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  1. 3 points
    It is amazing to me how Bollywood manages to churn out these beautiful tunes. What genre is it? (Sometimes, not understanding the language is a blessing. I am often disappointed if I see the translated lyrics. They are usually very average. ) Anyway, listening to you singing, I would say that you have good pitch appreciation (you may be thinking, "of course", but it is a big deal for some beginners). You do have some problems with execution as the pitch ascends (or occasionally as it fluctuates quickly), even though you seem to be aiming for the right notes. It sounds to me as if this is mainly to do with breath regulation and is made more difficult with a genre of music that uses a lot of melisma and arpeggios. I would recommend finding an appropriate diaphragmatic breathing technique. However, as I have not come across any coach or trainer of Western music who has correctly characterized the unique sound of this genre of singing, I can't really say which diaphragmatic breathing technique will work well. Somehow the Indian singers manage to get a lot of "cry" in the upper range, while keeping the lower range mellow. Some Western trainers confuse this with breathiness. In your singing, I think that the mellow lower end is going to come naturally. Breath control will be required to find the resonance in the upper range. That's my two cents worth of opinion.
  2. 2 points
    1. How much body movement is bad? However much is perceived as "bad" by the audience you're singing to. e.g. an opera singer dancing like a pop-star or flailing about like Janis Joplin may be too much for the audience. But then again, if your more ideal fan would enjoy that, even in opera, go for it. 1(b). Movement that makes throws off your singing technique can also be "bad." e.g. hunching over in a way that makes you have to push harder to sing part of a melody because you don't have good breath control anymore. 2. Physical movement is trained through awareness and practice. But again, "excessive" is very subjective. While you can stand perfectly still behind a microphone stand and sing with flawless technique, why would you want to? Romance the music, do what you need to do in order to feel and express your song. Doing so invites the audience to do the same. Singing is as much a full-body, emotional performance as it is a technical one. Once you know what the limit is that your audience can handle, then you have a line to push into and elicit a reaction from them. However, I also suggest purposefully practicing in three ways that have helped many of the bands I've coached over the years: Stay relaxed and have fun with the song, not caring about mistakes, and being able to laugh at yourself -- this will loosen you up. Stand perfectly still and emotionless, focused on flawless technique -- this will build fine-tuned technique. Act like you're giving the performance of a lifetime to a very large audience of your more ideal fans -- this will build endurance for when you do perform.
  3. 2 points
    You can't expect to be done in 3 months. If it was that easy, everybody would do it.This is a marathon, not a sprint.
  4. 2 points
    I hear voices in the background. It may only be my (vivid) imagination, but you sound to me as if you don't want to attract too much attention to yourself. You sound as if you are singing to yourself. If you are singing somewhere where you are not yet comfortable, I advise that it is an absolute MUST to find somewhere where you can relax. If you don't, you could end up training all kinds of inhibition and nervousness or tension into your voice.
  5. 1 point
    Never had a singing lesson in my life, but starting school in Jan. 2019. I can hit an A#1 in chest, A#0 in Subharmonics, and I've found a lower subharmonic that even takes it to a D0(I think?). It's also getting deeper and better by the day. I've only been singing (horribly I might add) for a few weeks. I cannot find any advice, practice techniques, digital Tuners, songs, etc. For this range.... Ive exhausted you tube on the subject. luckily I have a 2nd decent baritone range as well to help with vocal entertainment. Anyone that can help? I need a ton of work, but really feel there's something special there I need to build on and share.
  6. 1 point
    Focus on good appoggio, or sighing through the phrases. Here's a great explanation:
  7. 1 point
    Resonant Tracking, Nasal Buzzing, or humming while buzzing the lip ("M", although could be n or ng too), can bring the resonance into the mask and out of the throat. This will cause better control over the compression and air pressure balance, and cause more resonance in the soft palate by engaging twang vocal mode. Another semi-occluded phonation he could try is humming into a cocktail straw and trying to get light and whimpery on higher pitches. This activates cry vocal mode, releases pharyngeal tension, and also thins out the glottis which then requires much less pressure to phonate.
  8. 1 point
    Breath support is the first place any teacher should start with there student and any student should pick up first too Have you just started or something?
