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    With the present day emergence of "Drum Groups", do any of you guys notice a difference in the way people sing?

    What I'm getting at is when I'm sitting at the "Center Drum" I've noticed a good number of people not singing hard, or at least so it seems! I know with large numbers like you find at the center drum, you CAN have volume with little to no effort but with a small "group" you have to make up for not having the numbers and have to "put out" a bit more.

    From personal experience I sing, I typically sing hard every time b/c I just love to sing.
    To get a true picture of your purpose in life, you only get the whole picture when you listen with your mind, your ears and your heart. This way The Creator has a direct connection with you and only you...no outside interference.

    When you follow the will of IT that created you, understanding that your purpose is not for you...but for IT and all that IT has created, there can be no wrong except failure to be obedient. Only then do we jeopardize the gifts we are given.

    Its not the final destination that defines us, rather the journey taken!

  • #2
    Originally posted by LSS
    From personal experience I sing, I typically sing hard every time b/c I just love to sing.
    amen

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    • #3
      Originally posted by LSS
      With the present day emergence of "Drum Groups", do any of you guys notice a difference in the way people sing?

      What I'm getting at is when I'm sitting at the "Center Drum" I've noticed a good number of people not singing hard, or at least so it seems! I know with large numbers like you find at the center drum, you CAN have volume with little to no effort but with a small "group" you have to make up for not having the numbers and have to "put out" a bit more.

      From personal experience I sing, I typically sing hard every time b/c I just love to sing.
      LSS, I agree with you. I have been doing powwow sound for a number of years and found what you say to be very true. It seems that only the leads push out the volumn in a newer drum. Its not like the old days when everyone around a drum lost their voice by the end of a powwow.

      It could be that singers are afraid to sing loud so they will not embarrass themselves or the others around the drum. Some of the quiet ones have really good voices. Others can't sing a lick so they sing quietly. Some think by singing loud they will screw up the song or over power the lead. One big problem is that some singers just don't know the songs.

      As a sound man I watch the singers to see who isn't putting out. Then change the positions of the microphones so the quiet ones get direct contact and don't realise it. That way I can balance the singers to get even voices all around the drum thru the sound system. We always use 2 to 4 microphones for the singers around a drum. We use a lot of off-axes techiniques to mic singers that sing quietly. It looks like the microphone is pointed away from the quiet singers so they sing a little louder. It works every time!
      Don't ask me what I think about something unless you want a truthful anwser. It may not be the anwser you are looking for.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by TKMJ Productions
        It could be that singers are afraid to sing loud so they will not embarrass themselves or the others around the drum. Some of the quiet ones have really good voices. Others can't sing a lick so they sing quietly. Some think by singing loud they will screw up the song or over power the lead. One big problem is that some singers just don't know the songs.
        TKMJ,

        One other thing should be considered is just a lack of confidence. This can compound any of the other issues that you list above. I personally have experienced this myself and am working to overcome it. I worry about my voice, how well I blend, and the correctness of my singing. And while I really love singing, it's really hard work to try to do it right. And being who I am, I really have to do my best every time otherwise I'm open to criticism as are those around me.

        I also agree that knowing the songs is one of the biggest problems, at least for me. Being on the east coast, I have to rely alot on recorded music for learning southern songs. I try to sing with a variety of different folks each year to learn new songs or refine my understanding of songs I think that I know. This helps me with my confidence while also keeping me humble as I always run across songs I haven't heard before, or at least don't remember hearing. But I've found that the better I know a song, and what's behind that song, the more confident I am in singing it.

        LIke LSS, I try to sing to the best of my ability no matter if I'm singing as a part of a group or at the big drum. I've heard of politics around the drum where some singers won't sing, or won't sing as hard, when a certain person leads a song and stuff like that. But personally, I just don't get it.
        "It doesn't really matter, they don't know any better anyway."

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        • #5
          i personally sing as hard as i can as long as my voice holds out, i love to sing, if the song is really kickin and the folks in the circle are dancin hard then i sing even harder, makes me feel real good to jam out

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          • #6
            If the song is pumping and starts jamming I sing harder. Another thing that will get the voice going is a good set of back-ups... when those women are jamming too it forces me to sing stronger as well.
            By the way... Danbear... nice George Flett artwork! That's my wife's uncle, I can spot his work a mile away.
            I became a singer because I love to sing... and to feed my addiction to cough drops!

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            • #7
              But what if....

              ...the song that is sung needs time to build into a kickin' song...do you just loaf?

              ...the song is not a kickin' song...do you just mutter through it?

              Don't we as singers owe it to the dancers to "put out" each and every time?




              Wait!

              Lemme clarify that "put out" is not referring to the 49! Thats a different convo all together.
              To get a true picture of your purpose in life, you only get the whole picture when you listen with your mind, your ears and your heart. This way The Creator has a direct connection with you and only you...no outside interference.

              When you follow the will of IT that created you, understanding that your purpose is not for you...but for IT and all that IT has created, there can be no wrong except failure to be obedient. Only then do we jeopardize the gifts we are given.

              Its not the final destination that defines us, rather the journey taken!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by RedShield
                If the song is pumping and starts jamming I sing harder. Another thing that will get the voice going is a good set of back-ups... when those women are jamming too it forces me to sing stronger as well.
                By the way... Danbear... nice George Flett artwork! That's my wife's uncle, I can spot his work a mile away.
                Hey Red, You don't have to tell me how hard you sing. We've worked together before when you were with another drum. Because of you I had to get an extra audio compressor and better microphones. You start rockin and you don't need the sound system.

