Demo Area for Newbies - Feedback for those starting out



  • @LoneWolfRogue , Sweet!, another Ace fan. He's the guy that turned me on to rock guitar, and started it all.

    You can't go wrong giving anything your best, but it truly has to be a best effort. you know what I mean?

    Looking forward to seeing you around.

    "You wanted the best, you got it"

    Peace, Tony
  • DiegoDiego Posts: 1,077Moderator, 2.0 PRO
    This course will definitely help you grow your voice, and your confidence along with it.
    Same goes with the forum. Theres a TON of wonderful people here who can help you boost your confidence so don't be shy or anything to post videos or audio clips of you singing so we can help you. Everybody has to start somewhere, and I believe you have chosen just the right place to start!

    If you put time into this, you can reach your goal sooner than you would even expect.
    So, hope to see you around!

  • ktvafanforlifektvafanforlife Posts: 6Member
    as Ken likes to say, "the proof is in the singing".....his students' as well as his own singing are proof! I improved greatly just by watching the various videos...I have no doubts the courses are great and am seriously considering enrolling....I just want to make sure I'll have time.

    as far as confidence goes, you know the saying "sing like no one is watching?" I think it starts there. :smile: Cheers!
  • LoneWolfRogueLoneWolfRogue Posts: 2512.0 PRO
    Thanks guys very much I think I'll do a video soon and see where we get with the lessons as I'm now an academy student but it'll be slow and thanks for your kindness and patience lol I'm gonna be a tough nut to crack in the singing world but I definitely do hope it helps.

    P.s. for those that did earlier thanks also on the makeup comments too lol. I did Ace for a few gigs as him and it was fun to see the kids light up and be like KISS lol.

    To be honest I'd love to do a sort of revival of the glam rock bands. The style I want to do in music is the theatrics of KISS, the lyrics/messages like that of ken and even Strypers and a voice and guitar riff combo of all combined.
  • DaveBellDaveBell Posts: 1Member
    I have a feeling there are a lot of things I could have done better in this cover of an Albert Collins song. Most noticeable to me was I probably didn't start out with the right intensity and I think I was too close to the mic on the talking part. It was recorded before I knew about Ken. Ken's tip about the first note of a verse being the most important is the type of insight that blows me away. I have shared that advice with other people, even as encouragement when they messed up the last note of a verse. Thinking about getting the first note right is the type of thing that can make a big difference for me. Working the mic might be a good topic, but you can sort of figure that out by listening to recordings of yourself. Somebody called one of the styles I sing in punk crooning. There are a few other styles I'm much better at than many, but I don't want to start out with something I am terrible at.

  • Gaston_JaureguiGaston_Jauregui Posts: 1,001Moderator, Enrolled, 2.0 PRO
    @DaveBell hey im Gaston I would encourage you to brighten the sound more, it will help you a lot for pitch

    here is a video where you can see how you can work that out

    hope this is of help

  • AdrenalyndaAdrenalynda Posts: 102.0 PRO
    Ok, I posted this elsewhere on this site as well. Open to constrictive feedback. I have been singing online since last May. Still green, just really started diving into KTVA and it's helped me a ton!!!

  • AdrenalyndaAdrenalynda Posts: 102.0 PRO
    Oops, constructive, not constrictive feedback!
  • AdrenalyndaAdrenalynda Posts: 102.0 PRO
    Ok this one was recorded with a bit of clipping and a timing issue, but my real stab at backgroud vocals. Great musicians though!
    Cover of Edge of Seventeen by Fleetwood Mac
  • AdrenalyndaAdrenalynda Posts: 102.0 PRO
    edited February 2019
    From one year ago.. Smells like Teen Spirit cover:
  • AdrenalyndaAdrenalynda Posts: 102.0 PRO
    And a softer tune: cover of Nathalie Maines cover of Pink Floyd's "Mother"

  • highmtnhighmtn Posts: 14,649Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro
    Nice job, @Adrenalynda !

