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Quentin's diary
September 20, 2014
4:18 pm
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I like the idea of a progress thread. Sharing our songs is great, but also sharing the process can be as much inspiring.

Singing has been the one thing that i have kept doing regularly for the last year and half. If i add all the time, i have probably something like two years and a half of singing. Which is nothing on a longer timespan! My goal is to reach a Professional level. and i am really confident i am can be there within age 30.

Since a few weeks, my voice is developping in a new direction. When i discovered mixed voice with Phil, i was often singing in a predominant light mix. But recently, my chest voice has bloomed, and on a good day, i can belt notes above the high C.

But the best part for me is getting of my French accent, which was heavy. It still shows up, but when i work the songs for some time, it tends to disappear and leave room for a singer's accent, to take Phil's expression.

I had my first lesson woth Phil in mid December, and 90 days later, i could sing Eye of the tiger in a light mix :

https://app.box.com/s/j97tnlng84gszlxfkje3

Notice the heavyness of the French accent!

This is the same song, half a year later

https://app.box.com/s/3m28aopdua9u5vmugzwc

There is still a lot of room for improvement. The chorus is a bit flat because i did this recording in almost one take and i tend to lose my stamina.
One thing that isn't obvious i think is the difference of power. The high C on the last line is very loud, but thanks to compressor, the volume is well blended.
I might, in the future, opt for a full chested high C instead of mixing with head resonance. For the moment, my stamina doesn't allow me to pull the last line in full chest while singing in one bit the end of the chorus so i really have to work on finding a balance where i can sing heavy enough, but not wasting too much energy.

September 20, 2014
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Hey bro! Big improvement but I've heard you sing that song better than what you posted! Keep those phrases legato! all the chestiness you want to get is almost impossible with all that staccato. and the vowels we worked on! It will be so much easier for you!
That dio song "love is all" is much harder than this and I heard you sing that well, so you should be able to knock this one out of the park now.

Just to clarify, a "full chested high C" will still be mixed with head resonance and you wouldn't want it any other way. I'm not saying you can't roll in more weight, I'm just saying it will still be a mix! and it's good, you really do want it to be that!

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September 21, 2014
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Ok Phil

I thought i could add a bit more consonants to the sound to try to sound closer to the original. But it also explains why i got flat on the chorus. I will be back practising legato again until the song is totally smooth. For the high C, i had in mind the same weigth that i pull on the last B4s of the Don't stop believing chorus. But this last line of Eye of the Tiger is really hard because it ascend from G#4 to A#4 to C5 and you don't want to shed too much weigth in the process. In fact in the original it climaxes into a very belty and powerful sound.

September 23, 2014
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Hey buddy. Those consonants you added took you further away from the original in my opinion and also added difficulty. Think of how you did the chorus on the Nirvana song. THAT sounded closer to the original. Singing on the vowels. That's how you wanna do it my friend. Watch that video I posted of both of us working on the Journey song. Minimizing all that shifting, feeling like you are singing on one vowel.

And yeah, this is tough stuff to sing indeed! You're doing well dude.

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March 6, 2015
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One year before, on the exact same day, i took a huge decision, basically, i stopped my career that costed me two years of hardworking efforts. I was about to become an executive with very promising income and status, but i felt litteraly like losing my soul if i were to do one step further in this direction.

I gathered my savings to start something new and decided to become a teacher (social sciences). It is something i imensely value, and will also leave me some time for music and singing. I always found hard to find a balance when you have multiple passions. For one year, i have been studying again, and now i am close to the final contest, and quite stressed, but so happy to be there instead of where i would have been if i had chosen to stay and work as an executive. Also, despite the tight Schedule, i have somehow been able to keep my voice in shape and keep the progress flow. While my singing is not perfect, it is nowhere what i would have expected a year ago (i mean, its even better).

I took time today to congratulate myself because i have been able to grab my balls and take an important decision despite the disaproval of almost anybody close to me. Today, i make them recognize it was the right choice. Whatever the result of my exams will be, i will keep moving on!

March 6, 2015
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Good for you man!

Hope everything keeps moving in the right direction :)

March 7, 2015
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your the man Quentin, follow your dreams, what a great post bro

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March 17, 2015
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Thanks a lot for your words! I was away from the forum because i needed to focus on my exams, but i will be back contributing as soon as i get them done!

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