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  • highmtnhighmtn Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro Posts: 14,700
    Nice job, @KevinGrem!
    Good to see you on a stage again. The last band vid you posted looked like everyone was disconnected.

    Vocally, you are a good fit for these guys. I would like to see you kind of getting into the same space the other band members are in. Kind of the way Rob Halford does in Judas Priest, where they all line up and headbang in unison, or get the stance together and just rock out. Make it look like you are getting energy from the musicians and like you are giving energy to them. Same between you and the audience. Really draw it out of them!

    Look at those guys in the front row shaking their fists and banging their heads in time to the music. You should be feeding off of them and giving it back to them in spades. I'm not knocking your presence. I just see how close you are to going over the edge and giving the band and the audience the powerhouse generator that will help a band like that to detonate. Those guys in the front row are dying to interact with you.

    I can tell the band accepts you. So accept them and maybe get a little more on the level of explosive rocking out that your bandmates are doing. Lots of aggressive head nodding and making formations on the stage. Rock poses. ENERGY to the MAX!

    All Hell Breaking Loose, in other words. :)
  • stratmanstratman Pro, 2.0 PRO Posts: 364
    @KevinGrem quite cool. Your drummer is interesting... his face was completely covered by his hair ... I’ve never seen anyone play like that before. Looked awesome.
  • stratmanstratman Pro, 2.0 PRO Posts: 364
    Hi Guys. Being very vulnerable on this one. I took Like a Hurricane to the correct key which is right on low vocal break (D4/E4).4 I have to say it's getting easier but man do I have to have a ton of support to sing those two notes. The F4 is starting to come in as well.

    How do you think I'm going?

    https://vocaroo.com/i/s0vvleXua5kj
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 2,111
    @stratman I liked this version of yours too. You seem to be able to capture the feeling in Neil Young's voice pretty well.
    I did notice the parts you mentioned that are giving you trouble, but I think if you just practice the lines that are giving you trouble, then you should have that down in no time.

    To me both the lower, and higher octave tracks worked for each version. Acoustic/electric

    Peace, Tony
  • stratmanstratman Pro, 2.0 PRO Posts: 364
    Thanks Tony.

    Guys, I had another go at Hurt (Johnny Cash) today. Really focused on holding back to brighten the tone. I'm quite pleased with the guitar sound I got ... I played the guitar track a 2nd time and panned both guitars slightly left and right to get a stereo sound.

  • KevinGremKevinGrem Pro Posts: 209
    @highmtn

    I'm honestly not that passionate about this band, sorry to say. I like them only enough to stay with them and do my job. They have a full-length album that they recorded a few years back that they want me to go along with and learn the songs since they're done. But, the goal is to work together to create a new album with my input.

    My hope, actually, is that they would learn a few of my songs.

    Things just got kind of screwed up because Leon's brother passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack. That hurts us. I'm also going through family issues myself that are not fully resolved yet.

    Things are kind of a mess. Everywhere.
  • highmtnhighmtn Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro Posts: 14,700
    @KevinGrem, I hope things improve for your situation, brother. Your voice is sounding good. Troubled times will pass.
  • highmtnhighmtn Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro Posts: 14,700
    @stratman

    You have many of the sonic characteristics of Neil Young. But you're right, this is going to take even more support is some areas. Stability has inconsistencies here and there.

    Hurt sounds stunning. Absolutely top shelf! Good job.
  • KevinGremKevinGrem Pro Posts: 209
    edited July 2018
    I guess I'll take this video down because it contains the F word and I have noticed that this forum tries to be very clean. I curse a lot to be honest haha, and I do say some controversial and offensive things from time to time. Hell, the band name is OFFENSIVE.

    We offend people because that's our schtick.
  • matthew72matthew72 Member Posts: 2
    I am a male, 20 and I just started learning to sing about 6 months ago. I have not had a teacher yet though I plan to get one soon. Would love any feedback on this quick song. I did this at a karaoke place and recorded on my phone so sorry for bad audio quality. Anyway, thanks for any responses.

