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  1. 4 points
    After my last cover being an older R&B style, I thought I would go for a heavier rock this time. At the suggestion of friends, I chose Devy Metal. I'm very comfortable with the style normally, but I'm definitely not used to using so much grit. I usually only use grit as an occasional effect. Also, singing the F4 and G4 with a solid grit can be extremely difficult. Up to E4, no problem. A4 and above, no problem. F and G, ugh. The moment you do it wrong once, it's extremely easy to start pushing and grinding. With my students and friends, that range in grit has it's own name, "F'n G." You can get used to it with practice, but it takes time - and I didn't practice this song for very long. I tried to do a second take of the whole song, and immediately hit my throat when doing grit. Everything went downhill from there. So, what you see in this video is another single take with two camera angles. I did overdub two small parts, but only because I said a couple of words wrong since, apparently, I didn't fully know the lyrics yet. The other guy in the video, Charlie Munro, I found at random when trying to find an instrumental for the song. The only instrumental I found, he had done all the music for and uploaded to SoundCloud. I asked him if I could use it, and the next thing I know, we're doing a video together. Cool guy, great studio engineer and guitarist. All in all, it was a lot of fun, and a cool challenge to take on. I'm working with Robert on a couple of online courses specifically for grit and screaming, so I figured, "why not go all out?" I'm happy to answer any questions you might have about grit and screaming.
  2. 3 points
    @zijin_cheng I recommend Reaper over Audacity. You can use their fully capable demo indefinitely, until you're ready to purchase, and even then, they're still relatively inexpensive. Their plugins aren't as visual as other software, but that also make you learn each one better.
  3. 2 points
    About the hormone talk to your doctor. About the issue with singing, take lessons.
  4. 2 points
    Hello. I've never had any sort of vocal training and so I believe that I've picked up a lot of bad habits and have a lot of things to improve upon, I just need to know where to begin. I used to cover japanese songs on youtube but quit after 3 years because although I love singing as a hobby, I grew frustrated with myself because I wasn't improving and I didn't like how I sounded. I want to start over, but not unless I improve, so detailed feedback would be greatly appreciated. Raw vocals: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YBvc0ymH9emf7uvi7JNQCz7WhtLVvLJT/view?usp=drivesdk
  5. 2 points
    Actually your reply to my reply is exactly what I meant, I'm still new at this audio stuff so I'm still not in with the up to date jargon or descriptions, but that answer is what I'm asking, thanks.
  6. 2 points
    @ReiKoko Beautiful song. Good choice. I think your voice would open a quite a lot with training. The issue is that you're currently singing from a speech position, which is keeping your from resonating well. Your pitch is on, but your resonance is not. Speech vowels and singing vowels are in very different locations. Speech vowels and words tend to start in the throat and the add sound colors from there and up (bottom up), where as singing is top down. It's essentially like learning a whole new accent, perhaps even a new language. Knowing how to resonant in the soft palate and out from there will definitely smooth out your voice, and bring out your true singing voice. For instance, the part where you sing... ...Your lower notes are dampening/dropping your larynx and completely changing your sound color. It can't be helped when you're in speech mode. However, place a finger on your bottom lip and sing "up and over" that finger, trying to place your vowel resonance in the front of your soft palate, rather than in your throat. The difference should be apparent immediately. I highly encourage you to check out The Four Pillars of Singing. It's by far the best singing course out there, and an amazing deal too.
  7. 2 points
    I'm glad it's not just me! In fact, as a beginner (two years of solid singing and practice), I have decided to get that E4 - Bb4 area rock solid before trying grit again because if I do it wrong I think it has a tendency to make me sound flat, then it sounds like I am straining (although I feel I'm not) which is not the effect I am trying to achieve.
  8. 2 points
    Well Done Draven! Your voice sounds comfortable in that song! Great guitar work Charlie!
  9. 2 points
    You can pull chest a small bit, but just because the TA muscles are still on does not make it chest voice. The TA muscles are mostly a chesty sound color at that point, causing thickness in the vocal cords. The voice is already bridging into a head voice register, and the TA's give it a nice mixed resonance. It's not light-mass head voice necessarily, but yes, it's head voice. And I realize that E4 is a general statement. But a man's bridge is going to be around the E4. It may help more to think of it as mixed resonance above the E4. He's not using light-mass head voice in that range, just a TA connected voice. It's definitely not "loud head voice", but rather a solid mix of TA muscles for thickness and chesty sound colors along with good resonance amplification. Robert and I explain it more in this mini-course: https://vocalathleteintensive.com/minicourse/
  10. 2 points
    Projection = Air support amplifying resonance, thus making you sound louder. It's worth considering, but since you sound fine without the band, I think overprotection is a more likely culprit. However, out of 300+ students, 90% of the time it's been resonant placement causing the issue. "Up and over" your finger or mic fixes that almost immediately, as does paying attention to a solid horizontal embouchure.
