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Do help, what kind of vocal style do I have? And I think I can't really reach high notes using my "real" voice, but it could be because I live among many people and was afraid of being judged? But I feel abit strained singing too high a note. Also, I haven't had any vocal training.

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Do help, what kind of vocal style do I have? And I think I can't really reach high notes using my "real" voice, but it could be because I live among many people and was afraid of being judged? I have no idea!!

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​Hey Naomi,

Welcome to the forum! What's your name on Smule? I'll follow you.

Your style is pretty much shaped by whoever you listen to and the kinds of songs that you sing the most. Who do you listen to? Jessie J has a lot of stuff that's categorized as pop, but she has an R&B style. If you like trying to sing like her, I'd say the same for you.

If you mean you can't reach certain high notes without the sound thinning out, everybody's voice does that at some point in their range. So, that is still your voice. Your range will increase over time though, so you'll be able to make more notes sound fuller in time.

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Hi! Thank you, I'm still taking a look around here!

NaomiTanWG's my username.

I usually listen to pop songs I guess, and sometimes R&B/country. Okay I think I tend to "mimick" the way the singer of the particular song sang...but then again I sound pretty much the same every song...

 

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Hi! Thank you, I'm still taking a look around here!

NaomiTanWG's my username.

I usually listen to pop songs I guess, and sometimes R&B/country. Okay I think I tend to "mimick" the way the singer of the particular song sang...but then again I sound pretty much the same every song...

 

​Those styles have a lot in common, and people often crossover. Besides Jessie J, a lot of Pop artists do sing with an R&B style. Usher is actually R&B, but his last album was mostly Pop. Justin Bieber grew up singing Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight songs. Then there are a bunch of people in Country who sing with a style that's very R&B-like, like Brad Paisley and Gary LeVox. Lionel Richie and Brian McKnight have crossed over and put out Country-influenced stuff too.

You should continue to mimic. Everyone does it. Its influence. Even Jessie J used to post videos on her twitter feed of a certain gospel singer she was inspired by. And here's the proof:

http://www.mtv.co.uk/jessie-j/news/jessie-j-wants-james-morrison-duet

Now, her singing and his singing.

 

So, you see? Everyone mimics.

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I can't belt out my voice at home, so I've been going to karaoke to practice and "scream" high notes haha. Will that help to increase my vocal range? 

Hey Pekka, thanks so much, and I love Jessie J too!

​I wouldn't "scream" anything. It's important to keep in mind that you should be singing from your diaphragm. Nothing should be felt in your throat while you sing. You'll increase your vocal range by singing the highest and lowest notes that you can sing without straining, and singing those notes again and again.

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