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Hello
on: March 30, 2018, 19:30:42
Hello from Missouri. I am an amateur songwriter, my songs are instrumentals with lyrics listed since I can't sing very well.


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Re: Hello
Reply #1 on: March 30, 2018, 20:07:13
Hi @Thamyris

thanks for joining
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i hope you will like it out here


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Re: Hello
Reply #2 on: March 30, 2018, 22:01:47
Hey @Thamyris ........Welcome to The Kitchen. Just curious.....have you tried singing anyway? Everybody can sing....some folks just sing better than others, right?  ;) Around here we don't let a little thing like talent level get in the way of getting our songs out into the wide world.  :) :)

Stop in at a few threads and you'll find all kinds of singers hereabouts. Make yourself at home.
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Re: Hello
Reply #3 on: March 30, 2018, 23:38:50
It just doesn't sound good when I sing, plus I have a limited range.


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Re: Hello
Reply #4 on: March 31, 2018, 10:42:19
It just doesn't sound good when I sing, plus I have a limited range.

I definitely understand that @Thamyris . I personally have a voice that was once described in jest as a cross between Kermit the Frog and Tom Waits. I needed to sing anyway.....so I did and I still do. If you feel the urge to sing but feel held back by your concerns....this is the place to do it as here we treat each other like family.

That said, there are also folks who like to collaborate.....so post up your lyrics and your music and I'm betting that someone will take a crack at it with you.

 :) :) :)



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Re: Hello
Reply #5 on: March 31, 2018, 13:52:32
This is by far the shortest Ďhelloí Iíve ever come across.
So I try and be brief too.

If I could choose between a limited range when singing
Or a limited range when thinking
Iíd know what Iíd choose.

I wouldnít mind listening to your old voice, because mine is 6 years older. And 16 years when thereís stuff from certain trees in the air....

Welcome in our kitchen. Iím a veggie, taking care of dead fish or some such thing.
Donít let rationale get in the way.
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Reply #6 on: March 31, 2018, 14:40:35
« Last Edit: March 31, 2018, 14:49:26 by monty_lameer »
I don't post much around here as my songwriter's block runs rampant, but as someone who took 5 years of writing instrumentals before finally trying to write lyrics, I can advise that if you have something to say, who cares what others might think you sound like? YOU write and sing those songs for YOU, and I bet some others will like it too.

1. You don't have to be a perfect singer. Would Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen win American Idol? I DON'T THINK SO! It's all about character. One of the most unique voices I've ever heard is someone / a band called Sigur Ross, and I had no idea what was being said as it wasn't in English, but oh my god it brought tears to my eyes. His voice was fragile, strange and beautiful. It was at that moment his soul was exposed.

2. You'll never please everyone no matter what you sound like, so I reiterate - just sing for yourself. The most successful artists do just that.
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Re: Hello
Reply #7 on: March 31, 2018, 15:33:38
Thanks for your support, everyone, I know that just the instrumental and no singing really limits my songs. I'll try to go through my songs and find some that I could sing and perhaps I can find someone to collaborate with later that can sing.


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Reply #8 on: March 31, 2018, 15:41:18
Also remember there are many different styles of conveying a voice. You don't have to sound like Justin Beaver or Andre Rieu or whatever. Do you.

Talk-style singing like some of Lou Reed's stuff.
Breathy up close and intimate with the mic like some of Lindsey Buckingham's stuff.
Waaay out there reverb like some John Lennon stuff.
Sing through your nose like some Bob Dylan stuff.

It's all good. ::thumb::


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Reply #9 on: March 31, 2018, 21:08:54
@monty_lameer is quite correct @Thamyris , it's 'horses for courses' and there are so many ways of singing tot express yourself you should never be put off by not conforming to a certain sound /style.

If you want to learn a bit more about how to improve your voice then I can recommend these free videos (see below)  that lead you though different techniques that you can practice.
He makes a big play about everybody can sing, and it's true.

https://www.youtube.com/user/NewYorkVocalCoaching

The more you do, the more you want to do, keep recording your voice and it will sound less alien to you, as it's quite different recorded to how you hear yourself of course.

Another thing that improved my vocals was joining a choir. The regular practice and performance in front of an audience gives you less fear so you can go for it more. In the UK there are
many singing contemporary stuff and I bet there are some in your neck of the woods too. Give it a go, it might be a pleasant surprise, make some new friends and improve your health as a bonus.

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Re: Hello
Reply #10 on: March 31, 2018, 21:23:40
Hey @Thamyris , welcome to the kitchen! Loved the responses here from eg. @monty_lameer and @MrBouzouki , we're an encouraging community, and I'm looking forward to listen to your work wether it is with or without singing (but DO try the singing experience ok? ) ;-)
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Re: Hello
Reply #11 on: March 31, 2018, 21:46:29
Thanks @Mar T. , they were very welcoming. I appreciate their comments.


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Reply #12 on: March 31, 2018, 22:38:19
Welcome to the kitchen @Thamyris ! This is a great place to be. I look forward to hearing some of your music.  :)
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Re: Hello
Reply #13 on: April 01, 2018, 07:00:39
« Last Edit: April 01, 2018, 07:08:04 by monty_lameer »
One more thing from me that I forgot to say is I've been singing "seriously" since I was 12 ("seriously" meaning in my bedroom practicing trying to sing exactly like famous singers everyday for 1-3 hours, before getting my studio and then getting more serious), and here are 2 things to note...

1. It was not until I started to write and sing my own songs about 8 years ago that I found my own voice. Even then, my style and vocal persona are quite changable. But it's best to only sound like you. I love Lady Gaga for instance and envy her voice, but if she tried to sound like someone else, there would be no Lady Gaga.

2. I always thought I had a great voice in my teens and 20s but whenever I (rarely) heard myself recorded, I was appalled at how I sounded! It wasn't until I got set up and familiar with my home recording studio and became used to hearing my voice played back at me that I not only got used to my voice but that I really FOUND my voice.

Oh, and if you're familiar with the band Jefferson Airplane, the amazing singer Grace Slick once said rather self-deprecatingly that she had a range of about 5 notes and could only shout. WRONG!

So yeah. It's all a learning curve.


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Re: Hello
Reply #14 on: April 01, 2018, 07:30:36
Thanks for the encouragement, @monte_lameer.