Hello there and I was just wondering if anyone would give me some advice as an utaite and I'm quite new to this~ I've only covered two songs so far, one with a friend of mine and my most recent one is my first solo cover.
Here is the link to my profile: nicovideo.jp/user/46676572
I'm also not that good with japanese, which is the reason I speak a lot of English on the site... I'm not a very experienced singer and I'm only 15 years old, so I have a hard time controling my voice at times~ Any advice and criticisim would really help me a lot and I would appreciate it~
Thank you for your time~! ^-^
Hmm I'm not a utaite but from what I heard, it seems that you should sing stronger. Idk if its me but your voice sounds a bit too small. I think it'd sound much better if you're stronger. I'm not a singer though but I thought I should leave my opinion :) other than that, I think it'll be great if you keep going.
First I admire your confidence in posting your covers despite recognizing that your Japanese is weak but going for it anyway! My favorite part of your singing was from 0:34 to 0:38 on Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari. Maybe you could look back into it to see why that part worked so well.
Second, it seems the biggest problem is you're attempting to sing songs that are either way too high level for you (as in has a large range) or attempting to sing in a range that's way too high for you. You're voice sounds a bit strained and breathy like you're struggling to hit the note. DO NOT TRY TO SING THE WAY AS THE SINGER, it willl HURT your throat!!! Maybe try finding out what your actual range is to help pick songs to start with.
Third, you sound like you're reading the lyrics more than actually singing. This probably which stems from your understanding of how to pronounce Japanese. For this I suggest looking up how to pronounce each vowel or something and marking up a lyrics sheet like sheet music from listening to someone singing the song to help guide your singing.
Thank you so much~! ^-^
I am actually uncomfortable with my lower range, cause to me it sounds weird and I'm more comfortable with my high range, but in fast songs I have a hard time breathing properly... Can you please help me with this problem...?
I'll try to do that more~ I've been looking for some sheet music of some of the song I would like to sing in the future, but I can't seem to kind some songs...
Oki, I'll try to listen to some of their songs~
Thank you so much for the help I really appreciate it!
Like Starikun said, in Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari 0:34-0:38 was one of the highlights of the song, and in a similar vein, so was 1:50-1:54 (which is the same notes but in a different stanza). Those spots were where I could hear that you were comfortable and confident in your voice, except where at 1:54 you maybe ran out of breath? and the pitch slid down a little.
Some advice that I think will benefit you in confidence, diction, pitch control, and overall tone would be: learn to breathe. Singing requires a special kind of breathing, from your gut, and it's a kind of breathing that people don't do much nowadays, so you have to learn how to do it. There are many guides (such as here and here and here) that teach how to breath properly in order to maximize airflow and give your notes support.
I also used to be uncomfortable with my lower range, and one thing that has really helped is chanting. I pick a note at the bottom-ish of my range (for example, G) and just recite something while holding that note and trying to sustain a steady one without straining downwards. For this purpose I usually use the heart sutra, but I'm sure any chant-like thing will do.
As for high notes, you have them, but you have trouble sustaining them. Correct breathing will almost certainly give you help in this regard.
In the song, especially at the beginning, your pitches were all over the place. Before uploading your songs, you should listen very carefully to your recording and note where pitches are off, and if you can fix them on the next try or it's just difficult to fix. If you're consistently low on a note, raising your eyebrows on that note can help you fix it. I don't know any tricks for going too high consistently though.
Your rhythm was also off in the beginning, which indicates to me that you didn't practice this song enough. Be a perfectionist. Record yourself practicing and listen to it and note down which parts are good and which are bad and fix them one part at a time. Practice the same line over and over until you get it right, and then you can string it all together. If you get sick of listening to yourself when you review your recording, then who's going to listen to you, right? Make something that you want to listen to.
Your pronunciation could also use some work, but my greatest concern about your pronunciation is that some of the words were just incorrect (such as saying "saru" instead of "suru"), which is something I do a lot when I forget the lyrics and I just say something random instead. Again, that's a sign that you need to practice more. Read the lyrics out loud, slowly, get them perfect. Listen to the original and how they say those vowels. Get your tongue and lips working to automatically say the words correctly, and then you can focus on making beautiful sound.
This was very long, but I hope you'll be able to fine-tune your recording process and continue on your path! :)
Thank you very much for the advice, (and sorry for replying late) I really appreciate the advice and I have already started working on breathing and it really helped me a lot! I've also started working on all the things you have told me to practice~
Thanks again~! ^-^
What do you think?