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  1. MDEW

    Teach me how to sing

    If you are just learning to not worry about the "Sound" at this point. Learn to match the pitch. Just work in the middle range(speaking range) for now. What you are doing is getting your ears to "Hear" and recognize when you are matching a pitch and when you are OFF Pitch.
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    Preparing My First Ever Cover

    I lost my internet so I have not seen this until now and I have not listened to it. That does not matter. What does matter is that you are undertaking a project and putting thought and focus on the outcome. This in itself will lead to progress. When someone sings a "Cover" of a song or "Covers" a song it is not necessary to sound just like who ever was the last big named singer who also "Covered" this song. As a matter of fact, one thing to do is to listen to others who have "Covered" the song and notice the Differences and not the similarities. This should help break the idea that one has to "Sound" like another when presenting a "Cover" of a song. Most of the songs that I play I learned before I payed attention to the originals. Usually I would find a book with the song and see the chord progression and go from there. Maybe later I would listen to AN original and readjust my approach but I would still keep my own inflections. For better or worse it is Me singing and expressing my own interpretation of what the words mean to me. Good luck. I hope to be able to listen to your version soon.
  3. I think what you are asking about is called Melisma, some may call it a run. Basically singing a group of notes to one syllable. You can Ride the vibrato or you can stop the flow of air between notes while rising and falling in pitch. Just as anything it takes practice. Start by finding the pitch of each note or the Melody of the run you would use and start slow, then get faster when you are confident of the notes/pitches in this small melody.
  4. For the synthetic voice conversion....that should have been easy years ago. All you have to do is map the spectrum of the "patients" voice for the source and use the appropriate gender and age group from a list of actors and actresses for the filter. That is already done now in singing. It is kind of flip flopped though....You sing and the voice comes out as your favorite singer. Now that I think about it, years ago you could record your voice saying Ah or OH on an electric piano or synthesizer and play your voice on the keys. prosody(emotional expression) is cadence, volume and meter. speech would be a mixture of pitch, volume and a type of morse code.
  5. Now I have watched the videos. My first thought is that a lot of people believe that "Perfect" pitch cannot be learned. Even though this man had a computer chip implanted in his brain that converted Color to Sound, he had to first Learn that a certain pitch represented a certain color. If it is not possible to recognize and retain the difference between one pitch and another then this would never work to begin with. He even had to use his own impressions of the pitches and tones to imagine ideas of "Warmth" "Beauty" "texture" and so forth to imagine "Pictures" made by the different sounds. Not only that but then he started to "See" different pictures made by the frequencies of Sounds in his environment. A bird whistling a G# and a Motorcycle idling at a similar frequency would still give him an impression of the same color group.
  6. I did not watch the videos yet but I did look over the written description on the website for "The sound of Color". Assigning a sound to a color is in line with using the opposite to teach yourself perfect pitch from years ago. I think it was Keven Burg? Any way the idea was to associate a Color to a given pitch. The color was not a set in stone association for all people but each individual would choose which color best represented a specific pitch. Associate one pitch at a time and learn to recognize the pitch by similar attributes between the two. For Example, maybe F# is Bold and vivid to you and you sense the same thing with the color RED. Perhaps Ab always sounds Muddy and Dull, so maybe that would make you think of Brown. To be honest it is just another way for you to pay closer attention to sounds and frequencies and to notice slight differences or characteristics between them. Granted it is not the same as having a chip implanted in your head that when you hear F# you would actually SEE red, but the Pitch can still be visualized in your mind when you hear it.
  7. Anchor the tip of your tongue to behind your bottom teeth. The bottom sides of your tongue should rest against your back molars. This is the resting position for your tongue. Ken, is this you? (an inside joke. I could not help myself.)
  8. MDEW

    Voice Lesson Help!

    So, is the problem singing higher or faster? If you are working higher and faster at the same time try working them separate to find the real issue.
  9. Does she have a quiet breathy speaking voice also? Have you heard her when she is complaining about something? Most people use a voice that has stronger vocal closure when complaining. They get a little louder and use better support and have a more confident sound because "You KNOW what you do NOT like and want your opinion heard". Some teachers may use the analogy of "Singing to the Back of the room". Basically you would be using the voice you use to call to someone across the street. Also the typical New York tough guy voice(accent) will help with cord closure. "EH, Wadda ya doin' I'm tryin' to work heah..." or it will at least help teach how to stop the breathiness...
  10. MDEW


    The video is about transitioning from "Chest Voice" to Falsetto(head Voice) more easily which is the answer to the question asked.
  11. MDEW

    Movement While Singing

    I just want to add and point out that some movements help with support and posture. Even Opera singers with little movement will lift their elbows above the rib cage and/or bend their knees slightly and drop their center of gravity when more support is needed. These movements help to engage support muscles.
  12. MDEW