                JAM ON!!!!!



                Hobbs49, I didn't think of that one. Thanks!!! And tune up that voice for the summer season!!!!

                Let the summer season be long and a blast!!!!!

                I'm READY!!!!! WE can do 25000 watts now!!!!! It's time to hear the voices and FEEL the drums


                LSS, I am refering to "Who is not putting out" as who is not singing loud enough, or "output" of the voice.

                Agreed! 49er is a totally different subject. We can discuss that later.

                All I know is I am ready for the spring and summer powwow season. Fall too!!!
                Last edited by TKMJ Productions; 04-04-2006, 06:35 PM.
                Don't ask me what I think about something unless you want a truthful anwser. It may not be the anwser you are looking for.

                It's better to fly with the eagles then drive with the turkeys.

                Duct tape has a light side and dark side that binds our universe together.

                Bad attatude lessons available here. To inquire, Check the box to the right. []

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RedShield
                  If the song is pumping and starts jamming I sing harder. Another thing that will get the voice going is a good set of back-ups... when those women are jamming too it forces me to sing stronger as well.
                  By the way... Danbear... nice George Flett artwork! That's my wife's uncle, I can spot his work a mile away.
                  yeah i love the pic i've seen a hand sketch on some web site then i saw this, tell Mr. Flett i love his work especially this piece.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by LSS
                    ...the song that is sung needs time to build into a kickin' song...do you just loaf?

                    ...the song is not a kickin' song...do you just mutter through it?

                    Don't we as singers owe it to the dancers to "put out" each and every time?




                    Wait!

                    Lemme clarify that "put out" is not referring to the 49! Thats a different convo all together.
                    there are the occasional songs that you sing so many times that do become kind of blah, but you still have to sing just as hard on those songs as the ones that really rock ya know

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                    • #11
                      I just sing as hard as I can every song, and if my voice goes out, oh well I guess.
                      bucwild2012

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                      • #12
                        hmmm...no one singing hard at the center drum...well depends..if your the center drum and the only drum...sometimes you gotta just CRUISE!!! especially if you have gourd dance and war dance..what if its a 3 day powwow and your center drum...do they have that in hobbiest country? Not tryna get in anyones skin but i dont know how to ask that question....as long as everyones singing who cares..
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                        " say what I feel, I say what I think, I say what you do not like, Yet for some reason what I say is somewhat correct" Chief Big Beef 1999

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                        • #13
                          SBZ4life, good reply...

                          I had not thought about these situations (i.e. gourd dance, war dance, multiple sessions) despite doing any of these, if not all of these during a given weekend.

                          If one has a gig that is 3 days long, then yeah....pace yourself. Let the songs build for ya.

                          If ya have gourd dance, pace yourself.

                          If you're loafing just because and none of the above apply, get your butt in gear! Lets "jam-monkey"!

                          Nothing looks worse, in my opinion, than having half your crew singing hard and the other half...."oh well, what the H#!!"
                          To get a true picture of your purpose in life, you only get the whole picture when you listen with your mind, your ears and your heart. This way The Creator has a direct connection with you and only you...no outside interference.

                          When you follow the will of IT that created you, understanding that your purpose is not for you...but for IT and all that IT has created, there can be no wrong except failure to be obedient. Only then do we jeopardize the gifts we are given.

                          Its not the final destination that defines us, rather the journey taken!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by LSS
                            I had not thought about these situations (i.e. gourd dance, war dance, multiple sessions) despite doing any of these, if not all of these during a given weekend.

                            If one has a gig that is 3 days long, then yeah....pace yourself. Let the songs build for ya.

                            If ya have gourd dance, pace yourself.

                            If you're loafing just because and none of the above apply, get your butt in gear! Lets "jam-monkey"!

                            Nothing looks worse, in my opinion, than having half your crew singing hard and the other half...."oh well, what the H#!!"
                            I can see saving your voice during a long haul powwow or when the the drum has a heavy load like a powwow being a few drums short. That's a given. That's where the sound man has a big job. The singers need to sing at a comfortable level so they can save their voices for later when it really counts.

                            The sound man must set up the microphones so the singers only need to sing at a reasonable volumn to be picked up and run thru the sound system. Microphone placement is the key. They must be close enough to pick up the voices nicely, but out of the way of the hand with the drum stick. It gets tricky placing microphones so they are out of the way but pickup nicely.

                            I have lost a lot of microphones and stands learning the process. It was well worth it to learn how to work with a drum.

                            And yes, a drum can use my microphone stands to hang thing on that belong to the drum. I don't mind a bit. Besides the items help balance the stands.
                            Don't ask me what I think about something unless you want a truthful anwser. It may not be the anwser you are looking for.

                            It's better to fly with the eagles then drive with the turkeys.

                            Duct tape has a light side and dark side that binds our universe together.

                            Bad attatude lessons available here. To inquire, Check the box to the right. []

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                            • #15
                              Well We Kick It Out No Matter If We Are At A Pow Wow With 20 Dancers Or 400 Thats How We Sing And New Drums Wonder How Our Voices Hold Out But The Harder You Sing The Stronger Your Voice Is It's Not A Style For All Drums Though
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