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FDP Forum / Sing, Sing, Sing! - Vocalist's Forum / Diming the pipes at home

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I'm old but not like you
Apr 1st, 2011 07:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Do you guys sing full range just sitting around with an acoustic at home or do you reel it in accordingly?

Lately I've been noticing myself singing in kind of a muttering, Milton from "Office Space" kind of way.


usa/ Northwest IN

You say you`re leavin,I`ll help you pack
Apr 2nd, 2011 03:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

There`s no one home, so I don`t worry a bit........

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Naples, FL

"with a little help from my friends"
Apr 19th, 2011 08:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Always full on. Especially if it's something that I'll be doing with my band. I find it necesary to capture the right emotion and phrasing.



May 8th, 2012 06:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am a full on guy. I can't convey the right feeling otherwise. I was at a wine bar gig watching a friend perform solo with a piano. He was singing at half voice. I was amazed that he could keep the energy up. I surely couldn't myself.



Official Brew Master of Clamfest
May 9th, 2012 10:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

in the car full voice (very full an animated-cant imagine what that looks like to other drivers) and at home when alone full voice because i am playing at performance volume instrumentally.

times I will play lightly and sing half voice to get the playing and singing thing down. That timing and breathing is imnportant and does not require full voice



Aug 27th, 2012 08:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yup, full voice. I really can't sing unless I'm projecting at a good (read; stage) volume. Sometimes I'll try to sing low when I'm just learning a new song or trying to put all the sylables in the right places.

Before gigs, I always spend a couple of evenings the week before diming the pipes to strengthen my voice, and usually overdo it at the last practice before the gig too. That way I typically won't have any range problems at the gig.



Aug 27th, 2012 05:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

caveat: I've been singing lead for less than a year, trying to add it to playing bass

the voice is just like any other instrument: you have to practice the difficult bits, especially in developing your muscles (vocal chords, breathing)

For me, that's power voice up an octave. I can't feel comfortable at home so I save it for a walk to the park or in the big storm water tunnels under the main road (nice reverb). No point inflicting it on your family/neighbours - it won't be pretty initially.

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Aug 31st, 2012 07:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

Full voice. I am trying to build up more power. The only way to do it is to use the power.

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St. Louis

"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Apr 22nd, 2019 07:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

Guess I'm in the muttering camp and that's only to check out any breathing control needed for rough passages.
It's like playing lead. When the moon and stars align and the crowd is right etc. you can do a lot more than you can when you're doing your rock star impersonation at home. If you're an experienced singer you can really work a mic to your advantage and save yourself a lot of work.
The one thing you can do to power up is to do vocal exercise .
Just practice explosively. Push that first syllable of any word with a softer sound like Ha Ho He . That should help you project. No music at all. just get your breathing trained to push the softer stuff out with more power on demand. Try it for a bit and see if it helps. Volume isn't everything.

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Planet Peegoo

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Apr 22nd, 2019 07:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wow...dusting off an old thread!

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Danny ‘AdMan87’ Reece

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juneau ak.

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Apr 23rd, 2019 05:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

When I'm learning the phrasing and words I don't Dime, but once I'm sure how it should sound and no one is home I start singing with my guitar turned way up and I then rehearse at gig volume, lots of songs need to have it really pushed, there's no other way.

Right now I'm covering "China Grove" and "Hold on loosely" (38. Special) these 2 are with out a doubt the 2 hardest songs for me to get to get through. Bob Marly's "Is this love" was a challenge too.

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