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  3. Susanna Hoffs. I guess autocorrect took over in a very odd way.
  4. Thanks for replying! Awesome I will keep practicing like I am. I've never heard of Suanna Hoffs but I am really interested to hear her now :3 Thanks so much and I will do a song in my higher range then and comment it here, I would love to hear your feedback on it
  5. Much more controlled! I like the high note near the end too. Your voice reminds me of Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) for some reason. I think you have a similar timbre. She puts a lot more air in her voice, resulting in a bit of grit too, but your voice reminds me of an almost punk-ish version of her - like a cross between Susanna Hoffs and Hayley Williams (Paramore). Great job! I would love to hear more in your higher range, especially getting into belting.
  6. I tried to practice improving my resonance like you said to but I'm not sure if I'm getting it or not. Do you think I'm on the right track or am I not getting it at all?
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  8. Hey thanks for the feedback Draven Grey! I was just practicing singing with a horizontal mouth kinda closed thing you said to do, and I actually do sound better and more 'pop'. I was really surprised so thank you so much I think this will really help. Also no I'm not really training at the moment other than some scales and stuff so I will check out the four pillars of singing now.
  9. Having a well-rehearsed band definitely makes a difference! How are you arranging a band live currently? Backing tracks can definitely make a huge difference too, but, as you said, can come across a bit cheesy. However, it's all in how you do them. My drummer always plays to a click, along with backing tracks. But teh backing tracks are just that, backing. We try to make sure anything that stands out is being played/sang live (even if along with the backing). For instance, we have 3 or 4 guitar parts, but 1 guitarist. He chooses the most prominent guitar part to play live. Bacling vocals also have 3 to 4 parts, but someone is always singing along with them. Keyboards are on backing tracks unless there's a prominent piano part of synth lead. Another way I've seen it done is making a spectacle of having a backing track. I've seen the lead singer of a punk band do a solo performance on acoustic guitar. He set up a stool next to him with a mic'ed tape recorder. Pressing play gave him a light rhythm part and backing vocals, and everyone loved it. On a bigger scale, Trent reznor did the same when he performed on piano. All his beats and strings were on a boom box, placed on top of the piano. In a band setting, I've mostly seen it done with vocals and keys, even on a pro level. Tesseeract's last singer, Ashe, had very lush harmonies, but no one else was singing. Van Halen did an entire tour without a keyboardist, only keys on backing. Granted, one screw up on their song Jump, and it went viral in a bad way. The backing tracks were out of key. I've also seen some big label guys have people on stage with them faking it. Sadly, it was obvious. The point is, backing tracks can work, if you find other ways to make the performance interesting and don't try to pretend it's live.
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  12. I'm not really having any vocal issues but I do have issues performing it at live shows due to drummers not knowing how to play the song on the drums and people not able to sing the backing vocals. I've thought about using a minus track but that might seem to cheesy.
  13. Like we've said before, you have a VERY particular style. Very unique and pretty damn cool. On the top end, your voice is reminiscent of Robert Smith. Is there something in particular you feel you're struggling with in this song, or something about your voice you would like to work on?
