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    • Ok, let's face it, it's karaoke -- some of us call these things "covers" so that we can feel professional and for the feel-good factor. But all I am going to do is slap vocals on top of a backing track -- karaoke. So... I got me a youtube video and had a listen, and compared it with my "in-memory" version!!!

      I give myself 5 out of 10 for effort!

      (I was probably singing a hybrid of a heap of different versions, which is fine for practising vocals, but not fine for karaoke or "covers").

      Half of it is sort there, and god knows where the other half came from. So,.... work to do. It's what I expected, anyway. Most of my songs "from memory" turn out like that. No problem.

      I am off to make the real version "in-memory" when I find the time.

      That will probably mean goodbye to how I have been singing it. (I may have to unlearn that, as I learn a real version).
    • Thank you Robert. This assessment is helpful.   My daughter is 10. Do you have any recommendations for voice coaches in the Orange County, CA area? 
    • Anthem: She did a nice job. How old is she?  Good ears,... the intonation is not too bad and that is a big win for everyone. For a child with talent, this performance is pretty typical. She had all the potential in the world I'd say. The real truth comes from, is she and the people around here willing to put in the time and commitment to take the talent and ability to sing to a level that is professional? That is always the first and most important question. There are people all over the place that can sing decent and well. But this doesn't make you a professional, nor typically give you a career. She needs coaching on this song. It is not just about singing the notes, it has to be interpreted in a tasteful anda artful way. More difficult for children to "grasp" that, but with a good coach that understands how to coach this song, it could be better. But overall, she sounds good. But this is about as far as you will go, until she gets proper technique training and coaching. Goodnight: More of the same as above,. potential, good strong start, did a good job! ... with a theatery "vibe" and posture to it. It is obvious she is working with a classical / theater influenced voice coach. That is fine. She has all the "proper" postures and moves for that kind of singing.  But I think this young singer would benefit from having a contemporary voice coach that knows how to teach her to belt and sing with more muscle and strength. This is hard to find, but it is out there. This is the kind of techniques I teach. You don't always, and forever want to sound "sweet and girly"... singers need to be able to belt and have athletic power. On both examples, she did a good job... just a talented kid, that can do a lot with it... but it will require a level of commitment at new levels if you are going to make this a career and be competitive. I encourage you and her to keep going, with the right coaching. Coach Robert Lunte
    • Over the years, my vocal "training" has basically consisted of doing research and practising through snippets of a cappella. One reason for this is that I have had to fit everything round one huge, all consuming IT project. The project may let up soon and I'm thinking of putting everything together by doing actual covers of songs. It's gonna take time (I don't even have the right recording equipment yet) but I thought it would be fun to informally "blog" my progress in a thread. So.. My starting point is to pick a song I think I know more or less from memory, and sing it a cappella. This raw vocal should give me a rough idea of whether the song is doable, before I attempt to dot i's and cross t's Then I am going to go away and study all my errors and misconceptions, hopefully with no show-stoppers. The song I have chosen is Green Green Grass Of Home (Tom Jones)
    • A lot of the time it is autotuned. The techniques classical singers use are good for melismata. You can find genuine examples from there. You can pick up bad habits by trying to emulate autotuned vocals.  
    • yah very great tone and your very sure of your artistry. 
    • Hiya mate. Sounds good but you need to sing it with more confidence you sound like your really holding back Which is giving that breath quality. Just relax and go for it
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