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  1. Thank you for the advice! I am definitely taking everything you said into consideration. I am working on getting decent recording equipment, which I know would greatly improve the quality. I appreciate that you like my style! I am still learning and still very experimental, but I'm determined to find my way and make a place for myself in the music world. I'll get there with more practice and the right tools I am sure. Trying to remain positive.
  2. Rosa, I have never heard of her but you better believe that I am heading straight to Spotify to check her music out now!
  3. Thank you, KillerKu! Your post was very encouraging for me to read! I am about to purchase a nice condensor mic, but currently I do not have any real recording equipment. I know it would sound a whole lot better if I got decent equipment, which is why I'm saving up. I'm a college student and money is tight right now. I will definitely repost a song when I get my mic, which will be very soon!
  4. ronws, I understand what you are saying and I am definitely the same singer. I think the reason for this is that I am very experimental and I am still trying to figure out "what works" for me if that makes sense. I have so many different sounds I can do and still trying to find myself musically. So when you say that you like these two covers better than the rock ones, that helps me get ideas on which direction to go towards. I myself have always been drawn to singers with very unique voices with memorable tones that cannot be mistaken for anyone else. I guess I am just trying to develop a memorable sound because that is what draws me in personally whether I'm listening to a professionally-recorded track or a webcam cover on Youtube. I'm still trying to find myself musically and trying to figure out what works. I have never had lessons and that is part of why I decided to join here to get an idea of how much work needs to be done since I am aiming to get professional vocal training in the near future.
  5. Rosa, thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind words! I also believe you are spot-on correct in what you said about how this is a lesson to learn. I think what I am realizing is that the highly trained, professional ear will notice all the flaws (which is expected, since they are of course experts) and the average person tends to not pick up on these things as much and kinda just appreciates the raw talent and not all the technical things in a performance. The feedback I have gotten from other people, friends, etc. who are not professionals tends to be extremely positive and they all swear up and down I could go on The Voice with a lot of success. My boyfriend (obviously biased of course :P) fell in love with my voice long before we were dating. I keep telling these various people that I need improvement and further training for sure before anything like The Voice happens, but they all think I could do it now. Haha. Now, I am not at all naive and I plan to train a lot more before that happens because personally I know I need work because I've done research and I realize I don't sound professional. I just say all this to demonstrate that your point, and that I think you are dead right. So with all that said, I'm definitely going to start going for a more professional route but still keep my unique style and tone, because that's what my family, friends, and the average untrained ear seem to love about my voice. I just need to polish it up and work on technicalities with the right tools and professional teacher.
  6. Yes, I am very aware that the hello's are out of sync. I actually wanted to re-do it because of this issue, but it was getting late into the night and I decided not to do it over again for the time being since it wasn't a professional recording by any means. But I do intend to re-do the cover sometime soon and work on correcting this issue. I was aware of this even as I was singing the song.
  7. Thank you for the advice! I appreciate any recommendations in which I can improve.
  8. Rosa, thank you! And yes, it was a raw recording with no editing. I just wanted people to hear my raw voice for the purpose of critique. I agree with you though that it should be louder for the best sound.
  9. Also I am aware that I need a better mic. I am currently saving up for a professional one and will definitely post a cover when I get it!
  10. Hey guys, so last time I posted rock songs and this time I am going to show you more of a romantic side and see what you think. I know I need a good microphone and I am saving up for one currently. Looking forward to your critiques! http://www.smule.com/recording/coldplay-green-eyes/350287919_289191568 http://www.smule.com/recording/etta-james-at-last/350287919_231097263
  11. Thank you for the advice MDEW! I am going to post a more romantic, emotional song here in a few minutes. Let me know what you think.
  12. Thank you ronws! Yes, I am Irish so that's where the accent is from. I agree with you on the pitch part. I was wondering if the pitch issue could perhaps be related to me using lots of embellishments. I have realized lately that I tend to overuse the embellishments, and I believe this could be related to my pitch getting thrown off. What do you recommend me to do to improve that aspect of my voice? I hate sounding "plain" if that makes sense, but I realize simplicity is better in some cases. Also, I was wondering if you think I need to sound more American in order to succeed in a contemporary signing career. A lot of people have said they really like my tone, but if you think it won't work as well commercially, then I definitely will do whatever it takes to get to that point.
  13. Hi guys! I just signed up for the premium membership and I am so excited to get advice and critiques from you all. I am very serious about my singing and I would like complete honesty when it comes to critiquing my voice. It has has always been my dream to be a recording artist and I really want to go on The Voice or a similar show. Over the past year or so, I have really been trying to develop a unique tone to my voice and I would like to know if it working for me or not and what can I do to improve? I can sing several styles and do different things to my voice for different effects. For the purpose of this post, I have a certain singing style that I would like critiqued, which is my "rock voice." Please be brutally honest and I would like a critique on both videos below. Thank you! http://www.smule.com/recording/nirvana-smells-like-teen-spirit/350287919_289787967 http://www.smule.com/recording/guns-n-roses-sweet-child-o-mine/350287919_289762473