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Kurundur
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Last Saturday we (our school theatre group) had our last performance of the play 'The Kitchen' by Arnold Wesker (called 'Die Küche' in German). We had a lot of fun and for me it was the last time I played in this school (I'm getting too old Smile).

Our stage director once told me I could do a lot with my voice. She has regularly got tears in her eyes when I was singing a certain song (no, not because I'm that bad... well, at least I'm hoping I'm not).
Now I'd like to share this song with you. I hope you can enjoy this little extract from the play:
'The Briar and the Rose' by Tom Waits
http://youtube.com/watch?v=nqFw_qvbc6A

What are your impressions? Any tears or shivers down the spin or other reactions?

P.P The extract was filmed at Sunday (November 18.), and it was not the best performance.
P.S.S. Sorry for my accent...
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Hey, you have very good "raw materials"! Keep working.

Suggestions (from a one-time pro):

- Work on having more variety of sound. Too much of it was at the same volume level. Read the text and the actual music and think about where being louder or softer would be good. Some phrases will start out loud and end quieter. Other phrases could be the opposite.

- Work on a little variety in tempo. Sometimes you can speed up or slow down a little bit to emphasize what the text is saying - or just make a song more beautiful.

- Diction. It seemed pretty good, but not sitting there makes it a little more difficult to tell. Remember that if the audience doesn't understand the words, much, if not most, of the impact of any song is lost. Just something to keep in mind.

The actual voice is good. It is what a voice *does with the songs* that separate the men from the boys, and makes your audience connect with the song!

A sculpter asks himself, "What do I want people to see and feel when they look at my statue?", and goes to work. A singer should think similarly.
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I got a shiver up my spin!
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Is that the same as a shiver down the spin?
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No, its more like a shiver in the cold river down at the old Spinney.
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I think we all could benefit from singing with such passion, before breakfast.
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Kurundur,

Don't apologize for your accent. I would be willing to paypal 5 US DOLLARS to Michaelmystic4982 that your English is better than Matt Colman's German.

You did well! The most important thing is to do what you love. If others respond, then you're doing alright. Why do you want reactions here? (The youtube generation!)

Listen to me:

Listening?

The audience is what counts. When the babes swoon and the old ladies cry and the old men start to yodel along, you're doing alright. Who cares about Youtube? Who cares about the Café? Who cares about your accent or whether your teacher once got chills? It's the audience, boy! The AUDIENCE!

Are you listening?

Play to your audience. As in: the live, breathing, sweating, bodies sitting in front of you. They count. WE don't.

Got it?

Some day you'll want to paypal 5 US DOLLARS to me for this advice. Because it's good advice.

Jeff
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$5 to DaxMystic.

My German is a little, "Duz yur dig bate?"
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@Chessmann: Thank you for the suggestions, I'll keep them in mind.
A friend of mine (also an one-time pro) has offered me free lessons in voice training. I think I'm going to take the offer. Smile

@stoneunhinged/Jeff:
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On 2007-11-28 18:14, stoneunhinged wrote:
You did well! The most important thing is to do what you love. If others respond, then you're doing alright. Why do you want reactions here? (The youtube generation!)

Frankly I've got enough reactions from the live audience, but I am curious about the reactions of real strangers. The intention was pure curiosity Smile.
Further I thank you also for your advice and the response.
By the way: "Göttingen" isn't that a town in Germany?

@Matt: None taken Smile
@Corona: Thank you. Smile

Sincerely,
Kurundur (you can call me Emu ^^)
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Emu, yes, Göttingen is in Germany--about half-way between Kassel in Hessen and Hannover in Lower Saxony.

As I said, keep it up. You sang well, but you did sound inexperienced. That means: don't stop, listen to advice like Chessman gave you, and play to the audience. In a few years you'll be surprised what reactions you are getting.

Jeff
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Singing is also my passion... unfortunately it is not my talent!
"There's no time to lose," I heard her say.
"Catch your dreams before they slip away."
"Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you could lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?"
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