    Viva Lad Vida
  • matthew72matthew72 Member Posts: 2
  • Gaston_JaureguiGaston_Jauregui Moderator, Enrolled, 2.0 PRO Posts: 1,004
    @matthew72 I would start on your support and opening more the mouth while doing the exercises I´ll leave you this video so you can get started,
  • AndreyAndrey Member Posts: 6
    edited August 2018
    Hi, everyone, I've done a cover version of A Simple Man by Bad Company.

    Your feedback, especially Ken's and Bob's would be awesome.
    All the best to all of you. Keep rocking)
  • ashblackashblack Pro, 2.0 PRO Posts: 5
    Hi, I've been a member for about a year now, and I probably fall into the Weekend Warrior camp, regardless, KTVA has been enormously helpful to me in my vocal pursuits. I'm pretty solid into Volume 2 and the payoff has been extraordinary!

    I'm not quite sure how to use this forum correctly but I wanted to post a track of my work so I could get some feedback and jump into the fray! Here's a SoundCloud file I cut this week, my version of Desert Plains, by Judas Priest.



    Please let me know if I'm using the forum incorrectly in some way, and looking forward to joining the conversation, thanks so much.

    --ash
  • stratmanstratman Pro, 2.0 PRO Posts: 364
    @Andrey I really like the tone you have, especially in the lower range with a great vibrato. You're doing well to be able to do those higher notes in chest voice ... maybe could benefit from a little less weight?

    Rob
  • stratmanstratman Pro, 2.0 PRO Posts: 364
    @ashblack generally very good. You have a pleasant bright tone. Maybe a little breathy at times but could be the style you're trying to emulate. A little pitchy as you get higher in pitch but down lower is very good. I really liked this.
  • ashblackashblack Pro, 2.0 PRO Posts: 5
    edited July 2018
    @stratman, thanks for spotting that, can be mindful to back off from the mic, thanks for the feedback!
  • AndreyAndrey Member Posts: 6
    stratman said:

    @Andrey I really like the tone you have, especially in the lower range with a great vibrato. You're doing well to be able to do those higher notes in chest voice ... maybe could benefit from a little less weight?

    Rob

    Thank you so much, Rob, for your comment. Mostly you are right, but this song draws out everything that you have and you are, both physically and emotionally. It feels like if you think better with your head you won't be able to express everything you feel through it. If I hadn't tried it, I'd have given myself the same piece of advise)) Thank you much.
  • highmtnhighmtn Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro Posts: 14,700
    edited July 2018
    @Andrey
    Sounds good. I agree with stratman's suggestion to pare down the weight in those higher notes. That girth will hold you back. But you sound very good.

    Another thing you can improve is to get a little lighter on the consonants, and rely almost exclusively on the vowels. Almost. You have to find that right balance where you minimize the consonants, yet include them just enough to make the lyrics work. It's a fine balance.

    I like your tone, and you have tons of power. Make sure you push down on your diaphragm to act as a shock absorber for your cords. That will help you to avoid oversinging.

    I'm guessing you don't have Ken's course?
  • AndreyAndrey Member Posts: 6
    edited September 2018
    stratman said:

    @Andrey I really like the tone you have, especially in the lower range with a great vibrato. You're doing well to be able to do those higher notes in chest voice ... maybe could benefit from a little less weight?

    Rob

    highmtn said:

    @Andrey
    Sounds good. I agree with stratman's suggestion to pare down the weight in those higher notes. That girth will hold you back. But you sound very good.

    Another thing you can improve is to get a little lighter on the consonants, and rely almost exclusively on the vowels. Almost. You have to find that right balance where you minimize the consonants, yet include them just enough to make the lyrics work. It's a fine balance.

    I like your tone, and you have tons of power. Make sure you push down on your diaphragm to act as a shock absorber for your cords. That will help you to avoid oversinging.

    I'm guessing you don't have Ken's course?


