Category Archives: Singing

New Album: Scions of God


Does this ever happen to you? You’re working on a project and it seems like it’s taking months and months and then you happen to do a similar project and finish it in a week? It’s crazy but that just happened to me.

That Super God project I’ve been talking about is not progressing too rapidly and I’ve been forgetting that I should work on that too. So about a week ago, late in Monday night, I discovered this site.

FAWM.ORG

I just had to participate! It’s just that I only had 7 days to work. I like challenges, however, so I decided to do it no matter what. I thought of the fastest concept to work and figured that I should do something along the lines of Iron Maiden and Dio. Also I wanted to do a concept album because that pretty much gives me the theme of each song as I write the general plot.

Overall these were the things that took the most time: coming up with melodies for the songs, writing lyrics, creating midi tracks for bass and drums, recording guitars and vocals, mixing and mastering.

When I had written down the name and concept of each song I plugged in my mic and started sing melodies and riffs for each song. I pretty much did this a whole day but everything turned out ok and I rarely added anything major when I was actually making the midi tracks or recording guitars. I just followed my “dun dun’s” and “naa naa’s”. Of course there were exceptions, too.

So here are the tracks:

  1. Brothers of Prophecy
  2. Scions of God
  3. Cold Blood
  4. Nightmares of Sleepless Night
  5. Dawn of the Exiled
  6. Candle in the Autumn Night
  7. Inhumane Zen
  8. Chain of Storm
  9. New Dawn
  10. Lightless Fortress
  11. The Blood Bond
  12. Book of Life
  13. Revelations
  14. Trust

I especially liked Lightless Fortress, Inhumane Zen, Revelations and Trust which was an acoustic track. The Blood Bond was a song that I’m propably gonna rewrite for the most part because it just didn’t meet my expectations. I just didn’t have the time to start rewriting it while I was already recording guitars etc.

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Learning Lyrics


As I told earlier we’ve been having some trouble in finding a singer for our band. We had two candidates but neither of them had the qualities we required. We even bought our own PA system, which was cheap but functional. So finally as I decided to sing few songs myself the band leader said that if it’s ok I’d be the singer for the time being. Sure!

Now, the thing with singing while playing guitar is that it requires quite a lot of practicing. So that’s what I’ve been doing. I’m horrible in remembering lyrics so I began to try and figure out how to more easily get the words to stick in my head.

One method I figured out was to learn, not the words, but the sound of each line of vocals. I tried to concentrate to what kind of sound comes after each line. When I get the beginning of the line going I can easily recall the rest of it. I think this is an auditory learning method (turned out I’m an auditory learner) so I can’t recommend it for everybody.

Another thing that kind of bothers me with singing is that I’m not that good of a singer technically. I mean I can get somewhat the right pitch while singing almost anything but things tend to come out just a little bit flat or a little bit sharp. While I always demand a lot from my band mates I also demand perfection from myself. That means practicing, practicing, practicing.

Third and the most arcane modifier that I need to address if I’m gonna sing for the band is my voice. I’ve got a great clean voice if I say so myself but the kind of music we play requires some sense of rasp if intended to sound authentic. I’ve never been able to do this and that’s what kicked me to do some research. I’ve had tough luck in finding anything concerning singing in the past but this time I happened to stumble upon some very interesting materials.

One of these materials was The Zen of Screaming program made by the internationally known singing instructor Melissa Cross.

Melissa Cross Vocal Studio (melissacross.com)

I don’t know about anyone else, but the attitude of a teacher really makes all the difference for me when I’m trying to figure out where to put my money. I watched few of the videos I could find in the YouTube about Melissa Cross and this lady is just adorable. You could say that her smile opened my wallet. She really seems to know what she’s talking about, too (that’s always a bonus).

I also found a couple of really cool YouTube videos concerning this very same topic and you can see them below. Check out their channels, too, because there’s a lot more videos about singing found there.

This opportunity is really great because I’ve always wanted to learn how to really sing but never had the right kind of motivation to start practicing. Also trying to learn play guitar while singing forges my playing skills diamond hard. I’m optimistic to say the least and I’ll keep you informed about my progress with The Zen of Screaming DVD when it arrives.