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    Avinash, Your kid is cute. And I can confirm for you that she has a gift for singing. You are not delusional or just the "over zealous parent". For her to even DARE to try to sing this song at 9 years old, and then actually ... sort of pull it off, is impressive. It does need a lot of work, but that doesn't hide the fact that for her age, there is something here that is promising. For example: - Here pitch is not perfect, but for her age and the difficulty of this song, not bad. About 80% in. - Notes such as at 1:40, are very nicely resonant and pretty. Foreshadowing what she could do with a more mature voice , more consistently. - She seems to have a rather darker tone to her voice which is unusual for girls. Girls tend to be very shrill and it is nice to NOT be hearing that ear piercing shrill from a little girl, but some more warmth from her sound color. Again, another hint at potential here. As far as competing for talent shows are concerned, I think she could be competitive IF she trained and got serious. Does she have a voice coach? Without professional coaching and someone to really raise the bar to prepare for auditions, she would not be competitive. I believe she can do it, but you and your family are going to have to make a decision to commit to hard work and serious training, not just singing songs for fun. Is she ready to make singing her "job" and study it like she does homework at school? If so, she has a chance. I am available to help you and your daughter if you are looking for a qualified coach. I have a training program that would do a lot to clean things up and get her stronger and more serious about what she is doing. Feel free to give me a call or send me a private email. I hope this helps.
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    Hi, My daughter is 9 yrs old, likes to sing, she tries her best to take part in any singing opportunity that she gets. I would like to get some valuable and honest inputs from experts here about her singing. what can be done to improve here singing ability and voice quality. What kind of songs should she be singing when it comes to competition / performances, specially the songs that can increase her chance of securing better position in singing competition. Looking forward for your valuable inputs. Thanks, Avinash
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    Speaking as a big fan of Dio, this does not sound great at all. Take lessons!
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    Uh,...Ya, ... its not better. One of the things you learn as you evolve into a conscientious singer that is serious, is you get a lot of practice shelving your ego and exercising the courage to humble yourself, especially when you get feedback you don't want to swallow. Being humbled from time to time is part of the lifestyle of being a singer. For everyone, at all levels. Until you can be open to this, it won't happen for you. At the moment, you are sort of... pretending to be a singer. To be clear, If you sounded exactly the same, but were being accountable by taking our advice, you would appear to be more real to me. Your attitude, not your singing, is what weakens your credibility at this early stage. Either you are a bit delusional or this is a joke. Maybe this is a joke? I suppose its possible, but I fear it isn't. I don't feel like protecting your feelings. I feel like giving you the tough love truth, because that is what you are going to need to make any kind of progress. I did my part. Good luck on your journey.
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    Have fun. We tried to help. Let me know when you're serious about getting feedback.
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    I agree 100% with Robert. To be straight: You're yelling, not singing, especially on the verses. It doesn't have to be loud to be yelling. Yelling is a vocal configuration/mode. Sometimes you sing out some notes here and there, but it's very inconsistent in placement, timbre, support, and pitch. What's your goal in singing? Are you just doing this for fun and to sing at Karaoke bars? Or do you want to be taken seriously and sound professional? If it's the latter, then you need a coach and training routine. Hell, if it's the former, you would still benefit highly from training. You can't simply will yourself into being a good singer. If you think you're good now, start taking feedback seriously (from the audience, your friends, coaches like us, peers, etc), and see what others think. As a performer, it ultimately doesn't matter what you think about yourself, but rather what your audience thinks about you. You can become a MUCH better singer than you are now, but it likely won't happen until you listen to others' feedback and start correctly training proven techniques.
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    I watched it several times this week and have yet to find anything to critique or help with. This is amazing! The only thing I oculd offer constructive criticism on is your performance. I coached bands (signed and unsigned) across the world in their performance and career for many years. You lose yourself in the music quite often, which is absolutely perfect. When you lose yourself, you give the audience permission to do the same. Work on your actions following the lyrics rather than anticipating them. For instance, before you sang "It's the only thing that's in my mind", you pointed to your head and had already lowered your hand by the time you sang the line. The emotional impact from the visual can greatly enhance the performance when in sync. This can also be expressed by letting your entire body flow with the music. HOWEVER, I still felt the song, it didn't take away from it at all.
