I love music but music doesn't love me...
February 25, 2008 9:57am CST
I am off-key, as in people did not appreciate my singing then especially when I was younger. Right now, at least I can do a lot better since some really took their time to train me how to sing. I also practice everytime I get the time to do so. My aunt was a bit shocked when she heard me singing last month coz I really improved a lot though I am not still as good my sis in law who can do a lot of Celine Dion and Clarkson's songs. Are you like me who loves music a lot (my preferences vary from metal rock to soft music) but cannot even sing a piece nicely?Are you still an off-key singer or you have improved over time? How did you do it?I wanna hone my talent more...Thanks!
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• United States
26 Feb 08
The trick is recording yourself, then playing it back so you can hear where you went wrong. I don't have a great voice, but I can always tell if I'm going off-key or not. That's because listing to my own voice playing back to me helped me recognize what I was doing wrong. I'd listen first; then, when it got to the problem-parts, I'd stop the playback, and sing the parts so I'd know how it made everything feel (my vocal chords, the vibrations in my throat, the amount of air I use to get the note out). I'd also pay attention to how it sounded, both while I sang, and on the recording, because your voice sounds much different to you while you're using it than when you're just hearing it. Then, I would try to adjust the note to bring it to where it should be, and record myself again. After a few times of doing that, you start to recognise what isn't right. I know that, now, I can go for maybe a month or two without many problems. After that, though, if I go for a while without listening to what I'm singing, my notes start going bad, and I need to start recording for myself again as soon as possible to get back on track.
28 Feb 08
Thanks for your time. I've done that before and it worked. Now I know if I am going off key or not. My hubby told me that I must sing songs in my own way and never ever imitate the singer because I have a different degree or pitch or tone (I am not familiar with the terms so guide me please). I am just aware that I can sing now and that;s all that matters to me.
25 Feb 08
Same here... Im there to accompany u. Infact, i always try to catch up with the tune and try to sing in a similar way, but it always turns out so bad. :( But do remember, practice make perfect... Im infact thinkin of joining music classes. I will reach out to be better one day! :)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
25 Feb 08
I love music. I listen to it almost constantly when I have a chance, and even if no music is playing outside, I hear music in my head all the time. I have certain songs I associate with certain moods, and I have half my hard drive filled up with music, all arranged into playlists for mood and occasion. I can't sing. Or rather, I can sing if I have someone to sing along with, like in a group. However, on my own, I completely destroy the tunes of songs, and I can't keep in the right key without someone to follow. I haven't really improved, but I haven't had anyone willing to work with me on it either. Instead I confine my singing to singing along with my music on the computer (so I can follow the singer) or with groups of people. Or I sing where no one can hear me. :P
28 Feb 08
SOrry for the late acknowledgement, I don't have my own pc here in singapore. I can't even sing with a group back then but now, I already can. At least, my effort was not wasted. Until now, I sing with the music and i do it really loud, who cares with those around me hehe :-) at least they are hearing free concert :-)