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  1. Air in high notes

    Thank you all for sharing your expertise.     I don't recall the problem occurring in the oh or eh vowels where I am giving much more support.  Will exercising in this way cross over to the "uhs" and "oos" and solidify the sound?  (I am thinking of these things in CVT terms, so I am, perhaps artificially, dividing them into overdrive and curbing).
  2. Hi all, I have noticed that my high notes (I guess G4 or more) seem to be getting too much air.  I don't recall having this problem before.  I am doing a lot of the mums and mooms and working a lot with the "uh" sound, trying to do CVT curbing.  Any advice on how to get it cleaner and tighter?
  3. Wow, I was expecting a much more extreme singing style from your description.  To me, that guy's pretty much just singing somewhat loud.  He's playing rumba flamenco, more rumba than flamenco really.  Most of those guys have a lot of rasp and cut in their voice.  I asked how to sing "Like the Gipsy Kings" (the most famous band in this style) on the CVI board a few weeks ago.  If you listen to the video, you'll get an idea of what rumba or flamenco singing can sound like. You can check out the answer here:    http://completevocalinstitute.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=15457&sid=af08d0257387e128cab30cb566f0242b
  4. One thing you might try is to sign up for Marnell Sample's email list.  He will then send you a series of videos on some basic singing topics.  There are... very in-depth, borderline tedious--however, very well done.  I did not spend a great deal of time doing them, but I think they helped my throat relax and find some new sensations that I had not previously perceived.   He sometimes posts here.   http://www.vocalliberation.com/
  5. Fatigue/weakness

    Hmmm, it's true my voice takes awhile to warm up.  Still it's felt a little hoarse and ragged since trying to sing.  Another possibility is allergies, I guess?  My wife and daughter are both on Sudafed right now.   Ron, I know what you mean about different genres.  It sometimes feels like it's a whole different instrument, like the difference between fingerstyle nylon guitar (what I play) and pick-style electric or steel-string acoustic.
  6. Fatigue/weakness

    Guys,  I chanced upon the pinned "How to Sing in the Style of Steve Perry" video last night right before bed, and on a whim, decided to sing along.  I was surprised to find that I could do it just fine, especially with his pointers.  It felt so easy and efficient and, being somewhat lazy, I liked not having to work so hard.  I had been working lately on light singing and sirens and letting the voice do what it wanted at light volumes, so perhaps I was already in that mode.     Anyway, today I warmed up and tried it again and it did not feel too good.  What had felt easy last night was a bit of a struggle.  I didn't think much of it... I then went to try that style on "Hotel California", and what came out was a kind of reedy screech.  I was puzzled.     I downshifted and tried to sing "Smooth", which I think goes above E4 rarely, and there just really wasn't anything there.  That song usually feels too low, but it does lie in my speaking range, at least.    Voice felt tired and didn't want to cooperate with the lighter singing.  More intense, "overdrive" or "belting" sounds seemed okay, although by this time I was ready to shut it down and didn't want to make whatever it was worse.  I am not a big-time belter, but I think I generally sing above the passagio in a lightish "overdrive" up to G4-B4 or so.  I can sing in a falsettoish head voice up to E5 or more, especially in exercises.    Any ideas as to what could have been the cause?  My theory is that the heady, light "mixed voice" thing in the video uses a different part of the voice than my usual activities, so that part (M2?) fatigued quickly and needs recovery time.       
  7. Pro tip: don't make people trying to help you sit through 15 seconds of ads and 10 seconds of clearing your throat. Don't have anything to add, except I kind of like that weird tremolo thing. Don't forget how to do it, someday you might want to put it in your own stuff!
  8. Need your help guys!

    Gilad, I'm not an expert, it's just that your voice seemed somewhat "receded" in the mix. Hers sounded more intimate, as if she were closer to the mic and yours had been recorded further away. It's very subtle, but in a small way, it made you sound as if you were backing her up and not an equal duet partner (as I felt you should be). I hope it doesn't seem like nitpicking, sometimes I focus on weird things. It sounded great!
  9. Need your help guys!

    Liked and "liked". Would have liked your voice a little more prominent in the mix, but it sounded very pro and very good.
  10. Story of My Life - One Direction

    You have an attractive voice, just need technical work in the higher range/chorus area. But I would think your voice could get your girl if you stick to the lower range, it sounds good there.
  11. I know this is on old thread, hope you're still around. I think it's very cool that you put this together. It sounds good, the weakest part is the vocal. A lot of it just isn't together. It's like if you were playing bass and you flubbed a note, would you just let that continue, or would you go back and fix it and practice until it was right? I think you could go back and work on the vocal until it was much stronger, and then it could be easier to see if there are consistent things flaws in your technique that need to be corrected. I hope you keep working and having fun with your music.
  12. Owen, I can see what you're saying. I do operate on the assumption that people have certain money notes that especially sound good in their voice. Also, I guess because I like Roy, I always think about how he did and how successful (IMO) that approach was for him. There is also a concept in composition that methodically applying limits can actually end up inspiring creativity and better results (examples: form in general, the blues form). I love having a percussionist give me a rhythmic figure when I am improvising on guitar.
  13. Obrigado, Doutor! What about the concept of choosing or writing songs that accentuate your best notes? If you've got a great low E, sing "Daddy Sings Bass", if you've got good high notes, be like Roy Orbison and write some songs that climax with a rising melody and a big high note! (or if you can't sing at all, play bossa nova and be famous!)
  14. How does Camaron do this?

    Ah, I understand--thanks!
  15. How does Camaron do this?

    Gina, thanks for taking a listen. May I ask what a "melissa" is? I can only find references to Melissa Cross in any search I undertake. Good catch on the Phrygian mode, this song form, called tangos (not Argentinian), is usually based on oscillating between the normal 1st position guitar chord and the Bb chord right above it (although usually capoed up at least a couple semitones). The rolled r's would be typical of Spanish. The highly ornamented style is characteristic of flamenco and probably related to Arabic or Sephardic influence. Camaron is one of the most influential singers in the history of flamenco.