Kevin Ashe

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  1. B2M- On Bended Knee

    when I researched this same question, I found that the Utoob videos that seemed the most helpful for improving both accuracy and speed in singing runs, were the videos that had you begin singing the run "scale" very slowly then, speeding it up gradually so that your larynx becomes increasingly agile, enabling greater speed and more accurate pitch. This kat seems to know his stuff, I like this video:
  2. Journey Practice

    InterResting! yes, vowel modification is my number one downfall when encountering pitch or texture issues with a particular challenging lyric. It is often corrected (for me) by modifying the vowel. Yes Joe however, choose a song that has your undeveloped "low head tones" in it so you can check your progress. Your comments reminded me of a classic Rob Lunte video! Strong low head tones are the grandest illusion in the physics of singing! Name any awesome singer, their low head tones are likely really well developed!!
  3. Journey Practice

    So, in this post I discover your name is "Joe." I always enjoy your musical posts Joe! You possess a great authentic folk sound that can't be taught too easily. Also, good song choice for a folk interpretation! Nice work! My observation is that you need to apply two simple techniques. Your high notes in each of the "complete" lines of lyrics: "and 'round" "my love" "they say that the road....." etc. are pitch tentative. In my opinion, you should be able to fix this with minimal effort. The two techniques, 1-appoggio 2-sing with M2 (no chest pulling) on the highest notes. Both of these techniques are most needed on the line, " strangers learn to fall in love again..." Are you seated while playing your guitar and singing? I know that when I am seated to play and sing, got to be on top of posture to make lung room, also more conscious of diaphragm action when seated. of course, vowel modification is something that always demands scrutiny AND, often fixes pitch issues as well. I did not think of this while listening. That's all I hear Joe, what do you think?
  4. Am I singing distortion correctly?

    Hi Ryan! First, I must confess, I'm not as familiar with some of the terms geran89 is using. However, I would agree it sounds as though you may be using "true folds" in some of your vocal effects. I agree with geran89 that you should be wary of any discomfort. I thought I would leave a comment since many years ago I had the same questions you have. I did a lot of experimentation and research to discover what it really meant to be able to sing with distortion, rasp, grit, etc. and not cause any damage. I would underscore two main ideas as answers to your questions which I discovered made all the difference for me in being able to apply said vocal effects without damage or strain. 1- appaggio - without proper support of the breath, NO distortion technique will effectively avoid damage or discomfort. 2- Never with "true cords" - only false cord distortion will avoid damage. (only one exception - refer to #1). Good Luck dude! k
  5. Jarom! I'm sure it's helpful and beneficial for you to get your voice reviewed, and of course I'm a big fan of at least 4 of the vocal coaches that roam the halls here at TMVW! That being said, you my friend have something that every singer ultimately hopes to have. . . . . . a unique voice! Yes, we're all unique essentially but you know what I mean! Your singing really catches my ear and pulls me in! Just because it's Jarom!  

    If I were to give examples of famous singers who have a "unique" sounding quality to their singing voice like you do, I would sight vocalists like: Jim Kerr, Bono, Matt Shultz, Nat King Cole, Chrissie Hynde, Johnny Cash, Joe Walsh, Anthony Kiedis.......  these are folks that I feel just stand out from among their famous peers.

    Good luck to you man! Your music is well crafted, good grooves, very catchy melodies!



  6. New Here

    You made a perfect choice Woogie, to explore in TMVW forum. Lots of members here willing to share and advise. People with credentials and experience, some with a great deal of experience, others like you and I, seeking improvement and knowledge. I'm glad Draven chimed in because he knows what he's talking about! As far as vocal coaches and home training systems, I'm a student of Robert Lunte, and highly recommend his Four Pillars of Singing Online course and hard copy book. There are also, several other awesome coaches (and training systems I believe) represented here for you to investigate. I hope you can get healing soon, I know what torment it is to want to sing and be unable to.
  7. New Here

    Wow! what an amazing experience Draven! From a world class opera career, through a fractured larynx, then to country music fame!!? Sounds like a great 60 minutes piece!
  8. New Here

    what's goin' on Woogie! Welcome, glad to greet you! really interesting question and challenge. You really don't have to be embarrassed in that it is likely more common than you imagine. Also, there is a path to healing from what I've been told. I have asked the same question (regarding nodes) to several voice coaches, each one I spoke with said FIRST, see a medical specialist and get an actual diagnosis. Follow the doctors recommendations for best healing. Perhaps more experienced individuals in this forum can share what that is, I don't know. I know there are surgical procedures but know zip about pros and cons, or when it is the only option vs. "natural" remedies. I'm sure "rest" of the vocal folds is in there somewhere. Also, once the doctor o.k.'s it, there are several useful healing vocal exercises a vocal coach can utilize to help you rebuild your voice. I've have had some minor damage which I found has begun to improve, to the degree I have the discipline to train them consistently. That is a theme you will hear echo in the halls of TMVW forum quite often. Practice, train, get motivated and do the work and the results will come. Not unlike the kind of inspiration you hear commonly in sports. Like an athlete, you have an injury, injured athletes need medical help, THEN therapeutic training to complete the healing and other subtleties of strength and coordination. I'm sure the fine coaches or individuals with nodes experience in this forum can elaborate, improve, and/or correct my response. Do you have a vocal coach or training program you are using currently?
  9. Grateful for your voice box?

    This article reminded me not to take singing for granted. It's a story about a boy born without an airway or vocal cords (rare condition), a heartwarming and fascinating story. There's also mention of how Medical Science is making advances on "growing" vocal cords for people who need them.
  10. MDEW, I like your voice! Your sound colors on this track fit the genre really well! Cool of you to share your talent with us! Good song selection for your voice also. I could see you singing (as far as "covers" go) a few artists really well with this style of singing. i.e. John Prine, Dylan (as Mr. Lunte suggested), Arlo Guthrie, Jackson Browne, maybe Neil Young for some M2 challenges. I would say, maybe if your appaggio was a bit more strong we could hear you sustain some more notes and let that cool, sweet vocal texture you have (rasp included) resonate a little longer! At the end of the song (about min. 3:00) you begin to retard and your singing sounds considerably more supported there! Well Done!