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    They brought in Piano two guitars and drums. It was recorded in a full studeo
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    I wrote the tune and it has been produced by Black Pearl studios. Also getting a professional video done
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    Thanks Robert I really appreciate your feedback. I have also followed yours and Georges advice. I have just recorded my first single currently going through final editing kind regards ellise
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    Hi Folks, This is a song that I have wanted to sing for a very long time. This is as you all know, an incredibly difficult song on the passagio. I don't think I sound anything like Steve, so it makes it way more difficult for me. It is a bit of a Mount Everest for me this song This is a work in progress version. There are some pitching issues, please ignore. I am curious to hear what you think about my tone in the chorus Thanks to anyone who can drop in a few words
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    Thanks.. Steve Perry is by far the most difficult singer to emulate. All his songs lie smack on the passagio. It is easy to imagine everything going terribly wrong if not sung with the most perfect technique. You cannot force his songs in a manner that you can do wth a lot of other singers. He sings in a very high range with a light character with a lot of dynamics. That is what makes his songs so difficult. He is not monotonous in the high range. That takes a lot more skill I suppose. I guess this is where having a high tenor voice helps, since you can sing with less effort and still retain the weight. I am not sure if I can support anymore than what I am doing currently. Perhaps another two years and maybe it will sound better indeed!
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    Hi, I thought you did a really nice job on a singer that very few are brave enough to tackle lol. I thought overall you did good work negotiating the passagio danger notes. That is always the trick with Steve Perry Vocals the man lived in the Passagio for most male singers haha. Always hard to slip in and out of those areas. I would suggest keep working on it. You seem to be hitting the notes fine and the pitch is there. The tone could be just a bit more supported I believe and it would help you sound a little more like Perry. That being said the lighter sounds can be used to show the vulnerability of the songs lyric. A great job on a super hard singer and like you Perry is a tough singer for me because of his timber and tone are difficult for me to nail.
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    https://www.smule.com/recording/aretha-franklin-respect/257692681_1165069493
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    Jarom; I don't want to sound disrespectful or rude as I know you are a professional musician But all your songs sound the same! and without you singing something a bit different with a different melody I just cant see you hitting the big time Have you tired covering/ practicing other artists that you have done nothing like before, songs that you never though about before that my give you some new inspiration and new art.
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    Hey guys, I'm posting this as a sort of "hey all, long time no see, I'm doing well" hahah EDIT :Also, I don't ask for critique or review, I'm just showing what I've been doing for others who want to listen or study. I think someone posting about what they think the distortion is, or how it compares to theirs does not help my singing directly. I repeat myself "I posted this as a "hey all, this is what I've been doing" because the "tell your gains" thread is dead. If after this clarification my thread still belongs here, then I'm ok with that, but I just wanted to make it clear. I just wanted to debate singing and technique in general, or whatever someone wanted to ask ( about my vocal fold gap, reflux, etc ), cheers everyone! . I've been working hard on my voice as always, carrying weight up and my headvoice twangy range. My max weight is on B4 and headvoice range topping on E5 on good days, with a solid D#5. I have a vocal fold gap ( acording to my stroboscopy on 2015 ) and I don't know the current state of it. It's a lot better, sound, strength and stamina has gotten waaay better. I still feel my voice a lot different though, I don't know if its because of the vocalis muscle that's grown stronger or what, but I wouldn't give up the stability of my voice now or my sound, for the flexibility or -strained- range I had before ( 2014-2015 ) Well, I come to tell you guys... I at last found some kind of distortion that feels healthy in my voice, and is sustainable. I've tried the "throat singing" type of distortion ( false folds and cartilage, Hetfield style ) but it hurts and always leaves me with air leak and poor stamina for days or a week or two, even. I've tried creaking distortion but as I already mentioned, my voice is kind of f***ed up in