Hi everyone! My name's Tanisia. I'm 40 years old, and I'm SO excited to begin the KTVA course! Every time I've come to the KTVA website and looked at the videos and testimonials, I felt like a kid looking through a store window at the best, shiniest bicycle in the world.
Background: Was always active in music during school and in church. Taught myself how to play piano in middle school, was taught sight singing by my choir teacher in 7th Grade. Grew from there to playing four-hand piano with my high school teacher and composing songs of my own. Then "life" happened & derailed my aspirations for the longest time.
I got inspired to pursue my music again after watching Adam Lambert on American Idol (Yes, I'm a rabid Glambert!). "Life" and the death of my mother-in-law, mom and dad (within the past three years, one each year) still challenged me, among other "adventures," but I'm in a much better place now to finally be able to get back on track.
Today I took a baseline recording of where I am in my progression. I've been practicing with "Singing Success" (I know I know!) for the past two years, but got frustrated with not having better control over my voice. My vibrato is sort-of there but still crunchy-sounding to me, and my breath control still sucks, so my vocal control isn't where I'd like it to be.
Here are my "before" recordings on Soundcloud. (I recorded myself on my iPhone, using "VocaLive" and the iRig Mic. There's some echo/reverb on the tracks, like I did it in a studio, so my apologies for the sound distortion.)
"Bleeding Love" : http://snd.sc/13FlvKZ
"Forever Young" (song from "Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation", a favorite song of mine): http://snd.sc/YJmx43
My dream is to be able to sing these three songs in a much better tone! I also want to sing "Ave Maria" to honor my mom. She used to sing, too, and performed in community theater. "Ave Maria" was her favorite song, and someday I'd like to sing that song in her memory.
I've just finished downloading all of my materials, and am going through Volume 1. I'm already PUMPED to get started practicing. Wish me luck!