    Thank you, so much.) It's hard to express in words how happy I feel getting such evaluation from you. Everything I'm able to show today is the result of thorough studying Ken's tutorials and videos of his teaching Adam, Joshua, Gabby and others.
    Ken is actually very generous man, because all mentioned above contains 90% info about his unique method. Thank God we have people like him and you and others helping all aspiring singers.
    I virtually undersign every word that you wrote to me. It was the fourteenth take I guess and I just tried to express everything I had inside. One shouldn't even "sniff" songs like that without understanding glotal compression, support and relying on vowels. I earn my living hard working at 3 jobs. That period it took most of my time and I didn't make it.
    Thanks a lot. God bless you.
    Andrey
  • highmtnhighmtn Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro Posts: 14,700
    Your hard work shows, @Andrey. The drive that you have to succeed with your voice will take you a long way. You can be proud of what you have accomplished. Keep up the good work!

    Bob
  • AndreyAndrey Member Posts: 6
    edited July 2018
    Thank you much, I certainly will.
  • viniciusoliveiraviniciusoliveira Enrolled Posts: 303
    edited August 2018
  • petersoarpetersoar Pro Posts: 28
    edited August 2018
    Didn't really warm up. Still came out ok X) kinda choke-y on the high notes but, i dont really sing that high very often.

    Jeff Buckley- So Real

    Critiques???

  • highmtnhighmtn Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro Posts: 14,700
    @petersoar,
    The recording is pretty bad, it's really hard to make out what you're doing over the crowd noise and distortion, but you're hitting some amazing notes. Nice job.
  • stratmanstratman Pro, 2.0 PRO Posts: 364
    edited August 2018
    Been away for work for the last two weeks which gave me an opportunity to reflect on my progress. I did some volume 3 practice in the car on the way to/from the work place each day with the sole focus of holding back as much as I could without distorting. What I noticed is that it is much easier to sing over my whole range with a very 'pingy' sound. I applied this to a couple of hymns I recently sang at church and was surprised how much more presence is created.

    @highmtn I'm on the verge of distortion on this sample. I assume pulling back further would get me into 'safe' distortion?

    https://vocaroo.com/i/s1yVn9n3rYCr
  • petersoarpetersoar Pro Posts: 28
    edited August 2018
    > @highmtn said:
    > @petersoar,
    > The recording is pretty bad, it's really hard to make out what you're doing over the crowd noise and distortion, but you're hitting some amazing notes. Nice job.

    That's live iPad recording for ya! :p thanks kind sir. I'd love to be able to get a bit more weight up top but as much as I try, it's generally quite "mix"-y rather than belty. Too much blending training I guess. XD
  • petersoarpetersoar Pro Posts: 28
    edited September 2018


    Here’s a clearer example of what happens in that upper part of my range and also shows the transition into the lower part.

    Is it supported? As a music fan (not necessarily a coach or critic), would you wanna hear this in your day to day listening? (That’s important). I don’t mean necessarily Acapella. I just mean in the context of a song. Don’t worry, I hear my voice very objectively and am changing it all the time so you can be harsh if it’s honest.
  • I'm not one who's really into acapella, but it sounds supported pretty well as far as I can tell from a 15 second clip. Not sure if you're singing in key or not, but it sounds supported.

    Peace, Tony
  • petersoarpetersoar Pro Posts: 28
    videoace said:

    I'm not one who's really into acapella, but it sounds supported pretty well as far as I can tell from a 15 second clip. Not sure if you're singing in key or not, but it sounds supported.

    Peace, Tony

    Oh that’s good. I’m trying really hard not to push my voice out any further than an inch or 2 from my mouth which helps as a cue for holding the air back.

    It’s in the key of E, roughly speaking, if that helps :p

    Thankyou for the feedback.
  • highmtnhighmtn Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro Posts: 14,700
    @stratman

    Hey, Rob! I've been pretty busy, just saw your tag above. Here's some feedback: You have REALLY improved over the time you have been here. About midway through your song, I realized that I used to always hear some intonation problems here and there in your demos. This entire song is spot-on. I also used to ask you to make it brighter. Your tone is impeccable now. You used to sound like somebody kind of struggling to get through a demo. Now you sound like... a SINGER! A REAL SINGER! Not a wannabe. I'm very proud of the progress you have made, and the hurdles you have crossed to bring your craft to this level. I still think you can improve that much more, and have no doubt that you will continue to grow and bring more style and flair into your singing.

    Oh, yeah, and nice song choice.

    All the Best!

