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  3. I have rhinitis & a deviated septum please review my singing

    With proper placement, you should be able to hold your nose and get the same sound as without holding it. Rhinitis and a deviated septum really doesn't change much besides having to manage allergy symptoms a bit more closely. You're not lifting the voice properly, likely singing a lot from the throat with more speech-like vowels. The harder you push, the more you're shouting more than singing. I address that in my first Singing Basics video. If you want to build lung capacity get a cocktail straw. Breath in a low as possible (lower back, not shoulders), expanding your lower ribcage. Then, blow the entire breath out through the straw as hard as you can do without any pain. After a week, you'll start to notice you can do it a lot longer than when you started. As with the straw exercise, you can do this multiple times a day. You'll also notice some big differences in general after using the straw exercise for a while, which I describe in my warmups video. That one is all about learning to relax, get good glottal closure, balance air-pressure, and hold proper resonant placement for the pitch.
  4. I have rhinitis & a deviated septum please review my singing

    Thanks David I will check them out. And then I'll return with questions. In terms of the coach, would I need a specific type of singing coach? & what would be the best questions to ask to see if they would be the best fit to help someone with rhinitis & a deviated septum? I ask because I was attending lessons for two months last year but was unable to complete the course (because of work obligations). But when I was there it seemed difficult to move past the basics of breathing. They taught me the pin drop breathing exercise with the aim of lasting 30 seconds. But I could only last max 10 seconds. This frustrated my coach because she said her 5 year old students could last longer. But honestly I don't know what I was doing wrong. I was releasing as slowly as I could without getting light headed. I will say that it might be my rhinitis because I have a blocked nose year round. I was only recently diagnosed with this so I'm still getting used to it's affects. And unfortunately it came the year I decided to be serious about singing. We also did the hot potato exercise for placement. But to be quite honest, I never knew how these exercises translated to actual singing. It felt like a YouTube tutorial, where they ask you to do all these weird sounds but don't show you how to use it in a song. I kind of figured how to place the breathing into belting. But not anything else. My mind for some reason can't grasp the abstract I need a step by step how to dummies guide. My main issue is the pain. The sore throat & the big semi painful lump that forms in my throat sometimes when I'm singing in chest voice. I frustrated my coach a lot. She seemed to think that I have a wider range than I'm currently utilising & was often upset with me not reaching it. She accused me of not practising when I did. & my voice grew hoarse many times during that time & I lost it at one time. My aim is to return to a coach by New year 2018 the latest. But I would prefer going in with someone whose expectations were realistic considering the rhinitis etc. Because my main issue is I can't breathe, even now I'm finding it hard to breathe through my nose & I'm not singing. I'm trying to go to sleep (it's night time over here). But my rhinitis is bothering me to the extent it's messing up my sleeping patterns.
  5. I have rhinitis & a deviated septum please review my singing

    Are you training with anyone or any particular system? I too have rhinitis and a deviated septum, but have been singing professionally for 27 years. The problems you describe sound more like lack of proper placement and support. The videos linked below can help, but won't be nearly as effective as having a good coach, solid course of study, or both, like in The Four Pillars of Singing. Check these out, and let me know if you have questions: http://rocksinginglessons.com/videos/
  6. I have rhinitis & a deviated septum please review my singing

    Welcome " Singing with rhinitis", The opportunity to request a review of your singing is FREE. A guaranteed review requires a reasonable fee of $20. OR, choose one of our Membership Plans at the following link : http://www.themodernvocalistworld.com/store/category/2-membership-plans/ Respectfully, Adolph
  7. I suck at titles so forgive the above. But in essences yes I have rhinitis & a deviated septum. But I'm not sure if those are the sole reason for my problems singing wise. My main issue is a sore throat when singing in chest voice. I think it's because I do not know how to activate the diaphragm beyond belting. I have many other problems (1. consistency (sometimes I sound good others bad & I'm singing the same song), 2. diaphragm breathing, 3. I hate my tone, 4. nasal drip creates cracked voice, 5. nasally blocked nose sound when singing, 6. squeaky voicing when transitioning to higher notes, 7. weak voice with no resonance) but let's keep it minimal for my first post & stick to getting rid of the sore throat that I get when singing in chest voice. I would like it to no longer be painful & as painless as when I sing in head voice if possible. I don't have soundcloud etc so I hope it's cool that my link is to my tumblr page with the same name (though I change my name a lot) you are free to listen to my other vocal posts & comment on that too. https://singing-with-a-deviated-septum.tumblr.com/post/165584890474 Have a lovely day. PS: And please be as honest as can be, because the sooner I clear my head of delusions the better it is overall.
  8. Weird head voice?

    Didn't know you were a vocal coach, wow. I also have the exercises I've done within the session with my coach on cd, so I have lots to do. Thank you very much!
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    Until you can afford singing lessons, be careful about simply getting tips from Youtube and the like. However, if that's all you have, then make sure they are reputable teachers. The first video on my Rock Singing Lessons playlist can help, as can any of Robert Lunte's videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheDravenGrey https://www.youtube.com/user/roblunte
  11. Baritone practice High C

    Second attempt i tried hitting a d5 at the end and failed https://vocaroo.com/i/s1ajtzqKZBhT
  12. Baritone practice High C

    So you didnt think it sounded good? I tried sounding more opera.
  13. Weird head voice?

