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    • I recorded this again, keeping in mind some of the suggestions. I changed the chord progression. It is not as easy as it seems to transpose a piano arrangement to guitar and had a few chords wrong. I left a little more room between lines in the second half of the song. It may match a little better than the beginning. Let me know which gives a better feel. if any........ Thanks.  
    • Exactly, buddy. Keep practicing.
    • You guys don´t understand the culprit of dryness. Chronic dryness in larynx or drier throat comes from malfunction or slight lesion  to superior laryngeal nerve branch or vagus. From what I read it should be the internal laryngeal nerve which is a sensory branch of superior laryngeal nerve.Either way submucal glands above vocal cords in larynx are controlled neurally through superior laryngeal nerves. I get dryness after singing too quit soon, it mean that nerve is the problem. I get dry throat every single time upon waking up, and it is not hydration, enviroment, mouth breathing nor other nonsense. Dryness is clinically related to globus pharyngeus- lump in throat. There is a thread in one forum called " One way of explaining the globus phenomenon" where a very experienced ENT with 40 year long practice explaines how globus sensation comes from dryness in larynx. Once you have chronically drier throat - thick mucus is the result and swallowing comes with discomfort and sticky mucus. Excluding Sjogren syndrome or mucosal atrophy, chronic dryness is always nerve related and it impairs the voice in huge way. Guiafenesin is not bad, I haven´t tried for less than couple days so it is hard to judge the results. I havent resolved this problem, However as dryness is related to globus sensation, there is a chinese formula called Ban xia houpo tang, that is very effective for globus pharyngeus. In a couple of days I might receive my order of it , so I will write here later about how it will turn out. Another interesting idea would be to try low dose amitryptiline or baclofene. Still doing a research on what should be effective. Hydration will not cure dryness trust me, because if  the nerve is even slightly dmamaged  it permits the chemicals that dries laryngeal mucosa and they wouldn´t be normaly permited into mucosa. Also I have been researching the chinese herbs and others too. 
    • Thanks Draven, You are spot on with my R sounds. My Tongue flips up and my bottom lip curls in with the top teeth resting on bottom lip. I have been aware of the problems for a while but knowing the problems doesn't always lead to a direction to fix them.  In those times when I think that I am adding flare or excitement more of the accent kicks in and everything starts heading towards an "Ih" center. I like the Idea of using movie and cartoon characters as a reference to sounds.( I had to look up the priest from Princess Bride)  When I was told too many times that I sang through my nose with a raised larynx (After getting the advice that there should be nothing in the throat, resonance in the head and movement in the abs) Everything should be free and easy......I decided to be an ass and present the same song with the most constricted and manipulated low larynx sound I could think of.....A combination of Bullwinkle and Grandpa Simpson......The responce from the forum was "Whatever you are doing right or wrong keep doing it.".  My conclusion was that the definition of Free and Easy is something different from "Free and Easy". I do not try to use that sound all the time. Maybe a little of it at times. The result may need to sound free and easy but there is manipulation involved, even if the manipulation is suppressing movements rather than initiating them.
    • Before I jump in, I do want to say that I like your storyteller style. I suspect the biggest culprit in your accent for causing problems is your hard "R" at the end of words, whihc is a consonant that is almost crossed with a vowel. It sounds like you pull the tongue up on that consonant. Most people pull the hard "R" to their throat, so you at least are headed in the right direction! I have a specific exercise to correct this type of issue, but it would be difficult to explain here. I can at least get the most important part here though. It's what I call "relaxed speech." I've used not just to help correct placement and throatiness, but also to change accents. One of my students was from France, where everything is spoken near the back of the tongue. This helped her a LOT. I've also seen it get many people out of their throat when in a tough spot in the recording studio. First, make a soft "g" into /eh/ (geh), and pay attention to where the tongue hits the roof of the mouth. I call that the "resonant spot". I use it as an anchor or default point for vowels. That anchor can be moved a bit further forward or back for sound color, but in general, the vowels will stay anchored to, pointed at, or move around that one point. It should feel like your vowels are being generated in that point and then only outward from there. Try to stay relaxed and speak a whole line of the song from that point, then sing that line into the exact same spot. At first, your speech might remind you of the priest from The Princess Bride. It sounds ridiculous when speaking, but it makes for a solid singing accent. Now try to say problem words, like ones with hard "R" sounds, into that point. Your "aR" should sound more like /ah/oo/. For "eR", it might ssound more like /uh/ou/. The "R", if sung at all, would be at the very very end, closing the word, and not really sung. For the pitchiness on high note, it sounds like you might be moving into a grunt mode, where your neck and glottis tense up to try and "hit" the note. I see this a lot. Try humming into a cocktail straw for those lines, relaxing the throat and neck as much as possible so that the only tension you feel is the solar plexus, then the resonant spot (above), and maybe, just maybe a little bit in the TA muscles. There should be very little air coming out of the straw, even if you hold your nose. You might have to start that at lower volumes at first, just to get used to it. Grunting on high notes is difficult to overcome. I've yet to find an onset that immediately releases that particular type of compression. Isolating the note with Pulse & Release, Wind & Release, Contract & Release, Head to Chest only, Relaxed Speech, The Straw, and more, seem to work sometimes and not others.     
    • Thanks for listening. You are spot on with the groove thing. Elton plays this a tad slower..    I have not been able to lose this accent, It pulls me sharp on the Ah's and Flat on the Uh's.  I have been thinking of vacationing in Minnesota for a while, maybe that will subdue this accent.  Maybe that is a bad idea..
    • Hey Joe, been swamped... I'm not familiar with this song, which is surprising. You have a real Robert Zimmerman vibe going on here.   My advice: - Slow down the guitar / accompaniment, its rushing a bit on any potential groove here. - Pay more attention to the intonation, its a bit pitchy.   Toss up a v2.
    • No, It is a pitch issue. Singing in tune is staying on pitch. If sing a note too low or too high you are off pitch.
    • you saying this is a rhythm issue?
    • Hello Gedas, One of the problems is that you are not singing in tune with the music.     The music sounds pretty good and because you wrote the music I would I would assume that you can hear when instruments are out of tune or that a Bass line or piano part does not fit with the rest of the music. If I were you I would play the sung melody on the piano and then practice singing to match the pitch of the piano.     
    • Thanks, 2 cats, for the reply! 
    • I thought I would have a go at another Elton John song. Let me know what you think.  
    • Improving resonance is not going to directly produce a natural vibrato, BUT... it is hard to have nice vibrato, without good resonance. Good resonance is one of the "ingredients" to getting vibrato to work and sound good.
    • Would improving resonance also produce a natural vibrato?