    Tenor Humming Vocalizes

    Just because you are making a humming sound does not mean your vocal cords and vocal tract is in a healthy coordination. You can hum on a falsetto with a raised larynx and all that work is wasted. Hum on a VOICED dopey UH and keep a connected sound. The closed mouth and buzzing lips makes it easier to stay connected but it does not guarantee that you will. The voiced UH will help keep the larynx stable and you can still HEAR and FEEL the disconnect when and if it happens. This way you can monitor when the disconnect happens and you adjust accordingly as you practice.
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    Crazy Deep Voice Help

    The practice techniques would be the same for anyone. Practice singing scales....Do,Re,Me etc....practice matching pitch to an instrument...piano, guitar any thing that makes a pitch for you to match. Sing songs and melodies. Record yourself so you can hear when you are OFF PITCH. The voice works the same way whether you have a crazy deep voice or a crazy high voice or a crazy weird sounding voice. Matching pitches while singing a melody is the most important thing at first. The more you sing and work on singing the correct pitches in a melody the better you will sound.
  14. Hi Flippa, I have never heard that song before, so I looked it up. I found The Pixies and Placebo singing it. Did you get your version from one of those or another band? I like your singing better than either of those bands. You are actually singing lower than either of those that I mentioned. Part of training the voice is to sing scales to work on matching pitches just like you would play scales to learn the guitar and teach your fingers where to go when playing leads and such.
  15. 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.
  16. MDEW

    I'm desperate for help

    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.
  17. MDEW

    I'm desperate for help

    To be brutally honest.....all of it. But that is not as bad as it seems. Even those you hear on the radio or on TV shows like the Voice work on their voice constantly. You sound good and can hold a pitch and melody over all. Record your voice, if you sound off pitch you probably are. What we hear in our heads is not the same as what we hear on the recording. When you listen back to your singing after you record, pay attention to what sounds odd to you. Work on those things that sound odd. For the things that sound good pay attention to those also and think about the difference between what you were doing while singing that sounded good and bad. It may even be that you were just more confident on the good parts. 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. You also mentioned vowels. They make a difference also. If there is a pitch that you can sing on one song but not in another.....Pay attention to the Words in each song. Try using the Vowels that you COULD sing in place of the Vowels that you could not. Then try to sing the Problem Vowel with a portion of the Good vowel. The most common example is on the word Free in "Star Spangled Banner". People end up singing "Fray" instead of "Free" because the EH vowel is easier to sing than the "i" or EE vowel. But if you think "EH" while singing EE you will get a Hybrid vowel that is a little of both. If that does not work, Think EE while singing EH........ Mostly it is the confidence thing. Singing bolder will help you sound better.
  18. MDEW

    I can't make you love me(George Michael)

    I also gave this one a shot. More of a twist on Bonnie Rait meets John Prine (and they did meet. John Prine and Bonnie recorded "Angel From Montgomery".) Written by John and Made Bonnie Rait famous.
  19. Hey Jarom, What's up? Sounds pretty good to me, but I like happy little tunes. Kind of sounds like something from the early 70's. Like John Sebastian or Randy Newman. Cool.
  20. MDEW

    I can't make you love me(George Michael)

    Wow... Welcome back Aravindmadis. Good to hear that you are still singing and sounding so good.
  21. MDEW

    To old to become a pro?

    Fortunately my parents were singing 20 years before I was born so learned while a fetus. Unfortunately I could not hear so good because of bad acoustics and the muffled sound coming through the tissue of my mothers abdomen so I had to get the pitch thing taken care of on my own.
  22. Lord, That is part of what led to this post. If you do not know how to tell if you are breathy or not or you do not know "How" to use call mode or any other type of voice production you can struggle for years thinking you are doing everything right and you still cannot make gains. Sometimes it takes someone else to listen to you to know whether you are actually in "Call Mode" or if you are trying to add too much air to get "Louder". It is not just saying "HEY" as loud as you can that puts you in call mode.
  23. This is really a great post G. So many people struggle for years to reach their goal or just to maintain a melody in some pleasing form. I feel your pain and frustration from trying new ideas on your own or following tips from youtube. Sure you can make gains and learn a few things but getting proper instruction from someone who has gone through the steps and came out the other side with a voice that they can be proud of and truly feel like they have something to offer to the listener instead of just wondering if they sound ok is a totally different experience.
  24. To me, the important thing is having a message and being able to express that message in a way that is pleasing to the ears and conveys the meaning of the message.
  25. MDEW

    Best vocal course

    The founder of this forum has a Vocal course. It surprises me that people will ask on this forum which course is best and list many courses and their founders without mentioning Robert Lunte and his "Four Pillars of Singing". Regardless of whatever reason you have to not included "The Four Pillars of Singing " or "TVS" It is still the most comprehensive course and gives you the best bang for the buck.