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  1. I like this. It has a soft lullaby feel to it. More reflective and nostalgic than the Beatles version. There are places in the song that you may be trying to get a little more intense to show the emotion....this is not easy to do when singing soft and trying to keep the quiet reflective feel. It turns out that these places have to do with the word Lose. Maybe if you let a little more air escape(More breathy) on the word Lose(at those times) you can keep the intensity and not have the OO sound get too sharp and loud. Only a suggestion. I really do like what you did with this. I tend to go in the opposite direction with this song, more intense than the Beatles and a bit faster.
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    To old to become a pro?

    If you love to sing you are never too old. To be a professional is to get paid for doing something no matter how good or bad. Fame is a matter of perception and degree . You can be famous in your home town and not known anywhere else. Or you can be known by millions on Youtube but still the average person may never know about you. You can either be true to yourself and learn/ practice/improve because of your own standards or you can chase the ideals of the present fad which changes from year to year.
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    Singing intervals

    If you are having difficulty in making the pitch change in relation to a scale degree, switch it up by practicing the interval as a chord change. ex use the chord progression of a G major to an E minor You would be singing the Root note of G followed by the Root note (Octave)of E minor. More likely than not, the interval of a 6th indicated a chord change anyway.
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    Singing intervals

    Good point. I did not think of the interval in terms of G being the root of the scale and E being the 6th. I was thinking of the G as being one of the notes in a chord and E being a note in a separate chord in the over all chord progression. This would also lead to WHY you were able to sing the interval with the ensemble . For one, you had other singers singing that note along with you and you could hear the "Chord" being produced by the different singers. And ,if you were singing by yourself, you could "Hear" the chord played by the instruments.
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    Singing intervals

    It does not have to do with a specific interval but a melody line within a song. If you are going to practice with scales or intervals use an app that PLAYS the scale or interval so you can hear the change and not have to guess the pitch while looking at sheet music or "hearing" the song from your memory. There is also the possibility that the actual words, syllables or vowels you are singing are throwing you off.
  6. Welcome to the forum Zijin, I guess if you are faced with an ultimatum, accept my terms or go, the only thing to do is go. It may be an indication that the teacher doesn't even know why the emotional part is important. I tried to give a couple of clues as to why it could help. I am also one who does not like to show emotions to other people, or rather I do not like to lose control of them in front of other people.In singing, part of what gives you the power and stamina is learning to "Control" the energy produced by raw emotion and the physical "Setup" that is a result of an emotional state. It is a tool. Especially for those of us who try to maintain a calm, cool, collected appearance. How are you going to sing a loud powerful high note if you do not let yourself go enough to achieve it? Sure, there are other ways teachers can explain or guide you to a configuration.....Lift the soft palate, show your teeth, add support, compress your air supply, compress the vocal folds, project.....or they can say. "Zijin, remember when that teacher told you she cannot teach you if you do not accept her terms?" "Remember the frustration that you had at that moment and you wanted to tell her to take her lessons and shove it?" "Go into your closet or outside or in a field and tell her to "Take your lessons and shove it". Chances are good that if you said ,in frustration, "Take your lessons and shove it", You just had your soft palate lifted, Your canines showing, a good compression of the air supply , your vocal folds were compressed and you were most likely projecting pretty good. And you did not have to think about anything but telling her off. Now, remember, This type of exercise would be for you to discover HOW your vocal tract and body FEEL, physically so you can reproduce it WITHOUT the emotion. Does not mean that you have to emotionally feel the same when singing or speaking or whatever. Just gives a way that you can access the energy and coordination that results from the Frustration or anger or hopelessness or sadness whatever.... Chances are also good that if you are one who keeps a calm composure, when you are using too little energy.
  7. I am not sure of what kind of exercises she would have you do to "Get in touch with your emotions". But, just as in Roberts explanation of the physiology of the "Cry" in your voice, emotional reactions trigger different positions in the vocal tract. Happy and joyful will lift the soft palate and brighten the voice. When you are sad and lonely, the vocal tract tends to set up a lighter, softer sound. An outburst of laughter will open the vocal tract and trigger other muscle involvement. When you are angry the folds tend to tighten a little more and give you more vocal fold compression, and a deeper fuller sound. These things happen naturally with a spontaneous emotional reaction. For me the "Use of emotions" is a way to control muscles that you cannot see and are usually beyond "Physical" control. Training technique is pretty much giving you the ability to control the different positions even though an emotional response did not trigger them, and getting you to know which aspects are needed for a given task(tone, pitch,volume, dynamic....). Sitting in your room and pretending to yell across the street to someone who is headed for trouble is way different than having to really yell to someone who is in the path of a speeding vehicle. The response triggers things you are not even aware of. Becoming aware of them lets you start using them on purpose.
  8. I would stick with the teacher. Most of the things regarding "Technique" is what your body does naturally when expressing emotion. The problem comes in when we "TRY" to be emotional or "TRY" to sing. You can over-do technique and lack character and end up sounding boring even when you are nailing every pitch and tone.
  9. I could not view the chart for some reason. One main problem is that a video like you posted is itself a form of propaganda. That is not to say that I agree or disagree with what the video is trying to express. Just that the intent of the artist may not be what is presented to the world at large. I would consider myself a Christian. The way the world views Christianity today is not what I believe in. In this day and age Christians are presented as bigots, racists, extremists and hostile to anyone who thinks differently than they do. On the other hand satanists are presented as caring, accepting of others belief systems and helpful to alternative life styles. They believe that whatever you deem as good is good. There is no good and bad. What I am saying here is that any point of view can be twisted or presented in a good way or bad way. Jennifer Lopez herself may have had pure intentions and was trying to get other artists to think about the way they and their Music or other art form is presented. My personal opinion is that it is a sad day when a video of a child's talent show where the child turns into a vampire and the audience is praising satan gets an award for best video. But that is just my opinion and many even in this forum would rather see and hear that than to watch or listen to a Jim Croce Concert. But that is just my opinion.
  10. I want to say 2 things. 1 this is not a forum to discuss this type of subject. 2. I do believe music is a source for inspiration and catharsis (relieving pent up emotions and relieving stress). Our "Heroes" and "Idols" do effect the way we think and their views can be used for good or evil. Just as one group can use their "Music" to sway an opinion another can also use the same platform to promote another view. And the audience will also interpret the same speech in different ways. My example is Lynyrd Skynyrd. 2 of their main songs were against Taking Drugs and Gun violence, but instead they were used or perceived as some sort of anthem to those who take drugs and gun advocates. "Ooh, That Smell" and "Mr. Saturday night Special" . Another thing to remember is that we all have differing opinions of what is good and what is bad. I for one do not drink or take drugs. Personally I believe that it robs you of your own ability to discern truth and retain your own moral standards. Others believe that it frees you from your own feelings of oppression and lets you "See" things more clearly. Where I would rather not be around Drinking and drug use others would see it as being stifled and their right and freedom to partake of the drugs being suppressed. Some of the most well known and respected pioneers of American music got their start through protest movements. And many believed they were doing a good thing fighting for rights of american workers of all nationalities.....They did not realize that they were paving the way for corporate takeovers, Mob families and further oppression of american workers. The protesters were not evil. Those who used the protesters ideology against them were. You have the same thing with Rap, Metal, Punk, Blues.......You name it......The beginnings were Real people expressing real views. Either telling of their experiences, struggles or fears. What you have now is Corporations exploiting those views and making them into something other than the original vision.
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    Can Vibrato be Learned?

