aravindmadis

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  1. Hi.. I have very good personal experience with interval training. I started very late(37+). I had no knowledge of music. But now I have come very far(over the last two years), now I can notate by hear, recognize the root note and even make out notes in real time. The idea is to give yourself time for this. Hearing like singing is a learned trait and takes time. The best way to start is with a great app called functional ear trainer. That is a really good starting point. If you need any ideas, hit me up. I am happy to share my knowledge with you..
  2. What is projection issue>? How is it caused? Improper mic technique?
  3. Hi Folks, I am not an accustomed live singer. I have slowly built up my voice over the years. I am used to singing in my home studio where it is a controlled environment and I am always having my headphones on. I have been trying to do some live gigs. My band mates tell me that I am flat(which I possibly am). It is surprising for me, because I don't use any auto-tuning and my recordings are decent pitch wise. Why I am I facing this issue only when I sing live. What can I do to overcome this problem...
  4. Technique, technique, technique, that is what counts. The greatest singers don't have anything weird about their voices. Timbre is a different quality. Everybody cannot sound like Freddie Mercury or Steven Tyler or Steve Perry. Their voices are unique to a certain extent. Even among them, they sound amazing because they have phenomenal technique... Good singing is like a flowing river. It has no discernible changes in pitch, or volume or tonal quality..Everything is a gradual change. To do this without the listener finding out that you have changed pitch or volume or tone is a skill that all of us have to learn over many years. The best way to do this is to expose yourself to various forms of singing. You will find something new about your voice with every different genre.. Eventually the dots will connect after you have put the requisite number of hours.. There is no short cut.. It is hardwork and right technique..
  5. Baritone or Tenor is related to voice quality and not range. Tenors have to struggle equally hard to sing E4-C5. It is a function of training. You can learn to sing any range. The other thing is that these Fach classification is more relevant to singing without a mic. With microphone boundaries are blurred..
  6. Listening to your voice. Nice range and impressive bridging. But there are two challenges in what you have in getting a Dio sound! One is that in the lower part of the voice, there are places where it sounds dopey and not like your natural voice. Typical issue when we try a large sound than what our voices can do at the current level. The trick is to sing like you are speaking.. it is very much possible at the lower range.. By using a conversational tone, you can get rid of the dopey sound.. Secondly, DIO would use heavy distortion in the chorus and sing just the right vowels!(the see you, feel you part). The chorus you sound more like Miljenko Matijevic in "She's gone". Even there he has more weight in the chorus.. I think there is some genetic quirk that helps people like DIO sing like they do. Or it is just years and years of singing to build the strength(more likely).. This is my voice.. I have the same problem when I sing high.. You can hear the change in tonal color..
  7. It is genetics. Rob is an amazing singer, but he simply does not have the big voice of Dio or Bruce.. Everything including the size of the body impacts the size and darkness of the voice. Big guys have larger voices simply because of the larger vibratory chamber Somehow amazingly in this very song DIO is able to get his chesty tone all the way consistently through the song. That is why he is so exceptional. With Rob, you can make out that he is bridging. There is a definite change in the vocal quality. DIO, it is ONE VOICE all the way through. .Genius at work!!
  8. Funkfish, can you play by ear. I mean when you hear two piano notes, do you know that the relationship between them is a major third or a minor 6th for instance? If you have been playing for as long as you say, you should be able to do this. Singing works in the exact same fashion. You hear the note in your head a fraction of second BEFORE you sing it. My suspicion is that you have the ears, but are not adept in matching pitch with the sound of your voice. You should practice scales in the same manner that you do when you practice an instrument, except that you have to match pitch with singing. You can also employ a drone while singing. It is a really really good way to know if you are on pitch..
  9. Bang on JonJon. Both Dio and Bruce are monstrously difficult singers to imitate. Far more difficult than most singers. Both are incredible singers, Dio can do way more vocal colors than Bruce(what I have heard) and some of his softer stuff is equally amazing(like Catch the rainbow for e.g.). But Bruce has this almost magical clean, warm and in general heavy high notes. My sense is that you need to have monstrous(how often the word appears with these two gentlemen) support and take the chest voice really high. I think both these guys also have a warm sound in their spoken voice. I can sing for e.g. some of Bruce’s range. But I have a lighter color and I can’t get the big sound. It is the combination of warm vocal color, plus weight and sheer power that makes their voices irresistible. That is why some other really good singers don't sound like Bruce or Dio.. They don't have the warmth in their voice.. Dio especially is very weird. I can’t at times make out whether he sings light or heavy because he can do both. Just sounds incredible for the genre.. BTW, Felipe’s cover was incredibly impressive.. He has a super warm tone to his singing, possibly from his classical background!