  14. Your pitch is great! That's 90% of singing! Your technique is fine for choir, but I'm not sure it's where you want it for contemporary singing. You have a lot of great potential, and I'm really looking forward to what you're able to do with your voice as you keep training. I like the little nuances in your voice that set you apart, such as some of your pronunctiation choices. You have a long way to go, but this is an incredible start. I also don't know more than the very basics of vocal fach, since it doesn't really apply to contemporary voice, and thus dosn't apply to my students. I wish I could help more on that side of things. There are some here who can. On your technique: Are you currently training? Like I said, your pitch is on, which gets you most of the way there. However, your breath support, anchoring, resonant placement, etc, are not stable. They move constantly, most falling back to a more "singing from the throat" that I've seen with a lot of my students who took lessons in their teens from teachers who either didn't know at all what they were teaching, or didn't know how to teach contemporary singing. You really need to be training, if you're truly serious about your voice. I highly recommend checking out The Four Pillars of Singing, linked to in the footer of this forum. One thing you can do, in order to start getting better resonant placement in general, is to starting tracking (humming and buzzing the lips) all the time. And I mean ALL THE TIME. It will help you engage the constrictors better and get you used to a better esonant placement. I also often have students hold a finger on their bottom lip and try to sing up and over it, to experience a similar resonant placement. The idea is to lift the voice out of the throat and onto the soft palate (perhaps edged toward the hard palate), much like what happens when you smile. And speaking of smiling, another thing that helps lift the voice is your embouchure (mouth piece or shape of your mouth). When you open vertically, especially wide, it puts a lot of pressure on your vocal folds, which you compensate for by modifying your vowel further back, and your resonance ends up falling out of place. If you focus more on opening horizontally instead, baring your teeth, you'll keep the voice lifted and anchor things down better. Like I said, great start! A lot of unique qualities to your voice! Keep it up!
  15. I'm, unsurprisingly, 100% in agreement with Robert. I adore your voice. Absolutely incredible. For those low notes, it might be worth attempting a few things to stabilize: Bring the voice more forward, edging, harsher, and then open to more air, which naturally modifies to a more curbing position. Dampen the larynx a bit more to taste, while adding slightly more breath support and locking down on the diaphragm. Do tuning exercises downward. This has been incredbly helpful with my female students who want to sing lower. Start with tuning slides E4 to A3, working your way down in half steps (D#4 to G#3, D4 to G3, etc). The main point is tuning as your voice and pitch moves. By tuning, I mean paying very close attention to a well balanced placement, musculature, support, and anchoring. For the higher notes, do you feel relaxed or like you're pushing? It sounds great, but I know that sound can be produced by either pushing a LOT of air/volume, or by relaxing completely and adjusting tiny things (like vocal twang and jaw placement) to get the same sound color. I've blown out my voice before from pushing too hard. I would hate to see that happen to you.
  16. First I would like to qualify that there are currently no doctors here, and medical advice may be from a professional singer, but not a medical doctor. My talking voice lowered quite a bit after training for stronger TA (chest voice musculature) engagement above my bridge. I've heard it happen with a lot of my students and other singers. Thicker TA muscles, thicker vocal folds, can lead to a lower voice. However, soreness is a different issue. You need to recover, even if you only experienced a minor cold, allergies, or anything else that caused swelling. Warm salt water gargles morning and night can help. Vocal rest is really good for you. Ingo Titze's straw exercise can help you gain your voice back, even help the soreness subside when done lightly. If it is sore muscles, there are a few things I've come across with my students. I hope this at least helps point you in the right direction. (1) TA muscle strength training like I described above can cause soreness of the muscles. But it feels like a sore muscle (like a day or two after a workout feels), not the same as swelling from illness or allergies. (2) Pushing too hard can pull a muscle. I had one student who decided to push his voice to the limit without my guidance and popped a blood vessel on his larynx. He couldn't sing at all for 6 weeks. I've experienced this type of things first hand when belting along side a soprano student of mine. 15 minutes in, something popped and I very suddenly coudn't do it anymore. When I tried, I would have a sharp pain on the side of my larynx. I had pulled a muscle. It took 3 months before I got my range back, and another year before the pain was gone completely. The ENT couldn't find anything wrong, but there definitely was. Thankfully I found Robert, the owner of this forum, and his program. Then I was able to learn how to belt above a tenor C without any strain at all or risk of blowing out my voice again. But that's beside the point right now. (3) Illness effects and linger. I"ve had a couple of student who experienced severe laryngitis. Afterwards, their singing voice had changed drastically. They had to push harder, fight with compression, and pretty much re-learn how to sing. The straw exercise I mentioned above helped them a lot. Here's a quick rundown of what I recommend if it is illness or allergy related: Ingo titze's Straw Exercise. Good for recovery, warm-ups, and assist both relaxation and placement n training. I show a full, quick warm-up here. But the straw exercises is first.
