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Ryan Conway

22, Male - What do I need to do to improve?

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Here is an A Capella recording of me singing pop and then a more rock style song, I also threw some random scales in at the end which is my current range, My lowest note is G2 and B4 is my highest comfortable note, highest possible one I can do with strain is D5, and only once I hit an E5 which surprised me when it came out! - http://picosong.com/rurW/. Recently I've been working on pitch by practising scales because it used to be really bad and now that I'm beginning to improve at hitting notes I am unsure what to work on next. When I listen to myself back sometimes I think it sounds more like talking then singing. I would appreciate some guidance because I can't stop singing now that I've begun, and I want to save peoples ears in the process. Thanks!

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Hello Ryan,

Sorry to keep you waiting, been busy.

Why do you not have a backing track?

Can you do it again with a backing track? 

Try Smule ... 

I do like your distortion, but be careful.

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Hi Robert
The wait is no problem at all, I have a Smule already so here is two I think are okay, although I still think they sound like your average karaoke singer.
https://www.smule.com/recording/wilson-pickett-mustang-sally/713718466_1064059716

Here is a Coldplay cover I recorded on FL Studio with just me which I quite like but don't believe it's good enough to share as people say I can't sing.

http://picosong.com/GGrp

Thank you, I've always been able to naturally do that distortion without discomfort, I do wonder if it's done in healthy way though!

 

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Hello Ryan,

I´ve listened to a few clips, Coldplay and James Blunt. There are some technical issues, but what is really getting in your way right now is rhythm and melody, you are kinda going blindfolded at the songs it seems.

Listen more to these songs, pay attention to the tempo of the phrasing, notice which parts the singer uses a more "connected" sound (no pause between notes), and the more rhythimic parts (strong marking to the beat, longer pauses).

Perhaps sit down on a piano or keyboard, and map the whole melody as reference. In my opinion its where you will see most improvement from what you are doing now.

For these songs you might want to get a bit lighter handed, I don´t mind the more aggressive approach but most people won´t enjoy it so much.

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... count all songs in 8ths... "1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & ..."... don't count in quarters, always count in 8ths. It is the best way you can begin to properly feel syncopation and groove. 

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