I’ve been talking to a lot of singers recently who use backing tracks, and increasingly I’ve noticed I get the same question over and over again from singers who are non-musicians.
The question they always ask is “How do I find my key for a song”.
It’s not just newbies who struggle with this. Even those singers who have been professional for many years still often struggle trying to find the right key for their backing tracks.
Now, finding your key is dead easy if you sing along with the original recording and it’s fine for your voice. In cases like this the “original key” is fine for you (duh)!
But what if the original key is too high or too low for you? What key do you need the backing track to be in then?
I wrote an article a few years ago about how to find your key. The article is well worth reading.
But recently I wrote a further article about finding your key.
This new article is in response to those singers out there (and there are many of you) who use the “working it back” method of finding your key. This is where you compare the top note of your vocal range to the top note that has to be sung in any given song and “work it back” to find a key that will ensure you never have to sing a note in the song that’s higher than your highest note.
In theory the highest note method of finding your key sounds like the perfect system.
But in reality it’s far from it, and there are enough “exceptions to the rule” to make it unusable in many circumstances…
If you struggle trying to find the right key, take a look at the article.