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I found this, just browsing around. Remember, in the midst of all this hard work and never-ending struggle and "I've got to do this and I've got to do that and hold my tongue just right and say my prayers and pay obedience to god of this or that," singing is about having fun and expressing yourself.

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It's been fun for me since the very day I started. I'm probably one of those rare birds who never minded the widely deemed "boring" and "tedious" aspects of learning an instrument or singing. There is literally nothing that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed along the way. Just hearing the words "doing this will help you..." has always been enough to push me into borderline obsession mode.

I believe it all boils down to how bad you want to excel and how much you truly love what you're doing. If you love it and want it bad enough, it won't feel like drudgery.

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It's been fun for me since the very day I started. I'm probably one of those rare birds who never minded the widely deemed "boring" and "tedious" aspects of learning an instrument or singing. There is literally nothing that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed along the way. Just hearing the words "doing this will help you..." has always been enough to push me into borderline obsession mode.

I believe it all boils down to how bad you want to excel and how much you truly love what you're doing. If you love it and want it bad enough, it won't feel like drudgery.

i agree, when i go to sing a song the last thing i'm thinking about is technique, although i wish i could...lol!!!

i'm an intense singer and i guess i always will be....lol!!!

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I'm enjoying it more and more the better I get. I've noticed that one of the somewhat high notes in one of my band's songs used to be near the top of my range, and it felt way up there whenever I used to go for it. Now when I get to that part it feels like it's in the middle of my range, and I don't have to reach for it.

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As much fun as it looked like the guy was having, I think Validar made a good point. It's only "drudgery and hard work" if you make it so. That doesn't make everything easy. But you can enjoy the "work," as well as the feeling of singing a song well, when you put your work into practice. I totally have the hard work ethic, which may not always be apparent in my posts or opinions, but this guy seemed to be having fun and I thought I would remind myself that it is about expressing yourself. The idea of training the instrument is not "perfection" but the ability to express yourself. Just as a painter works on technique so that he can create his own Salvador Dali or Mondrian or Manet or Monet vision.

And thanks guys, for understanding the spirit of my post. At times, it seems, I excel at being misunderstood. We converse in English, which is my native language, but my intent doesn't always come across as I intend.

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i agree, when i go to sing a song the last thing i'm thinking about is technique, although i wish i could...lol!!!

i'm an intense singer and i guess i always will be....lol!!!

Yeah, I think the key is finding a balance where you're not completely oblivious to what you're doing, yet not overthinking the whole process.

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Yeah, I think the key is finding a balance where you're not completely oblivious to what you're doing, yet not overthinking the whole process.

but the only thing i feel lately is it's simply not enough to just be a good technical singer....you have to really capture the audience with your performance....i know you're probably saying "no shit, bob" but i think you can lose track of that fundamental reason for doing it.......

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Oh, absolutely.

There was an American Idol contestant this year by the name of Pia. She was arguably the best technical singer of the bunch, had stunning looks, but didn't have the whole performing aspect down. She was described as stiff and "pageant-like", which resulted in her being voted off much earlier than most expected.

Having the vocal chops but no ability to engage a crowd is like having a really nice fishing rod, but no bait for your hook.

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Oh, absolutely.

There was an American Idol contestant this year by the name of Pia. She was arguably the best technical singer of the bunch, had stunning looks, but didn't have the whole performing aspect down. She was described as stiff and "pageant-like", which resulted in her being voted off much earlier than most expected.

Having the vocal chops but no ability to engage a crowd is like having a really nice fishing rod, but no bait for your hook.

That's true. In fact, even though she sang very well, I usually didn't look forward to her performances. But I don't look forward to half of them, anyway =P

Singing is fun. Even doing singing exercises is fun. There's something very amusing about making the stupidest sounds possible. I still do exercises much more than I actually sing, but I don't think that takes the fun factor out of it.

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I am with you, anonimuzz. I make funny voices, too, to stay limber both physically and emotionally. Some neat effects can be from a funny voice with the "edge" of it taken off. For example, think Peewee Herman and then back it off a notch or two, if possible. Not everyone can sound like him, per se, but you can stretch, just a little.

How about a buzz in your nose. Try that and back off a smidge, try some words and you just might have "You Could Be Mine."

Maybe not. But you can certainly have fun trying.

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In fact, here's one of my funny voices. It's not about polish. I don't sing this way all the time. I did it for fun on the way home from the grocery store, today. So, I came in the house, put stuff away, turned on the computer, plugged in the mic (I keep it in its case when not in use.) Didn't use the stand, didn't use the pop filter, inches from the mic, (let it overload, I don't care) just one-off'd this, standing up, torturing only my poor dog.

Public service announcement and legal disclaimer: no vocal folds were harmed during the making of this recording.

http://dl2.dropbox.com/u/8750209/funny%20voice.mp3

Amidst all the work, and Bob is right, it takes time to learn new coordination, un-learn old habits, making something new as habitual as how you put your socks and shoes on, have some fun and don't be afraid to sound funny. Sounding funny will increase your self confidence and it might lead to sounds you can use.

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