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[Beginner!!] Sunday morning cover - looking for advice :)

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Pretty self explanatory. I took some advice from this forum a while ago and went away and practised - but now I'm back!

https://soundcloud.com/onceuponavocalcord/sunday-morning-beginner-cover-looking-for-feedback

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First of all you sing with very low energy. It's a very energetic song, which is why I like that song so much, it's very uplifting. Singing it an octave lower makes it hard to give it the same energetic delivery, and it could be hard also to give it that funky feel. He is also quite nasal so the sound is very bright which contributes to that.

Use the half-smile that Felipe Carvalho explains in one of his videos. I think that could help you.

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I agree with Xamedhi that the delivery is a little low energy. If you want to sing it an octave, I would still perhaps still try to liven it up with some more interesting tone. You could use a more conversational approach in that, the speaking register. Listen to Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett for their phrasing and you'll see what I mean.

In this rendition, I am impressed with how you are able to get your voice to stay rather stable... fundamental-wise, the stability is good. I myself had a crap-ton of problems with just trying to sound like you can when I started. Took me years to figure out the obvious. If you work on what your support mechanism (the sensation of keeping your ribcage expanded and relaxed lower ab coming in as you sing) you may be able to gain more control over your delivery and riffs. The riff/melisma was a little muddy which usually comes from either not knowing what notes you want to include or not being able to get the notes to come out due to lack of support.

If you may not have to do it an octave higher right now if you feel that your voice is not yet ready for that. Perhaps use audacity and raise it a little just to practice it that way. How do you usually practice?

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