Kevin Ashe

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  1. Is phlegm okay?

    Phlegm is in no way something to rely on. it is something to eliminate. It will interrupt vocal fold closure and even cause you to cough in the middle of singing a note. You may be confusing the idea of hydration with phlegm. Good hydration, a wetness sensation in the throat, is beneficial. Dehydration, dry throat and vocal folds, not good, results in wear and tare, singing fatigue. So, avoid alchohol, yes, stop or reduce smoking, rewatch Draven's video for hydration tips. make sense? k
  2. Hi L.A.! Sorry you haven't received a reply until now. You may have already auditioned by now? I'm going to simply go ahead with my thoughts on this, if the audition came and went, at least maybe you can use this info for other future opportunities. Here's what I think is your best resource for this desire/goal of yours to sing/perform: Find a song that has emotional relevance for you. A song that in some way really inspires you (lyrically), and one you really enjoy musically (a song you feel you "match pitch" well on!) Record your performance and submit it here for Draven or Robert to critique. They will most certainly give you primo advice! I think it's still only ten bucks to submit a "review my singing" video. If not, it's worth twenty easy! It's a good sign that you are nervous about this! Why? It's because you never progress/grow unless you challenge yourself!!! right? You've heard that before. Good luck L.A. !!
  3. Best scale singing exercise for improving pitch

    what's up Bop! Minor scales tend to challenge your sense of pitch most. Do you have a home training program? If not, I will recommend Robert Lunte's, "The Four Pillars of Singing." All your questions answered! All the training you need for all things singing! Cheap, for what you get! I know, I probably spent over a grand taking lessons from top coaches way back in the 80's. The 4 Pillars of Singing does much, much, more than that for you today! Get it! Then take a few lessons from Rob along the way. No better course of action you can take as an investment in your singing!! peace, k
  4. I Believe In A Thing Called Love

    He's singing highest notes in both falsetto and a slightly more connected falsetto, as well as a few "head voice" / "full voice" notes (the very highest notes). at 1:23 he sings every "day." "Day" is sung in a solid head voice even though it's not one of the way high notes. That "day" note is actually harder to learn how to sing than the highest notes. here's a video on that:
  5. Is phlegm okay?

    Hey axd218, Draven's video is all excellent advice. Only thing I would add is: eliminate or drastically reduce ALL dairy from your lifestyle. Dairy is a major producer of mucous, Major! I'm a dairy lover so I know how hard it is to abstain from it, but if you like to consume dairy as much as I do, eliminating it will prove to you just how much less gunk your body will produce in reaction to it. Humans are not built to eat/drink dairy. AND, Phlegm will screw up vocal effects, especially distortion! AND, men who eliminate/reduce dairy are at a lower risk for prostate cancer.
  6. GHOST

    I love it when a "new" band with a great new sound emerges! Their not brand new but i just found out about them last night. Just had to share for anyone else who might not know about them. I've posted one song and their grammy acceptance speech which is hilarious! really like their melodic, minor-ish, mystique, and they are most definitely groove maestros!!!!! enjoy!
  7. Devin Townsend, Suicide - Cover

    Well Done Draven! Your voice sounds comfortable in that song! Great guitar work Charlie!
  8. I thought this video was fascinating! Just had to share it! k
  9. Cobain & Grohl - Vocal Coach Lost Opportunity

