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How to learn to sing?

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  1. Cerb

    Cerb Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yes that or my own songs, to which I also know the melodies :) That doesn't mean that I instantly hit the right notes though...
     
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    Cool! I will try!
     
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    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    To me that means you dont know them well enough. If you have a trouble spot focus on it. It should be like walking.

    You could work on small sections at a time.
     
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    This reminds me. You ought to be able to sing the song without accompanyment. At least portions of it that give you trouble. Get those pitches/intervals in your head!
     
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    I enjoy a wide variety of stuff, but we all have places we just can't seem to go. With me, it's opera, twangy country, and those late '70's, early '80's power pop bands like Foreigner, Kansas, Supertramp, Styx, Little River Band, etc, etc, etc. All of 'em just make me change the station if they come on... I've given them all a fair chance, but at this point, pretty sure I'm not just gonna wake up one day and start liking 'em...

    -Ray
     
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    I'll bet you are a big fan of Rush, especially the 70's stuff :D.
     
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    My theory is that every single person in the world can sing and sing well, they just have to keep within their range. Now that range may not be wide like Freddie Mercury's and it's probably about as wide as a toothpick, but that's ok, it will sound good if you stay in there. Once you try to push past that range is where things go wrong. You can push past when you are practicing to try expand that range, but stay in there when performing and all will be good.

    Just a theory.
     
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    I don't think it's that. I don't have the connection between my ears and throat yet. Muscle memory thing I think.
     
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    Ive done a fair amount of ear training. The best ear training is learning the song. The connection will come. I still say smaller chunks will help.

    In singing lessons I hear people singing triads with a piano. That could help too.

    If you can sing basic songs like happy birthday or your favorite beatles song or mary had a little lamb in tune you can do the rest.
     
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    I find this true when learning guitar solos also. Unless I can "play it back" in my head, I feel as though I'm just going through a mechanical exercise with the notes.
     
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    I think I do an OK job of it if I get to sing it without music, relative pitches. It's when I try to match it to the music it goes south.
     
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    Thanks for that! I've been wanting to learn how to sing for a while now. People always say "sing from the diagram not the throat" but never say how to do that. All I know is every time I try to sing, I can hit the right notes but my throat gets unbearably sore after a minute or so, so I'm clearly doing the technique wrong.
     
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    I like this a lot and it’s totally true - a lot of the greats did what they did whilst openly disliking their own voice. Other than Dylan I can also think of Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen
     
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    Tight underpants is a great start.
     
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    I have often wondered what would’ve happened if he had appeared on one of those America Got Talent! :thumbd:
     
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    I think it depends on which diagram you’re looking at :rolleyes:
     
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    One tip that helped me, I can;t remember where I picked it up: open your mouth. Sounds dumb, but it worked for me. Open your mouth, open your throat, expand your chest, let the sound come out. It's like turning the volume knob on your amp.
     
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    Great advice.
     
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    Ha, maybe I've been looking at the wrong one!

    Stupid autocorrect...
     
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    If I may make an observation....

    Cerb my friend, you are overly critical of everything you do. It's not necessarily a bad thing in small doses...but I believe your dosage is too high. :D

    Just sing. Pay attention to pitch. Can you whistle a tune? If you can...then you know pitch. Take your time. Sing. Breathe. Sing. Repeat. ;)
     
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