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  1. thank you so much for your effort! the songs are interesting choices I would've never chosen for myself because I thought they might not be the right fit. I'll try each of them and I didn't even know Eva Cassidy but the song is beautiful, I'll definitely listen to her - thanks for that It took me a while to respond again, I'm sorry, I just got a little frustrated again, even though what you said was very uplifting and inspiring And now I got a cold and can't really sing, it's getting annoying because I'm finally feeling like I want to again but I'll have to be patient and wait for my throat to heal If you don't mind, I'll post my takes on those songs (if I feel like they're not that bad) on here. I still find it very hard to hear when I'm not singing quite right and on key.
  2. again, thank you so much! It's so great of all you guys to take your time to listen to user's songs and give these great tips, all in a way that's really motivating I tend to get frustrated and demotivated so quickly, but then reading your input really helps I'll definitely talk to my voice teacher about this, but I think she really knows where my issues are, since she's pretty much doing these things you all suggest. I just don't have that much time to practice right now and see her only every few weeks at the moment. I just recorded myself singing along with the original singers and I think this might've shown me what you already said. It's not really a pitch issue, there's underlying problems and I need to work on those. If any of you have any singers I could check out that could suit my voice, please let me know! I think I'll try to stick to more basic songs for a while. I'm thinking about singing some christmas songs, they're usually not as complex, I'd say (like the christmas song, the christmas waltz, silver bells). I might post new recordings someday if I feel like I made some progress
  3. thank you for your reply so you think I should use a different technique or find different/easier songs to sing? I'm not sure I have any idea how to do either lol I sung Rehab and Me & Mr Jones in my singing lessons and my teacher said these songs fit my voice, but she also kind of suggested I change my tone a lot (especially on Rehab), it sounded unnatural and didn't feel good but she said it sounded good. I felt like I was just imitating Amy, and not good lol She keeps complimenting my low notes so I try to find songs that allow me to train those more, even though I have more fun singing higher songs (but I feel like I'm ruining my voice) - I feel like I have no idea what songs are the right ones for me and my teacher really isn't great at suggesting any songs. I don't think my stomach issues are caused by the singing, they're mostly stress-related (I have chronic gastritis), but I will pay closer attention to this. My stomach is often very tense, especially in the morning when I didn't eat yet I can't even lift my stomach while breathing because it's so tense. I'm in psychotherapy and we talk about these issues a lot, too, but I feel like I'm not really going anywhere, no matter how I try to work on it. My voice teacher gives tips, too, but they're all how to help it when it's happening, not how to avoid it.
  4. hey guys! I recorded two new songs, listened to my singing together with the originals and thought I was at least kind of on key this time lol and again got the feedback that I was not. Could you give it a listen and tell me what you think? I thought I did okay on the Amy Winehouse Cover (I heard love is blind) and not so good on the Alicia Keys one, because I wasn't feeling too good when I recorded it and had stomach issues that interfere with my singing a lot, but I really don't know anymore lol I did buy a good microphone (the Rode NT 1A) and feel like that was a good idea, since I now can record standing up - I was always sitting in front of my laptop and like you guys said, posture is important. but I still don't really hear when I'm off. I did find a nice app (instuner) that might help me a bit, but I'm getting frustrated with this https://soundcloud.com/el-suzu/un-thinkable
  5. Do you mean why or how? If why: because I want to know how I sound so I can know what I need to work on. Obviously this doesn't work quite as well as I thought lol If how: I use the built-in microphone from my laptop. I think it's decent enough but I'm thinking about buying a better one, I'd hope to hear more clearly then.