some way, and I don't know if it's normal but I have a hard time coordinating fry, lol. and when I manage, it leaves my voice very worn out if done for 20 minutes. This kind of distortion I found is probably like the rattle described in CVT terms ( kind of what Jorn Lande does most of the time ), where something ( I think arytenoid cartilage ? ) vibrates, but in a different way, I feel like the upper and side walls of my pharynx contracting, which makes something vibrate and produce this "overlay". I t's still a thin grit and I have to put quite a bit of effort in it to make the walls contract enough to make the sound but I guess with time and patience the strength will come and I'll be able to put more "anger" into it coordinated with vocal weight. I must mention that doing this distortion makes my voice last longer, stamina is better, and closure is getting better too. I feel my muscles are working out and getting stronger, and I have an easier time mixing into my upper range. All this change in a span of 5 days, so it's important to note. I hope you guys like how it sounds, this is the fifth day since I found it, videos are from yesterday
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    No worries. Please take your time. Avinash
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    It has been a while since I have presented anything. I still have not found time for true practice but I have improved since receiving the FOUR PILLARS OF SINGING. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks
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    Thanks Draven, I have embraced my identity more as a story teller than a singer. Jim Croce, James Taylor, Jackson Browne along with Dylan and John Prine. I dropped the key from Bb or B to G so the highest note as I sing it is G4 staying away from the dreaded passaggio. As I mentioned above after watching other people perform this on acoustic I thought I had been singing it a bit too heavy. With any luck I will be able to rerecord this evening with the suggestions that you and Robert made along with my original approach before being influenced by the way others have presented this. I have been trying to get a handle on my dipthongs for some time now. I grew up with Bluegrass/Country gospel. Part of their appeal is a thin piercing sound. It goes well with the Banjo and fiddle but leaves a little to be desired for other types of music.
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    I cant see What Timezone this is i Will be tuning in from sweden if its not in the mkddle of the night. Love Your stuff Robert and Draven i awesome aswell å
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    I've never heard this song so light. Very cool! Watch your diphthongs in your accent. If you focus more on the main vowel to sing out, then pitch, accent, and timbre will lock in more often. Another thing to watch out for is anticipating the next note or over-relaxing at the ends of your phrases, both causing the note to fall. Again, that will start to go away when you focus on singing out your main vowels. What Robert mentioned, singing with a bit more weight, might also help stabilize the issues I mentioned.
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    Thanks for listening. To be honest I ran through this song quite a few times trying different things. My first approach was heavier and more matter of fact rather than soft. I viewed a few covers by other people to get a handle on the acoustic guitar rhythm. Most of the other singers used a lighter approach and I guess I let myself be influenced by them. I will rerecord this and see how it goes.
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    I already registered. I hope I do not miss this one. It seems to run pretty smooth with 2 or more coaches. If someone loses direction the other can pull him back in or explain things a little differently.
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    I agree and that would be a good idea. It is in my plan to invite Ken to do this. It would be cool. ken kinda keeps to himself, not really a collaborator type , but I'll try.
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    Great! I missed the first webinar but watched the post. I can't make this webinar either; I will be in Santa Barbara at a conference. I was thinking, the webinar with James was good and I am sure this up coming one will be good too so what about a future webinar with Tamplin??? I think it would be great because we could ask questions and Robert could help us better understand what it is that Ken is doing with his voice from Ken's comments. U know, act as a narrator. Ken is a fantastic singer and Rob knows the technical jargon so I think it would be great. Just something to consider. I am not sure if Ken is open to this kind of idea or not. Just thinking out loud. Looking forward to the webinar post at a later date.
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    Hello I just sang this in a karaoke bar yesterday but i didnt receive any applause. I wonder why because in my ears i sound good.