    I can only guess what you mean by singing like a lounge singer. But, my guess would be a more open throat and a lowered larynx(voice box) and slightly relaxed delivery.Sort of like a cartoon character of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin. Along with good support all these things lead to a good vibrato. You can learn to control that. TheHopefulBaritone is correct in his statements also. I am not sure about vibrato being dangerous, maybe if it is forced or the singer relies to much on vibrato to sing "In tune". The automatic vibrato happens when things are in balance....Airflow, vocal fold tension, slight dampening of the larynx, air pressure above and below the vocal folds. To be clear on another aspect....Vibrato is the pitch needed and a higher pitch on the second note. Tremolo (which is bad) is the pitch needed and a lower second note. This usually happens when the singers voice is getting weak and can not keep a steady pitch. Another interesting note...... Opera singers and others who "Sing" fast phrases(Coloratura and such) Use the Vibrato to their advantage and sing a succession of notes. Not just the normal 2 note alternating vibrato.
  12. I am not fooling myself, I am not that great of a singer. I have not taken the advice I am about to give you..... The road to proficiency in any act is to do that act regardless of how good you are or how good others think you are. Then get ok or average in that act and learn steps to make yourself better no matter how good you are or how good others think you are. There are a lot of good sources for learning the mechanics. Robert Lunte, the owner of this forum has a program and book that covers almost everything you could want know. Having said that, knowing the mechanics and having your own voice respond is two different things. It takes time, dedication and effort on your part. Most people who really sound good and professional practice on a professional level and have or had some form of personal training. It is not just a pastime. To sing OK or even above average is not that difficult but to have the sound and feel of someone like Marilyn McCoo takes time on your part doing the thing not just learning the mechanics of it.
  13. Maitai, First off, Welcome to the forum. I did not mean to seem so blunt. But I did want you to understand that what you are seeing is not necessarily the way a good tone is produced. Facial posture and body posture does have an effect but watching someone else sing, even if it is live does not necessarily give you clues to how your own voice works. Things are taking place inside that you cannot see. Years ago I tried to learn songs on guitar by watching performances on the tv and video recordings of tv performances. I was shocked to find out that many times the guitar players were not even holding the guitar correctly, let alone playing the correct notes. It was one of the first lessons that I learned about the Magic of TV. No matter how good things look What you see may not be reality.
  14. This was not performed live. There is no way for microphones to pick up the voices with such clarity. Yes it is a different performance than the original it was a common practice to make a special recording for the televised event..
  15. I am sorry but I do not think that has anything to do with Vocal technique. It is called acting. These performances were lip synced for the cameras and the audience. On the stage you do big movements for visual effect. There are not many performances that you have seen on TV that were actually LIVE performances. Too many things can go wrong and time is money.