    Thank you very much for your feedback! Been having big trouble with the resonance placement for a while now. I know I get very off pitch which I am aware of, just experimenting to see where I am, and your feedback helped me figure out what I do wrong. Doing lots of self studies as I can't afford singing lessons atm, so any recommendation on a particular exercise that'll help get the resonance placement right? Edit: Should the feeling be in the head?
  14. Baritone practice High C

    Didn't you just say tat you weren't sure if it sounded good? If you don't want advice, then why did you post? However, if you're willing to learn, I've taught for years, and the advice I gave you is exactly what you need to improve your high C. What do you mean when you say you've "begun training on that high C"? Are you taking lessons, and going through specific exercise routines proven to help you reach your goal? Or are you doing this by trial and error? The latter isn't training, But the former, like getting someone experienced and who has a reputation for getting results to walk you through exercises for the advice I gave you, is training.
  15. Baritone practice High C

    That is one of the problems, You need to listen closer. Once you start to hear the difference in pitch you will get better quick. Please do not think that I am just being mean. You have the ability and a cool tone when it is in the pocket. Tweaking a few things will give you amazing results.
  16. Baritone practice High C

    In my ears it sounds good
  17. Baritone practice High C

    It doesn't sound good until those concerns go away ("strain", "difficult", "try not to..."). Start learning how to lean into your head voice resonance more, and slowly turning on the TA muscles as a separate thing. Until you can turn on your TA muscles less than full strength, and hold a head voice position/configuration while doing it, you're simply yelling. Appoggio exercises can also help.
  18. Weird head voice?

    You're very pitchy in general, and your resonant placement is completely incorrect. Look into eartraining for vocals. There are many voice apps that will play a pitch or interval and then let you try to match it. Also, humming into a pitch wheel can help you match pitch as well. Winging in pitch is a listening skill, more than it is coordination or strength like the rest of singing. You head voice sounds off because of resonant placement being in the throat vs being in the soft palate. Hold a finger to your bottom lip and try to sing up and over it. This usually will point your vowels up into the soft palate and get you out of your throat. Also, start humming and buzzing your lips through songs 2/3 the time, instead of just singing them. It will help you get used to a better placement of you voice, among other things good for singing. Keep taking lessons. Get them to show you how to place your resonance and vowels better for singing, and give you exercises specifically meant for learning to sing in pitch.
  19. Weird head voice?

    Welcome Eperty, The opportunity to request a review of your singing is FREE. A guaranteed review requires a reasonable fee of $20. http://www.themodernvocalistworld.com/store/category/2-membership-plans/ Respectfully, Adolph
  20. Weird head voice?

    Hello everyone, So I've been to a couple of singing lessons and finally confirmed that I've accessed my head voice. Problem is that it sounds weird. Check this out and this out. Let me know what you guys think.
  21. Baritone practice High C

    HelloI am a baritone who have begun training on that high c. It is a difficult note to reach. But i dont know if it sounds good? I try not to strain and open my mouth more wide. PS i had a bit of a cold when i recorded thishttps://vocaroo.com/i/s0899sgyCEZ2
  22. Pavarotti - Nessun Dorma

    Your tone is nice. I like it. But whether it is operatic, I am no judge. You have two points that you need to improve 1. Your pitching is inconsistent, there are many places where you sound off. If you can't hear that you are "off", then it means your ears are not sharp enough. You will do good to invest time in ear training. There are many many good apps that will teach you to do interval training, but best way is to listen to a lot of music and listen very actively. I can speak from personal experience, this is the best investment you can make in your singing. 2. Your tonal quality is impressive, but needs more work. You need to sound more effortless in your high range. Tonal consistency is what makes a certain singer pleasing. Right now, as in right now, this song is beyond your current level. Which is not to say that you will not be able to sing it. It just needs more work. Work of the kind that is consistent. Keep on what you are doing for 6 months to a year, both on your ear training and actual singing. You will see massive improvements. You are already at a reasonable base level. The climb from here on will become steeper and steeper and will take time and effort.
  23. Foals - Spanish Sahara(honest review plz)

    Come on just tell me I don't sound like shit and maybe possibly actually kind of good so I won't be insecure af anymore and can get out of here.
  24. Meatload - For crying out loud

    Yeah it sounds good to me, but it sounds kind of closed imo so I'd maybe opening the mouth a little bit because I don't really know what else to say. It also sounds quite powerful during the more intense parts of the song too.
  25. Hey! Needs criticism here! (Steelheart cover)

    For the beginning you sound a little bit off because it's kind of pitchy but when you're on pitch you sound great. I'd recommend working on your pitch a little bit if you ask me, and if you were on pitch your belt at 1:05 in the video would be on some next level shit. I'd also recommend not pushing really hard for the note if it's too high, and to not open your mouth too much because that's a common singer mistake. Maybe doing this again a half or full step down would be definitely be in your favour imo.
  26. Pavarotti - Nessun Dorma

    Yeah it sounds good but the pronounciation of the words sound a bit weird weird though, and doing so makes it sound like you're struggling to hit the notes.
  27. Sigh of the times by Harry Styles

    Too bad this has no comments because it is actually really good. I'd recommend maybe using more closed vowels by closing the mouth a little bit during the verses and maybe the chorus too though. I'd especially recommend it on parts such as "just stop your crying it's" and "we gotta get away from here".
  28. If you practice the wrong way, you will definitely develop bad habits. That's not to say that you can't learn good habits too, but trial and error is a very ineffective way to learn. Training is different than practicing. In training, you follow a training regiment that gets you to the results you want i(using both strength and coordination) with tried and proven routines/exercises. Two things: The examples you gave are not complete. The first sample has no voice. But it really doesn't matter because... You're singing from your throat, rather than the soft palate. The following video can help, but a short youtube video will fall drastically short of what training can do for you. If you truly want to learn to sing, The Four Pillars of Singing will be the best purchase you've ever made.
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