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I'm 40 years old, and have recently developed an interest in singing. From junior high through high school, I spoke in a falsetto (long story - I was incredibly shy). That set me up for a lifetime of bad singing. I've recorded myself singing a few times over the years to see what I sound like. I can sound good for a few seconds at a time, randomly, but I dont have much control over my voice, other than being able to sing on pitch. (I used to have perfect pitch, but have, sadly, lost that ability, so now its just relative pitch)

Recently, I've heard from a number of people that singing is more about correct practice and vocal development than raw talent, so I've gone on youtube, and started working on some of the practice videos I've found (the free AApproach videos, for example). I've been doing this about 2 weeks now, and my singing has improved.

I'm concerned that my voice is tired the next day after singing for 20-30 minutes the day before - this doesn't seem good. It is a low-grade dull ache.

Overall, my voice needs a lot of work. My goal is not to be a recording artist or anything like that. I'd like to be able sing nicely in the shower, to start. Eventually, I'd like to be mic'd when I play the keyboard on my church's worship team.

So...where do I start? I think that simply finding stuff on youtube is not going to work very well for me. I've run across a few online training courses (AApproach, SS, KTVA), and I'm not sure which one is best for me. I think KTVA sounds the most appealing, but it is $300, which I can't afford right now.

Thanks for your input

--Jon

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I'm concerned that my voice is tired the next day after singing for 20-30 minutes the day before - this doesn't seem good. It is a low-grade dull ache.

And you are correct, its not good.

The best way would be finding a voice teacher so that you can work on the fundaments and avoid hurting your voice. This forum is hosted by a vocal program that is much better than the options you mentioned.

If these things are out of question, then the best you could do is finding music that you can sing with comfort and aiming to sing it relaxed and comfortably. However getting results like this is very difficult, and most likely you will not be able to sing anything that demands a bit more of your voice...

Hope it helps!

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Thanks guys. I appreciate your comments. I think I'm going to buy KTVA's volume 1 to get me started. Its only $89, and its better than just trying things on my own. I think my voice is strained because I've been singing songs that strain my voice (I can't reach the high notes without straining). I like singing these songs because I'm excited that my voice is getting better. (It still sucks, but its headed in a good direction). I'll pick songs that are easier for me to sing, for now.

Daniel: awesome voice. I watched a bunch of your videos on your site. And...your AG location is about 15 minutes from me...how often does that happen on the internet? When I start making more money, I'd like to talk to you about voice lessons.

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Id personaly go for The four pillars, sure ktva is great but in volume one you dont get that much, it's more just to set you up abit.

In pillars you get everything you need to keep you going for a very long time a lesson here and there from one of the coaches here on the site and youll make great gains.

Ive tried most producs and been to tons of diffrent coaches, and ive gotta tell you the guys around here are the best.

ive been on here for a long time, when i started i could not sing and had no range.

now with all the great help :)

So my reccomendations is grab pilalrs, get ahold of Robert lunte Felipe carvalho or Daniel Formica. You cant get better coaches anywhere

cheers

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Thanks guys. I appreciate your comments. I think I'm going to buy KTVA's volume 1 to get me started. Its only $89, and its better than just trying things on my own. I think my voice is strained because I've been singing songs that strain my voice (I can't reach the high notes without straining). I like singing these songs because I'm excited that my voice is getting better. (It still sucks, but its headed in a good direction). I'll pick songs that are easier for me to sing, for now.

Daniel: awesome voice. I watched a bunch of your videos on your site. And...your AG location is about 15 minutes from me...how often does that happen on the internet? When I start making more money, I'd like to talk to you about voice lessons.

Oh cool I live in San Luis obispo. I teach in morro bay. The AG location closed. But if you are that close get in touch with me for sure.;) if anything I can help you understand which ever program you buy and how to do the exercises correctly

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Id personaly go for The four pillars, sure ktva is great but in volume one you dont get that much, it's more just to set you up abit.

In pillars you get everything you need to keep you going for a very long time a lesson here and there from one of the coaches here on the site and youll make great gains.

Ive tried most producs and been to tons of diffrent coaches, and ive gotta tell you the guys around here are the best.

ive been on here for a long time, when i started i could not sing and had no range.

now with all the great help :)

So my reccomendations is grab pilalrs, get ahold of Robert lunte Felipe carvalho or Daniel Formica. You cant get better coaches anywhere

cheers

jens, great cover......you were sort of lower then i recall you being, right?

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Jens...love your voice. I listened to a few of your other songs on YouTube. If you started out not being able to sing, I have hope! lol.

I just bought KTVA vol 1 simply because I can't afford to spend more than that on anything right now, even if its a better deal. With where I'm at with my voice, I could probably just do volume 1 for a few months, and it would serve me well. To give you guys an idea of where I'm at, picture someone that is just slightly better than the worst auditions on American Idol. That's me.

Daniel...I'll be in touch.

Thanks all!

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