    You make a good point Hopeful, I know Robert Lunte has minor scales as it also improves pitch recognition for good relative pitch development. I have seen some coaches innovate scales that have more relevance musically as you are suggesting. Rob also incorporates some of these type of vocalise. I'd like to hear a coach comments on this.
  10. I'm unaware if this video has been posted here before. I think it underscores what's wrong with some vocal coaches who seem to remain stuck in outdated teaching methods from circa 1985. I would have come away from my first voice lesson with the exact same opinion were it not for the fact that a major rock star told me his coach increased his vocal range, stamina, and power significantly! I went to his same vocal coach. I went to the first lesson expecting that whatever the coach instructed was gold, and I was going to follow it blindly! After all, I had seen the results in a singer he taught! It's true, just like Grohl implies in this video, after that first lesson I thought, "it just seems bogus that these singing scales are gonna help me achieve what I'm wanting vocally!" There was very little in depth discussion about what the science of the vocal instruction was. It was just, take this cassette home of the scales I just recorded you singing, and practice them every day for at least an hour. Next week when you come back, we're gonna work on vibrato. Then the next lesson, another cassette, until a large volume of dollars drained out of my wallet. It's very cool how Rob Lunte blazed the trail on vocal pedagogy in the last 15+ years. It's a model that brings a more holistic and specialized comprehension, which translates into augmentation of vocal development/improvement. To say nothing of his engaging training system, and the re-engineering of "singing scales" or "vocal workouts" (chiefly - onsets) to maximize the students ability to feel more tangibly what is occurring in the vocal track, and why. I don't know who this coach was that Cobain went to, but you can see there wasn't enough understanding at the end of his lesson. AND, if Kurt blew his voice out, why did he come home with a cassette of scales? (see any of the youtube videos or threads on exercises for vocal damage). peace! k
  11. Lucky for me, I healed in two days! Yes, this is a personal story, a cautionary tale of the vocal danger of over confidence, which can fuel lack of training, and lead to injury! It's a slice of humble pie for me to tell about this, especially with the influential voice of TVS & this TMVW community always echoing in my mind. So here's what shut off the echo (my excuse). A friend of mine gave me a call to invite me to jam with an old cover band he is considering reforming. I had not had the chance to jam with local musicians since I was last living where I am now some 8 years ago. Back then, my friend (the drummer), had me sing as a temporary fill in for his band since I couldn't commit to long term at the time. I was amped about singing live hard rock with some talented players! On the way to the jam, in the car, I made a feeble attempt at "tracking" (nasals) with the radio. Failed to get a proper sound check and sound level. I walked in to the rehearsal room (garage studio) and within a few minutes, the PA was flipped on, the guys were warmed up and I chose this song off the set list on the wall, an old favorite to start off the night: Song went great, these kats are tight! I was having a good time yet, as soon as we were done with that song I knew instantly I had very little passaggio left! I could feel it when I would just softly sing a scale. I told the guys the bad news, THEN had us get my mic level right, and was expecting the jam to be ruined however, I was surprised to discover that the songs we then played, I was able to gimp through them relying only on M1 and the upper end of M2. The guys said, "dude you sound fine, there's nothing wrong with your voice!" That gave me a chuckle and I proceeded to tell them a brief explanation of passaggio. Then, the last song we played for the night helped them see exactly what I was talking about. The guitarist (who could sing quite well) had to take over. Much of this song is in the passaggio for me. I was quite bummed as I'm a big Adams fan, love singing any of his tunes! So, In my defense, I was sort of swept off my feet in the excitement of getting to jam after years of missing it! I forgot the most basic elements of protecting the voice from damage. Singing too loud (due to no sound check, lead vocal mic too low), with distortion, WITHOUT proper appaggio (mainly diaphragmatic support) I've got no real excuse in forgetting to support, complete failure as a vocal athlete. At least I can say, it won't happen again! So there's that, don't do what I did! Sing every day! Always sound check! Train, Train, Train! peace, k
  12. Google Leaves "Auto-Tune" In The Dust!

    right! not sure if it would have to have wifi with as "nano" as chips continue to be, my guess is that the speed of recognition of word being sung would be tough. if the database has every word/lyric ever sung by said famous singer, (assuming the speed is not an issue) the software may struggle distinguishing between words that begin with the same vowel yet end with a similar or different vowel. (right?) like the words "fire" and "fighting" ? again, in the end, i'm thinking time will resolve these potential challenges.