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Mar. 26th, 2008

As my twitter posts have mentioned, I've taken up singing in the game Rock Band as a stress reliever. Surprisingly, it has worked! As soon as I devoted myself to really trying to improve, instead of casually singing when I got tired of playing drums in the game, my digestive problems went away and I started feeling healthy again. In fact, going to bed early hadn't helped me, while staying up late to sing *has*. Huh.

I definitely don't have a lead-singer quality of voice. But, I played in instrument for 12 years in school and have a really solid sense of pitch. It's just a matter of working on my lung capacity and learning to control my voice so I actually hit the pitch I know I'm supposed to. Then, of course, I have to learn to sing the songs *exactly* as the game wants me to to, which can be tough when I've never heard them before. Practice, practice, practice!

I've currently hyjacked Danny's Xbox Live account so I can sing in online bands. He is not pleased, so I am looking into setting up my own, even though it would mean starting my "singer" (Rock Band character) from complete scratch. I really enjoy the online play. When I get matched up with a band full of people playing at the "expert" level, it really inspires me to get better. Especially watching the insane drum parts. You are basically playing really drum parts on a practice kit at that point. (Drums and vocals are the most true-to-life in the game. Guitar/bass pushes buttons, but is still very hard at the higher levels.) Online play has inspired me to start singing some songs on "hard" (it goes: easy, medium, hard, expert.)

As requested by Johnathan, who got to see us streaming Rock Band last night, I made a video of me singing. We had just started playing so I wasn't fully warmed up, but you can kinda hear me. The original vocals play as well. There are parts in almost every song that I have to sing up and octave because they go low. Oh, well. maybe a lower register will come to me gradually?

Another post about this might appear. i tried to post it from YouTube, but an hour later it still hadn't shown up. I'll delete it if I see it.

Back to work now. I have 3 ads due today and a postcard tomorrow, on top of other things.



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 26th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
LMAO! So adorable!

We just recently got it for PS3. Love it so much!
Mar. 26th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
Breath support is absolutely key to singing, as is a relaxed throat. If you do yoga, it's exactly the same kind of breathing, although I also maintain that cardio exercise is also a vital part of building proper breath support. Another thing to bear in mind is that the voice is the result of resonance. The sound of your voice has as much to do with the shape of your head as it does with the condition of your vocal cords.

(yes, I took voice lessons for a number of years)
Mar. 26th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
Wow, what an awesome way to relieve stress! Looks like you have a lot of fun, too.
Mar. 26th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
~nuff said
Mar. 26th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
Good Music!!!
The stuff I grew up listening to...I also give you 2 big thumbs up!
Mar. 26th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
They finally announced the Wii version is coming out late June. Now I just have to wait and hear if it's going to have online play, downloadable songs, etc.

Also, REALLY interested in the health benefits thing. Usually video games just make my thumbs hurt, so I'm intrigued by the possibility of feeling better with one. Now I just have to find something really quiet, or else move the Guitar Hero to a more distant room!

Edited at 2008-03-26 11:41 pm (UTC)
Mar. 30th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
That's a trip to FunFUN town !
Good for you to stretch your voice.
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