KillerKu Posted October 5, 2015 Share Posted October 5, 2015 That's why I wrote "or as good as you want to be you" not grammatically correct but saying as good as you yourself and your own style can be. The thing is though we all didn't get into singing because we wanted to sound like or become the singer we are.(some rock star flicked our switch and made us want to be singers) We had to have influences and strive to be as good as them . And try to sing countless hours in the bathroom or bedroom trying our hardest to get better. If you just strived to be you technically you have already succeeded. I have wanted to be a countless number of singers and guitar players in my life and that's what has made me a better musician. I have more tools to choose from. And we are talking about singing technique here. We are not talking about artistry and songwriting. Singing will get easier for you if you put down any ego and ask questions and take lessons if it doesn't come from sticking your ear to a speaker and trying to sound like that artist. Which many great singers will tell you that's how they got better. Yes, technically Mariah Carey succeeded at being herself when she likely sang terribly at 3 years old. Sang slightly better at 4 and so on and became Mariah at a much later date. If you keep doing that you'll get better technically most likely as you'll change along with your voice. If you always sing as yourself, that doesn't mean you don't improve or fail at improvement but it can keep people on track for whatever identity they are looking for. Copy other people too much, we can lose ourselves and what we were striving for in the first place. More tools to choose from isn't always the best either. Sometimes a limited palette can define an artist as unique. Do you really think Sinatra would be better with 5 octaves? The right limitations can sometimes be very good for keeping an artist on track. Once someone can imitate 500 people, it is a lot harder to develop a cohesive identity. If you can sound like 500 people what do you sound like? It's too late for me to be an iconic singer with a very strong singular identity like many of my heroes, but the more skilled I get with voice the more I feel like it's constantly give and take. I gain flexibility, but at the same time, I definitely felt a stronger identity back in the day with less skill. I knew who I was and exactly what I was trying to express. Maybe it's just easier and more efficient to develop an identity naturally? Whether it be Joe Strummer, Freddie Mercury, Lou Reed, or Rob Halford. I think it might be easier to become someone like that by singing as yourself your entire life and letting whatever develops develop. Rather than perfecting 500 different imitations, and trying to piece it all back together into something cohesive later. Maybe not everyone should be able to do everything and a world where everyone does everything results in a cluster of mishmashed junk? It's definitely a successful way to coordinate a voice, but I'm not sure if it's the best way to create an iconic vocal identity. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Create an account or sign in to comment
You need to be a member in order to leave a comment
Create an account
Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!Register a new account
Already have an account? Sign in here.Sign In Now