The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #130927   Message #2950014
Posted By: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
22-Jul-10 - 02:44 PM
Thread Name: Review: Killing folk
Subject: RE: Review: Killing folk
"One option is to carry a covert recording device and steal the song but I find that unethical at a free performance."

I'd be surprised if any singer objected to that for the purpose you state. If in doubt, just be polite and ask first. If you go to the same regular events, you'll get to know who objects and who doesn't.

Otherwise I empathise with some of your frustrations regards the ready accessibility of archive recordings. Though there are indeed current initiatives underway to remedy this.

Do have a bash with the Midi's. As a basic blueprint for the melody, they are perfectly usable. You just need to take your time with them: hum, la and play around with the tune until you've got it down, before adding words. Then once you've got the words nicely memorised, work on tweaking your phrasing and ornament.