  11. 2 points
    With distortion you have : More support, More Airflow(more air bleed through at the true folds), and a more relaxed throat( the distortion is caused by tissue moving, cannot be done when the tissue is tight). "The false vocal folds lie above the true vocal folds, and the space between them is known as the ventricle." The space between the false vocal folds and how tight they are held does make a difference. In the case of Distortion, you have a smaller gap but the false folds are not tightly held and are allowed to oscillate freely. Your distortion may also be the tissue of the Soft Palate vibrating.
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    Medical Studies show that taking Testosterone does not noticeably affect the voice after puberty, but there are plenty of horrible negative side effects besides that. Hormonal supplements should only be taken under the advice and monitoring of a medical professional. And taking hormones is rarely the answer for the results you're wanting without there first being a tested and known deficiency. As for you thinking that being a baritone is what's limiting your vocal range, we have told you many times, you need to train. Take lessons with a teacher that knows how to get you where you want to go with your voice. It's completely ridiculous, ignorant, and totally unnecessary for you to continue to be defeatist about a limited voice range, magically caused by being a baritone, and not be doing something about it that has been advised multiple times by singing professionals and many others who have overcome similar limitations.
  14. 1 point
    Have you even went to the doctor and have that checked out? It might be your thyroid but you need to get checked out to see what's wrong.
  15. 1 point
    Hello Reikoko, Nice work... You need brighter harmonics in your formant tunings. These will be amplified more if you lift your soft palate more and sob harder into your singing. You certainly have a capable voice! But you need training to take it to another level. Draven is correct, these phonetics are too speech like... you need practice learning how to articulate ( consonants and vowels/resonance ) for singing, not speaking. You simply can't "push" speaking phonetics into singing, especially the higher you go. It is a problem that everyone deals with. Train your voice. My training program is $49. It is permanently at a discount. It is way under priced. Purchase HERE >>> ... and thats all there is to it. You have a lot of potential, but if you want to get better, you will have to commit to training and get more serious. If you choose not to, then this is about as good as you are going to get. The choice is up to you. Thanks for your help Draven...
  16. 1 point
    For training your voice, you can't beat the course linked to at the bottom of this page, The Four Pillars of Singing. No app is going to give you a solid training course too, beyond the very basics. And no course is going to beat training with a vocal coach who knows how to get you the results you want. And I would add, there's no other course out there that beats The Four Pillars of Singing (I don't get paid to say that, and I have plenty of critique for most of the popular courses out there, most of which I've taken). I recommend checking out that course, and possibly getting an app like Smule's Sing Karaoke app. That app shows you your pitch as you sing, and has a great community behind it. I often recommend it to help my students overcome stage fright. And if you're looking to train in pitch specifically, I highly recommend Holistic Songwriting's 30-day Ear Training course on pitch.
  17. 1 point
    I mentioned one... Golden Ears Audio Eartraining. It teaches your ear to hear EQ, effects, compressions, etc., at an unbelievable level of clarity. On top of Golden Ears Audio Eartraining helping you actually hear what you need to, in order to know what effects and order to use, any YouTube tutorial from a trusted source about the vocal effects chain will do.
  18. 1 point
    Proximity effect changes a lot of things in the sound. Closer to the mic means more bass in the voice. Further away thins it out, but adds more room ambience. Hang up quilted packing blankets to deaden the room when recording. I used to own a mobile recording studio, and that worked wonders for the sound. Also, learn to EQ properly. And remember, you can't EQ what's not there, so the mic definitely matters too. MXL mics are pretty bright and a bit on the cheap sounding side of things, but with some good EQ, the V67G is completely usable. Here's the best cheat sheet I've ever found for EQing. Training, such as Golden Ears Audio Eartraining would do you better, but you can still get quite a bit from using the info in this cheat sheet. Magic Frequencies.pdf
  19. 1 point
    It depends on what you're doing. And even then, it's unusual for you to overuse your voice. With good technique from guided training, it's not something to worry about until you're tired and worn out from touring and performing night after night for months at a time. I teach up to 7 hours a day, and have been for years. Robert teaches 11 hours in a day sometimes, and has for decades. Both of us sing with our students. The top ENT surgeon in Denver seems to think my vocal tract is perfectly healthy. I've also performed professionally for decades, even when I pushed and strained, before learning how to sing with good technique. In other words. Find a teacher who knows how to get you where you want to be, and then train. Then, don't worry about it.
