I have sang once back in my freshman year in highschool, but I learned quickly that I sang off-key. My peers didn't really told me that and I stopped singing overall due to embarrassment. My voice cracks and I go off-key a lot. I'm not tonedeafed since I played the violin and a bit of piano.
Where should I start to gain these skills and fix my habits?
Any advice is great and helpful to me, no matter how standard they are. I have been watching vocal warmup/exercises videos and they really helped. I sort of stopped cringing at my own voice (chuckling at it now). I coughed quite a bit since I'm sick often. I guess my problem now is really determining which songs suits my voice before I could extend to songs that I would love to try out. I noticed that I may be practicing the wrong songs (Too high notes for me atm?).
If you don't mind me recommending some songs, I'd recommend that you try some of Deco*27's songs to sing!
I think his songs are by far the easiest to sing because the tune repeats a lot and I don't think they go too high most of the time either :>
Which songs do you exactly recommend?
I have been singing Millenario from Mahouka, since I love that ending song.
As for the DECO*27 songs Sen mentioned, I recommend Mozaik Role and Yowamushi Mont Blanc. They're pretty simple.
Also I'd say slow songs in general :O
Also maybe DoReMiFa Rondo, Hitorinbo Envy, Senbonzakura, Yuudachi no Ribbon and Suki Kirai are songs work pretty good for me - not sure about you though, since you might have a different voice range :O
Maybe you're also just singing in a pitch that's not comfortable in your voice range :O
Also keep in mind that you aren't required to sing songs in their original pitch. If the song's pitch doesn't fit your voice, try making it your own. Try it in different ranges and stuff until it suits your voice. Make the song your own :'D
Any microphones do you guys recommend?
I don't want to use my headset because the quality isn't great.
Most beginning singers find Blue microphones fairly easy to use and in their price range. The Snowball, which is around 60 USD, and Yeti, which is around 100 USD are the most popular models. Although the quality is not exactly studio, it is near the top of microphones in that price range, they are easy to use and don't require additional stand equipment as they can stand on their own, and they are USB-connected, so you can plug them right into your computer without needing to use an interface (if you use a higher quality mic, chances are it'll need to plug into an interface instead of your computer).
The Yeti used to have problems with oversensitivity at high frequencies, but that's been fixed in newer models. Regardless, the thing about the sensitivity is that unless you plan on doing screamo or taking your mic to a karaoke event, then you probably won't need to worry about it. If you're the type whose voice is very loud in the first place, then maybe Blue wouldn't work too well, but I think that would be in an extreme situation.
Hey guys, haven't posted for awhile. I have been practicing my singing for the past few months. Hmm...I don't know what to say really. I have been recording myself and listening to it, but I feel there hasn't been any real improvement aside from a very slight pitch/breathing improvement. Feel kinda of bummed out, but at the same time, I feel a lot happier singing again (even though I sound bad hehe).
What do you think?