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DavidLyon last won the day on July 31 2018

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  1. Hey everyone!  I just released my newest collaboration video, this time it's Bat Country by Avenged Sevenfold.   All vocals are performed, recorded and mixed by me, including harmonies and backgrounds.   Avenged Sevenfold (A7X) - Bat Country - Full Band Collaboration Cover  >   I have about 45 more songs on my YouTube channel too, so feel free to check them out and let me know what you think.     Rock on my friends, and keep singin'! -- Dave https://www.facebook.com/DavidLyonOfficial
  2. Hey guys, Here's my recent cover of Safe and Sound by Capital Cities. I have about 40 other videos too, so if you have time and interest, check 'em out! Rock on, my friends!
  3. Hi Keith, great effort man! I listened to the whole thing, and if you're willing, here are a few friendly critique observations: -- You shift into a falsetto mode somewhere around F#4, definitely by A4. Your falsetto tone is mostly accurate to the pitch, but the tone is not as pleasing to the ear as a full head voice would be. Continue working on your head voice register. I think that will improve the audience's reception. For example 0:55-1:02, kinda has a "Kermit the Frog" falsetto tone to it, if you know what I mean. On those higher notes, sing full voice, with more forte and volume, avoid the falsetto. Work on your bridging and connecting. -- You're consistently a little late on the beat, but in some areas it's especially noticeable. For example 2:03-2:10, and similar syncopated phrases in the song. Work on your time accuracy - it's especially important with Progressive Metal and syncopated or odd time signatures. I hope this doesn't offend you in any way, or come across as nit-picking. The name of the forum is "Review & Critique My Singing", so I'm just trying to kindly share some honest observations. All the best to ya! You have a good voice, keep going!!!
  4. Hey guys, great covers, all! Here's my cover of this song: It's one of my very first YouTube videos, so I apologize in advance for the poor picture and audio mix. My newer videos are much better. ;)
  5. Thanks for the comments guys! Adolph - I think I figured out the video upload thing, hopefully it works.
  6. Hey everyone! It's been a while since I was here, so I wanted to drop by to say "HI"! Here's my most recent cover video. I've got about 40 more on my channel too. Keep singing!!! -- Dave http://www.facebook.com/DavidLyonOfficial http://www.youtube.com/zimfar
  7. Thanks Igor. I'm not the strongest baritone, which is why I selected this song, to work on my lower range. You're possibly also right about the studio/mic differences. My AKG Perception is a condenser microphone, and isn't the best at picking up all of the lower frequencies. One of these days I'll get a Shure SM7B which is a dynamic mic, and which I've found does a better job at the lower frequencies.
  8. Thank you Ron! Glad you liked it. I'm really proud of my kids, they really did a great job. Both were a bit nervous, but they rose to the occasion. :)
  9. Here's a new vocal cover that I made with some help from my wonderful kids. We had fun making this. I hope you enjoy it! -- Dave
  10. Hi Geno! Thanks for checking out this video. I've always had a pretty broad range. No, I have not really worked with any coaches to expand my range. In the past, I have performed in choral and musical/opera as anywhere from baritone to countertenor (alto). In contemporary rock bands, I have always been a high melodic vocalist. My most comfortable "vocal center" singing position though is first tenor or countertenor. For as long as I can remember though, I have intentionally and routinely done vocal exercises to work on different vocal ranges (low, mid, high). Singing is an athletic activity, and as such, the different vocal ranges require regular practice to develop them and to keep them in shape. I've found that "expanding the range" and keeping the vocal extremes in shape (either low or high) requires more routine practice than keeping the normal "vocal center" range in shape. I dedicated my life long ago to performing vocally at an "Olympic Athlete" level (at least, that's my goal!). As such, just like an Olympic athlete, I have routine practice, work out, have dietary regimens that I employ as part of my daily life to help develop the desired musculature and skill to deliver the last ounce of results that I can derive from my body. An example of me working on "low" range: Johnny Cash - Hurt ( ) Some examples of me working on mid/low range: System of a Down - Toxicity ( ) Alice In Chains - Check My Brain ( ) Metallica - Until It Sleeps ( ) Some examples of me working on high range: Dio - Rainbow In The Dark ( ) Judas Priest - Painkiller ( ) I hope that's helpful!
  11. I've been singing and performing my entire life. Formally trained in vocals since birth, and performing since childhood. I started out as a classical and opera vocalist, but switched to rock in my teen years because that's what excited me most. I've been in and out of many bands, and have participated in many projects and collaborations over the years. I've been working with Robert for about 9 months to help tweak and extra polish. He's a great coach. I'm a strong proponent that nobody is ever "done" or "good enough", there's always room for improvement and new learning - forever continue improving.
  12. Hi guys, This is my first post on the forums. Thanks for checking out my cover of Pull Me Under. I have a ton of other fun stuff up on Facebook and YouTube as well, so feel free to check them out too if you have time. Answers to a few questions: Thank you ronws! Much appreciated, and I'm honored that you found my singing to be helpful and inspiring! That means a lot to me. And Sam, my cat, says "hi", but he won't admit it... Hi Olem! Thank you for the kind compliments and the helpful critique! I am singing "One less to my last", but am modifying the vowels pretty heavily there. (w-UH-n l-EH-ss t-UH-oo m-AH l-AH-st) In a few places I cut off "t-UH-oo" a little bit too early and basically end up with just a "t-UH". So I can see how it would sound like "time I" instead of "to my". I couldn't agree more! I think there needs to be a fine balance between tonal resonance and vowel modification. If someone sings perfectly on pitch, but sounds like they have a mouth full of marbles, I don't think that adds to the performance. Thanks guys!