  20. 1 point
    Robert Lunte & RØDE Microphones present four weeks of vocal training in Germany, Italy and France. April, 2018. For information click the links below or reach out to the people tagged in this post. See you in April! TVS Events Page http://bit.ly/TVSEvents Download The Tour Poster HERE: http://bit.ly/TVSMCTourSpring2018 14-15 APR Ansbach, Germany http://bit.ly/TVSMCAnsbachGermany 21-22 APR Pescara, Italy http://bit.ly/TVSMCPescaraItaly 28-29 APR Cagliari, Italy http://bit.ly/TVSMCCagliariItaly 1-2 MAY Nimes, France http://bit.ly/TVSMCNimesFrance If you have any questions about the event or private lessons, contact me on my personal email or here at TMV World. I look forward to helping you with your singing. You will get results, guaranteed.
  21. 1 point
    ya Ronnie is the best his clean vocals are just as hard to emulate. Rob mentioned the sob and emotion Dio put into his voice its hard to emulate because most people sound dopey and goofy trying to get that tone.
  22. 1 point
    Well buger me roger, who ever you too are, you look like twins
  23. 1 point
    Its great. nice work Draven. I wanna hear Daniel sing it!
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  25. 1 point
    I thought this video was fascinating! Just had to share it! k
  26. 1 point
    depends if you are considering "head voice" as a certain range of notes or as a certain type of sound. A lot of people use "head voice" and 'falsetto' interchangeably....which is totally incorrect I think most of us pretty much hate singing terminology because it is hopelessly inadequate but its all we have to work with lol In any case Bruce isnt using "chest voice" to sing that high. So I think this is what Draven is pointing out. At those high notes its going to be some sort of "head voice". But not falsetto. So the trick is learning and training to make that head voice sound strong and powerful etc and not like the BeeGees (I love the BeeGees btw lol) Another thing to consider. Its really hard to compare live stuff to studio stuff. For one thing, i think that live clip is way faster than the studio tempo. Thats gonna make it WAY harder to strongly articulate those lyrics etc
  27. 1 point
    Cool video. I have seen this before and I am also one who Believed/believe that you can develop, let's say, a more perfect pitch than what you thought you could. Probably not to the point of this mans son.....but to a practical use. The sounds are already there. Like this mans son, an association needs to be put in place. How many of you can hear the first note of a song and know what song is getting ready to play on your radio or mp3 player? I would say for everyone there is at least one song whose beginning note will immediately bring the song to mind. You only need to associate 12 notes. Pink Cadillac by Bruce Springsteen. E, Bad Company "Can' Get Enough of your Love" C, Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Sweet Home Alabama" D....... On lynyrd Skynyrds live album "one more for the road" (original album) someone is tuning his guitar right before the Song "Gimme 3 steps", When restringing my guitar I remember those sounds and match them. I may not end up being perfect but I am within a few cents of being on pitch when I check with tuner. How many of you mechanics out there can have a pocket full of sockets and when someone asks for a 9/16 can pull that socket out of your pocket on first attempt? Producing the correct pitch with your voice from memory is another matter for that uses a different skill set. Absolute pitch may not be obtainable but but a relatively high degree can be "Learned", or reprogrammed is a better word.
  28. 1 point
    So today I figured out how to do false fold distortion on top of my singing voice. What surprised me is that it feels almost easier than singing clean! It actually felt like a warm up and singing clean was easier afterwards! A lot of support work. I have this idea, is false fold distortion (overlay) not a semi-occluded phonation? A supra-glottic resistance which would take pressure OFF the voice in the same way a lip trill would?
  29. 1 point
    I will add... it is hard... because you are training the body to do things it wasn't designed to do. These are exotic motor skills and coordinations that have to be trained. IN a sense, it is a "trick"... like gymnastics or ice skating. Unless you are a whale, bird, porpoise or cricket... we are not born singers. Singing has nothing to do with survival of the species. We don't need to sing, to survive as a species. That is why it is a learned and trained behavior. Just because you have two arms and two hands, does that mean you know how to do a beautiful cartwheel across the floor? NO! Just because you have a voice ( a speaking system ), that doesn't mean it is prepared to SING. You have to train and get to work developing these strengths, motor skills and more... including tuning your ear to hear exotic sound colors, find resonance, etc... there is a LOT to it that is not natural.