How to sing like white people - a guide for singers

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by pklima, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. That was sheer genius! Like and share widely.

    Some of what she lampoons actually sounds pretty good when done by Postmodern Jukebox's singers. This stuff's not just for white girls, either. Keep your eyes on the baritone sax in the video below, if you can. I'd play in that band.

    The Band:
    Robyn Adele Anderson - vocals (center)
    Cristina Gatti - vocals (left)
    Ashley Stroud - vocals (right)
    Stefan Zeniuk - Flame-O-Phone
    Adam Kubota - bass
    Allan Mednard - drums
    Scott Bradlee - piano
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  2. FerruleCat


    Mar 29, 2014
    Tulsa, OK
    The Bunkers were OGs, yo.

  3. ToneMonkey


    Sep 27, 2003
    Newberg, OR
    She forgot the most important rule (especially for male vocalists), master the technique of singing like you got a chicken bone caught in your throat... It's kind of like a half croak deal.... You're so overcome with emotion that it's actually painful to sing about it. But do it all the time 'cause it never gets old.
  4. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly. Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    Sing like the guy from Rare Earth.

  5. turf3


    Sep 26, 2011
    Don't forget that when you breathe, you have to get right up on the microphone so it can pick up all the sound of your gasping intake.
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  6. monsterthompson

    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    I'm confused about what is particularly "white people" about this.

    It could be because I listen to music by back and white people.
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  7. JaseyT

    JaseyT Guest

    Jun 18, 2009
    Make that the next YouTube "how to..." video, and watch the ensuing self-righteous meltdowns.
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  8. JaseyT

    JaseyT Guest

    Jun 18, 2009
    Okay, back me up on this...doesn't this singer remind anyone else of Beavis?
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  9. monsterthompson

    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    nailed it.
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  10. john_g

    john_g Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    This was the first song I could think of with hip singing..oh and any lorde song too:

  11. IconBasser

    IconBasser Scuba Viking

    Feb 28, 2007
    Fontana, California
    Huh. I guess the parody was spot on. Phantom 'iii's" and everything.
  12. matante


    Nov 3, 2003
    Los Angeles
    When she gave the example of Rule number 3, it was exactly what I would call "black singing." I think people under a certain age are so used to hearing it everywhere, that they don't realize that's an R&B style.

    Also, white doesn't equal indie. All the singers mentioned so far in this thread are much too famous (mainstream) to be called indie.
  13. What about bob and doug?

    Not going to lie, she got me at first. Honestly, I hear a lot of this vocal style, and being in the age group that it appeals to, I'm not into it, especially at local shows with trendy bands. I mean, I'm glad that people are expressing themselves in ways that they feel are appropriate and I understand that I don't need to enjoy it myself, but hearing that style of vocals has a very negative effect on me.

    Also, I've never noticed the "II" sound to vowels, are there any particular examples?

    I will say though, it seems a better description than "unique" to this vocal style, is "stylistic, and quirky". Quirky makes more sense IMO.
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  14. SactoBass

    SactoBass A retired civil engineer who likes all-tube amps! Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Lake Havasu City, AZ
    +1 :thumbsup:
  15. sorry, I'm a big fan of them, I actually wear plaid all the time because my father always did, and so did bob and doug.
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  16. SactoBass

    SactoBass A retired civil engineer who likes all-tube amps! Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Lake Havasu City, AZ
    Sometimes my wife and I will look at each other and we'll say "good day, eh?" :D
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  17. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    White people? Rhianna is white?
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  18. Bassology


    Feb 2, 2006
    I think this is more than just a white people thing or any color for that matter, see the videos below. It's just a style of singing that happens to be popular these days. Remember in the late 90's, early 2000's every pop singers were doing the hand moving singing. I don't see it better or worse than others. If it suits the music then so be it.

    Last edited: Jan 5, 2017
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  20. tekhedd

    tekhedd Tone chaser

    Feb 9, 2009
    Colorado, USA
    Owner/operator of BYTE HEAVEN
    Rhianna? White? Kinda, yeah. *shrug*

    I mean, her singing is. Chromatically she's one of them human colors, I don't know, I don't watch videos, so I find out years later anyway.
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