    Bob
  • ArtickusArtickus 2.0 PRO Posts: 65
    Still working with the course (volume 2 and parts of volume 3), soon will bring more updates :)

    Voice is getting better and better, here is my interpretation of The Rains of Castamere, was inspired to find the metal version and reading the 4th book right now!

    Getting the power back and working with sound compression much better! \m/



    P.S. Also working with the band to bring 2nd LP!
  • AndreyAndrey Member Posts: 6
    edited September 2018
    highmtn said:

    Your hard work shows, @Andrey. The drive that you have to succeed with your voice will take you a long way. You can be proud of what you have accomplished. Keep up the good work!

    Bob

    petersoar said:



    Here’s a clearer example of what happens in that upper part of my range and also shows the transition into the lower part.

    Is it supported? As a music fan (not necessarily a coach or critic), would you wanna hear this in your day to day listening? (That’s important). I don’t mean necessarily Acapella. I just mean in the context of a song. Don’t worry, I hear my voice very objectively and am changing it all the time so you can be harsh if it’s honest.

    Yes, definitely I would listen to it and hope I will. It's really supported and has made me think about a voice reincarnation, cause your voice sounds really like that of Jeff Buckley. You are on the right track, I'm sure, so keep doing what you do)
  • RicardoLangnerRicardoLangner Member Posts: 9
    Hi everyone, this is my first posting here! This is a very different song: it's a classical one, in german, from Schubert/Goethe, but I'm pretty sure it was received as the rock/heavy metal equivalent in the time it was composed. Techniques are somewhat different from the ones applied on the pop/rock/heavy metal songs, but the foundations are the same for what I've watched Ken explain on YT - btw explanations that really helped me.

    Hope you guys like it, and feedbacks are very welcome!

    https://youtu.be/ETOcQhFLPQg

    Lyrics translation (a ballad by Goethe): https://germanstories.vcu.edu/goethe/erl_dual.html
  • highmtnhighmtn Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro Posts: 14,700
    Very nice, Ricardo!
  • highmtnhighmtn Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro Posts: 14,700
    You ROCKED, Kevin!
  • doc_ramadanidoc_ramadani Administrator, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management Posts: 3,781
    Hi @KevinGrem,

    very cool. I think you recorded it direct to your camcorder. Guess what a professional mixing engineer could make out of that. Very powerful. Congratulations.

    Doc
  • KevinGremKevinGrem Pro Posts: 209
    Yep, I didn't edit it at all.

    Mixing sounds like a good idea.

    Better quality videos and sound is what I aim for.

    If you have any advice for this let me know!
  • SteveKSteveK Pro Posts: 556
  • DogMeatDogMeat 2.0 PRO Posts: 322
    Nice videos here. Good job everyone. You guys are inspirational. I see many of you have a studio setup, but still record sound with a phone. You should look into shooting the video with phone, and recording your voice with a daw like ableton live, logic, cubase or whatever on top of extracted karaoke version of the track. Apply some vocal processing, and mix the levels with the background track. Render that audio out, and apply on top of the video you shot. Result will be totally different story :)
  • ContraltoLivesMatterContraltoLivesMatter Member Posts: 124
    edited June 2019
    please help me here is my linkhttps://www.dropbox.com/s/nxemjj3utq9q0by/try.mp3?dl=0

    Delta Goodrem Australian Piano player vocalist is my vocal idol, eventhough i am a guitarist.
    I was watching Ken Tamplin on YouTube and I have found out alot of things, but I feel I can Almost get to a passable point.

    My goal is not to be an Idol winner, but be able to have a comfortable quality level of being able to pull off pop rock songs especially of the 90's. like if I could combine my voice with my lead guitar playing and kill it at an open mic night then I'd be happy with performing pretty much anywhere.

    kind of feeling i should give up, but I know if i do i failonly myself

    Caroline
  • DustyFunkDustyFunk 2.0 ENROLLED Posts: 47
    edited July 2019
    Don’t know how to delete

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    edited July 2019
    don’t know how to delete
  • WendyJaneWendyJane 2.0 PRO Posts: 100
    WOW @DustyFunk you can sing girl!! I love the tone of your voice and enjoyed listening to your two demos. Little black wolf is so touching, I think your friend will be very moved by it.