  9. 1 point
    Part of gaining confidence is discovering that things are nowhere near as bad as you imagine. It's a classic catch. You need the confidence to take the first step, but you need to take the first step to see what it is about and gain the confidence. The other thing is that negative opinions and thoughts are only as potent as the attention you give them. So forget all the imagined "horror" scenarios and think of the time when you are looking back and saying, "what on Earth was I worried about?". That is the prize you are aiming for. As a start, bear in mind that any competent teacher has seen and heard it all before: singers of all abilities. All the teacher is thinking about is building a voice -- none of the negative opinions you may have grown up around. So it really is up to you to drop that fear. The teacher is not going to even bat an eyelid. Listening to your clips, I would think that the first thing a teacher would tell you to do is to RELAX! Don't try to compensate for doubts in your head! Think six months ahead, man. I am not hearing anything in your clips that could stop you from sweeping away all your doubts within six months. It's your career. Is it worth that patience?
  10. 1 point
    Check out the banners all over this site. The Four Pillars of Singing is the best training you will find. Even the lighter Udemy version is incredibly comprehensive. If you're not the type to learn from videos, then I highly recommend finding a vocal instructor. There are a few in here. Here's a link to my own instruction: https://rocksinginglessons.com Robert, the creator of the course I mentioned, and founder of this website, also teaches: https://thevocaliststudio.com You could also get started with a mini-course, like the one Robert and I put together here: https://vocalathleteintensive.com That last one won't be up for much longer though. We're turning it into a full, online introductory course very soon.
  11. 1 point
    I'm surprised you can tell my tone by my text, haha! Seriously, man, I'm not copping an attitude. Sorry if it was taken that way. They were legitimate questions. And what I said about quick fixes was very legitimate too. As stated, cry vocal mode will help with going lower as well. I also posted one way of starting to get the feeling for it. Thank you for pointing out how my post was taken though. It wasn't my intention.
  12. 1 point
    This point Draven has made here, I have learned is a real cool added benefit of good embouchure! Anyone can test this and feel it for themselves! Just sing anything with, and without, good embouchure. I know that in order to achieve muscle memory on proper embouchure one must exaggerate the movement of the lips/mouth (when training) to a point of feeling strange, gradually the habit will establish and won't feel or look strange to the average person.
  13. 1 point
    @sjs94704: I fail to see how offering you exactly how I expanded my range as a baritone, including the exact exercise written out in my post, is soliciting a training program; especially when I wrote it out after I said "if you don't have [said training program]..." The program mentioned that helped me also happens to be the program that this website was built around, created by the owner of this forum. The Cry Vocal Mode I mentioned (and explained) will also smooth out your lower range. If you're not willing to work and train to extend your range or smooth out your lower range like you asked, or use the advice given you by experienced professionals, then why are you here? There is no magic pill. There is no quick fix. There is no quick tip that will turn you into a magical singing unicorn. But there are ways to train your voice and get the results you're asking for, exactly the results you're asking for.
  14. 1 point
    Right, you're not here to get solicited to buy a singers training program, but think about it; you can be in here getting help for free because you've been granted free access. Think about that As for the song, if you're suggesting that you move those highlighted parts down but keep everything else the same, I wouldn't do that. You risk messing with the feel of the song that way. So, I'd go with what I said.
  15. 1 point
    Huh? I invite you to check out my online course for $20. It will give you a 100 ways you can improve your singing and new ideas you can try. Click This Link: http://bit.ly/TVSLiteCourse30 BTW... Looking for free tips on YouTube and this forum are not going to do much for you, you have to train. The day you think your done,.... your done. Like for good. The art, craft and work involved in being a good singer is never "done". There will always be more to learn, more growth to realize, more challenges, more leaps forward in your abilities. Welcome to our forum. Thx Geoff...
  16. 1 point
    This is Defoe a happy pop tune fit for the radio
  17. 1 point
    https://youtu.be/hHuL48DnjjA I am absolute beginner.. I don't know what i have and what i don't in my singing.. Surely i dont have a good range.. But can you please help me what are the areas i am bad at and need to improve.. And what are the areas i am good at.. Only if i am.. I need your feedback.. Just visit the link..
