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(@dale_howard)
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this vid is our bands first practice with some decent sound equipment...whether or not we got it set up to its potential remains to be seen...(or heard rather). but other than the obvious reasons of video taping yourself at practice, like pride, i also wanted to be able to step back and really hear my voice.

so after doing so, ive found im a lot more nasal sounding than i would have guessed. i have pitch trouble with sustaining low notes (i knew this, and can hear it when i do it), not enough air maybe. and i didnt realize how much i depended on hearing myself, to stay in tune. ive never sang into a mic before we got this band together. so its like a slap in the face now that i realize the struggle i have to endure to where i can setup our sound where i can hear myself clearly while practicing. every time that i play the wrong chord, or someone else does, i find that since i cant quite hear myself as well, i'll jump offkey instantly, its as if i have no control, and its involuntary. but at least there is hope im told, since i can at least tell im off key, and i usually correct myself mid swing, if its a sustained part...the small short words i just have to scrap and concentrate on the next time they come along...

guys i'd like to hear your honest opinion. dont know if i can fix the nasally sounding voice, maybe thats just how i sound, i know Hank Williams wouldnt have been able to fix that whine!!

there are a few more vids there as well....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-aKDdh7-M4&feature=related

thanks!

check out our band's progress: Delta Mud http://www.youtube.com/user/DeltaMudBand


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I think you are your worst critic.
That sounds real good to me.
As I hear it, you're filling in nicely to your band's overall sound . . .
you have a good bass player carrying the bottom and you're at the top with the melody . . .
with a drummer that's doing a bang-up job.
You compliment the band's sound. You all seem to work well together.
Where are you? Texas?

It's the rock that gives the stream its music . . . and the stream that gives the rock its roll.


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(@dale_howard)
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THANKYA SIR.

but i definitely have pitch issues that nothing but practice and a good monitor is gonna solve, i hope. after reading on here and looking at some "how to's", i think my breathing will be the next issue i tackle. no air = pitch probs i'd think.

never sang before, especially in a mic. was pretty intimidating at first....still is kinda.

but to answer your question, we're in Arkansas. we got a show to play in about 7 weeks. so that should be enough time for us to get a small set together. we only gotta cover 45 min.

oh and that bass player you mentioned, he held a bass for the first time about 10 days ago. =P he's doin one helluva job too. we're proud of him, or at least i am, he's my best bud!

anymore criticism is still appreciated.....

check out our band's progress: Delta Mud http://www.youtube.com/user/DeltaMudBand


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(@singingonline123)
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i think the problem is not you're voice, maybe it's in the equipment you're using.


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(@dale_howard)
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well i agree somewhat about the equipment. but its just a two speaker powered mixer. now whether we got it set up optimal or not is another story. i read up some on the lessons here that dealt with speaker setup ect.... but i think we'll have a few monitors in our future for the singers to benefit from. maybe a little one for the drummer to hear. its a nice PA system, its just we're green as hell, and still trying to get the best sound from it.... like i said, singing into a mic was a big shock to me.

check out our band's progress: Delta Mud http://www.youtube.com/user/DeltaMudBand


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(@nathan080)
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Learning to use a mike is difficult, like you said, its a real slap when you're hearing yourself through a speaker as you are singing. The first time I did it, it totally threw me off. I think the trick is not listening to yourself, just concentrating on the singing as you would without a mike and just try and control it.

But I don't think it sounded nasally at all, it sounded good! The band sounds pretty tight too so well done :D

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(@jersey-jack)
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I also didn't hear any problem with nasality. And the minimal pitch problems are to my ear no more than what one would expect from many professional recording artists when they perform live.

Sure, continue to work on your vocal technique and continue to tweak the gear, but you guys are good to go as far as I'm concerned for live performance. Great sound!


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(@dale_howard)
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thanks for all the very nice comments guys.... finally got us some mic stands last week, anxious to see what thats like, LOL those pvc pipes from the ceiling are gonna have to go.

check out our band's progress: Delta Mud http://www.youtube.com/user/DeltaMudBand


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(@bkangel)
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One of the big things my singing teacher tries to teach us is to learn to trust our voices... to be able to know our voice well enough that we can hit the note without being able to hear ourselves. She tells us that in many venues we won't be able to hear ourselves and we'll just have to do it. It's still beyond me, I'm afraid. But I can understand what she is saying, and it sounds like good advice for you too :D

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(@hobson)
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Your voice and your sense of pitch are good enough for rock 'n roll. I don't think your voice is nasal. It sounds to me like you're not opening your mouth enough and not breathing deeply, but that works ok for this type of music.

One thing about the sound is that you're practicing in what looks like a large sheet steel building with a concrete floor. Great that you have access to a place with so much room where nobody is going to complain about the noise, but not so great for acoustics.

Renee


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(@dale_howard)
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Your voice and your sense of pitch are good enough for rock 'n roll. I don't think your voice is nasal. It sounds to me like you're not opening your mouth enough and not breathing deeply, but that works ok for this type of music.

One thing about the sound is that you're practicing in what looks like a large sheet steel building with a concrete floor. Great that you have access to a place with so much room where nobody is going to complain about the noise, but not so great for acoustics.
you said it brother, its very difficult to arrange everything just right, so that i can even hear myself at all....

check out our band's progress: Delta Mud http://www.youtube.com/user/DeltaMudBand


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(@wengaff)
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I found there is some pitches problems in your voice. The guy in black shirt's pitch problem seem to be more obvious. Sometimes, you are a bit out of key when reaching the higher pitches.


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