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Any tips for singing in another language?

Post by WRyuseigunW on Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:54 am

Lately, I have been trying to cover vocaloid songs. the slow parts are ok. When it goes at a faster pace I start having trouble getting the words out of my mouth. How do you normally cover jp songs?

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Re: Any tips for singing in another language?

Post by AmyAnn on Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:53 am

If there's quite a long part, I copy the song lyrics into notepad and then split the word so that it's different syllables that are easier to make out faster. I then listen to that section of the song until I feel confident enough to try it. It will take a few attempts but good luck,
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Re: Any tips for singing in another language?

Post by krannda on Thu Apr 21, 2011 4:25 am

I usually try to sing it slowly first and it always helps to keep listening to the song over and over again. That's what I'm doing with Uraomote Lovers whenever I have the time.
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Re: Any tips for singing in another language?

Post by Hikari-chan~ on Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:45 am

when i was trying to sing Paradichlorobenzene i went to the on-vocal karaoke
after i did that listened to it parts at a time
then i tried to sing it with the person
then stopped it to sound all of the words correctly at my own pace
then tried singing with the music. And kept repeating these steps till i got it :D
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Re: Any tips for singing in another language?

Post by Seitanoshuuki on Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:44 pm

I have this problem, since I like fast songs.

What I'll usually do is sing along until I hit a line I have trouble with, then pause, re-wind until just before that line and listen to it again a few times. Then, when I think I've kind of got it, I'll pause the music and attempt to sing it slowly but in the right rhythm, with the right notes, and with the lyrics correctly matched up.

When I've got that down, I'll start the music and sing with it. If I run into problems again, I'll just do what I did before. 8D

Sometimes, when the lyrics don't fit in the same pattern between lines, I'll listen through once and annotate my lyrics in Word. (For example, I'll add a - to the end of a syllable if it's held longer than I'd expect it to be.)

Good luck!
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Re: Any tips for singing in another language?

Post by Kago on Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:24 pm

Hmm, practice is important. I usually keep repeat the part and hear it, then try to sing it slowly first. Then once I get the hang of it I'll try to sing at normal speed.

If vocaloid sounds too choppy for you to understand the syllables, then try to hear a nico nico singer's version. But be aware some of them can change the pitch a little.
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Re: Any tips for singing in another language?

Post by スパークさん on Sat Jul 16, 2011 8:47 am

krannda wrote:I usually try to sing it slowly first and it always helps to keep listening to the song over and over again. That's what I'm doing with Uraomote Lovers whenever I have the time.

You're trying to sing Ura-Omote Lovers too? Cool! Only part i'm noticeably having trouble with is "--okasarete shimaimashite, sore kara wa"


Um, what I do, is listen to the song over and over again, to get the timing for each verse and word. Then, if I have to sing something fast, I try to combine syllables into one sound (e.g. "kan" instead of going "ka-n" i would say "kan" as one sound) but the ones that are already combined into one sound are already there so that makes it easier.
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Re: Any tips for singing in another language?

Post by jordy905 on Sat Jul 16, 2011 8:54 am

Well to be honest i hv the same problems but my friend once told me tht listening to the song over and over without singing along to it will help, i tried it out and it did help altho there are some parts which i still can't follow, but the thing is practice makes perfect!! so keep practicing and u'll get the hang of it :D
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Re: Any tips for singing in another language?

Post by ToujoursRêver on Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:44 pm

For myself, I like to familiarize myself with the PROPER pronunciation of a language. That way, people who are native or fluent in the language can enjoy it a bit, rather than have it make little to no sense, say strange words, or sound like a different language due to bad pronunciation.
When I feel somewhat comfortable with pronunciation for that language, I will attempt to sing it by lots of repeating over speaking the lyrics. If it's a language that pronounces some words much more differently than I've ever heard, I will try to check my pronunciation with, preferably, someone who is fluent. If someone isn't available, looking in dictionaries at the pronunciation guide or having the robot-person-thing on Google Translate pronounce the word helps.

Japanese has very nice and simple pronunciations that I'm familiar with, so I will usually listen to the song and read along with the romaji lyrics. Every so often, sing along until I have an easy time singing it.
My pronunciation rant is more for French since there are some songs I want to try and fandub in French because I'm Canadian like that and my french classes have grown on me. (Also I want to try singing in Dutch a little since I have plenty of Dutchies in my family.)
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