Singing Lessons

‘Keep your head up, maintain an open posture, don’t breathe too sharply,widen your jaw’. I’m pretty sure I was the only person thinking this in the Northam Stand as we belted out a rendition of “Nigel Adkins’ Red Army” at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon. Most people were probably just thinking about football, and the fact that Nigel Adkins’ Red Army don’t really play in red at the moment but we sing it anyway because white army sounds a bit odd.

As it turns out, these singing lessons are really really hard. So as with the above example I am taking absolutely any opportunity to try and drum the suggested changes in.

When I booked that first singing lesson I thought I would turn up, be corrected on all the basic points of technique where I’m faltering, and then go away and put the new techniques into practice resulting in magical improvements. I believe I mentioned singing like Shirley Bassey at the time.

In reality it’s been really tough going.

I am actually making some progress but it’s a proper slog and much harder than I anticipated. I have built up quite a lot of bad habits over the years and although everything my teacher says makes total sense (we’ve talked about breathing, support, posture etc etc) it is really hard breaking those habits. I’ve gone back to lessons a couple of times thinking I’ve cracked one of the changes, only to be told I’m stil doing it the ‘James’ way. I guess it’s just a case of keeping on going and hoping it sticks.

As for the album. I am feeling really optimistic about the way the songs are sounding. Harry the drummer seems to like them, and as he’s the only person to have heard them all so far that is good news.

I am going to have to think of some sort of way to get it ‘out there’ when it’s eventually finished. In general this blog gets around 40 views per post, which is great and thanks to everyone who reads it, but given how much time I’m putting into this album I would love to think it would be heard by more than 40 people. Any suggestions welcome if you have some miracle marketing ploy.

Finally, another very short snippet. I’ve written a song with cello and violin parts. This is just a clip from the demo I’ve sent to Harry so just programmed drums, rough guitar and at the moment the ‘strings’ are programmed too so require quite a lot of imagination when listening, but I think with real strings this will sound pretty good. At the moment I may have a violinist but I’m not sure about cello, so if you know anyone who might be interested let me know 🙂

James

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Tom
    Feb 15, 2011 @ 09:27:47

    I started keyboard lessons after Christmas and I also expected to find that after a few lessons I would be much improved… but apparently you have to practice in between the lessons as well!? I didn’t plan for that!

    I think I am starting to improve now but I’ve cancelled the next couple of lessons while I finish off February Album Writing Month… hopefully by next year’s FAWM I will be able to write a synthpop album without having to quantise absolutely everything.

    As for getting people to actually listen to your music… no idea, I’m afraid. I think I’ve sold about 30 copies of my EP. When I reach 32 I might quit my job and live on the proceeds.

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