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  1. Hey, I listened to the Carola Häggkvist version as a reference. It's a pretty simple (and beautiful) melody and arrangement If you're looking for help on how to approach the song I would recommend you continue working with your teacher since they are probably the best resource, because they are familiar with the song and are physically there to hear you sing. The octave jumps you are talking about in each verse (Och tusen, att född, få lysa etc) I think would only be problematic if the notes fall outside of your comfortable range. Keep working with the song and matching the lyrics to each note, maybe with a piano- this song is melodically very straightforward with no embellishments so it should be easy for your muscle memory to pick up. You didn't indicate what your teacher or you wanted to do with it, but if it's just to sing the song as it is, plain and simple, you shouldn't have many problems with it. Edit: Can't seem to embed this I tried transposing on the fly just looking at the lyrics and listening to Carola's version to sketch the song out if it helps. With this song I guess I would recommend not overaccenting the higher notes on each octave but keep the notes at relatively the same volume regardless of how high they get by keeping a stable larynx and managing the breath. That's really all I can think of. Also singing the lines legato and connected (opposite of staccato) Forgive me if my pronunciation is sketchy in parts, my Norwegian is better than my Swedish but as we both know they share so much in common! Juletid er snart! You should upload a clip of you singing this so you can point out which parts you might want to work on or develop more, words only show so much and the audio can really provide much needed information to help you.
  2. @ronws said a while ago my voice reminded him of Peter Cetera, so with that in mind I sang this. Sits pretty high the whole way through so I tried to lighten up, twangify and keep the sound bright as much as possible. Any and all feedback welcome.
  3. Great job! Especially liked the build in each chorus you created. I believed you as you performed it.
  4. @Jon It's by a band named The Fray, they had some Top 40 hits like ~10 years ago, stuff like "How to Save a Life" was frequently on the radio. @Collin What DAW do you use? Remember in a recording setting you don't necessarily have to one-take everything. A lot of people in a studio setting will record certain sections of a song's lead vocal, verse/chorus whatever and then go back and track background vocals and ad libs over it. It will really help the final product because you have full control over what you keep and what you omit from the mix. I really felt certain parts of this, like the first few choruses. I think in the original the singer modifies the vowel on "go" in the phrase "don't let me go" to an AW/UH if my ears are right, but in this track it sounds like you were singing an open "O". Vowel modification could be something to consider. I agree with most of Jon's technical points. After the instrumental breaks the beltier notes sounded like they lacked support. It sounds like you know the song really well but like I said, doing multiple takes could help you focus on specific parts that have pitch issues or phrasing issues or whatever, and allow the whole thing to sound cleaner. For mic distance/gain, I'm no expert on this but the relationship that makes sense in my head when I work is something like: high input + close mic proximity=sing quietly, low input + more distance from mic=sing louder. You will find you have to adjust the gain many times in one song, especially if there are many dynamics or many layers or types of vocal effects in a complex mix similar to what Jon does. Getting the gain right before trying to fix peaked vocals in post will save you a lot of trouble, believe me. Above is a better explanation of the mic to singer ratio. Play around with your DAW, learn the tools you have available, like faders, compressors, amplifiers, reverb plugins, etc. and experiment. Don't even need a particular song, can just record your voice. Learn what they do! It can be really fun and open you up to new ways of polishing your projects. There was a great thread a while ago on mixing here on TMV, DAWs, home studios, and all that sort of stuff. Check it out-
  5. I love this track, don't have much to add except in the rebalanced mix#1 I felt like the lead could be more present in the mix. The layers sound like they were placed perfectly, around 2:20 the panned vocals had a similar tone to the guitar lick around the same part. Dunno if it was intentional, (probably was since this mix already sounds super huge and a lot of thought was put into it) but it was great. The ad libs towards the end sounded just right musically. Post the final mix when it's ready!
  6. This is something I did a few months back that I wanted to share, it's when I first starting feeling kinda comfortable around the C5-D5 area in full voice. Any and all feedback welcome.
  7. Was working on lightening up and relaxing since I was experiencing a lot of tension after not singing/training for a while. Any and all feedback welcome.
  8. Will take a look at those for sure! I fixed the peak in the original mix and the timing towards the end and updated the file.
  9. I use Audacity. I want to upgrade at some point to something that's more powerful but I'm still satisfied with what I can do with this one for what it's worth
  10. Thank you haha. That's a good point for songwriting, I'll keep that in mind as I write stuff. At 2:52 yeah, it peaked. I can fix that. Not sure about the "just" after that. This is a karaoke track- The only backing tracks I know how to make so far are with my own instruments (keyboard/guitar/cello/acapella)
  11. Echoing what Killer and Jarom have said, and I haven't been singing too long - Singing, next to working out, is my go-to activity for feeling good/taking care of myself. I discovered this a few years ago during a low point in my life. Both things are cathartic, but singing compared to exercise for me is more productive and creative and engages me more on a intellectual and spiritual level than just physical. Running can be spiritual too, but singing and its direct connection to music can't make my muscles sore. I used to draw/paint and write a lot growing up, but since I've started singing it's just been such a direct, visceral form of expression that I find myself singing more than those things. I don't know if I'll always keep singing, and I question this a lot, but I am happy I started trying to get into it and if I ever stop, I can say to myself that I tried and it brought me joy.
  12. I don't usually sing torch-y rock stuff like this but I love listening to it and heavier stuff within the genre. Wanted to try something new. Any and all feedback is welcome.
  13. Don't have a clue what I want to do for this yet. Love what everyone has posted so far! At least there is the rest of the year.
  14. I completely redid the lead vocal, redid a lot of rhythm guitar work, added strings to the arrangement, and changed some vocal arrangement and harmonies in the second half - it sounds less bare now to me production-wise, but I don't know about percussion still. Updated the original post as well with this link