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Songwriting
LedZeppRox13  
22 Apr 2010 23:17 | Quote
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any advice for a songwriter who has no confidence in singing her own songs??
BodomBeachTerror  
22 Apr 2010 23:36 | Quote
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KicknGuitar  
22 Apr 2010 23:54 | Quote
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Sounds like my group's (about-to-be) singer. She's got an amazing voice but just lacks confidence in writing her own material (even though she can handle that too!)

Sing your butt off! Try discussing your work with friends who write poetry/lyrics, unless you become easily intimidated by others (like me) you'll have to remember to take that slow, and let yourself build confidence.
Schecter_player  
23 Apr 2010 00:25 | Quote
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I'm with BBT.

As a side note, that probably the funniest thing I've ever seen on this forum. Hahahahaha.
LedZeppRox13  
23 Apr 2010 17:41 | Quote
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thanks. only problem is i dont know many who write originals as well so ive just been discussing stuff with music teachers, thanks again for the help even tho it was a simple 3 words, haha. im just gonna practice practice practice. haha
BodomBeachTerror  
23 Apr 2010 19:32 | Quote
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yeah, play your songs for other people too when you can, even if its just friends and family. the more you do the easier it gets
adelaideguitar  
24 Apr 2010 10:00 | Quote
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Record Reflex Research Repeat
Domigan_Lefty  
24 Apr 2010 14:32 | Quote
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Im with BBT,
It took me forever to "just do it" but ive become the lead singer and Guitarist in my band, and im able to write 3-4 completely original songs weekly, and i wish we could get some gigs set up

Damn, whyd prom have to be tonight, i couldnt get us as the band.... its too late!
guitarbadass  
27 Apr 2010 22:48 | Quote
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just write and sing whatcha feel thats where good music come from,,inside
Mici  
1 May 2010 10:10 | Quote
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@BBT: That must be the funniest respond I've ever seen on the forum. LOL! And it's the proper answer to give, too: JUST DO IT, Syd(if that's your name)! ;)
soy.el.che  
1 May 2010 21:29 | Quote
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lie to yourself and say youre over confident and start acting that way. youll eventually BE overconfident.
thats what i do.
LedZeppRox13  
2 May 2010 00:03 | Quote
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Thanks. :D im gonna go buy a microphone and add vocals to some of my originals... everytime i show someone a new song they ask: does it have vocals? and i always say no, thats about to change... :D
Mici  
2 May 2010 05:27 | Quote
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That's the spirit. :D
Do so! It will seem to be too hard sometimes so you'll just want to quit but you must go on. It's all up to you.
Mistaluke  
14 May 2010 13:40 | Quote
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Haha
I would Practice
And listen to poetry
But im not much a singer really.
But I hear poetry will do wonders for your song writing.
lewsongs  
28 May 2010 21:59 | Quote
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Are singing out of your range? Sell each word until you yourself buys it.
LedZeppRox13  
28 May 2010 22:34 | Quote
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i dont think im singing out of my range but im working on it and i think im doing pretty well. by the way ur advice really helps even tho its a couple sentences.
carlsnow  
29 May 2010 21:19 | Quote
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This is IT

Wrire - OWN


Sing as if you were singing to the part of you that the song came form
then
forget you are singing ... forget you are playing
Simply
transfer/transmit the feeling

RAWK!
Cs


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future_god_of_the_axe  
30 May 2010 05:12 | Quote
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when i first started writing songs, i didn't want to sing either. then i thought to myself, "nobody but me knows the true meaning and thought behind these lyrics, only i can give justice to these songs". thats where my confidence comes from. and plus, its Rock and Roll! its all about having fun! even if you can't sing, just have fun! it's better than not singing at all, theres no fun in that!
JazzMaverick  
30 May 2010 05:44 | Quote
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The best thing to do, is just sing randomly around your house... it's probably the best way to get you away from that shy attitude. Because having no confidence when singing is the main thing preventing you from doing your best.

I had no confidence and my way of overcoming it may sound stupid but it helped ME get over it... I used to sing things that I would usually just say... e.g. "Can you pass the saaaalt?" then later on I started adding songs into the mix... I remember adding "Hit The Road Jack" into a few things sometimes.

Basically, just sing, then sing some more, then sing again. If you keep doing it - then you're bound to get over the confidence issue.

Also - RECORD YOURSELF SINGING - because then you can hear what the problem is and try and work from there. I've written a lesson on singing tips, hopefully that can help you out too. :)
lewsongs  
30 May 2010 09:20 | Quote
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LedZeppRox13, does she experience a form of stage fright? Or does she think she should just be better at singing her own songs? How does she feel about singing cover songs? What is her real talent level?

Would like to know because everyone knows someone who needs a shot of confidence or training. interesting subject.
LedZeppRox13  
30 May 2010 10:20 | Quote
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thanks for the advice guys. umm i dont think its so much stage fright, i sang a solo in a musical in 5th grade and i heard i did really well so ive done this before im just not sure why i feel so unconfident now... i really think i should be better at my own songs, i did record myself on one of my songs and just like everybody i hate hearing myself sing, and i lost my voice within 5 minutes. so maybe learn to get my voice to be stronger? my voice is really quiet when i sing and i guess i need to learn to project my voice cause i would like to sing over a guitar at some point.. haha
lewsongs  
31 May 2010 12:22 | Quote
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Thanks for the honest information. To learn to project your voice, here are some basics to experiment with: sing standing, feel like your singing from you stomack, find different rooms and places to practice and sing to the room - fill the area with your voice, for a stronger voice stop singing soft (but not screem). Find total privacy and work, work, work over a period of time. Start out with short sets and increase practice time little by little. Lastly, seek pro vocal training for life long singing enjoyment with quality of tone.
coleman  
1 Jun 2010 03:26 | Quote
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i think singing is all about passion just don't care about the people around you and let the song flow through you close your eyes if you have to. also its best to be very confidant in the lyrics.
JazzMaverick  
1 Jun 2010 05:30 | Quote
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Ok, first thing's first; You're not in 5th grade anymore... and there's quite a few years between that and now... Which means a lot of time where you probably haven't practiced - We're all born with prefect pitch, but without practice; we all lose it.

If you're losing your voice within 5 minutes you're doing something wrong... Perhaps PM me a video so I can help correct you on possibly your posture or anything else that might be wrong...

Remember the singing voice comes from your lungs (mainly the diaphragm) - NOT YOUR THROAT! That's where people go wrong.


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