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  1. Great job on that Seal, Javastorm! Strong a capella work too, must've taken a minute to figure out how to arrange. Do you have a low-ish speaking voice?
  2. Thanks, Rosa! I am definitely playing the guitar part myself. I wish the songs were my own! The first one is a cover of The Waterboys (re-released by Ellie Goulding in the last few years) and the second is a cover of an unreleased Keaton Henson song. I tend to pick songs that resonate with me
  3. Uh oh I'm a little late but I've got a couple I recorded recently. Sharing just for the sake of sharing the music. I like your timbre, GSoul82! So rich! haha Some good melisma too.
  4. I think determination of proper pitch is best described as a cloud of pitches that the singer hits during the duration of the note they're singing (pretty much what you said). So there is probably a sort of "center" of the note being sung that sits inside the cloud. But most people do not have perfect pitch or even extremely good relative pitch, and the level of pitch awareness really varies among people. The idea of "on pitch" is basically an individual preference for the size constraint of that pitch cloud when singing or listening to others sing (or play violin or tune a guitar or whatever)
  5. I see what you mean. I personally view the epiglottis as the valve and the tongue as a tool for forming shapes that should try to not impede the valve by getting tense in the wrong ways (or encouraging other constrictions). This has convinced me of the merits of using laryngeal massage and tactile response as a method to gain awareness of what is going on. It was worth learning, so now I can feel when my larynx is too high for a certain note in a much more precise manner. It is cool that now I feel I have a more concrete idea of what to strengthen and how to strengthen the voice in a logical a
  6. Hey everyone! Just wanted to check in with some interesting reflections that I had recently with the folks who could benefit. So for background, I recently started med school and we have to take a pretty detailed course in gross anatomy that covers the entire body head to toe. I found that as a singing student, learning gross anatomy in lab and lecture has been extremely beneficial. There are so many things that we talk about and try to cue ourselves and others to do in order to achieve certain qualities in vocal production that now seem so much less mysterious, mystical, and/or unclear to me.
  7. And that... THAT is how you do justice to Otis Redding.
  8. Here are a couple songs by the impressive Andrew McMahon, formerly of Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin, now performing solo. Sometimes I'm just like man... why does he write such challenging songs for himself to sing?! Plus he has some of the best songwriting of today's artists imo.
  9. Hahaha honestly... I want to sing all of them! Those are all in my favorites. I just want to vote for them all!
  10. Aaaand here it is! I'm going to get someone to take a better video next time because this video quality could've been better. :T Angela's at the Crosswalk in Plano, TX 1. Face To Call Home 2. I'll Follow You Into The Dark 3. High Hopes
  11. I agree with Xamedhi that the delivery is a little low energy. If you want to sing it an octave, I would still perhaps still try to liven it up with some more interesting tone. You could use a more conversational approach in that, the speaking register. Listen to Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett for their phrasing and you'll see what I mean. In this rendition, I am impressed with how you are able to get your voice to stay rather stable... fundamental-wise, the stability is good. I myself had a crap-ton of problems with just trying to sound like you can when I started. Took me years to figure
  12. I enjoyed that alot - both of the versions. MDEW I feel like I have heard a lot of improvement in the tone and stability of your voice! You seem to have a characteristically open nasal port sound, which is just an observation... it doesn't bother me. Stylistically fine imo. What happens when you practice singing some scales with your nose pinched just to see if you can operate with a closed larynx sound? I liked MDEW's harmonies on ron's version and that was a nice guitar solo... woulda wished the bend sounded more decisive to me for more flavor. And Ron, it sounds to me like you los
  13. http://mfi.re/listen/1qzbnbc8vwbydmv/high_hopes_practice_1.mp3 Hey everyone! Please take a listen and see if yall can help me out. For the record, I've been doing KTVA volume 2 for about a month but only recently have been able to get my practice back to daily warmups again after being overseas. My first recorded practice cover of this song, I have been working on it for about a week now. Excuse my sniffing through my allergies between verses. a few things I noticed: I pinch up sometimes instead of using glottal compression (which I'm just now getting the hang of) Time could be close
  14. http://www.mediafire.com/listen/jonxzdk3gcenw7w/a_face_to_call_home_rough.mp3 Just a little rough... and a little Shakira on the vowels in the first few lines... and choked up a tiny bit second verse. okay so it was rough. ha as raw as it gets, first take practice recording i guess feedback?
  15. The second practice recording you posted was much closer to what would be considered healthy singing, MDEW! I think you may be coming to terms with the fact that you may have had the requisite amounts of twang already and were possibly just coaching yourself with the wrong cues. Also the recording sounds a little better mic'd as well to my ears... or was that just the difference changing your technique made on your sound/resonance?!
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