    You sound your best when you are keeping a brighter tone, like the one one the softer tune. I also liked the Nirvana tune. There were some pitch issues in a few of the harmony vocals, and the first two tunes didn't have as much bright tone in them. The brighter tone is best for helping to keep spot-on pitch.

    Learn all you can and practice with increasing your breath support. It helps a lot for overall consistency and tone.

    Welcome to the forums!

  • AdrenalyndaAdrenalynda Posts: 102.0 PRO
    edited February 2019
    Hi and thank you so much. I really appreciate the feedback ( and that was quick!) Practice practice practice for sure!
  • Lucas_lpsLucas_lps Posts: 12Member
    Hi guys !!
    I have been practicing with Ken videos on youtube, can you please give some feedbacks ?

    Here is the Demo:
  • highmtnhighmtn Posts: 14,649Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro
    Sounds pretty good. I recommend you brighten up the tone a bit more. Your support could be a little better to help sustain those notes. It's best to have some sort of music accompaniment so we have a pitch reference, rather than solo voice.
  • Lucas_lpsLucas_lps Posts: 12Member
    Thank you very much for the help !! I will definitely try this.
  • doc_ramadanidoc_ramadani Posts: 3,682Administrator, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management
    Hi @Lucas_lps

    this sounds really promising. I guess that you are singing in your bathroom, but not under the shower. It might be worth a try to upload a demo with a playback from another room (i.e. the living room) to remove these early reflections. They make it harder to evaluate your vocal skills.

  • Lucas_lpsLucas_lps Posts: 12Member
    Thank you for the advice, I was in my bathroom, I will keep Practicing and soon I will upload another demo.
  • JonathanGonzalesJonathanGonzales Posts: 32.0 PRO
    Hey there. My name is jonathan Gonzales. Ive been with the program for about 7 months now. I i think my biggest hurdle is consistency with the vowel mods. Any feedback would be appreciated!!Ao3BXNtBBUF8klCv_IWeMKUAiH0W
  • highmtnhighmtn Posts: 14,649Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro
    You sound good on this clip. You aren't really going high enough to need modifications, except maybe on a few of the EE vowels on high notes. You could modify EE to the EE-Aye ask Ken calls it, so that your Meee would be maye-ee. Not really obvious, just enough to take the edge off of the EE vowel. That's what mods are for, to make the upper notes a little more comfortable.

    Learn them. They will become your friends.

  • JonathanGonzalesJonathanGonzales Posts: 32.0 PRO
    @highmtn thanks Bob! Will continue to work on it. I was previously a baritone, so im reworking where the mods should kick in with new ranges to my voice. Certainly will work more on the E of eight mod
  • ContraltoLivesMatterContraltoLivesMatter Posts: 124Member
    edited June 2019
    I found I like Delta Goodrem as a vocal role model eventhough her voice is slightly higher than my own, I found that her songs are good for me. this is a video I did of her song Lost Without You. I am learning this at the moment. I’m becoming aware I need scales to practice which should allow me to nail this song

    I will consider buying the course, and need to know if the USB would work on a samsung galaxy tab? beause I have an iphone.

    here is my link

    Iam feeling positive I can do this somedays others im afraid and want to say im absolutely hopeless. I really good guitarist, so my end goal is to be like a female ritchie sambora where I can play guitar (which I can) flashy, and sing as well this would make my requirement of needing a duo obsolete.

    I also want to do this on YouTube for sure. my guitar skills are there, but I am concerned at the time it will take me to get my voice to that standard.

    Please tell me if I suck with no chance I need absolute honesty before I do anything else

    I wasn’t singing my best because I feel nervous singing on video at the moment.

