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Got Ya Covered!


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To Cover or Not to Cover

Covers! They're fun! Also a great exercise for any musician. You can have fun with the interpretation. Take a song in a different direction and really try and elevate things. Or just rock the song out all over the place. Covers are a great place to work on going through the process of arranging a song too. There are so many subtle ways you can change a song. Slow it down, speed it up. Harder with distortion softer with clean. Full banging drums or simple set of bongos. Rhythm changes, staccato, legato, it doesn't matter! Whatever you feel it should be.

Picking a Song

I'd like to pick something unexpected. For example I've always wanted to cover Tina Turner's classic "We Don't Need Another Hero". The music was so poppy and upbeat. Always thought that song should go in a darker direction. Who am I to Question Tina and Quincy though? Who cares it's just for fun! Maybe I'll get around to working that one out soon. So many songs out there to choose from. What would you cover?

This One Time at Band Practice...

Yeah, on a lark someone said we should cover "I Wear My Sunglasses at Night". The old Corey Hart diddy from the 80's? All synth and hairspray right? Well bad ideas are born from lots of beer consumption and a little boredom so we said what the heck. Liked it. Got good response... and recorded it. Good bad or eh, here it is in all it's glory. We opted for the "rock it all over the place" option I think.

https://soundcloud.com/6-pack-guru/sunglasses-at-night

Remember this music thing is fun! If you're having fun doing it someone, who might be listening, could feel some of that infectious fun in return!

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While we'd all like to do our own music all the time, the reality is we are there to entertain our audience, not to show off to them. Audiences always want to hear songs they know, and performers need to deliver.

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Learning a cover can also help immensly with song writing. While learning the song you kind of get to see the man behind the curtain. You get to see how the song is constructed from the ground up. Just learning a song I love and respect but would never record or play out, helps immensly.

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