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    Sounding flat while singing live

    What is projection issue>? How is it caused? Improper mic technique?
  2. Hi Folks, I am not an accustomed live singer. I have slowly built up my voice over the years. I am used to singing in my home studio where it is a controlled environment and I am always having my headphones on. I have been trying to do some live gigs. My band mates tell me that I am flat(which I possibly am). It is surprising for me, because I don't use any auto-tuning and my recordings are decent pitch wise. Why I am I facing this issue only when I sing live. What can I do to overcome this problem...
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    How much does face shape affect tone?

    Technique, technique, technique, that is what counts. The greatest singers don't have anything weird about their voices. Timbre is a different quality. Everybody cannot sound like Freddie Mercury or Steven Tyler or Steve Perry. Their voices are unique to a certain extent. Even among them, they sound amazing because they have phenomenal technique... Good singing is like a flowing river. It has no discernible changes in pitch, or volume or tonal quality..Everything is a gradual change. To do this without the listener finding out that you have changed pitch or volume or tone is a skill that all of us have to learn over many years. The best way to do this is to expose yourself to various forms of singing. You will find something new about your voice with every different genre.. Eventually the dots will connect after you have put the requisite number of hours.. There is no short cut.. It is hardwork and right technique..
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    How would I know if I'm a baritone or a tenor?

    Baritone or Tenor is related to voice quality and not range. Tenors have to struggle equally hard to sing E4-C5. It is a function of training. You can learn to sing any range. The other thing is that these Fach classification is more relevant to singing without a mic. With microphone boundaries are blurred..
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    Singing like Ronnie James Dio

    Listening to your voice. Nice range and impressive bridging. But there are two challenges in what you have in getting a Dio sound! One is that in the lower part of the voice, there are places where it sounds dopey and not like your natural voice. Typical issue when we try a large sound than what our voices can do at the current level. The trick is to sing like you are speaking.. it is very much possible at the lower range.. By using a conversational tone, you can get rid of the dopey sound.. Secondly, DIO would use heavy distortion in the chorus and sing just the right vowels!(the see you, feel you part). The chorus you sound more like Miljenko Matijevic in "She's gone". Even there he has more weight in the chorus.. I think there is some genetic quirk that helps people like DIO sing like they do. Or it is just years and years of singing to build the strength(more likely).. This is my voice.. I have the same problem when I sing high.. You can hear the change in tonal color..
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    Singing like Ronnie James Dio

    It is genetics. Rob is an amazing singer, but he simply does not have the big voice of Dio or Bruce.. Everything including the size of the body impacts the size and darkness of the voice. Big guys have larger voices simply because of the larger vibratory chamber Somehow amazingly in this very song DIO is able to get his chesty tone all the way consistently through the song. That is why he is so exceptional. With Rob, you can make out that he is bridging. There is a definite change in the vocal quality. DIO, it is ONE VOICE all the way through. .Genius at work!!
  7. Funkfish, can you play by ear. I mean when you hear two piano notes, do you know that the relationship between them is a major third or a minor 6th for instance? If you have been playing for as long as you say, you should be able to do this. Singing works in the exact same fashion. You hear the note in your head a fraction of second BEFORE you sing it. My suspicion is that you have the ears, but are not adept in matching pitch with the sound of your voice. You should practice scales in the same manner that you do when you practice an instrument, except that you have to match pitch with singing. You can also employ a drone while singing. It is a really really good way to know if you are on pitch..
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    Judas Priest - Desert Plains

    You can learn a great deal of music by yourself without formal coaching, but you will never know until you take another person's opinion. To all of us, especially singers, we always sound good. A good teacher can add a lot of value. Value comes from interaction, from a teacher being not emotionally invested and thereby being able to see flaws, from just having a different point of view possibly from coming from a different school of learning. You can never become really good until you invest time, energy and money. For mediocrity, you have the internet and all the "free" material!!
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    The Spirit Carries On ( Dream Theater )

    James's voice is a bit of an acquired taste. It can get very shrill and bordering on annoying. I can understand the hate that he receives on forums. But in some of the band's earlier albums, the material is so darned difficult from a singers' standpoint. The quality of their musicianship is extremely high and all members are incredible in their own repertoire. This is simply one of the highest quality of musicians who have worked together. La Brie's songs in the earlier albums are so demanding that it is difficult to do justice to them in the studio, let alone in a live environment. Most armchair critics do not realize how difficult this material is even for professionals to pull off. I have the highest regard for La Brie's work, even if it is in the studio. It is borderline impossible to sing such a tough repertoire for decades. The only exceptions I have seen are Dio and Bruce Dickenson. La Brie does modify heavily even when it is not required. So yah, it can be very tough to understand what he is singing. He is harsh sounding because his technique is toast. He is off pitch because he is signing again with a wrong technique. Still respect to this man..
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    The Spirit Carries On ( Dream Theater )

