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FDP Forum / Sing, Sing, Sing! - Vocalist's Forum / Instructional Book, CD, DVD, App for Home Training?

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Huntington Beach

Merry New Year!
Jan 24th, 2011 01:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I was able to search through this forum way too fast. I wish there was more activity.

I'm interested in improving my singing. Always been a guitar player who has to "demo" songs and lyrics to the singer, maybe sing some backup, etc. On many occassions if I don't produce a vocal melody or make an effective presentation for song, original or cover, it'll get backshelved. This has created serious tensions in the band as no one else is actually producing any material. I'm getting to the point of if I have to do it myself, I may as well learn to sing it myself.

I believe I could have a good singing voice, and feel with some training it could be better than my singer's. A few people have even told me so and have prodded me to persue it. He never "works" on his craft and seems content with his voice no matter how many gig videos we show him that even makes him cringe from his cracking and pitchiness. Sure I could find someone to replace him, but I'm kind of interested in giving it a go myself. I already take guitar lessons at $45 per hour, so the idea of taking vocal lessons on top of that is not doable right now. Besides, this is just an idea I want to "play" with first before getting serious about it. At the most, it would be nice to sing some leads, at the least, I want to be a good backup/harmony singer.

I'm mostly a rock player, not too interested in screaming (although the knowhow would be nice), and my influences are all over the map from The Everyly Brothers to Bono to Klaus Meine. I'd love to be able to show up for band practice and cause my singer enough worry to head back into the woodshed!

I already have a book or two with CD exercises and a great iPhone App for running scales in the car. I would like your recommendations for books or methods that have been useful to you, such as your take on the Speech Level Singing type instruction that's around. I don't have any of those books yet, and some of the Amazon reviews are critical of it, in favor of a more classical approach, but since I'm not a "serious" singer, I'm interested in any way to improve my control, range, and especially my non-existent vibrato.




what exit?!?!
Feb 16th, 2011 07:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

take lessons..... it helped me tremendously

If you cant then try this:
You need to hear yourself in a PA. The best singers have confidence and they do not shy from their voice- they commit to the song.

Here is what I did
I put a mic into a multi channel keyboard amp at home. I hooked a cd player up as well. I then sang along to the song so there was full accompaniment and it was in tune and the proper key. The first songs were awful till I learned how to use the mic and stay in key/tempo with the song. I was able to get the phrasing down, the intonation and dynamics. I then practiced 5 songs I wanted to sing at stage volume so when I took them to the band I was able to do them justice.

Also sing in the car at full stage volume. Close the windows and belt it out. You will be surprised to see how quickly your vocal muscles get in tone.

And learn the lyrics to the songs you want to do. That shows commitment and you will sing better if you are not looking at lyrics.

that is the best way I know how to be a better singer.

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Huntington Beach

Merry New Year!
Feb 17th, 2011 10:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks. I do intend to take lessons if/when I can squeeze it into my budget. What could I expect of a vocal class at a local Community College?



what exit?!?!
Feb 20th, 2011 09:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

probably not what you want in rock singing...I would think thats more classical voice training. For about $30 per half hr once a week you can get a decent vocal coach that will teach in the style you want.

Here in NJ a friend owns a school called Rock House where you can learn guitar, bass, keys and voice all in the rock style. I have learned a lot about singing rock from him and I get to pick the songs. So I can select songs I want to bring into the band or am already doing and want to be better. It helps me a lot to be where I want with songs and not to bring in songs to the band I cannot do.

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