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dlouis688
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Hi everyone! I'm so glad I found I found this forum!

I've been practicing my scales and I can hit notes fine which i already a great improvement. The problem is that even when I sing in on pitch, I sound like I'm talking! I've recorded myself multiple times and I don't know what I'm doing wrong. When I sing I feel like I'm singing great but then I listen to the recording and get upset! I can post a recording if that will help!

Thanks!


   
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dogbite
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I have a friend that talk sings. I think I know what you mean.
yea, post a sample.

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=644552
http://www.soundclick.com/couleerockinvaders


   
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dlouis688
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Alright..here's me covering John Mayer's "Your Body Is A Wonderland." I can't believe I'm actually posting this. :?

http://www.mediafire.com/?yjthmyyg2mw


   
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eunice_hairburger
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Ok...well, firstly, it's not bad. Your voice quality is quite nice...you DO have some pitch and vocal control issues going on, but they can be improved.

Also, John Mayer's voice is pretty smooth on this song...like he's singing with this sort of almost hushed quality...I think that is actually his normal voice, but it's not totally common, and his speaking voice isn't like that at all really. Your voice isn't really THAT much talking. I've heard a lot worse. But I know what you mean. For you to sound more "singy" I think you'd just need some more confidence and once you have that, it'll come easier to really go for it in terms of singing to get that more musical sound...and also really go overboard (at first) trying to imitate John Mayer. That sound...it might feel weird at first, but...yeah.

I've made up some quick clips of me doing this very song (bear in mind I'm a girl, lol), just the chorus cause I don't know the verse, that show a bit of difference between talking quality, singing normal quality, and totally singing quality (where you wouldn't even necessarily recognise who I was if you heard me talk and then sing like that)...

www.soundclick.com/mrspleen


   
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dogbite
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very generous post EH. great examples.
I agree also. confidence, using air from the diaphragm, are two important things.
I find too, that performing is a part of singing. instead of sitting and sorta singing the words, standing and gesturing and feeling the words adds to the result.

EH. I'll say it again. you have a killer voice. are you in a band?

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=644552
http://www.soundclick.com/couleerockinvaders


   
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dlouis688
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Thank you so much! I've only been doing this for a few weeks so hopefully my singing voice will start to break through :) I can be impatient some times but it usually only makes me work harder. Thanks again


   
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eunice_hairburger
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Oh boy, thank you!!! That chorus of the song I did was pretty sucky I must admit. lol.

Uh...if you want to hear some other songs I've done (cover bits and stuff, not generally whole songs or whatever, and not my own songs yet), there's some at www.soundclick.com/funnysteviebits

I'm definitely NOT in a band! That'd be kinda fun though. I make my own music (or try to *rolls eyes*) and just love singing. I don't think I'm anywhere near good enough to be heard all that much by the general public though.


   
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dogbite
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dlouis688. I think you have a good future in playing and singing. although I could barely hear the sample you posted I did hear a quality there.you just have to stand up and sing with good air technique and feeling. I wonder if you have a singer hero or a 'sound/feel' you want to emulate or be inspired by?
I have many and none of them most would consider having a great sounding voice. what I love about my choices is How they use what they have.
Tom Waits, Joe Cocker, Louis Armstrong, Bob Dylan. I like them for different reasons. I love Mic Jagger when he sings country. I try to keep them in mind when I am singing.
http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_music.cfm?bandID=644552

scroll down past the guitarnoise jams and you'll hear my attempts at singing.
I am having a blast learning home recoding and playing/singing songs I love.

EH...let's record a song together. I will be coming up with a couple songs I want to do. maybe you could do a verse, take the whole vocal, or maybe just do backup. I am up for anything. for me it's all about learning and having fun. it's pretty rewarding.

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=644552
http://www.soundclick.com/couleerockinvaders


   
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eunice_hairburger
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Hey! I'd be happy to record stuff with you. If it's your own song, I'd like to just do a vocal part...whatever you want. Lead, harmony, backing, whatever. I want you to come up with the lyrics though. I have a hard enough time thinking of words for my own damn songs, let alone someone else's!

It's a learning curve for me too, and really fun! WOO!


   
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dogbite
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sounds good EH.

and my apologies to the original poster for the hi jack.

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=644552
http://www.soundclick.com/couleerockinvaders


   
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dlouis688
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Haha no problem on the hi jack :p I'm still getting some great feedback. When I get back to school I can re-record myself singing louder.

As far as my singing hero goes, I would have to say it's David Ryan Harris. He's John Mayer's backup guitarist vocalist but his solo work is out of this world. Here are some links..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNJQREnYI94

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-mcX2xBzRU


   
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Nathan080
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All I hear on this forum is good singing, why is anyone surprised?

To be fair, for me, the only kind of bad singing is no singing... I think everyone should have a go, if for no other reason than to have fun. And people who seek to get better I wish them all the luck in the world.

Anyway, since we're mentioning singing hero's thought I'd throw in my Idol:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN0LY65KmAM&feature=related

Love that man,
FYI

From Your Influence...
http://www.overplay.com/BandProfile.aspx?BandId=e78b497f-4f31-4182-8659-e8b6fa91d582

http://www.youtube.com/user/FromYourInfluence


   
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