  17. Hi dear singing community. My basic question is - what's going on? Should I rest my voice or not? I am on my first year of singing with the goal of performing. I have earlier seen a doctor telling me my vocal cords are fine, and a speech therapist who showed me the phonation pipe technique which worked wonders on my talking voice. Recently I visited her again and she showed me that actually now I have to lower my volume when talking, not to tire it too much. This applies to my singing too. I have also been taking singing lessons with CVT-teacher which has been great. I now have my first rock gig in around a months time and do feel pretty nervous. Not only because it's the first time but because I'm mostly worried my voice won't hold or that I won't get time to practice cuz of what's troubling me. I've been having some troubles for 3 weeks now with soreness in the throat which prevents me from feeling okay enough to sing. My voice is not hoarse in any way, but I have clear sensations of the soreness. I think it started with a very mild cold, during which I sang, but the feeling now remains of something swollen or tight in the area above and inside larynx. I don't sense pain in the vocal cords. When I sing there's no problem in terms of how it sounds - nobody would detect something was wrong. I just wonder to myself what to do. Keep waiting / not singing / speaking as little as possible /do exercises to get rid of tensions, hum, eat garlic... Mentally relaxin and preparing... What would you do in my situation? Best, Berries
  18. Heres a little video my friend shot of me performing in the studio
  19. There's too much background noise to give a fair assessment. I'll let the more experienced guys here chime in though.
  20. Hey everybody. I goofed in the section introducing myself, so I apologize for that. This is me singing karaoke of Creep by Radiohead. I would like to know how I did and what you recommend I try different. I am always open to new ideas!
  21. Hi all, I'm new hear and thought I'd ask if anyone could review my singing. I'm 17 and have been singing for 2 years, I had a 10 lessons when I first started. I know I've got a lot to improve so I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. Also I'm auditioning for a choir on Thursday and I need to know my voice type when I write my application. Do you think I am a soprano alto or contralto? My range is E3-D6. I can do whistle voice but have very little control over it so I don't count it in my range because I can't actually use it when singing. (This one is out of sync but doesn't have any harmonies or anything)
  22. 1:09 - "and..." a bit pitchy. sharp. Elise, pay more attention to the lower notes, "some..."... they tend to feel a bit abandoned. The hard stuff, melisimo sounds good. Don't take your eyes off the road on the low notes as you prepare for the high notes... Your looking down the road, preparing for the big "money" note and taking your eye off the low note that is happening in the moment. Try to be aware of both. SOUNDS EXCELLENT!! KEEP GOING!
  23. Moon, Why are you interested in what your vocal fach may be? Not suggesting that it isn't interesting or good to know, but depending on what style of singing you want to pursue, it may not be as relevant as you think. Do you want to sing Opera and art songs? Do you want to be a Classical singer? Before you answer that, understand that I don't mean as a hobby or to "try it" with other styles... I mean, do you want to commit your life to focusing only on Classical singing? if the answer is yes, then vocal fach has more relevance. If the answer is no, or not that serious about it... then vocal fach is far less relevant to worry about. So, what say you?
  24. You honestly won't know for sure until you train. While it's impressive that you're singing in whistle register, the rest of what you're singing is not placed well, and therefore is not a proper representation of what you're truly currently capable of. Also fach classification is meant for classical, opera, and choral, so they can quickly put you into a pre-written part. If you're learning for contemporary voice, it doesn't matter. Any way about it, you nbeed to be training, either through a course like The Four Pillars of Singing, or with a solid teacher - which tehre are plenty of here.
  25. Help me decide what my vocal fach is! I'm untrained and a 14 yo girl, so please ignore if my technique is nonexistent (which it is), and just help me get an estimated vocal fach, which I've been trying to determine for the past 8 months out of curiosity. My range is a rough G3-F6, sometimes more or sometimes less. People have told me that I'm a mezzo-soprano with whistle notes, but I really have no idea.
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