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    Does anyone know any excercises to improve singing? I want to be able to get my voice strong enough that I can do some lead vocal. I've found that my singing is very inconsistent. There are times when I hit notes and I sound dead on but other times I just bomb it. I've seen some shitty singers out there and I don't wanna be one of them.

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    There are plenty of places you can go and get some vocal coaching...but confidence and a 'good ear' go a long way. A quality mic and PA can make a huge differcence.... if you hear a muddy sound through crappy fold back..your confidence tends to drop and you naturally back off and sound even worse.

    Warming up is important too...everyone seems so have there own method there...a vocal coach will again help you with that.

    I've heard some people say to stay away from ice water as it tightens up your vocal chords...stick with room temp or cool water...even better.. hot black tea.

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    Sounds simple but sing alot is good advice, sing in the car, sing in the shower, sing every chance you get.

    The biggest mistakes made by beginning vocalists in my mind are:

    Singing to softly because you are afraid you'll screw up

    Not singing properly into the mic i.e. finding the "sweet spot"

    Remember that rock singing is about attitude more than hitting the notes...if you portray confidence, your audience will feel confident.

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    Thanks for the advice guys. I don't think I'm going to shell out the cash for a vocal coach just yet. I have seen people play a scale on piano and sing along with it so I'm going to do that, sans the piano because I don't have one. I actually prefer to just play guitar but I always wanted to try singing lead for just a song or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    Sounds simple but sing alot is good advice, sing in the car, sing in the shower, sing every chance you get.

    The biggest mistakes made by beginning vocalists in my mind are:

    Singing to softly because you are afraid you'll screw up

    Not singing properly into the mic i.e. finding the "sweet spot"

    Remember that rock singing is about attitude more than hitting the notes...if you portray confidence, your audience will feel confident.

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    Exactly! Use it or lose it. Warming up singing scales up and down is very useful too. No piano, no problem.

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    Look for a book + cd set from a guy named Roger Love called "Setting Your Voice Free"

    You can do it in the privacy of your own home, or anywhere your CD walkman will take you..

    GREAT excercises, helps ya find yer middle voice,
    has stuff for both female and male voice...
    covers a WHOLE lot of ground...

    do a half hour or so per day, and in a few months you'll be thankin' me.

    I still refer to it for warm ups...
    Take it to the gig, too, to if you like to have a good warmup regimen before hitting the stage.
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    This seems like what I'm looking for. Thanks loc I'm going to try it.


    Quote Originally Posted by LOC
    Look for a book + cd set from a guy named Roger Love called "Setting Your Voice Free"

    You can do it in the privacy of your own home, or anywhere your CD walkman will take you..

    GREAT excercises, helps ya find yer middle voice,
    has stuff for both female and male voice...
    covers a WHOLE lot of ground...

    do a half hour or so per day, and in a few months you'll be thankin' me.

    I still refer to it for warm ups...
    Take it to the gig, too, to if you like to have a good warmup regimen before hitting the stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Space_Cowboy
    This seems like what I'm looking for. Thanks loc I'm going to try it.
    Let me know when you try it, and tell me what you think...

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    Just find out what kind of style is closer to what you actually can hit. And obviously the stuff you really enjoy. I probably wouldn't mind being able to sing like Sebastian Bach myself, but I much more prefer doing covers of my post-hardcore bands (btw Bach would blow if he'd have to sing hardcore lol..just totally different styles, that's what music is great about)

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    I took some voice lessons during college in my "I want to be a music major" phase of life. Here's a few things I remember:

    1) Breathe with your diaphram not your chest. Get your breath really deep. You'll know if you're doing it right when your shoulders do NOT go up or back when you breathe in, but your gut (tummy) should fill out.

    2) As you sing, make sure your throat is open wide. Some of the hard rock singers get away with singing with nasal tone or intentional rhaspy sound caused by tightening the throat. Don't go down that road. Use your natural voice. Open the throat wide. To get a feeling for how that should be, start with exercises where you breathe heavily like a gorilla with a heavy breathy HUH type diaphram induced exhale. Get that feeling of being open in your throat. Once you recognize that feeling, as you produce tone keep your throat in that same open feeling.

    3) Practice, Practice, Practice.

    4) Keep the vocal chords warm. You can't sing a gig without warming up for at least 30 minutes before hand or you're coming in too cold. Hot Tea is always good. Coffee is not good (from what I remember - can't remember why though - I used to always drink coffee before a performance and I never had trouble staying warm ... but whatever).

    5) Pitch recognition skills and accurately reproducing them with your voice is probably a good skill to begin working on, if you're not that good at it already. Aural dictation recordings might help but recording yourself singing along to albums might be a better tool because you can play it back and figure out where you missed the mark.

    Finally - a personal tip : don't get discouraged. Don't let the negative vibe of some people knock you down. If you like to sing, then sing. If you like to play guitar, then play guitar. Don't listen to the nay-sayers.

    Have fun & I hope something here helps.

 

 

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