If you are not interested in my boring premise skip to #2 to listen to me singing Jason Isbell’s Cover me up
I always loved to sing but was always very bad at it. I mean, I could never hit high notes and, even the lower pitched songs I though I could sing, when I asked people what they thought, they didn’t think I was as good as I thought I was. They were nice in telling me but I could tell they were being nice. So, I never delved into it.
Now I am 40 years old and about two months ago I started singing in my car during my lunch break. I downloaded 2 apps, Erol Singer Studio and Pitch Perfect. I started doing exercises in ESS and noticed my high pitched notes were awful. I kept working at it until, according to the app, I had a little over 2.6 octaves of vocal range. I still struggled with the higher notes but now, making sounds, I had been able hit notes from E2 to C5. Making noise, not singing. Like saying ahhh or eeee etc..not lyrics.
I then got bored with ESS and started just singing songs and focusing more on reaching higher pitches and checking with the Pitch Perfect app to work at the limits of my range to get more used to it.
At first I used a set of headphones with a little mic boom attached to them I bout on amazon for $20. Then I noticed that when I was singing high notes the mic would just not register them. So I bought a Blue Yeti...3 days ago.
I set up the Blue Yeti clamped to my steering wheel and sing in my car during lunch. I know I should be standing but between singing in my car and not singing at all I figure it’d have been better singing in my car.
Now, a month ago I was not able to sing the higher part of this song if not in falsetto. Then I watched a few videos on youtube and practiced: this is what the result was. I recorded this using the vocalive app with de-esser (Don’t know if it works) and about 5% reverb and 10% size of room in the background a Smules app without filters for the background track.
Jason Isbell: Cover me up
When I listen to it, it does not sound right, but I cant tell why. Am I off pitch? Am I off tempo? What do you think I should work on?
Now, I know I don’t have a good voice and even if I could sing with perfect pitch, I still wouldn’t have an interesting voice: I know that. But I am not trying to become a successful or professional singer. I am just trying to be the best version of myself...as far as I can.
Any feedback and tips on what to focus on or tips on equipment and practices I would truly appreciate. As of now I can’t afford/justify voice lessons but if I can get to a decent level working by myself I would consider the investment and make it happen.
Thank you so much for your time and priceless tips.