ArtistLion
Registered User
Join date: Oct 2012
70 IQ
#1
So the tone I'm aiming for is like these:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57z95p_xwes

And

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8UeeIAJ0a0

.

So I looked in the forum and observed these favourite singers of mine and came to the conclusion that a singer should use his talking voice (cause that is also the 'inner voice' right).

So my talking voice sounds roughly like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJGhH7q5tN4

When I sing, I get a sound like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TM2iWx2BKg
And
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY9y80CIECQ

Completely 'not' the tone I want. I need to sound a bit raspy and higher. But how do I do that? Are there any other things I need to achieve my desired tone?
Nitnatsnok
Registered User
Join date: Dec 2010
20 IQ
#3
For practice try singing one of the songs you just posted (the calling/goo goo dolls). Record it and then compare.

You will hear exactly what needs to be done yourself.
HotspurJr
Registered User
Join date: Jul 2011
82 IQ
#4
You have very poor singing technique. Before you can work on timbre, you have to get the fundamentals down: solid breath control, relaxed open mouth and throat, and so on. You don't have that stuff.

Trying to sound any particular way at this point - worrying about "speaking voice" or anything like that - is a complete waste of time. You're basically comparing a dilapidated shack with a mansion and saying, "Hmm, well, the mansion has blue trim around the windows, and I want my shack to be like that mansion, so I'll paint the trim around my one broken window blue."

Find a teacher who's familiar with popular music (eg, not someone who's going to try to teach you to sing show tunes or opera) and take lessons, starting with the absolute basics. The stuff you're worried about here is the window trim color, and you don't even have a foundation yet.

People sound REALLY bad when they try to compensate for lack of fundamental technique by piling on artifice. Don't do that.
ArtistLion
Registered User
Join date: Oct 2012
70 IQ
#5
^Thank you for being honest. Unfortunately I dont have money to go on singing lessons. Cant i learn the basics online?
HotspurJr
Registered User
Join date: Jul 2011
82 IQ
#6
I don't know. I don't think so. You could probably find some group lessons that wouldn't be terribly expensive. I honestly think singing is much harder to self-teach than guitar. It doesn't take a ton to get the fundamentals down and be able to work on your technique yourself by recording and listening to yourself.