    Thanks Rob for the kind words Yes I have seen both these videos. The lesson I have learnt is to find a way to use our own voice. I think my voice at this range sounds heavy, possibly both due to my singing and my voice perhaps being slightly higher. Fabrico obviously has used a much lighter tone consistent with his voice. I actually love Shigeki's version most musically and tonally, but I don't like his diction, possibly because it is his second language. James La Brie himself has a very light voice, lighter than mine for sure and he sings it very close to Shigeki I feel... If we analyze the same song sung by different voices, there is so much to learn. I would love to hear a Baritone with a really heavy voice cover it, so yes, I look forward to your version.
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    Singing like Ronnie James Dio

    Bang on JonJon. Both Dio and Bruce are monstrously difficult singers to imitate. Far more difficult than most singers. Both are incredible singers, Dio can do way more vocal colors than Bruce(what I have heard) and some of his softer stuff is equally amazing(like Catch the rainbow for e.g.). But Bruce has this almost magical clean, warm and in general heavy high notes. My sense is that you need to have monstrous(how often the word appears with these two gentlemen) support and take the chest voice really high. I think both these guys also have a warm sound in their spoken voice. I can sing for e.g. some of Bruce’s range. But I have a lighter color and I can’t get the big sound. It is the combination of warm vocal color, plus weight and sheer power that makes their voices irresistible. That is why some other really good singers don't sound like Bruce or Dio.. They don't have the warmth in their voice.. Dio especially is very weird. I can’t at times make out whether he sings light or heavy because he can do both. Just sounds incredible for the genre.. BTW, Felipe’s cover was incredibly impressive.. He has a super warm tone to his singing, possibly from his classical background!
  12. Hi Folks, This is one of my favorite songs. I posted a version earlier, this is after I did some work on my musculature. Now I am able to retain more of the muscular sound even on my high notes. The verse as many will attest is one of James La Brie's finest performances. It has taken me several years to reach this level. For now happy with the outcome. Thanks to anyone who drops in a sentence or two..
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    Pavarotti - Nessun Dorma

    Your tone is nice. I like it. But whether it is operatic, I am no judge. You have two points that you need to improve 1. Your pitching is inconsistent, there are many places where you sound off. If you can't hear that you are "off", then it means your ears are not sharp enough. You will do good to invest time in ear training. There are many many good apps that will teach you to do interval training, but best way is to listen to a lot of music and listen very actively. I can speak from personal experience, this is the best investment you can make in your singing. 2. Your tonal quality is impressive, but needs more work. You need to sound more effortless in your high range. Tonal consistency is what makes a certain singer pleasing. Right now, as in right now, this song is beyond your current level. Which is not to say that you will not be able to sing it. It just needs more work. Work of the kind that is consistent. Keep on what you are doing for 6 months to a year, both on your ear training and actual singing. You will see massive improvements. You are already at a reasonable base level. The climb from here on will become steeper and steeper and will take time and effort.
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    Iron maiden wasted years

    You sound like Bruce in his old age.. I mean this as a compliment. The core of the vocal color is there, but there is a squeakiness in his high notes(just compare the studio versions to the live versions especially from his recent performances). This leads me to believe that you have the basic voice character to pull off and come pretty close to his studio version. Which is a big deal. You are pretty sound in the earlier parts, but the performance really tapers towards the notes. Metal singing is not about being exactly at the center of the note, but there were a few places where you sounded off beyond what is acceptable for my taste. Cheers. Keep singing and you will in due course sound like Bruce..
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    Recording effects and self improvement

    MDEW, recording with effects is not recommended. Reverb, Compression and EQ all have various ways of misleading your performance. The EV mic that you have mentioned is a pretty good microphone. You should have no issues getting a really good recording unless your gain is weak. Best way to record is to use a soundcard like Scarlett 2i2 and add effects after the recording in a DAW. However, low end soundcards are notorious for lack of gain and require a bump through something like Cloudlifter - CL1. I moved from a condenser to a dynamic + Cloud lifter CL-1 combo and now my dynamic sounds like a condensor mic. You need to get accustomed to tracking RAW with no effects. That is the best reflection of your actual singing. If it is muddy, it is probably because your technique is not upto par. You can use a low pass filter, but ideally you should aim for a voice that is "good enough" with no effects. Then when you do start applying effects, it really has an amplifying effect on your performance. Hope this helps.