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singing - why so much attention?

Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by Killed_by_Death, Mar 28, 2019.

  1. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Member

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    We've got quite a few shows on TV now that make singing the focus.
    I suppose this goes back to ancient times when folks went to large venues to watch opera.

    It's not just a thing on TV in North America, it seems these programs revolving around a good singing voice are worldwide.

    Why are there no guitar-playing contests on TV?
    I want Crossroads times 10!

    Sure, there are the occasional bands on America's Got Talent or other talent shows, but I think it's not the norm.
     
  2. gtrfinder

    gtrfinder Silver Supporting Member

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    Guitar playing is a very limited musical pursuit in comparison to singing.
    The demographics and market for people interested in singing vastly outweighs the relatively small groups of dudes who would sit down and watch a guitar deal. What a sausage fest...
     
  3. Moby Dick

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    Because singing well is a sign of superior genetics just like athletes.
    It is not filtered through an instrument though playing an instrument well also appeals it is evidence of mastery versus pure physical attraction.

    That’s why lead singers get first pick before lead guitarist.
    o_O
     
  4. R3deemed

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    Copycat.

    One show was successful, so here come the variations :puh
     
  5. 27sauce

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    Singing is identifiable to the audience. Everyone owns the instrument.

    Even if you can’t, or don’t want to sing, you can try.

    Lots of people think they can.
    Lots of people like to watch people try.
     
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  6. Jonny1275

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    its like someone who can always cook a great meal v someone who can do a decent boiled egg
     
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    That’s another intersting one...watching cooking shows of food you’ll never eat. At least I can hear the singers.
     
  8. Jonny1275

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    i hate it when someone instantly quotes before i've gone through my usual ten minutes of revisions. :D
     
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  9. Twisted Pair

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    Almost everyone can relate to singing, because it's basic and primal to our very nature as human beings. We learn to sing the way that we learn to speak. We learn to play instruments through a very different process in the brain, more akin to the way that we learn to read.
     
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  10. Yer Blues

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    There's tons of guitar stuff on youtube. Yesterday I left on a 2 hour Slash concert that was filmed in Germany two weeks ago. It was single camera shot, but still pretty high quality.
     
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    eef zee nightingales, cood zing like you
    zayed zing much sweeter zan zey dooooo
     
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    fishleehooker Supporting Member

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    Show business is built upon making someone a star then either attaching a wagon hitch to the star, or flat-out exploiting the star. It so much easier to do this with a singer. That was learned a looooong time ago.
     
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    Cynical, but pretty much true
     
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    How about a songwriting contest? Following poor schmucks around with a half baked idea waiting for inspiration to hit.
     
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    Because singing speaks to people - literally. Singers speak their language and everyone can relate to it.

    I do think that the singers in these competitions that play to accompany themselves generally get some additional respect even if they don't win anything.
     
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    Because the vast majority of people like singing and don't give a crap about the guitar parts.
     
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    I can assure you singing was popular waaaaaaaay before opera. It's been going on since way before instruments were invited too. It's ingrained in us.
     
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    Singers are sexy.
     
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    I'll add the notion that, to a lot of people, the singer might as well be the song/band. The singer is the focal point. The singer provides the melody and the words. The notion that a song that someone likes also required writer(s), backing musicians, recording engineers, producers, etc. is lost on the average person. That makes the singer the only important person in music. Hence the focus on singers.
     
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