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Alan Tran

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Hi All!

I'm not sure (I might be tone deaf), but my singing is mostly on key, but something is a bit off? I'd just like some feedback if possible to get me in the write direction to a killer voice. 

Thanks everyone! :) 

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You have  a great voice! Good choice of song too. However, most of your singing and resonance is being placed in your throat, in more of a speech mode. This will make higher nd lower notes more difficult, even if your more relaxed chest voice range is easy to control. It's also apparent in some of the dynamics of your plosives, the low level of breath suppport, and some of your curbing vowels (vowels resonating further back). You are, however, always on pitch in the more comfortable parts of that range.

What I hear you need is better resonant placement, more lifted to the soft palate and a bit forward. A bit more push or lockdown in the diaphram area (your solar plexus specifically) will support that better resonant placement and give your voice more body too. But that's only a start. One way to begin training yourself to resonate and support in this way is to start humming songs while buzzing your lips. This is called "Tracking". Another that I teach is to place a finger across your bottom lip and try to sing up and over it.

Are you training? Do you have a teacher? I highly suggest you check out the course, The Four Pillars of Singing, created by the owner of this forum.

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Agreed.

There is a lovely voice here, but it isn't being utilized to its full aesthetic potential. Draven is correct on his point about resonance. You are resonanting too much in a lower position ( throaty )... with a little bit of good direction and practice, you can learn to lift your resonance to higher positions where it can sort of "float" more. A more "top down" resonance is more maneuverability of your voice because your resonance will not be tethered by the bulk of a more primitive, throaty position. The result of this will also be a much more beautiful timbre and sound color in your voice, in particular for this kind of singing in your sample.

Yes, my program The Four Pillars of Singing absolutely will help you if you choose to make a commitment to the training. 

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Wow! Boyz ii Men and I didn't even get to hear it!

Who's part was it? Was it Shawn? Was it Wanya? 

 

Edit: It wouldn't play at first and I thought it said it was locked, but I heard it.

 

You have a good base, brother. If I would say anything, I would say to try to put more passion into it. The Boyz almost sound like they're crying when they sing this. And try to work on your runs.

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Thanks for the replies and kind comments! I know it's hard to take in advice over a forum, as proper guidance and coaching is the way to go. I'll try to take everything on board. Unfortunately, I have many other commitments and I can't really prioritise singing at the moment :( I'll do my best to kill it in the shower though!!!

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On 6/13/2017 at 9:35 PM, Gsoul82 said:

Wow! Boyz ii Men and I didn't even get to hear it!

Who's part was it? Was it Shawn? Was it Wanya? 

 

Edit: It wouldn't play at first and I thought it said it was locked, but I heard it.

 

You have a good base, brother. If I would say anything, I would say to try to put more passion into it. The Boyz almost sound like they're crying when they sing this. And try to work on your runs.

Would scales help with runs? I'm finding that I know what notes I need to hit in my runs, but the control isn't there to execute it. It's like my mind knows what to do but my vocal chords aren't in sync. 

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On 6/12/2017 at 4:19 AM, Robert Lunte said:

Agreed.

There is a lovely voice here, but it isn't being utilized to its full aesthetic potential. Draven is correct on his point about resonance. You are resonanting too much in a lower position ( throaty )... with a little bit of good direction and practice, you can learn to lift your resonance to higher positions where it can sort of "float" more. A more "top down" resonance is more maneuverability of your voice because your resonance will not be tethered by the bulk of a more primitive, throaty position. The result of this will also be a much more beautiful timbre and sound color in your voice, in particular for this kind of singing in your sample.

Yes, my program The Four Pillars of Singing absolutely will help you if you choose to make a commitment to the training. 

Would improving resonance also produce a natural vibrato? 

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Improving resonance is not going to directly produce a natural vibrato, BUT... it is hard to have nice vibrato, without good resonance. Good resonance is one of the "ingredients" to getting vibrato to work and sound good.

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On 6/14/2017 at 1:41 PM, Alan Tran said:

Would scales help with runs? I'm finding that I know what notes I need to hit in my runs, but the control isn't there to execute it. It's like my mind knows what to do but my vocal chords aren't in sync. 

Exactly, buddy. Keep practicing.

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On 6/14/2017 at 10:41 AM, Alan Tran said:

Would scales help with runs? I'm finding that I know what notes I need to hit in my runs, but the control isn't there to execute it. It's like my mind knows what to do but my vocal chords aren't in sync. 

when I researched this same question, I found that the Utoob videos that seemed the most helpful for improving both accuracy and speed in singing runs, were the videos that had you begin singing the run "scale" very slowly then, speeding it up gradually so that your larynx becomes increasingly agile, enabling greater speed and more accurate pitch.  

This kat seems to know his stuff, I like this video:

 

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