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How to Sing the Blues!
This is not a "how to feel sad" tutorial...just the opposite, when you sing the blues, you will feel better. So start singing.
There has been a certain tune playing in my head for the last few weeks, and the only thing that might get rid of it is if I write about it.
It’s the blues.
I kept thinking, “I am supposed to teach my readers how to sing the blues...literally.”
So now you, too, can learn to sing the blues.
And just to make it more official, I have also included a downloadable MP3 of the blues that you can take everywhere with you so you can sing the blues anytime.
I will make this version of the blues very uncomplicated for you. It’s a simple 3 line blues that can make you look like a professional singer wherever and whenever.
Here are a few things to remember when you are singing the blues.
Let’s say, for example, that you have the “Walk the Dog” blues.What are some things that would be a hardship when it comes to walking your dog?
Here are some blues that go along with what we just listed:
My dog woke me this mornin’It was a quarter to fourI wanted to keep sleepin’, but his barking I couldn’t ignoreI got the “Walk the Dog” bluesI got the “Walk the Dog” blues
I was walkin’ my dogHe started chasin’ a squirrelWhich makes it hard to hook up with that dog-walkin’ girlI got the “Walk the Dog” bluesI got the “Walk the Dog” blues
I’m now walkin’ my dogThis is not what I wishNext time I want a pet, I will just get myself a fishI got the “Walk the Dog” bluesI got the “Walk the Dog” blues
I went to the storeTo buy me a petAnd now I am not lonely, but I owe a lot of debtI got the “Walk the Dog” bluesI got the “Walk the Dog” blues
I bought me a dogInstead of a catIf I had purchased Fluffy, I wouldn't have had to walk thatI got the “Walk the Dog” bluesI got the “Walk the Dog” blues
In all of these verses, I thought of the third line first so I would know what word to rhyme with, then the second line had to rhyme with the third line, and the first line is just anything (as long as it fits within the “5-8 words only” parameters)
After a few verses, you get to end the song with the line,
“yeah, it’s bringing me down, cause I got the _______ ______ ______ blues.”
This part of the song is slow and very bluesy so have fun with it.
Yes...have fun with it. Which brings me to “WHY” you should sing the blues.
1- Even though singing the blues is associated with being sad (or blue, thus the name), in all actuality, singing boosts your spirits.
I remember a long time ago being dumped by a girl and I was in a bad way. I would sing songs about being dumped including Frank Sinatra’s “Learnin’ the Blues.” I would cry through the whole thing, but I would also feel better just because I had been singing. You see, singing releases endorphins (chemicals which make you feel happy), so even when you’re sad, it’s good to sing.
2- When you are making up your own lyrics to a song, it gives you a sense of accomplishment. It may seem like it’s a difficult thing to do, and that’s why it is so impressive, but when you get the system down, you will see that it is actually quite easy.
It’s like writing short poems, which is impressive in and of itself, but when you add music to it, it is awe-inspiring, not just to others, but to yourself. It really feels good.
3- A lot of times, if you are singing the blues about a problem that you really are experiencing, you often come up with a solution to that problem when you make up the verses and sing it in the blues.
The other day, true story, I was sitting at a piano and was surrounded by some friends who started singing the “Sunglasses” blues...because I was wearing sunglasses at a time that I didn’t need to be wearing them.
The thing is, is that I DID need to wear them because my hay fever had gotten the best of me that day and my eyes were red and puffy, and I didn’t want people to be frightened by my red eyes.
While everybody was singing, I thought of a solution: take off the shades and just squint a lot. I know, not a mind-blowing solution, but that’s when it came to me, and that’s when I knew it would be OK.
So now you know how to sing the blues...go ahead and get started.
You’ll be happy you did!
The first MP3 below is a sample of me singing the “Walk the Dog” blues (all 5 verses - with one verse where I don’t even sing - I just speak it all [3rd verse])
The second MP3 below is the music without me singing (minus track...or karaoke version, if you will). In this version, I gave you three verses to sing, with the wrap up at the end.
Each song has it's own download option.
So be happy being blue!!
Click below to listen toThe "Walk the Dog" Blues
Click here to download your FREE mp3 copy of "The Walk the Dog" Blues
Click here to listen to The "Blankety Blank" Bluesor(The Blues Minus Track)
Click here to download your FREE mp3 copy of "The Blankety Blank" Blues
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