I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a singer ask me, “What should I sing for this audition?” They don’t know if they should sing a song they already know, which one would be good, or if they should learn a brand new one. *sigh*
When I ask to see their book, I end up flipping through an unorganized jumble of songs from just a few genres of shows (usually contemporary) and all showing off their highest belt notes. Nothing from before 1950, nothing that shows legit, nothing intimate and small, nothing specialty-based. *double sigh*
“Okay,” I say, “Let’s make a list of the types of songs you should have in your book.” Once I start writing, it’s usually an overwhelming moment for them. All those songs? Yes.
When you’re putting together your audition book, you want to make sure you have songs from a variety of genres and time periods so that you have a song for whatever type of audition comes up. The more genres you have covered, the easier it will be to simply pick the appropriate song from your book and polish it for the audition.Read More