Recording

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    Augustina Aleknaite 1 year ago

    How do you know if you are singing good? Because i  think i sound good, but if i record it sounds like trash... 

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    Camille van Niekerk 1 year ago

    Good question, Augustina! We are our our own worst critic. I'd encourage you to get feedback from a singer friend (hopefully someone who has more experience or training), and be specific with what you like or dislike in your own sound. If you don't know what is bad, you won't know how to improve in that area. You're always welcome to book a live lesson with an instructor if you feel stuck and want some feedback: https://www.30daysinger.com/live-lesson.

    See below for some more advice on tracking progress. 

    The more specific your goals are, the easier it will be to track your progress. If your goal is just to “sound better”, how will you know when you’ve achieved it? “Better” is subjective!

     

    It’s frustrating and disheartening to put time into practicing and not hear results. We know that. We also know that you will increase your vocal ability with dedicated practice. Each lesson has a specific focus, with exercises to help you improve on that skill. Knowing why you’re doing a certain exercise is key to your success, and it’ll help you track your progress as you go! If you ever have questions about which exercises to use for a specific goal, or what the purpose of a specific exercise is, please feel free to ask in our instructor-moderated forum!

     

     We also encourage you to record yourself and listen back. Very few people like the sound of their own voice at first (including professional singers!), but it’s really helpful to help refine your goals and hear the results you’re working for. 

     

    Here are some elements and goals you can track as you go along:

     

    ·       Comfortable range: note your highest and lowest comfortable pitch at the start of the program, and see how you gradually increase that range

    ·       Tone: was your untrained tone overly nasal, or overly dark? How has it changed, as you’ve learned to adjust your jaw, soft palate, and amount of compression?

    ·       Vowels: have you achieved a more consistent tone when changing from one vowel to the next? Have you learned how to modify vowels for the best possible tone?

    ·       Registration: can you find (and comfortably sing in) your chest voice and head voice? Are you starting to identify mixed registration?

    ·       Posture: are you maintaining good posture when you sing?

    ·       Breath support: are you able to sustain pitches for longer than before?

     

    Those are just a few ideas! If you every feel stuck, or you don’t know which exercises to use to train a specific skill, ask a question on our forum or book a live lesson with an instructor for individual feedback.

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    Arturo Ramirez 1 year ago

    Hi, Agustina. What Camille says is helpful and priceless. (Sorry, English is not my mother language)

    But it is so normal to dislike your own voice. Let me share my experience.

    I have recorded my voice for some covers and own songs, and I find that the first thing that changes when playing back is the dry sound; especially when using a mic. Any place has its own reverb, such as a room, hall, church, etc. and reverb has the property of masking little mistakes, or even big ones.

    The other point is that when you sing, you focus on achieving your pitch. 

    If you have music on the back you have the feeling that you got the pitch, but that music make-up your mistake. Even sometimes, music doesn't allow you to monitor (listening during recording) you enough. When play back, you focus on your pitch, comparing directly between yours and music, so any mistake comes out. 

    Tone or vocal sound is other matter. 

    I have just realized that we, beginner singers, have the impression that we have a good sound because we listen a full, warm tone, because it resonate in our head, but we are not projeting our voice outside. Sometimes, what we get it is a weak and/or trembling sound.

    I hope this helps you.

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    Camille van Niekerk 1 year ago

    Thank you for chiming in, Arturo! I agree with everything you've shared. Very helpful. 

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    Lindsay 1 year ago

    Is it by recording our voice and listening back is the right way to judge that we got a good singing voice?

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    Camille van Niekerk 1 year ago

    Outside feedback is also important, Lindsay - especially from a teacher or more experienced singer. But as singers, we also should be monitoring and observing our progress. The goal of vocal training isn't just to improve your voice; it's also to increase your knowledge and skills so you can make changes when you feel that you're not sounding your best. 

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    Lindsay 1 year ago

    Thank you, Camille for your feedback!. Im excited for 30Days Singer!.

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    Viva 1 year ago

    Does 30Days Singer teach 7 member bands on one device?

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    Camille van Niekerk 1 year ago

    You're welcome, Lindsay!

    Viva, I'm not sure what you mean by 7 member bands. What's that?

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    NELLY NKATHA 1 year ago

    Hi how can I sing well but with out my voice to scruch.

     

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