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    • Hi all, apologies for the length of this. I’m a male in my mid 30’s, nearly zero music / singing / performing experience as a youngster. I Decided to take up guitar lessons a couple of years ago, (did a few at 7, gave up) still going, managed to get to grade 3. I’ve never really accompanied my playing with singing (guitar teacher suggested it early on when playing acoustic , I was horrified of the thought of doing that in front of him, aside from the difficulty of multi tasking etc) probably a big reason why I changed to electric. I downloaded a singing course last year and did that for a bit, though a couple of months ago I decided to take some singing lessons even though I’m shy so its a pretty big deal for me. I thought it could help with my musical ear and understanding of theory etc which are novice level, I also have been messing around on a keyboard for that purpose. I’ve always hated my speaking voice as its monotone and I think that shows through with my vocal tone. I’ve had about 8 lessons and I have improved a bit with scales, stretched my range somewhat, improved vocal break etc and my teacher just said she thinks I have a tenor range which I was surprised by as I assumed I’d be a baritone.  I know that range doesn’t mean much if you don’t sound good, which is where my point is heading, ..my singing tone just sounds very boring, even if I’m hitting the correct notes, it just sounds dull, boring, uninteresting. Is it my physical makeup the reason for my general sound and if so is there any point in proceeding with practice if this is something that cannot be changed?? I mean I could spend a few years practicing, maybe get good enough to be in a band guitar wise (bit of a pipe dream) and then people would be like jesus with the sound of your voice we wouldn’t even want you to do backing vocals! 
    • I am a Baritone whose voice range is from (F#2) A2-A4(A#4) I can Belt an A4 very comfortably after warming up my voice but that thing does not work with bb4 note give me some tips to belt my bb4 note and my passagio occurs at G4
    • "Born into a family of musicians, including a mother who sang in church, Jay Buchanan didn’t ‘discover’ music in a sudden, Damascene revelation. Practically from birth he was immersed in old blues, folk, funk and soul, much of which would eventually feed into his own music with Rival Sons. In retrospect he agrees that everything he’s listened to has influenced him. “And that includes the music that I can’t stand,” the singer says, “all the shitty pop music, it’s all informed who I am as an artist.” The above is from a website listing his top 10 influences. You cannot say he was "Self Taught" when he grew up with other musicians and singers. You let each other know when things are sounding good and when something went wrong. And you have the opportunity and the approval of "Getting loud and passionate" when singing.  This is something that other non "Natural" singers do not have and seek through Training and singing programs.  It is more about having "Permission" or the "Necessity of Training" to get loud and unlock the voice rather than sitting quietly in your room trying to make these sounds "Without" being heard and subject to ridicule.  Another important point is being Passionate about singing itself or about the "Message" within the song. You almost have to have a Feeling that the message is important enough that other people need to hear it or that YOU the singer needs to "Let it out" so to speak.  Another former member of this forum had as one of his Mantras to "Get out of your own way" when it comes to singing. Us "Non Natural" singers have apprehensions about being heard that hinders our progress and LOCKS the voice. I think those messages are within this next Video.    
    • I was the only one who commented on that post. As it is you sounded pretty good to my ears. For any singing to get "Better" is to work in the comfortable range and record yourself and note what sounded good to you and what did not. Rerecord with minor(or Major) changes and note the difference in sound. Learn what your voice can do and what it cannot.     Use different "Attitudes" when practicing. What I mean by that is that our voices take on different characteristics when in different emotional states.... a cry has one coordination, when happy and excited it coordinates in one way and when Mad or authoritative it uses another, While laughing another coordination takes place. Learn how to do these things on purpose and use them in your singing and training.
    • I don't sing countertenor but I would like to. I usually sing in full voice and I think the song he is refering to is the post I made about singing in falsetto better. 
    • If F4 to A4 is your comfort range then Yes you are a Tenor(unless you are confusing  F4 with F3. F4 to A4 is normally the trouble zone for Baritones, in general most people have trouble in this area.     I did not hear the Song you posted that Felipe was able to hear. Could you put a link here?    People can have different ideas of what "Head Voice" and Full voice is. You may have taught yourself by using "Head voice" when singing and believe this is your "Natural" voice and have not really learned to use full voice. Especially if you have been singing counter tenor.  Some people naturally use a lighter voice when speaking than others.
    • A "Coach" is just that. A Coach. You have "Teachers" who teach you the methods and Techniques and you have  "Coaches" who help guide you with where, when and how to use the techniques with different songs or your approach to singing them.     There is a difference between "Training" and learning "Techniques" and Singing. Rarely do you have both together in a Vocal Program.       Our Voices are built the same way. They work the same way(unless there is some kind of deformity or injury ). The resulting sound may be different just like you have different sounds from different types of guitars but you still use the same guitar chords and rhythm and lead patterns.  The choices you make in what technique, which type of distortion to use, to open a vowel or close it, Head voice on this phrase, chest on that while singing a particular song is usually not part of a "Vocal Program". But, If you watch some of the Master classes with Opera singers you will usually see that instead of any talk on "Technique" you will find suggestions on delivery and How to make the song more dynamic and emotional to fit the song (Which includes chest voice on this phrase and head voice on that, sing softer here, etc.) rather than proper breath support and Pitch correction. The "Technique" training has already been done and usually for years before the "Master Class".      Singers who have developed a style on their own usually do just that, develop a style that works with their voice and the type of music they are singing and they usually stick with that style. Take them out of their element and their "Style" or "delivery" may or may not work. How the voice works is the same for everyone. How you use it is what is different.      Think about the different "Great Singers" , DIO, Chris Cornell, Bruce Dickinson,  Michael Jackson, Paul Rodgers, Freddy Mercury, Add in others from other genres....Elvis Presley, Smokey Robinson, Roy Orbison, James Brown on and on....Any one of them singing the other ones songs is not going to use the same distortion, vibrato, delivery etc of the other singer... it would not work. They are going to change the music to fit their style and they will adjust the Key to fit their voice. Elvis singing any other song is going to use the techniques and approach that worked for him and so is Chris, Dio, Paul and the others.       The underlying "Techniques" or "Foundations" are still the same.....Breath support, Resonance strategies, Pitch tuning, larynx and soft palate adjustment..... "singing" is in the expression and delivery....Timing, Dynamics, Vibrato, Distortion and when to use them or not..... This CAN be taught but is not usually included in generic vocal training programs.                     
    • I like slow songs I don't know what else to call it and my low range (c3-c4) is very weak I can sing it they sound good but they I can't sing it loudly and I don't really know where my middle range although the easy notes for me to sing are around F4-A4.
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