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Hi all, I'm new hear and thought I'd ask if anyone could review my singing. I'm 17 and have been singing for 2 years, I had a 10 lessons when I first started. I know I've got a lot to improve so I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

Also I'm auditioning for a choir on Thursday and I need to know my voice type when I write my application. Do you think I am a soprano alto or contralto? My range is E3-D6. I can do whistle voice but have very little control over it so I don't count it in my range because I can't actually use it when singing. 
 

 

 

 

(This one is out of sync but doesn't have any harmonies or anything)

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Your pitch is great! That's 90% of singing! Your technique is fine for choir, but I'm not sure it's where you want it for contemporary singing. You have a lot of great potential, and I'm really looking forward to what you're able to do with your voice as you keep training. I like the little nuances in your voice that set you apart, such as some of your pronunctiation choices. You have a long way to go, but this is an incredible start.

I also don't know more than the very basics of vocal fach, since it doesn't really apply to contemporary voice, and thus dosn't apply to my students. I wish I could help more on that side of things. There are some here who can.

On your technique: Are you currently training? Like I said, your pitch is on, which gets you most of the way there. However, your breath support, anchoring, resonant placement, etc, are not stable. They move constantly, most falling back to a more "singing from the throat" that I've seen with a lot of my students who took lessons in their teens from teachers who either didn't know at all what they were teaching, or didn't know how to teach contemporary singing. You really need to be training, if you're truly serious about your voice. I highly recommend checking out The Four Pillars of Singing, linked to in the footer of this forum.

One thing you can do, in order to start getting better resonant placement in general, is to starting tracking (humming and buzzing the lips) all the time. And I mean ALL THE TIME. It will help you engage the constrictors better and get you used to a better esonant placement. I also often have students hold a finger on their bottom lip and try to sing up and over it, to experience a similar resonant placement. The idea is to lift the voice out of the throat and onto the soft palate (perhaps edged toward the hard palate), much like what happens when you smile. And speaking of smiling, another thing that helps lift the voice is your embouchure (mouth piece or shape of your mouth). When you open vertically, especially wide, it puts a lot of pressure on your vocal folds, which you compensate for by modifying your vowel further back, and your resonance ends up falling out of place. If you focus more on opening horizontally instead, baring your teeth, you'll keep the voice lifted and anchor things down better.

Like I said, great start! A lot of unique qualities to your voice! Keep it up!

 

 

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Hey thanks for the feedback Draven Grey! I was just practicing singing with a horizontal mouth kinda closed thing you said to do, and I actually do sound better and more 'pop'. I was really surprised so thank you so much I think this will really help. Also no I'm not really training at the moment other than some scales and stuff so I will check out the four pillars of singing now. 

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I tried to practice improving my resonance like you said to but I'm not sure if I'm getting it or not. Do you think I'm on the right track or am I not getting it at all? 
 

 

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Much more controlled! I like the high note near the end too. Your voice reminds me of Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) for some reason. I think you have a similar timbre. She puts a lot more air in her voice, resulting in a bit of grit too, but your voice reminds me of an almost punk-ish version of her - like a cross between Susanna Hoffs and Hayley Williams (Paramore). Great job! I would love to hear more in your higher range, especially getting into belting.

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Thanks for replying! :) Awesome I will keep practicing like I am. I've never heard of Suanna Hoffs but I am really interested to hear her now :3 Thanks so much and I will do a song in my higher range then and comment it here, I would love to hear your feedback on it :D 

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45 minutes ago, Atlanta said:

Thanks for replying! :) Awesome I will keep practicing like I am. I've never heard of Suanna Hoffs but I am really interested to hear her now :3 Thanks so much and I will do a song in my higher range then and comment it here, I would love to hear your feedback on it :D 

Susanna Hoffs. I guess autocorrect took over in a very odd way.

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