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My current singing without having any vocal coaching before. I've just joined to KTVA as a new stude

I like a band called Marillion very much. Both worlds with Fish and Steve Hogarth. This autumn I was able to record an initial version of a song called 'After Me'. That means earlier there has been an inability to produce the highest notes properly. My singing is far away from perfect and I'm not satisfied with my tone but I love singing and want to use Ken's methods and see where the road takes me... So here is a link:
https://youtube.com/watch?v=78xW307SbYc

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  • ModMod 2.0 PRO Posts: 29
    edited November 2020
    Here is another song: Billy Joel's Uptown Girl. The recording is made by using Cakewalk Sonar X3/Shure 58 mic and Roland Quad-Capture.

    Any comments would be appreciated.

    And the link:
    https://youtu.be/ACPLS8XPsxM
  • esequiboesequibo Member Posts: 47
    hey, i love uptown girl i used to impress girls with it at the local karaoke haha
    you did a great job imo, now you only have to find a good youtube tuturial on mixing voice
  • ModMod 2.0 PRO Posts: 29
    esequibo said:

    hey, i love uptown girl i used to impress girls with it at the local karaoke haha
    you did a great job imo, now you only have to find a good youtube tuturial on mixing voice

    Many thanks for the comment! I love it too and many other Billy Joel songs are just great. I'll go through Ken's videos but I've only watched two of them so far. So a lot of work ahead...!
  • Kevin123Kevin123 2.0 PRO Posts: 101
    "Uptown Girl" sounds good. You capture the essence of the song quite well. Keep at it!
  • ModMod 2.0 PRO Posts: 29
    edited February 2021
    Kevin123 said:

    "Uptown Girl" sounds good. You capture the essence of the song quite well. Keep at it!

    Thanks! Haven't been here for a while. Now saw your comment!
  • ModMod 2.0 PRO Posts: 29
    I did my version of a song called On The Loose. The band is Saga and they wrote this song about 1980 or so. Unfortunately the opening line is not the best possible, but I cannot do a retake anymore as some people are already sleeping here. The discrepancy is not very large, luckily, and as I listened to the song, at least with my abilities I coundn't block any more bad notes...

    Here is the link:

  • ModMod 2.0 PRO Posts: 29


    More recent 'On The Loose'. Maybe a bit better than the first one. But some training to do to reach the level of Michael Sadler - heh.
  • WigsWigs Moderator, 2.0 PRO, 3.0 Streaming Posts: 4,834
    Pretty good, sounds like it's sitting around your passagio. Don't forget to try and find those open spaces on those smaller vowels like ooh.
  • ModMod 2.0 PRO Posts: 29


    Here is a cover of Limelight from Rush. I've had some difficulties finding time for practicing. The old level + 01 volume's vowel scales from Ken's course, done a couple of months. Nothing more.

    It is nothing near perfect but if compared to my original level this is a masterpiece.

    I haven't yet been able to properly go pass the second passagio. Especially when comes to from up to down part.
  • WigsWigs Moderator, 2.0 PRO, 3.0 Streaming Posts: 4,834
    Sounds like you are getting some progress, good work :smile:
  • maxxiengnmaxxiengn 3.0 Streaming Posts: 10
    Wow, you've made a lot of progress compared to the first video you uploaded. I mean, your voice sounded a bit stiff in the first video but now I can hear so much more flexibility and feelings in your voice. Keep up the great work!
  • ModMod 2.0 PRO Posts: 29


    Here is my Asia cover. It's The Smile Has Left Your Eyes. When singing this I got a little impression about how good singer John Wetton was. I left my vocals quite loud.

    Thanks for the comments! I'll try to find more time to go through the course. E.g. this song has many parts that require more stamina than I have. And the last three words of the song need some work too.
  • ModMod 2.0 PRO Posts: 29


    I think my voice has finally responded to Ken's Vol 1 vocal exercises. Here is a sample. Billy Joel's Always A Woman To Me.

    I stopped daily singing of too difficult songs and kept on going with the vocal exercises. It didn't take long after that I noticed that the exercises are feeling better. Now I'm convinced it was a mistake to try to learn how to sing just doing songs. Especially lower notes feel easier to be produced. My range may not be as good as before but I think I must gain it back by training Ken's scales.
  • WigsWigs Moderator, 2.0 PRO, 3.0 Streaming Posts: 4,834
    I can hear you using the vowels you practice with while singing this song and having the ping show up as well. Good work mate :smile:
  • ModMod 2.0 PRO Posts: 29
    Wigs said:

    I can hear you using the vowels you practice with while singing this song and having the ping show up as well. Good work mate :smile:

    Thanks! I have also practiced Billy Joel's 'Honesty'. Usually, it feels much easier to sing after applying Ken's scales. However, I still struggle with the last chorus that has a vowel in the word 'heard' that is now included in those scales. Sometimes I practice that 'ea' but currently, I'm more into bridging due to I omitted bridging for much too long.

    But that 'heard' is also the highest note of that song and Billy is using a 'raspy' sound in that one. It will be interesting to learn if I'll ever be able to apply the same kind of sound as he does.
  • ModMod 2.0 PRO Posts: 29
    Mod said:

    Usually, it feels much easier to sing after applying Ken's scales.

    I mean, obviously, it feels easier now than before applying anything of Ken's course. I used to merely sing songs and that's about it. Without any special vocal exercises.

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