September 2, 2014
I thought it would be an exceptional idea to start a diary to track both my singing goals/progress.
First and foremost, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Roger and I'm from Melbourne Australia. I am currently 24 years old, and I am obsessed with singing. More specifically, I love to sing everywhere and anywhere.
My passion for singing begun when I was in year 9 at school (that is when I was approximately 15 years old). I would say the fundamental reason why I developed a passion for singing, was because I had an uncle who was an extremely famous singing god in my families country of origin. I'd also say that another reason why I developed such as passion, is because my father would consistently sing to me on a daily basis. Anyways, from that year onwards I knew that singing was the one thing that I truly wanted to pursue. During that time, I would sing everywhere and anywhere. The only predominate problem that I faced, what that I was terrible. Literally, everyone would tell me not to pursue it or to either give up (no joke).
Approximately one year later, I decided to take vocal lessons to improve my singing, whilst also starting a band (i've included youtube clips of the band that I was in haha I cant find any of the recordings of me singing in it though). Anyways, like a number of beginner singers, I fell into the trap of paying a vocal coach which was ultimately scamming me more specifically I would practice for hours and hours, but I would yet to see any real results. I still remained shit!!!!! Because of my lack of results, I decided to give up formal voice lessons.
The Band I was in (I wish I had those old singing recordings of me):
Luckily for me I found out that you could purchase online singing programs e.g. singing success. Anyways, I would spend hours practicing these online vocal prerecorded programs (from what I recall approx 4 hours per day). A breakdown of my schedule was 1 hour driving to university whilst practicing, 2 hours at the university (I used to schedule my classes so that I had 3 hour breaks in between class so I'd practice singing rather than socialising with other students as singing was my dream) and one final hour driving back home. What I can say, is that after all those hours practicing, I thought I was getting better but I wasn't (I only maintained the belief in my mind that I was good). In fact I am 100% certain that I completely misinterpreted all of the programs (due to me applying incorrect advice provided to me from my previous vocal teacher). In fact here is a video of me singing with one of Australias Xfactor winners, after approx 3 years of misinterpreted practice of singing.
Anyways, after all this misinterpreted training and incorrect practice, I thought I was awesome at singing, so I decided to attend an Xfactor Australia audition. Let me just say, that I couldn't even make it passed the producer audition, because I was horrible. I can still recall that audition day, the produce said to me "you look too nervous and you need to strengthen your vocal chords, get some vocal coaching and come back next year" (this was like a kick in the guts to me).
In saying that I acted upon his advice, and I managed to stumble across Mr Phil Moufarrege. All I can say is that I highly recommend him. He has helped me improve my singing dramatically, whilst has also assisted in quashing all of my previous thoughts and interpretations about how singing is meant to be done.
Now that some background pertaining to myself has been written, I think it would be important to write my goal. My goal currently is to become a famous singer (not professional in the sense of teaching students etc).
I used to have the goal of winning the xfactor however, after doing some deliberation winning the xfactor no longer appears ideal. I dont like the idea of having to sing set prepared songs, or having to conform to the Idea of what the tv show and its producers want their contestants to become.
P.s Keith Urban is my favorite singer.
To track my progress I will be writing and posting on a weekly basis.
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