JackCee

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    Vocal Longevity in Popular Music

    Great replies everyone, thanks. It's interesting how there are only a handful of American singers with this type of vocal longevity. Aretha Franklin is doing some concerts she still has her high notes at age 75, absolute iron voice.
  2. Hello guys, I am sure many here have seen the video of the 90+ year old tenor singing clear and powerful high notes. Posted below is some other examples of some singers we can consider to have vocal longevity. I am not meaning to glorify opera singing, as I am a huge fan of pop music and other current genres. The question for everyone is, what singers are there in American Popular Music that has this kind of voice longevity (besides Stevie Wonder who is 65 and still wonderful). The requirements are: this person must be at least 55 years old with clear, unforced high notes (A4, B4, C5), and sing in english. Please post a Youtube link if possible and some justification for posting this individual. Lauri Volpi at Age 80 Alfredo Kraus at Age 68 Salvatore Fisichella at Age 73
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    Concentrate on the Right Things

    I can only say this (respectfully); the best teachers make things SIMPLE. If vocal process is complicated such as adducting vocal cord while reducing air flow while opening pharynx - good teachers make it understandable. Good teachers can demonstrate clearly, there are many new vocal coaches on the web who demonstrate what they teach and understand the science. It is up to the student to find the best teacher for them (not the other way around). A great vocal teacher can be wonderful resource and save you many years of confusion but at the end of the day - you are responsible for your own learning.
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    The Dreaded A4

    Hello guys, many of my favorite songs have use of the A4 note, usually the highest note in the songs. Now we know about M1 and M2 or chest voice and head voice. On a very good day I can sing the A4 note in a full heady sound but nothing close to the power head voices of Freddie Mercury or Bruce Dickinson. Whenever singing songs in the A4 my head voice it sounds weak, audience would not like it. However, I can also sing the A4 by belting in a strong chest voice, there is no pain or discomfort. But any note above this belty A4 my voice will break. In truth the belty A4 seems more useable and correct to me. The heady A4 feels weaker, more risky, and does not do justice for most songs. Many people here are veteran singers and have encountered these problems for years. What should I do to really have control over this dreaded A4?
  5. I have listened and watched this singer from very young.... amazing technique, beautiful voice, and loving personality. Today, a crazy person shot her while she was signing autographs for fans. As singers we pray for success not for jealousy, hate, and entitlement - but it comes with it. Speechless.
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    Recent Analyisis of Freddie Mercury's Voice

    As a fan of R&B and Pop music first I would like to humbly give my opinion on why Freddie Mercury is worshiped. He is versatile, he is selling the voice, he does not fit in a box. I would love to hear any other male singers switch between masculine and feminine sound, clean, and distorted singing. Not saying in a disrespectful way, I am interested in hearing someone as versatile. If no one can come with any suggestions, that's why Freddie Mercury is worshipped I remember on the voice one guy did a Freddie Mercury semi-final performance he won the whole thing.
  7. Hello guys, I am wondering why is it the the AE (bat) vowels and AH (father) vowels get a bad rap? In Lilli Lehmans book I recall she does not advocate using the AH vowel very much, also many teachers warn the AE vowel is "too wide" or splatty. I am not sure sure what this all means and would love to know why these vowels are portrayed negatively. Please share your thoughts below and your experience with these vowels if possible
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    FOR THE "Baritones" (or those who think they are)

    This article is all over facebook now, it's important to note that Freddie Mercury never had any formal training nor did he seek it. The great Freddie Mercury also had vocal nodules and still sang the way that he did. I see the positivity in this thread, if an untrained Baritone can produce such high quality without training, then imagine what a correctly trained Baritone can do. With that being said, I believe if a tenor has to shift registers 50 times in a day, a baritone has to switch at least 75 times. That is the nature of the beast
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    Breathy Voice

    You would achieve best results working with someone qualified on this issue. A speech pathologist, they are certified in help solving speech problems. Some patients cannot speak at all and go to speech therapy to regain speech. This is a slightly tricky issue because there is years and years of conditioning to undo. Speech therapy may very expensive so I can tell you what has helped me. Something called Loud Voice Therapy, you must THINK LOUD and not hold back. After 5-10 reps of loud AH's stop, do not over exert yourself.
  10. Hello guys, I like doing exercises and sirens and things because it is more easier than singing songs at F4-C5 which is where all the fun songs are. Recently I made a commitment to sing more challenging songs (even though half the time it is me failing into falsetto). I have discovered that maybe doing the song on a "mum mum mum" before adding in the lyrics is a good idea and helps me. What are some good ways that you have found to transition from exercises to songs? Because at the end of the day singers want to sing songs
  11. hey guys, in your opinion what is the most important part of vocal technique in one word? I know this is not an easy question as many people here love the complexity of singing but I am not one of them. you can choose any word such as "breathing, crying, practicing" etc. no explanation is necessary (though would be preferred). I choose resonance - because only if we can feel the sound can we manipulate the sound. If something feels good or bad, we have to figure out internally what to change.
  12. This guy was a beast of a singer and never had a problem with range, tonal quality, or anything. Ronnie James Dio. There are many other examples. The problem is not the size of your adam's apple - it is the size of your technique.
  13. The vocal coach says "Ali knows better than anyone that it takes more than just raw talent to have the kind of success One Direction has had. It takes all the right ingredients to fall exactly into place at exactly the right time." I unfortunately have to a agree, everything have to be right to have massive success.
  14. Very cool thread, I have experienced similar situation one or two times. My belief is what Lamperti said about the "covered voice" or "mixed voice" - a better term would be "closed voice" your voice is now more closed. Now doing it on demand all the times without hurting yourself is maybe the tricky part
  15. Hello guys I am curious to know what singers have demonstrated vocal longevity without losing voice quality. Who are your favorite artists that consistently have sung well for at least 20 years? For me I must have to go with Celine Dion and Stevie Wonder. Please include clips of the proposed artist if possible.