Hello! I play jazz guitar focusing on Bossa Nova, mostly the Tom Jobim/Joao Gilberto “voz e violao” repertoire (Girl from Ipanema, So Nice, How Insensitive, …) .
I like to sing but I’ve never liked my voice when I listen to it recorded. I followed some online courses including most recently the Seth Riggs book and mp3s. I can hear the improvement but still dislike aspects of my voice. Also, I’m a bit confused on the process of getting my voice to a good level.
Because I want to go semi-professional as a guitar player I was focusing on instrumental arrangements of these tunes, but I feel that it’s not enough because the songs are so nice (no pun intended), so I decided to hit my vocal skills one more time and see if I can get it up to a standard that I feel is acceptable in a semi-professional jazz setting (jamming, open mics, busking, or even cafe/cocktail lounge gigs). I sing in both English and original Portuguese.
Doing the exercises for my vocal type I find that I can stay within the Bass vocal range so I’m guessing that’s my range. My vocal type is PCHL, I’ve been doing the exercises for that, and I’m now going through the Singing Higher protocol and will apply it to a couple of tunes, probably How Insensitive and Meditation (Tom Jobim) and will record them.
I’d be interested in getting feedback on what I’m doing, how to apply these courses to my situation and whether private lessons will speed up my progress. One issue that I’m coming up against is the dilemma whether to sing in the original key (of Joao Gilberto who’s a Baritone I think) or lower the key where I’d be more comfortable but where the guitar chords are not as nice, ie., is there an ideal place for a given voice and how to decide on that? Thanks:)
- This discussion was modified 1 year, 7 months ago by Tom Tabaczynski.
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