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TC asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicSinging · 6 years ago

How to become a backup singer?

How do I audition to become a backup singer. what's involved?

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  • RJ
    Lv 7
    6 years ago
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    The main task of a backup singer is to make the lead singer of a group look good. This job is best suited for those who like to remain out of the spotlight (both figuratively and literally) and concentrate on exercising their singing talents. As with most creative industry jobs, one of the best ways you can try to get a job as a backup singer is to make sure that you have a demo reel that showcases your singing talent.

    To get a job as a background singer, you need to have an excellent singing voice. If your voice has been described as "unique" or "different" that might be enough to front a band or start your own recording career, but to get a job as a background singer, you need to have a harmonious singing voice. Additional training with a vocal coach can help you to increase your voice strength and breathing technique. Some gigs as a backup singer may ask you to reference sheet music during rehearsals, in which case knowing how to read, and possibly write, musical notation, is a good skill to have.

    One of the most important weapons to have in your arsenal when applying for a job as a backup singer is a demo reel. This is an audio recording that showcases your abilities for potential employers. It's called a "reel" because demos used to be stored on reel-to-reel tapes, but in the digital age this is more usually a CD or MP3. Record a number of songs using various styles to show off your vocal range. You can also use video tapes of yourself singing and encode these for streaming online at a website. Join the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists to learn about recording opportunities in your locality and also as a way to network to find more jobs.

    Here are some audition tips for a backup vocalist:

    To prepare for auditions, study vocal technique with a music teacher and polish your vocal skills. Take music theory courses to brush up on reading sheet music. Practice singing everyday to keep your voice strong.

    Search trade publications for notices of upcoming auditions for backup singers. Subscribe to "Back Stage," a weekly entertainment magazine for people in the music business, as well as other industry magazines. Apply for auditions.

    Familiarize yourself with the artist you may be working with once you are called for an audition. Listen to the artist's most recent music online. Study the songs on his upcoming or current album.

    Pay attention to what will be asked of you at your audition: the length of the song, the type of song you will sing and anything else the director mentions. Prepare a variety of material that suits your voice. Limit your song to 2 to 3 minutes if the director does not specify a time frame. Learn the lyrics so you can sing them flawlessly.

    Rehearse with a pianist. Rewrite the sheet music in the key that works for your range. Mark tempo changes, repeats, codas or cadences and other adjustments in red ink on the sheet music. Photocopy your song and tape the edges together in accordion style to hand to the pianist at the audition.

    Stand and sing at the audition without dancing or walking around. After the audition, leave a demo and a press kit with the producer so he can blend your voice with other backup singers when making a decision.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    One of the most important aspects of singing well involves correct breathing. Now you would think that we would already do this correctly. Try a site like which has the best vocal exercises

    After all if we couldn't breathe we wouldn't be alive! But in reality many people have bad breathing habits caused by a variety of things including poor posture and our often frantic lifestyles. Learning how to control your breathing is one of the keys to improving your voice.

    Singing requires that you are able to take in enough air quickly before you are about to sing a line and then let this air out in a regular and controlled way whilst singing the notes. The mistake many novice singers do is to take a quick shallow gasp of air into the top of the lungs. This results in there being insufficient air, to get you through the line you are singing, and you will end up dropping notes. I'm sure you can relate to this experience and can remember times when you have had to quickly take in more air half way through the line or note you are singing.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Just bear in mind that all that hard work isn't enough - you also need huge talent, dedication, determination, resilience and luck.

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