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    Its better then the last sample you shared a couple days ago, but it is still a complete mess. Honestly, its not good enough to capture an audience. Just being honest with you so that you will take action. You need to train, you need to practice, you need to learn how to sing. Stop trying to 'wing it'... if you really want to become a singer, you have to take it seriously with lessons and training. Not much is going to change until you do. This is how you are going to sing, which is not good, until you choose to do something about it. Although I do give you an A for courage in your decision to share your singing with us and trying. That IS the first step, so take the next step. This will help you immensely. For you, this would transform your singing forever. If you do the routines and what it teaches you to do. You have just about everything you need to become 95% better in about 30 to 90 days. The choice is now yours... how important is singing to you? Is it worth $197 and approx. 90 days of hard work? Only you can answer that question. https://thevocaliststudio.com/the-four-pillars-of-singing/
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    Draven, Ellise joined our community about four years ago and from the get go, was posting songs of her singing. She's our little sister here. We have literally witnessed her growth and maturity in the forum. We've watched you grow up in this forum Ellise. From a girl with potential to a young woman who sings great. It's pretty cool. Ellise is a good example of what can happen when you work hard at singing and never give up. Ellise is the real deal. Congrats to your family, your coach down there and to you.
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    This man needs help. I pray that he stops with his attitude.
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    Thanks Rob. That is very valuable feedback indeed. I had not noticed that..
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    Nice effort. Keep going ... if you continue to work on this it will become great. Id give you a B. One thing that blares to me is when you sing "arms". Your really pinching down on "arms". I suspect that is because your articulators are trying to negotiate the /r/ controlled vowel there "ar"... its a killer. Modify the vowel there. Open that up. Try adding more /uh/ to your "arms" ...
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    Hi, so just recorded this clip (No rain)(sorry for the quality, im traveling right now) but I want to know if im using the right technique, and if this is any closer to a good mix voice. Of course, a lot of things to work on regarding the song, but I'd like to know if im on the right track and what should I improve or work on for those high notes. At the end of the clip I also did a small comparison between a very nasal tone and a cleaner tone. Im not sure if this nasal tone is the right way (+ diaphram compression) to get a good distortion for heavier songs? Finally i also attached another clip (Paradise city) which is basically me playing around with this nasal tone quality to see if i get a good result. Thank you very much! cant wait to be singing these songs live:D
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    Alex I am reviewing the first one, the G&R tune. - Your singing in falsetto for the most part. You need to build strength in your voice with training. Which can be a big discussion, the best thing you can do to move forward is get on the phone with me and I'll give you a very honest feedback on what is going on here. Frankly, it doesn't sound like your doing any training, are you? How long have you been a musician? The musicianship needs a lot of work. It is not that great Alex, I'll just be honest with you, but I can help you. Schedule a clarity call with me, it is $1/min. and i will make a recommendation for you on what you can do. You have a lot of work ahead of you. You can learn to sing great, that much I am convinced, but what you are demonstrating here is a LOT of lack of strength, coordination, motor skills, and musicianship. You need to get serious about singing and being a musician if you really want to do it. What have you been doing to commit to becoming a musician and a singer, other then making recordings like this? What real study and training have you been doing?
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    Hi robert, that is correct! sorry for the confusion
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    Hi Gilly! I think you get off to a strong start on this more or less... providing insight to what you could do with this. Stronger up to :29. Very interesting... however, At :30 you let go of your compression and what TA strength is still there and it leans into the falsetto spectrum. I think this is a very good opportunity for you to do some A/B testing here. Listen to the color, attack, strength and confidence up to :29. Then notice how that all weakens at :30. Can you fix that by just having it pointed out to you? Put another smule in here of the same song and pay attention to your support... musculature support; twang, TA "chest pulling/narrowing".. not respiration. I'll bet you can fix this easily if you just pay more attention to what your doing and someone such as I points it out to you. PS: Can you please embed the iframe code from your smule so that it is embedded into your post here and plays here, instead of tossing people out to smule. Not a big deal, but its more cool that way.
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    OMG started today and the difference is already very apparent. I can see how I've not been using my voice correctly now. Thank you SO much Robert.