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Singer Performance Skills Blog

Basically, anyone can sing a song. But not everyone can sing a song that captivates and enchants the listener. To help you develop this ability, I’m going to detail the process of how to become one with a song.

You might think that the process is obvious: learn the words; learn the melody. But there’s actually more to it, including faster and easier ways to approach the process. When learning a song, first focus on the structural and technical details; then give it a soul — your interpretation of its meaning; and then tend to your musical styling and song performance choices.

1. Map the Song Form

Some songs have a unique arrangement while most follow common forms using a certain number and pattern of verses, pre-choruses, choruses and, in some cases, a bridge and/or tag ending. This arrangement or form, I call the map of the song. Once you identify and learn a song’s map, you can predict whatever comes next as you sing it. It’s much easier to memorize a song once you’ve determined its form.

In subsequent posts we'll cover the remaining seven points including finding the best key, learning melodies and so on.


  1. Jana on August 12, 2014 at 8:19 AM said:
    I like what you are saying and I look forward to the rest of this series. I would like more advice, though, on how to go about mapping the song. Can you write more about that?
  2. Jeannie Deva on August 12, 2014 at 11:53 AM said:
    Hello Jana! So glad you like it. In mapping a song you identify how the song starts (chorus? verse? some kind of intro?) then note section by section so you know how many verses before you sing a chorus; is there a pre chorus before each chorus, etc. I have written about this and all the rest that this blog subject will only be able to touch upon in detail, including exercises, in my eBook: "Singer's Guide to Powerful Performances." I look forward to your continued input here!
  3. Mrs J Ellis on September 16, 2014 at 6:39 AM said:
    Hi Jeannie, I love the vocal warm ups also the latest working CD that I purchased from called The Contemporary Vocalist Improvement Course. I am on Range and Control at the moment but I was wondering what do I need to do once I have completed the course, in as much as keeping my vocal chords in tact? would there be another CD for that or are the warm ups enough along with songs to sing. Best Wishes J Ellis UK
  4. Jeannie Deva on September 16, 2014 at 8:30 PM said:
    Hi J Ellis! Thank you so much for adding a comment - I'm very happy to hear you are enjoying your work with my Warm-Up CD as well as my Contemporary Vocalist. There is a Volume 2 of the Contemporary Vocalist which only sells on this website. While you're welcome to order it as a hard copy (go to "store" on the navigation bar) you can save shipping expense if you get it as a download. Volume 2 coordinates with the CDs of Volume 1 and gives you a complete vocal workout and full development. I still use the exercises from the various CDs to keep my own voice in shape.
  5. Betsy on December 15, 2014 at 8:00 PM said:
    Jeannie Deva. I think you are wonderful. You share so much with those visiting your site. I am 80 and just enjoy listening and reading the into you share . You are special.
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