Anonymous asked: i remember you saying in some interview that you had gotten a lot better at singing. is there any advice you can offer to aspiring singer/songwriters?
i guess one thing that is very important that i was not doing early on was making sure that my tracks are like, in my vocal range. i was constantly writing vocal melodies that were either too high or too low for me to be able to sing comfortably, and recording vocals or performing songs live was often really painful and embarrassing because i was constantly straining to be able to sing my own songs. these days when i am in the process of writing a vocal melody over a track i am working on, i pitch all the melodic elements in the song up or down until it’s in a key that i can sing comfortably in
have you ever seen those clamps people put on their guitars sometimes? those serve kinda the same purpose. you learn to play a song, and then clamp the guitar at a different fret so that even though you’re doing the same stuff with your hands you’re playing the chords in a different key, one that you can sing in more comfortably
i didn’t figure this out until like, four or five months ago. it would have saved me a lot of headaches if i would have realized this early on, preferably before i ever recorded vocals for a song or attempted to perform one in public