  10. MDEW, recording with effects is not recommended. Reverb, Compression and EQ all have various ways of misleading your performance. The EV mic that you have mentioned is a pretty good microphone. You should have no issues getting a really good recording unless your gain is weak. Best way to record is to use a soundcard like Scarlett 2i2 and add effects after the recording in a DAW. However, low end soundcards are notorious for lack of gain and require a bump through something like Cloudlifter - CL1. I moved from a condenser to a dynamic + Cloud lifter CL-1 combo and now my dynamic sounds like a condensor mic. You need to get accustomed to tracking RAW with no effects. That is the best reflection of your actual singing. If it is muddy, it is probably because your technique is not upto par. You can use a low pass filter, but ideally you should aim for a voice that is "good enough" with no effects. Then when you do start applying effects, it really has an amplifying effect on your performance. Hope this helps.
  11. I have a lot of personal experience specifically around intervals. Intervals are very important to a good singer. I extensively trained myself to recognize intervals and now I can solfeggi by ear. When I hear a song, all I hear are the intervals and position of notes relative to the root note. I cannot stress how helpful this has been for me for my development. It is one of the toughest things I have worked on and it has taken a long time, but now I can start seeing the benefits. To answer your question, yes, I can sing the intervals perfectly when I do them acapella. I can talk for hours on this very topic, but yes, your musician friend is correct. Piano is a fretted instrument, as is guitar(unless you are doing bends). Voice, like violin is a microtonal instrument. I am going to sound crazy when I say this, but singing is not about always singing on pitch. It is about being on pitch in the exact instant of time. To me perfectly pitch accurate singing sounds a bit boring. Singing to me is conveying emotions through connecting a series of aural locations. The subtlety and emotion is conveyed in the errors and mistakes. Human emotions result in pitch not being exactly on centre. The add to the charm of music, at least for me. But the real reason why scales and ability to solfeggi are important is because they allow you to play within the boundaries of acceptable limit of errors in pitch. Over time, what happens when your ears become strong is that your ears start acting as a guardian angel of sorts and guides you to the right pitch at the right time. It allows you to be more expressive with your dynamics, phrasing etc because you know that you will not be off pitch under any circumstances(beyond the acceptable limit that I mentioned earlier). Learning to sing without reference, and learning to solfeggi is one of the best things you can do for yourself as a singer..
  12. The answer is right in your post. Avoid smoking and practice regularly. Singing is a sport. To sing with consistency and over a large range, you need to put in the hours of practice. No matter how bad you think you sound, you have to practice regularly. Everyday. It is like you want to run a half marathon. The first few months will be painful, your legs will hurt, you will feel cramps, you will feel the pain of blisters. Over time, the body adapts and the pain becomes lesser and lesser. Singing works the same way. Do not expect miracles over night and you will not be disappointed. Keep your goals reasonable and you will get the motivation to practice regularly.
  13. I present to you two versions of the same song 35 years apart. Bruce is one of my idols. It is clear that he has lost the weight in the higher range in the latter video. But he seems to be singing with a very good technique mind you. And not bad for an old man recovering from cancer. One thing about his technique I notice is how much he opens his mouth while singing(great lesson there) Which goes to show what a monster singer Bruce was in his pomp. Can somebody point out what Bruce technically doing wrong in the latter video. Very curious to know what folks think..
  14. Harmony is a slightly complicated topic. There are various types of harmonies. You can sing a thirds above or below, but it will not have the creative diversity that you see in very good harmonies. To learn to come up with harmonies, you have to have some fundamental understanding of theory. It makes you that much more creative. Next thing that really helps is ability to solfeggi by ear and harmonize based on knowledge of some theory. Both are very easily learned traits. The people you see doing harmony probably have good ears and some understanding of theory, even if they don't realize it themselves. Otherwise, you can shoot a lot in the dark..
  15. I won't comment on the Technical aspects since Rob has already addressed this in detail. Rob Halford's singing in the high range IMO falls under the category of "sounds more difficult than it is". This is not to say that it is easy to sing like him at all. But it is easier style to adopt this kind of singing in comparison to singing in high range with a lot of weight. The head voice without distortion will sound very thin indeed and distortion acts like you are doubling the vocals and gives it a much larger presence. In certain styles this will work very well. But the distortion is kinda unique to every person, and our voices act different in different ranges when we apply distortion. Rob in the example that Rob(Lunte) has shared is singing with very very less vocal weight and letting the mic do the bulk of the work for him. As a personal choice, I would prefer singers with more weight and singers that sing across the bridge with chest voice and a mixed voice and with clean tones. It is way tougher to sing this way(like Bruce Dickinson, Steve Perry etc).. To sing like Rob Halford, you need to learn to sing the high notes with a pure head voice. It will sound thin and potentially airy. The trick is to remove the air and add grit to get the big rocker's high voice. The addition of distortion/grit has to be done carefully.. Rob (Lunte in his course) calls it overlay distortion. You can produce this sound in a healthy manner without hurting. Once you can bridge and get into head voice and learn to apply distortion safely, you will be able to sing like many vocalists who sing with this technique..