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  1. Sounds real good to me. The hard work is paying off.
  2. Part of getting someones singing "style" is hearing the personality and demeanor (the type of person being presented). It can be like acting. Hank whines about things and is depressed. Merle is matter of fact, authoritative. Lefty is like the smooth talking lady's man or a car dealer trying to convince you that his car is the one you want to buy. There is a kind of Swagger in his voice, Smoothly sliding from note to note and maybe drawing them out a little at the end.
  3. On both you sing the melody. Singing the melody means matching the notes from one musical phrase to another. Each one may also use different scales from one song to another. Work on the songs, one song at a time. Work on the one song. one phrase at a time. If you are having trouble with the style a singer sings that particular song LISTEN to that singer singing that song. Hank Williams and Merle Haggard would sing the same song a little different. Hank may have a little "Whine" or "Cry" and Merle May Have a little "Matter of Fact" sound. As if Merle is telling it like is in an Authoritative voice and Hank is crying about it and being depressed. What ever song you are going to sing, work on that song. Listen to it one phrase at a time, listing for the "Melody" of the phrase and work on matching that melody. You do not have to know what scale it is when you listen to it and match what you hear.
  4. Does any one have a basic click track in mind? Something to keep everyone in the same time, Key and chord progression. Do we stick to the album version or the extended live version? Even Kansas did not play it the same way twice and we are improvising new parts otherwise it would not be a new and special creation.
  5. Dust in the Wind is a good choice. Sometimes we get to thinking "There is always tomorrow" but tomorrow may be too late to let friends know how we feel about them. Adolph had been on my mind and many times I started to send a message just to say hello, then, maybe tomorrow will be a better time. I talk to other people about my friends on the forum. I do consider all of you friends. Seeing eye to eye is not what friendship is. It is about being able to not see eye to eye and still want to be a part of the community and the conversations. I will try to add what I can.
  6. I think Melodyne is the worst thing that could happen to singers. Sure it makes it so you can dial in a pitch that may be a little off but people are using it as a crutch or even the focus of the sound of the recording. I even hear singers who are not using melodyne make that little warble you hear from melodyne while singing live. Kind of a jump from one pitch to another. I also understand that using electronics to change the sound of instruments including the voice can be and is part of the "Art" of creating songs but it also takes away the want and need of "Practice". I play guitar and the use of Reverb, Echo, Overdrive and Phase shifting is essential to get the proper sound and feel for any particular song. An electric guitar with a "Clean" sound only works in certain situations. But still your guitar needs to be "in Tune" and you need to be playing the proper notes and chords in the proper order.
  7. One thing that slips the mind these days is that people expect or want instant satisfaction. Record one or two takes of a song and manipulate the bad parts with electronics. In the old days of recording on two tracks, the band would play along with the vocalist and background singers and there would be a marathon recording of one song with 60 to 80 different recordings. Throughout the recording process they would keep what sounded good and discard what sounded bad refining the song as you recorded. Sometimes in the final product they would splice pieces of several recordings into one master. Today we can do this with "copy and Paste" through the computers. The point is that the more times you record or play the same song, "and pay attention to it", the more opportunities you have to improve it, find out what works and what does not. It seemed to me that the biggest question you had was whether your voice had a good or interesting sound to it. It does. The other things like sliding into a note or nailing the note at the start or maintaining the original melody comes from getting familiar with the song....Singing it so much that it drives your family crazy. But you will know the song and people who are not around you everyday will hear a strong and interesting performance from you.
  8. I have never heard the song before, and that is good because I do not have to compare you to the original singer. The songs sounds good to me and I like the tone of your voice. I did not hear any pitch problems. Your voice sounds good and it does have an interesting sound. What makes a voice interesting is how a song is presented and the feeling expressed in it. Sing the songs the way you feel them or hear them. You do not have to sound like the original singer to be "Good"". Willy Nelson and Elvis Presley sang some of the same songs....Willy did not try to sound like Elvis and Elvis did not try to sound like Willy. You do not need to sound like anyone else either.
  9. By darkening your sound you were falsely reproducing a "Bass" sound. As an early teen singing with a relaxed natural tone you are NOT going to sound like a mature Bass singer. The "Bass" sound comes from vocal cords big enough and long enough to create the bass sound. At this point concentrate more on singing the pitches and learning vocal techniques. The Mature sound will come when your voice matures. Do not rush things and hurt your singing by trying to get a sound that you do not yet have.
  10. Everyone starts out by not singing exactly on pitch. It is something you learn. Some people learn at an earlier age because of being aloud to make mistakes and then correct them. Others learn over time by giving themselves permission to practice and improve. The sound of your voice is as good as anyone''s. Just as you have done with this song, record yourself, listen to it and compare the melody that you are singing with the melody of the original recording. On those places that do not sound right to you, sing them again and try to get the melody a little better. Listening and paying attention to the melody you are going to sing is a big part of getting better. Learning how to recognize when you are singing the correct melody is not easy at first. It takes some getting used to when comparing the sound of your voice to the original singer. You do not need to sound like the other singer but you do need to sing the same melody. Allow yourself to not sound "Great" while you are practicing, but pay attention to when you do sound really good and when you do not. Take note of which parts of a song may need some improvement and which parts sound good to you and see if you can "Hear" what went wrong and what went right. In this way you will learn to recognize when things are starting to go wrong and you can "Fix" them before they go wrong. As I said before, the "Sound"" of your voice is not a problem. you are not matching the notes of the melody throughout the song. That takes singing the same song over and over again until you get it right. Other musicians allow themselves practice time and time to improve. The same is for singers. The way to learn how to Match a melody is by practicing, messing up and making changes. And learning to recognize when something is right and something is wrong. Allow yourself to be a beginner and start learning how to work on your singing to make it better.
  11. This is sad news indeed. Rest in Peace Adolph. You are already missed. I am glad I had the opportunity to know you and you will always be a friend.
  12. Sounds pretty good Klint. How about some background on your journey to get to this point?
  13. This is a representation of the harmonic series in spiral form. This should make things perfectly clear. But, perhaps not.