Covers are one of the best ways to bring attention to your music on YouTube. When listeners fall in love with your voice first, they’ll be more likely to check out your original music as well.
However, what’s even better is when viewers enjoy a cover enough to replay the video again and again. Here’s you you can create that video.
1. Make your version of the song sound entirely different from the original.
Plenty of musicians have been covering Taylor Swift’s new single “Look What You Made Me Do.” One of the best covers came from British artist Ellen Blane, who sang the song in a much lower key than the original. She also traded out Taylor’s synth-pop for an acoustic guitar.
2. Change up the words of the song.
Beckah Shae enjoys both pop music and Chrisitan music. She combines the two by rewriting her favorite Top 40 songs to have faith-based lyrics. Her version of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” got more than a million views!
3. Record your cover with high-quality equipment.
Every YouTube musician knows the importance of a quality camera, but audio equipment is just as vital to a good cover video. Singer-songwriter Emily Jane uses an external microphone to record her covers. She can also record background vocals to add in when she edits her videos.
In order to create a cover video that viewers want to replay, you need to make the quality match that of a professional recording. Use high-quality audio equipment and make the song sound unique.
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Kristen Harris enjoys listening to a wide range of music, from Taylor Swift to, on occasion, Celtic instrumental. She also spends her time writing, reading, and baking.