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My attempt to sing Don't stop believing
September 7, 2014
6:38 pm
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quentin
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https://app.box.com/s/n7ipj83r4nch5n4onpdq

After several weeks dedicated to extend chest voice and sing heavy I find it quite hard to sing in a lighter mix.

Let me know if you think I sound like a choirboy because I am not completely sure about my approach here. I find my voice a bit muddy so maybe I should go for a heavier approach.

September 8, 2014
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First of all congrats on taking on such a difficult song and doing a good job at it!

It's good overall. I think the intensity is generally good, you don't sound like a choir boy. Most parts you are really nailing it, others there are a few things that you should continue working on.

Some notable areas for improvement, just going by my ear. I could be wrong.
-most of the B4's and C#5's you are singing more briefly are a bit too light compared to the notes below them. However, I think you nailed the intensity perfectly on the second verse so study what you did there!
-the held B4's on "night" sound like the perfect intensity as well, but I feel like a slightly darker vowel shade might help with your tone on those.
-I think you could use a lot more bright ping through your sound. ask Phil about this. I can hear there is a potential for a lot more growth in this area and I think it's ultimately what will fix the muddiness, not adding more weight.
-it's "living just to find emotion" not "willing just to find emotion" lol
-There are still a few words you will have to work on tweaking your pronunciation to sound more convincing, either as a singer's accent or pure english:
"living in" (you had it right on the first syllable, then you switched to UH vowels which is too far off. try to keep the vowel shade you had on the "liv" part. If you need more release, modify toward EH, not UH.)
"hiding", and "waiting" (you tend to pronounce the "ing" as "AA-uh-n" when the singer's accent should be more like EH-n. AA is too much jaw/tongue drop, reduce that a bit to get the EH and then just use the tip of the tongue to get the N, don't change anything in the back of the throat and that should get rid of that "uh" moment in the middle.)
"smoky" (you are singing smo-kAA, try keeping the pure EE so smo-kEE or modify only to Eh for smo-kEH. again AA just means a little too much jaw/tongue drop, reduce it a bit and you've got EH.)

There are lots of great moments in this too. That second verse you really nailed from start to finish, it actually had the same effect on me as what someone else mentioned in your Nirvana cover - I was able to distract myself and forget I was listening to a student because it just sounded very polished and professional. Also the fact that you are able to get a lighter but convincing intensity on the held B4's is a great accomplishment to be proud of. And the riff up to the E5 at the end is kickass IMO.

September 8, 2014
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You've come a LONG WAY on this song bro. Congrats.

It's sounding great, and your efficiency has increased a lot giving you more stamina.
The muddiness I feel may be more due to the mixing/recording. But working more to maintain a bite and clear sound always helps.

The accent in some of the lower phrases are still the main thing for you. I recmmend shifting the key way up to the upper passagio area which will force you to use the right approach in terms of vowels. Then carry that feeling as you lower the key - singing on each one - slowly back down to the original key.

You're kicking ass and a very fast learner.

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September 8, 2014
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Thank you for your encouragement!

Owen, your post will be really helpful to make me aware of all the small things I can improve. There were some I already noticed and some that I was not even aware of. For me the mixed voice b4s are harder to pull down consistently than the full chested "in the nighttt". About my voice sounding better as the song goes I wonder if it is because I still warm up while singing and get more confident. I can belt quite fast but mixed voice is still very tricky for me and it takes me more than an hour before I can do it correctly. Otherwise it sounds either breathy or pushy.

Phil, I will try that. It worked wonders on eye of the Tiger.

September 8, 2014
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That was really cool stuff Quentin! Thanks for sharing that dude. Do you have a clip of "Eye of The Tiger"? That would be neat to hear your take.

September 9, 2014
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Thx man. This is the next song on my cover list. I l be polishing it one or two weeks but l be soon showcased in this section :-)

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