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August 15th, 2015 | by VoiceCouncil

James Gordon

Vocal Coach comments from David Combes

Hi James, thanks for submitting this video, I love the effect of the aqua filter it works really well for this song. There are a couple of things I think you could think about and the first is a really common thing for singers at their guitar – the tempo of the intro. If you listen back there is slight drop in the bpm when you start singing, compared to the intro, which feels a little insecure; try and be ‘in the song’ from the moment you start playing. You also tend to place a few of your vowel sounds a little too far back and focus them in quite tightly, have a listen at 30sec to the phrase ‘bright and early for their daily races’; a more natural and relaxed vowel sound would sound more comfortable. This is also picked up in some of your phrasing which can get a little choppy, this occasionally works for this song but it’s a balancing act. You might want to try singing through complete melodic sections on a fairly bland single vowel, like ‘ah’ or ‘eh’, using just the pitch changes to get any definition into the line of each phrase, marking the note changes gently rather than allowing anything to feel too accented, then try adding the words back in, building in some definition and interpretation without becoming staccato in your delivery.

James Gordon's bio

Singing is my passion and I love how today’s social media technology allows us to instantly share our passion with anyone – anywhere!
My home base is Santa Rosa California.

This singer was an entrant in our competition which ended on January 15th 2016.

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