    Delta uses from what I understand is a mix voice, I had trouble with the higher note which I needed to open my throat
    More. I feel my voice is almost too bright

  • mayiskiesmayiskies Posts: 7Member

    I learned I could kind of sing when I was 23. Now I'm 25 I've been going to a vocal coach for about 6 months. What do you guys think? Any tips?
  • WigsWigs Posts: 1,329Moderator, 2.0 PRO
    @ContraltoLivesMatter when I got the usb I could save it to my hard drive then transfer the parts I was using at the moment onto my phone or your device of choice. As far as where you are at now, it's honestly a long way from where I think you want to be, but that doesn't mean you won't be able to make progress towards your goal with the course and ALOT of hard work and dedication. Ive been on it less than a year and for my self and other students the results definately show. Good luck!
  • DutchieRaDutchieRa Posts: 62.0 PRO
    edited August 2019

    So I'm new here and considering doing the course. I have no vocal training whatsoever, but have always loved to sing anyway. I know I have a lot to learn, but I would like to know what you think of my singing at this initial stage.!AsEriMiEldyVgkECpkF1km1ci1XE?e=g5dxNW

    I did this song because it kind of feels comfortable in my vocal range. I'm also kind of confused about my vocal range, maybe someone can shed some light on that. As far as I understand it, the lowest female voice type contralto ranges from F3 – F5 (including both chest and head voice). My vocal range according to those terms would be more or less B2 - E5, so besically much lower than contralto. My head voice is certainly weak, but I can produce the higher notes. What does that make my voice type?
  • Seth_WeihrauchSeth_Weihrauch Posts: 182.0 ENROLLED
    How do I put a demo on here. I’m new to trying to improve my voice and would like some feedback
  • EllaKidEllaKid Posts: 62.0 PRO
    Forgive me because I'm a little slow; but how do I share a vocal link?
  • highmtnhighmtn Posts: 14,649Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro
    To post a demo, first you post your video to YouTube or audio to Soundcloud. You get the URL from YouTube or SoundCloud, copy that url for your demo, and then paste the URL into your posting here on the forums. We click on the URL and hear / See your demo. Video is preferred.

    Make sure you don't set your URL to "Private" or nobody but you can see or hear it.
  • Alexis1111Alexis1111 Posts: 72.0 PRO
    Not sure if you have Mac, but what I did was recorded myself through the photo booth and then I opened my google account and clicked google drive transported the videos on to my google drive. Once their downloaded if you click the video it will give you the option to copy the URL which is what you want to do and then paste it onto here.

    hope this helped.... @EllaKid
  • Alexis1111Alexis1111 Posts: 72.0 PRO
    @mayiskies I think your voice sounds great 😊 but what are you singing into? your phone or a mic?
  • EllaKidEllaKid Posts: 62.0 PRO
    edited November 2019
    Excuse me...I'll be back
  • KenfromCZKenfromCZ Posts: 38Member
    Hi everyone,
    I try sing about 1,5 years. Therefore I please some feedback. Here is sample from 3 popular songs. Thanks for any opinions. Excuse my poor English.
  • TH_SHT_MKRTH_SHT_MKR Posts: 52.0 PRO
    Can anybody listen to my vowels fluently, please? Do I force it too much and if yes than what should I do? And I'll be very glad for any other critics about my singing!)
    P.S.: Don't say anything about the pitch. That's obvious and I work hard on that)

  • doc_ramadanidoc_ramadani Posts: 3,682Administrator, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management

    we are not able to listen to you demo because it is blocked by soundcloud. You either have to change the status to "public" (not recommend) or you copy the link of your file and paste it here via the small chain symbol above the comment field.

  • mpoulinmpoulin Posts: 1Member
    Hey guys, brand new here, looking for some feedback on my first attempt at recording my voice. To me it sounds like my timing is off a bit, and my voice is a bit "froggy" (does that make sense?). Feedback and honest criticism welcomed!
  • WigsWigs Posts: 1,329Moderator, 2.0 PRO
    @mpoulin Hi there mate, sorry it took a while to get back, I don't usually check this area much. I actually think you are doing quite well resisting raising your larynx, it didn't sound froggy to me. Timing is a touch off, just needs more practice. The main thing though is I think you could be slightly flat on the word "see" as well as a couple others. Most of the rest of the song is fine. Make sure to keep your support as you sing these parts.

    If you upload another demo in the future, consider turning down the reverb and the backing track just a bit so it's easier to really hear your voice.

    Good job though mate 🙂
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