantly stay around on A and C (I donâ€™t have that many with Bâ€™s but Iâ€™d assume theyâ€™d be in there too?), so I experimented with the Capo. What I found was songs which start with and predominantly stay around A I needed to Capo on 2, and likewise C I needed to capo on 4.
I concluded that these chords are a little high for me, but Iâ€™d have thought Iâ€™d need to transpose down rather than up but I guess this is where harmony between certain notes and chords come into the equation.
The funny thing was, songs which start with D seemed ok but I did run out of time so I rushed this. However, this fits in with Kajima when he says most D songs revert to Em and E.
Is this a normal scenario? I guess that A, B and C chords are not too high for me but simply donâ€™t harmonise with my â€œhowlâ€ correctly?? If I sing these songs without a capo, the key of my voice wanders all over the shop until I settle at a pitch that sounds like Michael Jackson with his bits in a vice??
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