Song Work

From: Song Work
by Camille van Niekerk

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In this video, instructor Camille van Niekerk walks you through how to apply warmups to song work, and how to choose a good key for your range. 

See below for a list of songs with a range of approximately one octave (great for beginners)!

Note: a few songs on this list technically span a ninth (or an octave plus one whole-step), but they will still be doable for most beginning singers. Change the key as needed to suit your voice by looking for an existing track on YouTube (search “higher”, “lower”, etc), purchasing a customized karaoke track at or shifting the key of the track yourself using one of these sites:

 “Ain’t no sunshine” (Bill Withers)

“All Star” (Smash Mouth)

“All the small things” (Blink 182)

“Angel from Montgomery” (Bonnie Raitt)

“Bad Moon Rising” (Credence Clearwater Revival)

“Bubbly” (Colbie Caillat)

“Chasing Cars” (Snow Patrol)

“Da Doo Run Run” (The Crystals)

“Drops of Jupiter” (Train)

“Eight Days a Week” (The Beatles)

“Fields of Gold” (Sting)

“Girls just wanna have fun” (Greg Laswell cover, originally by Cyndi Lauper)

“Happy” (Pharrell Williams)

“Heart of Gold” (Neil Young)

“Hey Jude” (The Beatles)

“Hotel California” (Eagles)

“I can see clearly now” (Johnny Nash)

“I guess I just feel like” (John Mayer)

“I love rock n roll” (Joan Jett)

“I will follow you into the dark” (Death Cab for Cutie)

“I’m Yours” (Jason Mraz)

“I’ve just seen a face” (The Beatles)

“If I ever leave this world alive” (Flogging Molly)

“Let Her Go” (Passenger)

“Let it go” (James Bay)

“Losing my religion” (R.E.M.)

“Love yourself” (Justin Bieber)

“Make you feel my love” (Bob Dylan)

“Mamma Mia” (ABBA)

“Mr. Brightside” (The Killers)

“Riptide” (Vance Joy)

“Say my name” (Destiny’s Child)

“Shotgun” (George Ezra)

“Should I stay or should I go” (The Clash)

“Sittin on the dock of the bay” (Otis Redding)

“Take it on the run” (REO Speedwagon)

“Take me home, country roads” (John Denver)

“The Middle” (Jimmy Eat World)

“This is the life” (Amy Macdonald)

“Wagon Wheel” (Darius Rucker)

“Walk the line” (Johnny Cash)

“Wind of Change” (Scorpions)

“You belong to me” (Carla Bruni)

“You know I’m no good” (Amy Winehouse)

“Your heart is as black as night” (Melodie Gardot)

Instructor: Camille van Niekerk

Camille van Niekerk is a singer, writer and vocal instructor in Southern California. Camille began studying voice and performing in musicals at age seven. In 2010, Camille began working towards her BA in Music Education at Azusa Pacific University. She then earned her teaching credential from San Diego State University and taught classroom choral and instrumental music. Shortly after moving to LA county, Camille began her private vocal studio, providing vocal coaching, ear training, and recording for students of all ages. She is constantly refining her skills and methods for greater versatility and effectiveness. When she is not teaching, Camille enjoys singing with the L.A. Choral Lab and Ensoma Creative. She lives in San Diego with her husband and loves going to the beach, practicing yoga, reading, and cooking.