  18. 1 point
    The question of making the Tenor voice more manly kind of goes along with the thought "I must be a Baritone because my A4 sounds girly or I flip into Falsetto. Some people already realize that you make a steady transition from "Chest voice" to "Head Voice(falsetto) from around E4 to G#4 to sing a higher range of pitches. You have to shed some weight in the voice to do this. You need to Let go of the hold on the TA muscles(Vocal Fold thickener muscles) and Engage the CT muscles(thinning and stretching muscles). The problem comes in when we try to do this. Falsetto is when you totally let go of the TA(thickener muscles of the voice box) and your vocal folds are no longer touching each other. This results is a Flutey hollow sound like Mickey Mouse. The sound made when the vocal folds are closing and making contact without TA engagement tends to be like Barry Gibb of the BeeGee's . Some of the things we mistakenly do to Keep a little bit of a hold onto the TA(thickener) Muscles is to add Twang, Raise the Larynx, narrow the pharynx (the tube made by the back wall of the throat and the Root of the tongue, thin out the vocal cords and push more air. Some of these things may help to produce a higher pitch but they will give you a thin sound or make it so you Cannot have good control of the vocal folds or tone. How to make the Tenor voice more manly? Depends on what you have to work with and what you mean by Manly. A few options are....Engage more TA musculature, Relax the larynx, expand the Pharynx (commonly called "Open Throat" Technique), Hold back the air, darken the vowels(Cover the sound) , back off of the Twanger or otherwise suppress the higher frequency overtones and use resonance for volume not amount of air flowing over the vocal folds. And , How do we do all of this? Training and Practice.
  19. 1 point
    Hello singers, My name is Mike. I'm a beginner singer with no prior vocal training. Recently, I have been developing a passion for singing and I would love to be able to get better. I would love to be able to sing professionally one day. I don't have a good singing voice, which is why I need constructive criticism in order for me to find out what I need to work on. I recorded a clip of me singing and I am open to honest constructive criticism. Thank you if you took the time to listen and reply. https://soundcloud.com/mike-nguyen-750945623/all-of-me-cover
  20. 1 point
    Thanks for chiming in "kick". Nice video edit. I would like to see you get more athletic about your singing. Don't sit down, get on your feet for starters. And you need to move more energy; more respiration, more compression on the vocal folds, more resonance, more embouchure. The whole thing is lazy and too "kicked back"... More athleticism. I suggest that you train with an online course. $20 http://bit.ly/TVSLiteCourse20
  21. 1 point
    Yeah, so great course. A lot of useful info, like A LOT. But made great progress. Still not close to the level I'm aiming for, but its getting better. https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aswc74K62WP_5ESOLvajN6OkYCgK
  22. 1 point
    You are more likely a Tenor like 80% of the males in this world.Most of us think we are Baritones because we are more comfortable singing below F4 and we sound funny above that. But it is the Quality and strength in our voice below C3 That makes a Baritone or Bass. This mirrors what I was saying about Confidence. "Being confident and questioning whether you sound good or not makes a difference in the sound being produced. When confident you naturally take on a stronger more focused full sound and when not confident you end up with a week timid shaky small voice which just makes it harder to control." The weak(yes, I wrote week before. so sue me....) Timid, shaky, small ,voice comes from not wanting people to hear an off pitch so you sing more quiet on those parts and mess yourself up. So, like Kickingtone said, practice somewhere where you can screw up without feeling self-conscious and let loose the singing god within.
  23. 1 point
    Hello MDEW, thank you very much for being honest. I also wonder if i am bass or baritone, also do you have any exercise on the resonance or vowel?
  24. 1 point
    Stop pushing and start singing. Train. Join Robert's course. Vocal Fach or classification is only needed when there are pre-written parts for specific voice types (both range and color), such as in musicals, opera, and choir. Contemporary singing rarely needs more than just knowing your range. And since singing is very different than speech, your speaking voice is no indication of actual vocal range. So you know, mixed voice (more aptly "mixed resonance") IS head voice. Within the head voice range, you can open to more air (falsetto) or reconnect to your chest voice musculature by "mixing" them back in. Falsetto won't damage your voice any more than whispering would (which it can, surprisingly). However ,pushing to go higher and higher can be dangerous. When you start training, remember this:
  25. 1 point
    Everyone I've taught speaks near the bottom of their vocal range and shouts closer to, or just above, their primary bridge. As with singing, when trying to add volume to the lower range, it's easy to overflow the acoustics and cause too much strain on the vocal folds. Also as with singing, using a horizontal embouchure, lifting resonance to the soft palate and out from there, your voice becomes much easier to hear and unwanted tension is taken off of the vocal folds. Regularly practicing resonant tracking (nasal buzzing consonants like /m/, or rather humming while buzzing the lips) will help both your speaking and singing voice in many ways. For example, it will help you better balance compression with air support, help lift the voice away from the throat, and be very therapeutic for your vocal folds. Singing is helping your voice for the same reasons. However, it doesn't rule out other possible medical issues. There have been plenty of professional singers who sang for many years with polyps and the like. Asthma meds will dry you out and make it more difficult to get good vocal fold closure. I've experienced that first hand and with a number of my students. A personal steam inhaler, salt inhaler, and drinking plenty of water can all help with that, but only to a point.