  6. thank you so much, guys! And sorry it took me forever to respond, I was a little demotivated for a while and didn't sing much, but I'm trying to get back on track It's very motivating to hear that you guys think my voice isn't too bad. I'm working on my breath support and posture, I do sit down when I record these songs at home but have been thinking about finding a way to record while standing up. I use my laptop's mic and don't have any table that's high enough so it can record properly while I'm standing, I need to work something out And I also try to engage my body more, which I find especially hard. It feels kind of weird and silly (especially in front of people, like my voice teacher or at karaoke bars) to move while singing, even though I know it looks weirder if I just stand around lol I guess I just have to get over my embarrassment. Maybe I should think about getting a good mic, this might help me hear better when I'm not on key, maybe? I find my laptop's mic surprisingly good so I never gave it a thought, but maybe this could further motivate me, thank you for that input I'm listening to old recordings (I started at the end of 2013) and I do notice a lot of progress, which is a big motivator, too! I didn't use as much chest voice back then, I think, but I think I'm doing it because I think that's what supporting the voice is. It's not, huh? lol
  7. thank you so much you're giving me hope that i can improve. the last few days i felt a bit discouraged, two years of voice lessons and i'm still a beginner, but i do know i sing better now then i did then and i can improve. i just wonder how i'll ever be able to actually notice that my singing is good. my voice teacher obviously isn't 100% honest which i can understand but doesn't help me much, and i don't really hear it, so how does one know? lol i definitely learn by ear and just do instead of being too mechanical. which might have it's ups, but it also has it's downs. my teacher always tells me how singing some particular sound should feel inside my mouth or wherever, and i hardly feel it. i guess that's a big part of my problem, i try to feel what she says i should feel, but i don't (when i actually do it correctly), and i still feel like i haven't found "my" voice, i feel like i'm a bad copy of the singers i listen to but i'm sure i can improve that, too.
  8. i read some tips on the internet on how not to sound flat and the tips are pretty much what my voice teacher is working on with me, so you might be right. i'd prefer for her to just straight-out tell me, though, but that's not always easy. i'll have to tell her that i know lol maybe then she can be more honest with me. maybe a weird question, but: how far off am i usually? lol like half a note, a whole note or even more? another thing we work a lot on is breath support so my teacher might be doing exactly the right thing, that's good to know it's an interesting thought that my psyche is tricking me into believing i sound better than i do lol but then again, that probably explains all the people on casting shows sounding horrible while thinking they're the next big superstar. when i listen to songs i recorded two years ago (where i thought i sounded okay but not great) i cringe a lot lol two years from now i'll (hopefully) feel the same way
  9. thanks for the replies! 1. i record with my music box right in front of me (so the playback gets recorded, too), no headphones in. the microphone on my laptop records the sound. 2. i felt pretty relaxed singing the songs and feel like they're in my range, though they're not songs i listen to everyday. especially with preacher man, i hardly listened to the original before singing it. oddly enough, my voice teacher said the song suited me fine lol i usually prefer to sing more dramatic songs lol where i feel like i have more issues singing them correctly but it's more fun. ( 3. i don't hear when i'm off either way, while i sing and when i listen to the recording occasionally we do this but usually we work on different things. we worked on preacher man and dream a little dream and we didn't do this, as far as i remember (i'll have to listen to the recording of the session) maybe something to add: i often have issues with my voice, in that i used to be able to sing higher better, but strain a lot now. i've got issues with my stomach and dealing with anxiety a lot lately, which i think might also affect my voice. but i don't think that's the only issue here here's a song to show how i sing the more "dramatic" songs: how my voice sounds solely with piano playback: and here's a song i know very well (because CosmicDolphin suggested my not being familiar enough with the song might be a problem): there's a lot of problems with the last one lol but it's what's most fun to sing to me, even though my voice might not be suited for that range. and please excuse the sloppy whistle lol i'm not saying i'm singing the songs above better or that they suit me better, just to give you more of an idea how my voice sounds. i do hear that i don't think perfect on any of those songs, i just hardly hear any problems with my pitch thanks for the advice so far, i'll try to find some pitch training courses online, i feel like this is a big problem for me.
  10. Hey guys! I showed someone these three songs and they said that i'm singing off almost all the time lol i try to hear it but i just don't. whenever i asked for a review of my singing i got that answer and i just don't know how to do better. i have a vocal coach and she hardly ever says i'm off, so i'm wondering: doesn't she hear it, doesn't she want to tell me or am i singing better when i sing in front of her? maybe she's given up on it lol anyway, here are the songs: (the songs are son of a preacher man, dream a little dream and you know i'm no good) if possible, please tell me where i'm off and where i'm right and if you have any tips on how to do better. and how is it off? too high, too low? just a little or completely off? and how the hell can i learn to hear it? lol is there still hope for me or will i always sound bad? i hope someone can help thank you!
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