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Liking Your Voice

Does singing the way other people love make my singing better? –Asks Anders Ørsager of Basix

Sometimes I just want other people to say that they love my singing.

There, I said it!

But does singing the way other people love make my singing better?

Not neccesarily.

No-one but you can know your real potential and, not until you like what you do, no-one can truly say that they love your singing.

Because if we don’t follow our own hearts and grow our personal tastes, we will only try to duplicate someone else or please someone else’s taste.

The Truth About I-Wanna-Be Famous-Shows

Of course it’s difficult when we have all these TV-shows (Idols, X-factor, America’s Got Talent etc.) and ”I-wanna-be-famous-shows” (like Glee) where people are promised a long and lasting career because they sound like something we all like.

But take a look at the winners that you remember – most of them all have very special voices.

And take a look at your iTunes library: all the singers you have there have very special voices that makes them recognizable on the radio.

They don’t sound like anyone else but themselves. And it takes time and courage to get there.

Try This

I want to encourage you to make recordings of your voice and study these.

Yes, I know this can be painful, but let me share with you a plan to tranform this experience into one that gives you positive reinforcement.

First, before you do any recording, tell yourself to focus on only one special topic (i.e. timing, pitch, pronunciation, groove etc.)

Then, when you listen to your recording, tell yourself to only listen to this area of focus.

In other words, the point is not to evaluate everything about your voice every time you listen to it – this would only lead to some bad emotions.

However, by focusing on just one aspect of your recording you are bound to hear some improvement and this will, in turn, help you to become more aware of what you like in your voice, what strengths you want to build on.

And, in turn, this approach will help your listeners to love your real singing.

My Reactions To This Week’s Peer Review Vids

Yuval Bilgorai – She Loves Me (Original)

You’re definitely a pro and I love that you use the entire range of your voice. You have all the right vocal sounds and tools to deliver the song. Here is one thing to consider. The theme and lyrics of this piece speak of a ”light” feel; however, there is a ”darkness” to your vocals that makes me think of trouble, anger and resentment (I also listened to your work on MySpace). Maybe it has to do with your vocal habits tedning to favor these ”darker” emotions (my voice has the same tendency). When I sing a song that needs to have this lighter feel I have to focus very hard on exaggerating to make it just a little lighter. Also watch that your effects don’t take away from the song – a little strong on the last verse. Thanks for such an engaging piece.

Quincy Joules – 18 and Life (Cover)

Wow I love that song and your attitude. I have the same kind of come-on-now-let’s-just-do-it-energy; it has some obvious pros but also some cons. I find that your distorted sound is very effective and ”honest”. But here’s one thing to work on: it sounds like the melody is sometimes ”slipping through your fingers”. Try to look at your distorted sound as a vocal effect that you can turn on and off—like you would do with a guitar that can also sound ”clear” without effects. To practise this you need to sing the whole song with a ”clear” sound and then the whole song with the distorted sound and make some decisions.

-Anders Ørsager of Basix

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With a grand total of 4 international CARA awards, including “Best European Album” and “Best Holiday Album” the Danish vocal pop group Basix has proven themselves to be among the very best of a cappella groups worldwide. Follow the group on www.basix.dk or www.facebook.com/basix

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  • Bilgo

    Hi Andres and Basix.
    Thank you for your feedback, I have to say I’m in awe of your work, I’m glad to see that there are successful intelligent quality acts out there!

    Your pointers are definitely unique, I have quite a lot of criticism of my performance or more accurately things I’m working on. I love working on my voice and will never stop :), your feedback will be helpful to my journey.