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  1. Thanks Draven! What do you mean by "dynamics in power"?
  2. Thanks for the reply Robert. Those are really helpful comments. The breathy tone is definitely my default and while it has it's place, I agree that I should have transitioned into a more present, assertive tone midway through the song. I used to only have a breathy tone and it has always been a "safe" place to sing from. There's something stabilizing about that posture for me. I have, over time, managed to cultivate other tones with more closure and resonance but they are less familiar so I rarely reach for those levers. As for the cues- I think you're right about the one at :51. I think the delivery was just late and that could be seen as an oversight. Having said that, I do have a tendency to let my phrasing sit a little bit behind the beat. It might be from years of listening to Zeppelin but it's definitely something I do a lot. Sometimes I think I should try to be more deliberate about my phrasing...kind of along the lines of Liam Gallagher or something. That would probably help contribute to an overall sense of assertiveness. The main source of paranoia/self consciousness for me over the past few years has been pitch/intonation. I know there was a time when I couldn't hear when I was a little under/over a note. I think I do now, but I don't always trust my ear. There are a couple of spots in this tune that sound a little out to me. Nothing crazy but still...... I did play the melody on a piano along with the finished vocal and there were definitely some areas that rubbed a little. Sometimes I wonder if doing that sort of thing is too stiff of a measure. Since I've gotten into some ear training I've realized that a lot of my favorite music from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's have vocals with less than perfect intonation. Anyway.... Yes...it's an original. I appreciate the supportive comments.
  3. I already know what I think of this performance....I'd like to hear what others think. Referring to the timeline of the track would be helpful (example- "the sustained note at 2:21 needs work.") Thanks in advance.
  4. Yeah. Carl Anderson is off the charts. The line that always slays me in his version is "We are occupied. Have you forgotten how put down we are?" .....gets me every time
  5. I feel the need to say something in Daniel's defense. The idea that he was making a sales pitch is way off base. It's worthwhile to keep in mind that anyone giving advice of any kind will most likely do so based on their own personal experience. Daniel has studied with some of the best in the business.....that's where he's coming from. There is nothing wrong with that and it's worked well for him. The variety of styles, the range, the falsetto, the rasp.....there's a hell of a lot of knowledge making all of that possible. I think the gym analogy is good although it doesn't support the argument as intended. If I were hanging around the gym asking random people about their workout routines REGARDLESS of their fitness level, I would think I'd only be able to take most of the advice with a grain of salt. But then if I asked a personal trainer about the same thing and we had a few exchanges back and forth...you know....just a couple of grown men talking about bench pressing.......and I said that I was having some trouble increasing the weight or something.......I think it would be appropriate for the professional (who makes his living, at least in part. helping people like me) to say, "book a session with me and we'll get it sorted out" Because the pro knows that it could be something small that's undermining the coordination. In the case of singing.....maybe the mouth is too wide on certain vowels, the posture sucks, the timing of the breath is off....the tongue position is getting in the way.....whatever. Think of it this way...an athlete works out with a coach. It's not a teacher/student relationship necessarily although the coach does teach him/her certain things. What the coach does much of the time is observe the way things are being executed and helps correct things when they are going sideways. And often these adjustments are incremental and would slip through the cracks of any casual conversation especially in text form.
  6. When I think of "Blues Shouter" I think of Taj Mahal. Killer musician all around. Massively underrated. One of my all time favorites. He even has a live album called "Shoutin in Key"
  7. I'm loving the fact that Harris and Hitchens are being discussed on a singing forum. I just have to say, there is no way that "the End of Faith" or "Letter to a Christian Nation" or "God is Not Great" were written to distract the public from the failings of physicists. Their arguments have much more to do with morality than anything else.
  8. So glad to see the Concrete Blonde love happening. Johnette gives me chills. Total bad ass. I had the good fortune to see them live in a small venue back in the day. She is the real deal. Great songwriting too.
  9. That's a great idea although I don't know what a sticky thread is. I have been trying to download Karaoke tracks to work on these things. Sometimes they're songs I don't even like that much. It's interesting though.....There maybe one tune that briefly touches a G#4 but lives for the most part around C#4 while another tune just sits on F4 for extended periods but doesn't really go any higher. The first song has the higher note but the second one is harder at least for me. There are also the tunes as I pointed out earlier in the thread that start on the high note and descend from there rather than building up to it. Those can be two unique challenges as well.
  10. Just to add one thing about consonants. Anyone who has done a fair amount of live singing through mic knows what a buzzkill those plosives are..... p and b especially. Before I knew anything about vocal technique I had figured out that I could skip off the plosives with a sort of "m" type sound and avoid the giant sub harmonic pop through the PA. Point is, I think that for me, I'm going to start taking more of a look at all the moving parts of a problem phrase to see what subtle tweaks might be available. Again this is just my experience...... and on the beginner/master continuum ......I am merely a humble fledgling