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Hi everyone,

I hoped someone could give me a review on one or three of my Acapella covers below. I've loved to sing for a long time and just started making instruments, but wanted to start adding vocals, if my voice sounds alright to others (it usually seems to sound fine to me). My singing is without training, so please tell me if there are any areas you think I need to work on. I'm currently trying to work on breath control.

Thanks anyone/everyone,

Pretty Reckless - Just Tonight:

http://soundcloud.com/hr-river/the-pretty-reckless-just

Adele - Someone Like You

http://soundcloud.com/hr-river/adele-someone-like-you

Florence and the Machines - Shake It Out

http://soundcloud.com/hr-river/florence-and-the-machines

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Hi everyone,

I hoped someone could give me a review on one or three of my Acapella covers below. I've loved to sing for a long time and just started making instruments, but wanted to start adding vocals, if my voice sounds alright to others (it usually seems to sound fine to me). My singing is without training, so please tell me if there are any areas you think I need to work on. I'm currently trying to work on breath control.

Thanks anyone/everyone,

Pretty Reckless - Just Tonight:

http://soundcloud.com/hr-river/the-pretty-reckless-just

Adele - Someone Like You

http://soundcloud.com/hr-river/adele-someone-like-you

Florence and the Machines - Shake It Out

http://soundcloud.com/hr-river/florence-and-the-machines

You have a great vibrato and a nice tone, but the vibrato is a little wild like a tremelo and breath control is the issue. Before I can help what types of exercises are you currently doing for your voice?

Another important thing is are you purposely trying to slur your words because right now you sound like you are lazily pronouncing them. Just that alone will improve you sound immensely.

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Hi Izzle,

Thanks so much for replying to my post.

Before three months ago I didn't have a vocal exercise routine, I would just sing intermittently, but i always breathe through my diaphragm. Since three months ago, I've been doing exercises for about 25-30 minutes 5-6 days a week.

I use the deep breath technique (hold the breath for a count of ten, release, repeat). Then I use (mostly) the C and G scale for do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti or 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1.

Also, I didn't realize I was slurring my words, though I'm not certain how to work on that. Would that require a vowel exercise? Sorry, I'm so green.

Thank you for the help, I really appreciate it.

Hr

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I would say you should work on learning how to maintain the feeling of the inhale throughout your singing. You can learn to do this by laying down on the floor placing a book on your stomach so you can notice the rise and fall of your stomach with each breath cycle. After about 5 mins of normal breathing you should focus on slowing down the exhale by using hissing exercises.

First inhale and watch the book rise then exhale comfortably on a hiss(like a snake) for 10 seconds then relax and repeat. As soon as your are comfortable doing this you can extend the amount of time you hiss(10, 20, 30, 40, 50, etc) seconds. As you do this take notice of how your abdomen wants to stay expanded while you exhale slowly. As soon as your are able to do 30-40 seconds comfortably you can begin to do some lip rolls. Start out slowly and work the lower end of you range then work you way up to you highest comfortable notes then work your way back down. These two things will set the foundation for your phonation.

http://youtu.be/jZ_RwV52DMw

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If you are going to do the "do re mi fa" thing, us "si" in place of "ti" - the ti "word" cuts of your air momentarily , and it's best to not work out or warm up with excersizes that halt your air movement .

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Izzle,

I've just started working on the inhale/exhale exercise, and the link you provided is great. Thanks again for reply to my post, you were very informative and helpful. It's great to have some help with what I really need to improve on; now I know to really improve my breath control and (by-product) work on the pitch(?) of my vibrato.

Thank you so much.

Keith,

I didn't know that. I'll switch it out with the "si," thanks a lot for the tip.

Hr

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Izzle,

I've just started working on the inhale/exhale exercise, and the link you provided is great. Thanks again for reply to my post, you were very informative and helpful. It's great to have some help with what I really need to improve on; now I know to really improve my breath control and (by-product) work on the pitch(?) of my vibrato.

Thank you so much.

Keith,

I didn't know that. I'll switch it out with the "si," thanks a lot for the tip.

Hr

You're welcome...I'm glad I could help.

Keep up the good work and let me know how things progress.

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