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A friend of mine is a huge k-pop fan and, whilst I can't say I feel exactly the same way, she really likes this song.

I love the sass and energy of it so I did it for her birthday. However I cannot sing in Korean, so I sang an english version I found on youtube.

The song is Sixth Sense by the Brown Eyed Girls. They are a four-part k-pop girl group.

I did all the vocals on this, including all background work, and I mixed it myself. It was a big challenge for me, and I would like some general feedback outside of my comfort zone. By this I mean I usually only post my music to soundcloud or the other forum I'm a part of at www.audio-city.net ; I'm self taught and have never had a lesson so I know I have much to learn.

I'm eager to hear your thoughts even if you hate it xDDD, which I, of course, hope you don't.

Enjoy?!

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Wow, really great work! Nice work on all of the vocals including the background, and nice work with the mixing too. Great balance between the lead and background. I even detect a difference in timbre between the background and lead too. Really fine work here.

I'm reaching for feedback because everything was done so well. I wonder if you might have felt a little tension right around 2:06? I heard the same kind of thing when you sang this same section earlier in the song, so it might be that particular part of your range that could use some work. It just sounds a little like the chest voice is being pulled up too high when you might be better off strengthening the bridge of your voice. You sound great right at 2:18 on the big, high, wailing, long note. I think it was on the "tion" part of "emotion." Nice technique on that particular note. It might be good to bring that tone down into the section leading up to it.

Let me know if you want specific tips on how to strengthen the bridge.

Good work, especially for someone who has never had a lesson. ! I look forward to hearing more! :)

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Wow.

I loved your high range, Garnet! It sounds very cool, your belts sound big and dark.

When I heard your whistle I was like "w00t?" Are you really self taught?

Thank you, Xamedhi! I'm glad you like the belts and whistle! I am self taught, but I put p.much most of my improvement down to being at audio city. Since myself and all the other members run so many competitions there, and i've been there for about 3 years now, i've been getting feedback on a weekly basis for most of that time and that has helped me so so much. So I am self taught but the feedback of others has helped me in a way I couldn't have helped myself!

Wow, really great work! Nice work on all of the vocals including the background, and nice work with the mixing too. Great balance between the lead and background. I even detect a difference in timbre between the background and lead too. Really fine work here.

I'm reaching for feedback because everything was done so well. I wonder if you might have felt a little tension right around 2:06? I heard the same kind of thing when you sang this same section earlier in the song, so it might be that particular part of your range that could use some work. It just sounds a little like the chest voice is being pulled up too high when you might be better off strengthening the bridge of your voice. You sound great right at 2:18 on the big, high, wailing, long note. I think it was on the "tion" part of "emotion." Nice technique on that particular note. It might be good to bring that tone down into the section leading up to it.

Let me know if you want specific tips on how to strengthen the bridge.

Good work, especially for someone who has never had a lesson. ! I look forward to hearing more! :)

I would most certainly appreciate some tips on strengthening the bridge; this song is stupid high all over the place and I definitely felt tension at 2:06. Mostly on the "o" vowels "losing" of losing all my breath, and "more" of more than simple feeling.

I'm glad you liked it overall! Really great feedback - I prefer the specific over the general any day. Thank you so much ^_^

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Hey Garnet, I never heard this song nor the band before, but I thought you did an excellent job! I liked your timbre as well, not too dark, not too bright, right in the middle. You are really talented, as you learned how to sing this well by yourself. I listened to some of your other songs in SoundCloud and I liked it. Welcome to the forum, and I hope you stick around, specially in the critique section, as I started to post my vocal practices to get tips on improvement. Cheers

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Yey, some K-Pop. :D

Great version of the song! Liked your power and control though some notes sounded a bit heavy (Like Aspiring said).

All those kpop songs are so stupidly high. But you did it! :)

Kind of gives me the idea to cover something from BAP or BVQX. But it is kinda insane. ;)

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I checked out your youtube page. You absolutely owned "Barracuda," though I wish it was mixed differently. Your voice was a bit muffled but you got all the right notes. I've been tempted to cover that song and I can play it on the guitar.

Edited to add: I was going to apologize for being an old rocker. But no apology needed. I am an old rocker with my head stuck in the '70's. And your version took me at least 35 years. This was the song you blasted while opening up that Holley 4-barrel on LBJ Freeway.

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Glad you liked barracuda! i sang it about 3 years ago now and my mixing wasn't as good back then unfortunately :(

as for witchy woman - i bought the backtrack and my duet partner on it, saffy and i, we did the background vocals.

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Sorry for the delayed response.

One great way to strengthen the bridge and to give it power (give it that belting sound without actually bringing your chest voice up) is to modify your vowels. In general, the shape of your vowels in chest voice and head voice should be more round and open. In going through the bridge, you'll want to narrow the shape of your mouth and make the vowel tall and narrow. Think of an hour glass. The sound will be more pointed and focused and will sound very powerful, but without nearly the effort and tension of belting.

An exercise to try:

First experiment with feeling the difference between an "ee" vowel and an "ih" vowel.

Sing a five note up and down on an "ee" vowel. 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1, or do-re-mi-fa-sol-fa-mi-re-do. Start in your chest voice with a round, open "ee" vowel. As you peak to the top of the scale, modify the vowel to be more "ih". This narrows the space and creates more breath pressure behind the sound, but it shouldn't add tension. It's like putting your thumb over the top of a water hose. You get more power and more forward projection.

You can try the concept of vowel modification on different vowels. In the section we talked about, leading up to "emotion," try to get the placement higher and more focused into the masque without bringing tension up. You create this sound quite well on "emotion." Try to isolate what adjustment you are making on that note and bring it into the section leading up to it.

Let me know if that makes sense. Cheers! :)

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