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September 2, 2014
Not a huge singing feat (I was actually sick with a sore throat when I performed this and pulled it off fine because it's more of a spoken/shouted monologue at the end) but I think it's a great example of how after a lot of rehearsal (I worked on this for about a month) the tons of technical things I had to take care of became quite habitual and I could really channel the emotional intensity I wanted.
More of a showcase of performance I guess. I was proud of the overall result and getting a bunch of compliments from audience members was reassuring. Still, any critique at all is welcome as I am going to be performing and recording this in the future. However the recording will be more attempting to imitate the original arrangement and version below.
here's the original:
One vocal challenge I've found in this is, for the monologue, how to get the emotional intensity more through being able to comfortably speak all that stuff in a higher pitch range (like she does in the original, but to get my own range up around those same pitches cleanly) rather than leaning in more and adding grit and not going quite as high. My voice naturally wants to do the latter, maybe I should accept that, but everything about the original monologue fascinates me and I want to be able to more closely imitate it with my own voice.
Anyways, hope you enjoy my live loop pedal version, let me know what you think.
September 2, 2014
If i had to do this, i think i would have been for grit annd intensity in the "sing-talk" parts because i remarked that while half talking you can allow yourself to be a little pitchier as opposed to a melody line that has to be sung clearly. In my former band, i used to have "rough talking parts" and i would not try to much to stay on pitch, but more try to convey intensity by adding a shouty and gritty quality. This is for live singing, of course.
Overally a cool performance. I couldn't handle the instrumental/vocal duty. You are sometimes a little pitchy, but i am pretty sure it is because your voice is sore (i can feel it because i have this sensation of lacking precision or constantly being a bit flat when my throat is irritated).
August 19, 2014
There is a lot of artistry in this clip Owen. Seeing you literally BUILD the song is really cool.
And yeah we will go easy on you because of the sore throat
Just a little tip that you will notice clearly around the 2:04 "ARRIVE" and "TOWEL" (but it's throughout the song) you have a tendency to arrive at those AH/AA vowels in a weird way where it sounds like you are almost chewing them. Try to open directly to the vowel and get that drilling down feeling to support it.
I think you did well in the talking area too.
September 2, 2014
You are sometimes a little pitchy, but i am pretty sure it is because your voice is sore (i can feel it because i have this sensation of lacking precision or constantly being a bit flat when my throat is irritated).
I think it may have honestly been more due to not paying enough mental attention to pitch. With all the loop pedal stuff to take care of, pitch accuracy of my singing was one of the last things on my mind, but thanks for commenting, because pitch has always been one of my more natural strengths so I tend to allow myself to forget about it TOO much and then I slip on it! But whenever I really focus on it mentally, that tends to fix a lot of problems.
But definitely a sore throat throws it off anyways because it changes what it feels like to sing the same pitches.
Thanks for the other tip Phil. Sounds like something you can probably help me fix in a lesson in like 30 seconds LOL!
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