"Help" (original: Thread:26854)
Hi! I was wondering if you want to do covers but can't because of personal reasonings and schooling as for some semi low confidence issues of your own voice, what should you do, and what if you don't know what song to cover? I'm also a really big newbie on this.
Seeing as you're very vague regarding some topics I'll be answering rather generally in response. For the record there is no one easy answer to this so don't expect one.
First off, judging from how you write I'm guessing that you're quite young so the fact that you mentioned you can't do covers because of "personal reasons" is because you either don't want your parents to know/don't have permission and/or don't have the money/resources to purchase equipment.
If its a parent issue I can tell straight off that you do not have to tell your parents as many people do hide their hobbies. But if you are feeling guilt about hiding that information I recommend that you either suck it up or tell your parents about you liking to sing. You don't have to tell them you are posting covers online (though considering your age I would be afraid if you are meeting "unsafe" people due to it) but at least let them know you like singing as a hobby. The posting covers online can be said later if it ever comes to it.
If it's about buying equipment I can tell you right away that you do not need to buy equipment to sound good. People have used their phones (especially with the quality of them nowadays) and laptop mics to record.
Don't fool yourself into thinking that buying expensive equipment will make you sound better because it won't. Sounding "good" requires a combination of skill + voice, equipment can further enhance it ONLY IF you have the skills to properly utilize the equipment. Being able to utilize equipment is whole different skillset altogether that is not easy to learn. I would say to focus on singing first before trying to figure out how work the equipment.
Also I should mention this so that you won't be disappointed later; if you're trying achieve the sort of quality you hear in those covers you admire, you probably will not be able to do so right away. Keep in mind that those singers at the absolute youngest are about 18 years old (still very, very rare though!) and that most are in their mid 20s and up! Plus they either know how to use voice editors to make their voice clearer (as well as more complicated stuff) or someone experienced does it for them.
Being able to sing well requires a lot of patience and effort and because you have the advantage of being young and starting early (which most people don't have a chance to do!) you can use your time to practice lots.
In this regard Google is your friend, you can literally just search up "how to sing better," if you're worried about how you sound, and lot of results will pop up. But if want a good place to start, looking up breathing exercises is definitely a must as being able to sing requires good lungs and knowing how to project your voice properly.
Low confidence is only something you can solve by yourself. Remember you don't have to take big leaps right away. I mean...as long as you make an effort to practice there's no way you will sound bad! Of course make sure to follow instructions carefully and practice correctly otherwise that would be the same not practicing at all. Drawing the same squiggly line over and over again won't achieve anything after all~ You have to notice that the line is squiggly and make small corrections until it is straight or whatever shape you want it to become :>
Confidence is a hard thing to gain...after all I'm not a very confident person myself. I can only say to figure out what you want to achieve in terms of confidence then break it down from there. You should be asking yourself, "What is confidence to you? What qualities does a confident person have? What will be the process to achieve some of those qualities?"
As experiences are variable I, unfortunately, can't give you a straight answer about this but I trust that you can get there =w=)b I mean the fact that you are already choosing that you want to sing is already a step in the right direction ^_^
If you want me to actually list suggestions please be more specific I can't read your mind after all.
For beginners I always recommend Deco*27 songs. They are one of the easiest for anyone to sing + super popular due to their catchiness.
Really I recommend checking out the Beginning Singers board, there are a lot of people just like you that have asked similar questions in the past. Check those threads out! A lot of people have pretty nice responses.