    I don't feel qualified to critique as you're way above me with your singing, all I can say if you sound this good at the start of your journey here think of where you can go with Ken's superb training!! :)
  • DustyFunkDustyFunk 2.0 ENROLLED Posts: 47
    @WendyJane thank you so much. I really appreciate you taking the time to listen. I have a long way to go but I am very determined. Thanks my friend.
  • DustyFunkDustyFunk 2.0 ENROLLED Posts: 47
    @ContraltoLivesMatter why do you want to give up. That sounds great! If you give up you will never achieve your goal but if you don’t give up you will achieve it no matter how long it takes. Just keep going. You have great tone.
  • DustyFunkDustyFunk 2.0 ENROLLED Posts: 47
    edited June 2019
    @KevinGrem oh wow I loved the Deep Purple song !!! One of my favorite songs too. You have a brilliant voice I’m not qualified to critique as I have only just started. I just loved listening
  • durzadurza Pro, 2.0 PRO Posts: 50
    I finally found time again to record some music. Let me know what you think!


  • doc_ramadanidoc_ramadani Administrator, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management Posts: 3,781
    Hi @durza,

    congrats, very cool version. Well done, mate.

    Doc
  • durzadurza Pro, 2.0 PRO Posts: 50
  • petersoarpetersoar Pro Posts: 28
    edited September 2019


    I held a mic 2 feet from my mouth, hooked up to an iRig, hooked up to my phone for this. It's a cover of a cover with lots of improv.

    The higher bits start half way through if that's what you're interested in. Are those top notes mixed or chest-voice'd, would you say???

    I don't tend to "open throat" stuff until things get higher and louder. Is that a fair observation??

    Any overall criticism??
  • Seth_WeihrauchSeth_Weihrauch 2.0 ENROLLED Posts: 18
    edited September 2019
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/hjy5q4xi4g5qacx/Runaway train.m4a?dl=0

    I’m a beginner as far as trying to improve and train my voice. What can I do to make my voice more stable? And constructive criticism welcome
  • doc_ramadanidoc_ramadani Administrator, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management Posts: 3,781
    Hi Kevin, @KevinGrem

    cool rendition. Why don't you post it in a new discussion? - Go to https://forum.kentamplinvocalacademy.com/categories/vocal-demonstrations and click on new discussion at the top. I like it.

    Doc
  • AnnieAnnie Member Posts: 2
    This actually isn't for me; the singer you are about to hear is my dearest friend, Amanda Tenney. She thinks she's terrible at singing, yet she does it all the time. She knows I disagree with her on how she sounds (one of the few things we do disagree on), and think she may benefit from getting a second opinion from a professional. She doesn't seem interested in voice lessons, but I figured why not get her a vocal assessment? Soon after finding this vocal assessment forum, I got her permission to share her best recordings with you and promised to set the video as "unlisted" so only you guys have access to it. Just for the sake of respecting her, please don't go sharing this around with anyone not participating in this forum (she doesn't want to be famous, just to get some proffessional oppinions). Also, I encourage you to not only listen to the video, but also to read the description under it for more info about the video, Amanda's voice type, et cetera. Here is the link to her recorded covers (two in one video)

    P.S.: She let me post this on my channel, which is mostly about psychology education and various mental health topics, so if anyone here is interested in psychology and would like to view the rest of my channel, feel free to subscribe, and yes, you can share anything else on this channel with family and friends. Sure, I won't be posting any more vids of my friend singing, but I have lots of other interesting content I'm working on, and I do take requests. So fire 'em at me in the comments.
  • AnnieAnnie Member Posts: 2
    Oops. I just realized I did not want my friend's last name on that post, but had already posted it. Can I edit this? If not, do me a favor and ignore the last name, please. I feel so awful.
  • DiegoDiego Moderator, 2.0 PRO Posts: 1,099
    edited September 2019
    There should be a little icon that appears in the top right of the message box, I think at the side the time of posting and flag is at. There you can edit the message.
  • DonniDeVilleDonniDeVille 2.0 PRO Posts: 25
    @kurzweil I wondered why you seem to be inviting anyone to listen to your video and yet a message states; Video unavailable and private ?? I've seen this a few times on this forum...
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