How do I rate as a singer?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by josephbass86, Jun 25, 2020.

  1. josephbass86


    Aug 5, 2002
    I've always been a "bass player who occasionally sings" not a "lead vocalist", but lately I've really gotten into being a singer, and I almost enjoy it as much, and even at times more, then being a bassist.
    But singing is a very personal thing, and sometimes the ego tricks you into thinking you better then you actually are, so I am posting a track with some of my better vocals to see how I rate. (Lots of thick vocal harmonies starting around the 6:36 mark)
    Any critiques are welcome.

  2. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
    Good enuf. You the tenor?
  3. josephbass86


    Aug 5, 2002
    I'm all the voices in this track
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  4. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
    It’s kinda genre ambiguous, a collection of ideas congealed around a rhythm track. Voice work is solid.
  5. josephbass86


    Aug 5, 2002
    Yeah, I was going for an RnB thing, but didn't really pull it off, maybe due to the the static drum loop, or just stripped down instrumentation? Not sure really.
    It's not a great song by any means, but I think it demonstrates my ability for lead and harmony singing pretty well, which is why I posted it.
  6. Samatza


    Apr 15, 2019
    Your voice sounds good to me. Those layered harmonies are a bit dense but that's not a detraction, the singing is still very good.
  7. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    I like the voice.
  8. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Well, you sure ain't no songwriter. Hahaha. Good voice though. Go get yourself some vocal lessons. There's a lot of potential there. But, work on your lyrics. That song's lyrics are terrible.
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  9. grinx


    Mar 24, 2003
    Raleighwood, NC
    you > me

    sounds fine!
  10. DanGroove


    Apr 27, 2017
    Solid vocals. I’ve seen people with half the vocal talent front working bands.
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  11. skyline_01

    skyline_01 Endorsing artist: Nordstrand Audio, Tsunami Cables Supporting Member

    Nov 14, 2006
    Lebanon, OH
    +1. Sounds damn fine, especially for someone who claims to be an occasional singer! I'm getting an Edwin McCain vibe from this (total compliment BTW). Keep it up!
  12. jdh3000


    May 16, 2016
    I know guys who are good singers in the right key. Unfortunately many of them think they have to sing in the key of the original recordings or if they sing originals don't get it in the best key.

    The key of a song is crucial to performance, as is knowing one's range... too low and dynamics are lost, too high is disasterous.

    One doesn't have to be a great vocalist to be a good singer. As long as one has a good pitch, personal style can make a good singer.

    Your singing is fine, just keep recording yourself and always make sure you are in the best key.
  13. Biggbass

    Biggbass Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    You have a great singing voice. I really dug the vocal up to the 6:30 mark. After that it all went south for me. As a producer, I would have directed you to add the harmony stack in lower 3rd & 5ths instead of higher. Or to try a counter part instead of a straight stack. Try some oooh/ahhh parts or a lyrical counter melody. Or even have the harmonies sung by other singers. But the high stack insn't working for me. I would have also suggested several areas to edit time out of the song. Intro could be cut in half...etc.
    But, as a lead singer, you've got the sound. Just remember to stick to your skills and range and you'll sound much better.
  14. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    You’ve got a solid voice, excellent intonation, a nice sort of soul vibe going, and good taste. That puts you on par with most of the vocal pros I’ve known.

    It might just be the recording but it sounds like you’re straining a little bit at times on the extended high notes. Usually that’s caused by tilting your chin up and/or not dropping your jaw enough going for the highs. That restricts the throat and vocal cords and cuts back on the air flow needed to hit higher notes. If you find yourself doing that, booking a session or two with a good vocal coach can work wonders and is money well spent IMO.

    A good coach can also help with things like developing your styling (and you definitely have some style going for you) and teach you those little tricks that an accomplished vocalist needs to know. So it’s something to think about.

    tl:dr - I think you’re onto something. I hope you stay with it. :)
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  15. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I’m impressed by the whole thing.
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  16. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Based on just this one song, as good or better than most of the singers I hear in local bands.
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  17. InhumanResource

    InhumanResource Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2012
    Bucks County, PA
    Lyrics are always terrible!
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  18. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Rain Dance Maggie
  19. LeFunk Machine

    LeFunk Machine

    Sep 12, 2014
    The bassline is amazing. Don't even need earphones to hear it.
  20. Good voice, good understanding of vocal harmony (or are you using a harmonizer?). Keep at it, you'll only get better.