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Unread 04-24-2008, 08:28 PM   #1
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Alright, I too would like an evaluation of my voice. I'm singing the chorus of I'm not alright by sanctus real. I recorded direct with my condenser, no compression or anything so you have an honest presentation of how bad it sounds. I sound really really nasal and when I try to sing the high stuff it sounds like I'm really stressing to hit these notes. From the sound of it, would you say that I simply do not have the range to sing something in this range, or is there a way I can work on my voice to have it sound less nasal, and less stressed? Does Matt Hammit stress to hit these notes during recording, take the best take and put some compression on, or is he simply a higher tenor, or has he trained his voice to the point where it doesn't sound like that?
Any advice on how to correct this and sound more relaxed and more importantly less nasal.

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Unread 04-24-2008, 11:01 PM   #2
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You're very prone to have moments of being flat. Go read the vocal advice thread or the VAT. It's got some very basic stuff that will help you out alot.
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not bad, if you took lessons (not to make fun of you, but it only helps, heck i wish i could afford lessons like AXguitar) anyways, you have a good thing going, as said above, work on breathing and keeping the pitch
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not bad, if you took lessons (not to make fun of you, but it only helps, heck i wish i could afford lessons like AXguitar) anyways, you have a good thing going, as said above, work on breathing and keeping the pitch
I wish I could afford more lessons. They REALLY turned things around for me.
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Unread 04-26-2008, 09:21 PM   #5
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I've read the VAT multiple times, I've also taken lessons for about a month and my vocal teacher kept telling me I had good tone just so he could start teaching me to read music which was the only thing he really knew how to teach, and far from what I wanted to get out of vocal studies.
From what I read from the vocal advice thread, It really emphasizes diaphramatic support, which from what I understand involves using abdominal muscles to supply air to the vocal aparatus. I've tried doing this while practicing octaves, but it seems that around F# I have to get extremely loud. Is this alright? When male vocalist sing tones at G# + are they really singing very loud, and draw FAR away from the mic when recording, singing live? I know the stuff about chest/head placement, but I can't seem to get anything besides a really loud weird sounding head voice and full on chest voice. (and of course falsetto, but thats not the tone I'm aiming for) Will practicing scales using natural head voice increase my ability to someday be able to use a combination of chest and head voice with more ease?

Also I know my pitch was way off at the beginning but that was because I wasn't mentally sure of which key I was in, pitch usually isn't my problem, it's tone, (unless you were referring to something else)

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Edit: i listened to this agian and realized I was a bit off pitch in quite a few places, but still I don't see that as much of an issue for me right now as my tone. I'm to the point where I can recognize when I'm off and if I'm sharp or flat and am pretty confidant I won't have any problem with pitch if I keep doing my warm up exercises for a few months, correcting myself when necessary. still any advice on tone would be great
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Breathe more. That's the big thing with tone and really... you will develop tone over time with technique and keeping yourself on key and on pitch.

When you learn technique everything will eventually fall into place and if you can't read music at all, it's hard for a teacher to teach you technique.
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