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

    Messages:
    14,027
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2016
    Location:
    14 Megameters from Groong Tehp
    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 Supporting Member

    Messages:
    3,558
    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2006
    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

    Moby Dick Member

    Messages:
    1,898
    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2014
    Location:
    The Motorcity
    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

    R3deemed Member

    Messages:
    7,306
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2005
    Location:
    Maine (USA)
    Copycat.

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

    27sauce Member

    Messages:
    32,672
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2010
    Location:
    San Antonio
    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.
     
  6. Jonny1275

    Jonny1275 Member

    Messages:
    1,114
    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2018
    its like someone who can always cook a great meal v someone who can do a decent boiled egg
     
  7. 27sauce

    27sauce Member

    Messages:
    32,672
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2010
    Location:
    San Antonio
    That’s another intersting one...watching cooking shows of food you’ll never eat. At least I can hear the singers.
     
  8. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Member

    Messages:
    14,027
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2016
    Location:
    14 Megameters from Groong Tehp
    There was a young Thai kid on a talent show in Thailand that only played guitar, no singing.
    He was a real prodigy!, but I have not seen that on TV in North America.
     
  9. Jonny1275

    Jonny1275 Member

    Messages:
    1,114
    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2018
    i hate it when someone instantly quotes before i've gone through my usual ten minutes of revisions. :D
     
  10. Twisted Pair

    Twisted Pair Member

    Messages:
    67
    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2017
    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.
     
    Hari Seldon and chandra like this.
  11. Yer Blues

    Yer Blues Member

    Messages:
    7,721
    Joined:
    May 26, 2013
    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.
     
  12. Jonny1275

    Jonny1275 Member

    Messages:
    1,114
    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2018
    eef zee nightingales, cood zing like you
    zayed zing much sweeter zan zey dooooo
     
    sonofspy likes this.
  13. fishleehooker

    fishleehooker Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,985
    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2012
    Location:
    Vandalia
    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.
     
  14. Hack Prophet

    Hack Prophet vile mighty wretched

    Messages:
    6,620
    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2012
    Location:
    sunglasses
    Cynical, but pretty much true
     
    Mugs and fishleehooker like this.
  15. Madsen

    Madsen Member

    Messages:
    7,835
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2009
    Location:
    Denver, Co
    How about a songwriting contest? Following poor schmucks around with a half baked idea waiting for inspiration to hit.
     
  16. Alpione

    Alpione Supporting Member

    Messages:
    571
    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2015
    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.
     
    shane8 and 2HBStrat like this.
  17. toomanyamps

    toomanyamps Member

    Messages:
    1,402
    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2007
    Because the vast majority of people like singing and don't give a crap about the guitar parts.
     
  18. bsacamano

    bsacamano Member

    Messages:
    8,509
    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2012
    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.
     
    shane8 and JosephZdyrski like this.
  19. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Member

    Messages:
    14,027
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2016
    Location:
    14 Megameters from Groong Tehp
  20. tiktok

    tiktok Supporting Member

    Messages:
    20,876
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2009
    Location:
    Seattle
    Singers are sexy.
     
    shane8 and WornFrets like this.

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice