Are there any singers here?

Anonymous (@) 8 years, 10 months ago

I’ve always wanted to sing because when I hear someone that sings very fluidly, passionately, or skillfully it brings chills to me and stirs up the emotions. It’s quite inspiring. I’ve made it to a moderate level of singing, starting off with my horrib-leh voice, listening to my favorite voice (kellin quinn) and just trying to sound like him and imitating his mouth movements and being aware of how what I’m doing, is. I can’t do nufin fancy, but o boy does it feel good to sing.
I think singing is good for the soul, like how movement (in general) can make your mood better. Singing is vibrations, and the more you harmonize those vibrations the easier it is for them to pierce through your whole body because as we know, vibrations aren’t limited to being blocked by physical matter. Just like dancing. It’ll make your molecules dance.
I guess what I’m getting at is “this is my experience with singing”, “what’s yours?” Were you at natural? have you delved into it yet? are you good? did you suck at first? did you take lessons? do you hate singing? do you have a philosophical inlook into it like me? would you like to sing but don’t know how? were you forced into singing? etc.

January 31, 2013 at 7:38 am
Beni (110)C (@beniandtheuniverse) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

Sing your heart out!

I’ve always been singing since a kid, a natural I suppose. It’s a rewarding release for me. In high school I did band and a lot of musicals in my area. My first go at college I was a musical theatre major and, as such, had to start looking at my body and voice as a musical instrument like any other. It was fascinating! Learning the anatomy of my voice and then actually starting to feel it in practice. As much fun as it was to train professionally, I ended up dropping out. That shit was intense. I’ve been able to sing for classic rock cover bands and jazz bands and I miss the fun of it so much! I kick ass at karaoke!

Singing is something everyone can do. We all have the tools. Unfortunately, our society made it embarrassing to be ‘bad’ at it, even I psyche myself out constantly (I got told once I was a little flat and it’s been in the back of my head every day since). It should be fun! It should feel like you’re letting emotion evolve! I love it, I’d join a band again in a second.

If you’re curious what it sounds like :) this is college trained Eliza http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hywuLLYvIrE

Jazz Eliza http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5GGcz7urhU

Would love to hear you!

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Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@beniandtheuniverse, goosebumps!

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Beni (110)C (@beniandtheuniverse) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@tangledupinplaid21, that’s incredible! Thanks

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Anonymous (25) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@beniandtheuniverse your a little flat… Just kidding, I don’t even know what flat sounds like x] but yeah, your voice is so soothing when you gradually go from low to high. You have any tips? I know that your not supposed to let air through your nose and that your voice is supposed to hit the roof of you mouth.

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Anonymous (24) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@herpyderpy, Yeah, I feel you. I truly believe singing and dancing is good for you. I feel good when I sing. It calms me and it lifts my mood. I don’t really know if I’m any good at singing. I’ve been told that I have a nice voice, and I’ve been told otherwise. Doesn’t really matter to me because I don’t do it for others, I do it for myself, and usually when I’m alone.

I had an episode when I was younger. A teacher literally forced me up on a stage to sing a song. This was when I was in the early stage of my voice change, so I REALLY didn’t want to. This stuck with me to this day and I don’t really like singing in front of people. hehe, oh, the embarrassment…

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Beni (110)C (@beniandtheuniverse) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@herpyderpy, You’re completely right! Your voice resonates inside your mouth and you can direct it to hit different areas and feel what it’s like. So first, relax your entire body, your entire vocal instrument starts low in your abdomen, start taking deep breaths that fill this area before your chest starts to fill (the chest breathing is shallow breathing and useless to you now, this tip helps with exercising too). Now start with a real low note and do the sound “aah”. Make sure you feel no tension in your throat or anything. Now slide higher (don’t bother thinking about notes, this is just how to relax your body for singing), still using “aaah” and notice if as you go higher that you change what your throat is doing. The way it should feel is like your voice isn’t coming from your throat anymore, it’s coming from your core. Keep sliding up and down, low notes to high notes and back and forth (it’s ok to sound crazy) and make sure you keep your throat and the back of your tongue completely relaxed, you don’t have to strain to reach notes, it’s actually just not how your vocal chords work. Who knew?

So do this for a minute or two and when you’re convinced you feel loose try singing something and notice how much more effortless it feels on your throat and how much stronger the sound is because it’s being supported by that deep breath.

After this you can do the exact same exercise but pay attention to where you literally feel the sound bounce in the back of your head before it exits your mouth. You can play around with having it hit the top of the roof of your mouth to higher like behind the nasal area. If you get lessons, this is what they’ll spend a lot of time trying to get you to feel because you’re an instrument, like a trombone or a guitar, you have chambers that the sound can bounce around in and come out sounding incredible.

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Anonymous (25) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@iphenomena haha that’s great! xD Your teacher was an asshole, even if she was trying to help. Why did she force you to sing on stage? Did she see potential and tried to push you or was it for a less noble reason? Yeah, I have roomates so I don’t get alot of singing time cause I don’t want them to hear me. I’ll get embarrased, so sometimes i’ll wake up early before they get up and sing to some songs very quietly. You know, now that I think about it singing is the easiest thing for me to do aesthetically. Hmm, there might be something there. @iphenomena you should totally go out in the middle of nowhere and go crazy with your vocals. Yelling, singing, playing. It’s all good stuff i’ll say :]

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@herpyderpy, I like to think I sound like these guys, just not as good and a couple of octaves bassier.

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Irina (21) (@psyhe) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@herpyderpy, I have been singing for as long as I can remember existing in this life.
At 6-7 years old I started studying the piano (I have to mention that there will be no bragging or anything; it’s just that all I have done musically has a strong connection with singing, too); I’ve been studying music at a musical school&highschool in my city (so not just piano, other music-related stuff as well).
When I was around 11 I fell in love with Shakira, and I started singing a lot of her songs (along with my best friend, it was really fun :D ); I was able to imitate her really well (gradually, ofc), and I have learned just SO MUCH from her.
There are other artists that inspired me a hell lot and that I’ve learned a lot from, mostly by absorbing their singing style, ,,special effects” and everything. (among them: Katie Melua, Adele)
In the 11th grade, the ones that studied the piano as a main instrument had to go to ”secondary canto” classes. I had the luck of going to this wonderful, amazing teacher; she used to sing at the opera and stuff. But she was (is) very openminded and she didn’t even let me learn to sing classical canto (I have a very low, jazzy voice).
So I sang whatever I wanted :D (from Katie Melua, KT Tunstall to Nightwish, Amy MacDonald, Lacuna coil, Adele, I don’t know; a lot of different stuff).

Most of the time I just ”surprise” myself singing (I mean that sometimes I’m aware that I’m singing at that very moment only after a minute or so :D ) ; I could sing for hours and hours and hours.

Yes, it is an amazing experience, it lifts you up and brings upon you this jawdroppingly immense energy.

But wait! There is more! :))
[ I’ll continue my *saga* later, I have to go do something for an exam tomorrow :)) ]

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LesterJohn (9) (@lesterdeguzman) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

It’s a proven fact that singing supresses sadness and depression :-)
Growing up I was emotionally unstable and I guess you can say that music saved me.
I never took voice lessons but my family had quite the voice and I had quite the ears of listening and teaching myself from what I’d hear from family karaoke.
As a little boy I had a very high voice lol family would bribe me with dollar bills just to sing at family gatherings (karaoke, its a filipino thing). Once i hit puberty my voice started to change. I didn’t sing much and started to question my sexuality. My attraction towards the same sex baffled and upset me, mixed emotions.
I later resigned these emotions and accepted who I was and started singing again.
I happy to say music saved me.
I hav

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LesterJohn (9) (@lesterdeguzman) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

It’s a proven fact that singing supresses sadness and depression :-)
Growing up I was emotionally unstable and I guess you can say that music saved me.
I never took voice lessons but my family had quite the voice and I had quite the ears of listening and teaching myself from what I’d hear from family karaoke.
As a little boy I had a very high voice lol family would bribe me with dollar bills just to sing at family gatherings (karaoke, its a filipino thing). Once i hit puberty my voice started to change. I didn’t sing much and started to question my sexuality. My attraction towards the same sex baffled and upset me, mixed emotions.
I later resigned these emotions and accepted who I was and started singing again.
I happy to say music saved me.
I have no videos of me singing but if you’re wondering, i sound like a guy version of Rita Ora. I have that unique raspy tone that she has. And its so relevant cause as whats common that she and I have is that we don’t choreograph our craft. We make it our own as in voice projection yet alone the raspy voice :-)

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Dom (78) (@dominickjohn) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@herpyderpy, singing is the bomb. I was never all that great at it but was able to hit pitches decently enough to be in a band for a while. Fast forward years later and I gotta say the biggest secret to REAL singing, is sing exactly how you talk. Don’t imitate anyone. Learn to SPEAK in those pitches first. Singing is literally just elongated speech held at a certain pitch. It sounds silly, but once you do this it literally becomes professional sounding.

Once you hit this level, it feels like the most amazing thing ever.

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BillyBOB (4) (@bambimystery) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

I have been singing my entire life, and have also been in an experimental blues band, next glam punk rock, and currently metal. I have such a wide range and so many influences to where i can pretty much match any tone. If you are a really good poet and you have a great voice do not waste your talents. I have held back for so long, and now that I am actually writing songs for the band instead of being told how to sound or what to say I feel more true to myself and more inspired. I must say from experience, don’t ever settle to be in a band you aren’t in love with. It was a learning experience, but looking back I was miserable.

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Phil (1) (@zerexiam) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@herpyderpy it all started when i was 3 years old. my father was in a band that sang some bluegrass and just feel good life songs to listen to. my mom told me that i would go around with a guitar and sing these songs to women as best as i could. i think it started with church for me. although i hated the music i heard myself and tried to sing better than other people standing next to me. when i was 6 or 7 i was immersed into pop music that was unforgettable and GREAT at the time, All-star by smash mouth, mambo no. 5, britney spears, N sync, baha men, vanessa carlton, michelle branch, and a multitude of other stars and one hit-wonders mixed in with 90’s music to get me sucked into music. my dad took me to a bar to sing karaoke with my sister. boy did i think i did terrible because i didn’t sound like sugar ray when i sang. it really disappointed me. i wasn’t aware of individual style at the time. this pop never left my mind and eventually in 5th grade i bought my first NOW CD. here was how you remind me by nickel back (my favorite song and i didn’t think they sucked until that song rockstar) first date by blink-182 and some others that i didn’t listen to as much. also my first trip to california i was introduced to coldplay from the radio while we were driving to the beach on the most beautiful day imaginable. after we came back i memorized the song clocks and sang it on stage and was yet again disappointed i couldn’t sound like him yet still got applause. after this i was introduced to a multitude of music from my sister which would shape me until my junior year at high school. panic at the disco! all american rejects, rooney, hellogoodbye, black-eyed peas, daft punk, usher, and some emo bands for me to dive in. of course you may not think this is “real” music but it is the most amazing social music in the world i think. when i was in 10th grade i decided i was not going to be overweight anymore and started jogging at night. i was still kind of afraid of the dark but the only real way for me to finish jogging without turning around scared was to listen to music on my zune. Here is where i rediscovered the most amazing artists that i had already liked but had not dove into yet. The Goo Goo Dolls and John Mayer. it changed an inner part of me and i could sing as loud as i wanted while jogging since there was no one to judge me or watch me. the streetlights and houselights + stars + occasional moon enhanced my singing and listening experiences to the most wonderful levels of existence. i had been alone so long and overweight and bitter that i had negative thoughts built around me and my thinking. once i jogged almost everynight that summer i started becoming a better more kind and gentle soul. i wanted to help everyone. i was freed from being selfish. after this came the most amazing year of my life. i had only 2 or 3 friends before that that only used me for my money. my junior year i had made a group of 15 very good friends and dove back into the pop culture again at the perfect time. another year of one hit wonders but my main focus that year was the black eyed peas. after where is the love their 5 singles on the radio caused an extraordinary bliss in my soul every time it was played. i could actually sing in front of these people too. they thought i was an amazing singer and i had noticed that i got extremely better from when i was in middle school. i didn’t understand it. i do now though. i got lost every night in music that made me think, that motivated me to become a better person on the inside rather than just lose weight. it helped me connect with the universe in a sense. after jay sean, jason derulo, bruno mars, and chris brown were introduced into my life i had focused on my individual singing to sound better. it worked even more. although i started rapping and taking a break from singing, i eventually started playing piano again as well, producing songs from my soul although the piano is very simple. i’m starting to find my inner voice that is actually mine though i don’t know what to do with it or what way to use it to find its full potential. right now i am onto frank ocean and am thinking of doing some covers of him. overall it took the most lonely nights of my life to develop my voice to where it is now even though it was good when i was younger. music is so spiritual and healing it can take out our inner most thoughts that we didn’t even know we had and put with an instrument. wonderful. i want to change the world with music that i make. it may take years but i’m willing to dedicate my life to help this world in one of the only ways i know how to.

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