random1destiny Posted April 11, 2011 Share Posted April 11, 2011 When recording I find the first line of a vocal to be very difficult to nail. The idea that the tape is rolling, plus the need to line up the timing with the guitar or click track, plus hitting the right pitch and tonality, all while maintaining a natural phrasing is so much to do at once from complete silence. It feels like trying to go from stopped to running full speed instantly. Once I get momentum past the first line the rest sounds more natural. I usually end up doing the first line over and over until one happens to come out naturally and then continue, but I wish I could be more consistent with the opening lines of a song. It's tiring to do all those initial takes, plus I lose some of the spontaneity. I'm wondering if anyone has any tips on nailing that first line right out of the gate, particularly in a recording situation. I was reading about stage presence and read that when entering a stage, politicians and performers will take several steps behind a curtain so that they have already taken a few steps and are walking full stride when they come into view and even time it out so the first step onto the stage is the one further back so their 'open' side is facing the audience. I'm trying to figure out if there's something similar singers can do vocally to get that momentum going for a great first line. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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