August 19, 2014
I spent some solid time putting together an article and in-depth video covering what I believe are the essential principles that will lead to great singing. This doesn't go so much into vocal technique but more into simple, yet overlooked principles that will help you learn how to sing better.
April 4, 2015
I do like this idea you propose of micro listening and micro singing small snippets and listening back. Even if you don't mimic a singer exactly it would force attention to fine tuned details. This is very similar to learning an instrument, say a guitar solo. You'd listen to the instrument in a snippet, not the whole, and try to replicate it exactly rather than flail about.
On the other hand, I'm also a big fan of macro singing, as it forces improvisation and by the seat of your pants mind to ear to body connection. I've trained perhaps too much with the latter and never applied micro singing on the level you describe. Even if I take multiple takes, I never listen to the original track and always use a unique interpretation so it gives food for thought.
I'm thinking about perhaps even trying guide piano for songs I write. I've always found singing my own songs much more challenging than karaoke, probably because there is nothing to replicate, even at a macro level.
August 19, 2014
Funny you mentioned the guitar because that's exactly where I learned this idea from. I met Marty Friedman at a guitar clinic some years back and when I asked him about how he came up with his style it was the same method I described in this video. You use a reference you are trying to learn and you try to study it and reproduce it.
Over time the traits will be embedded into you and you can forget about it and just sing.
Yes I agree with you the macro detail as you pointed out is just as important. Art is always about balance between fine detail and macro detail.
Even with original songs it can be used. Often times I notice people can feel lost when singing their original songs because they don't know what it "should sound like". You can still have references such as "I want this part to have the same kind of feeling of this song I love" and draw the same kinds of ideas from it.
Mixers use reference tracks to see how their songs hold up also. Artists use references to see how their paintings hold up. I used to be an animator and reference was always the king. We would even record ourselves acting out the movements and study actors on film to use as reference.
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