Kevin Ashe

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  1. Thick and dirty chest/head. Clean falsetto

    1- If you want to eliminate distortion/raspiness it would seem you have inadvertently created a habit in your vocal technique that has sort of "locked you in" to that sound color. This is (simply stated) a control issue for you. Many of us love distortion & rasp in our vocals, some are in this forum asking how they might add distortion and grit to their vocal style (i.e. "my voice is too clean"). I think if you get a clearer understanding of the how & why the "flapping flavour" is occurring, you can then start tackling the control techniques that allow you to have autonomy over your sound color, and not be shackled to a muscle memory rut. If you look into the onset video by Robert Lunte (below) I believe you'll see how you might use his onset techniques to build clean vocal fold connection. I also like Melissa Cross's intro video on her distortion techniques for understanding what you might be doing inadvertently. As far as I know, you'd have to buy one of her mp3's/cd's to obtain those exercises. 2- That's the muscle memory issue that has you feeling lack of control. Again, the onset exercises will help you to hold the clean tone through your entire range and you will feel (and then be enabled to control) the placement and sound color of your choice whether that be clean or distorted. 3- That would be an issue of vowel modification and dampening the larynx (gonna post Lunte's classic video on those techniques also!). your best bet is to get at least 3 lessons from a vocal coach to actually analyze your voice, and give you extra confidence and help you avoid performing techniques incorrectly. Good luck Rich, I hope this helps. just for fun, regarding "Flapping flavour"
  2. Mike Reno Was Great - Loverboy

    yeah, i'm also paranoid of how much i'm tracked so i got in the habit of misspelling. probably doesn't help, it's just the twitchings of a digital neurosis.
  3. Mike Reno Was Great - Loverboy

    facebook, it's a love hate relationship so i spell it that way because i'm such a rebel! there's an artist who markets her music and teaches others how on facebook. her name is Leah McHenry, she is amazing, does a celtic fantasy hard rock vibe.
  4. Mike Reno Was Great - Loverboy

    I heard this happened to ARS and Everclear. they lose their rights to the original recordings so it's back to the studio 10, 20 years later to try and do it again. good luck with that. even if the vocalist sings great still, the subtle nuances of the recording process are quite difficult to reproduce without a noticeable difference, even to the untrained ear because, they've heard the original track so many times. fxxk the record companies! they're dead or dying thank God! the new paradigm in making money with music is emerging rapidly, most aggressively on Phacebuhk.
  5. R.I.P. Tom Petty

    this is the tune that knocked me out, likely my most favorite even though it was a collaboration with Dave Stewart, and was a bit more "electronic" then most previous material. ! love the contrast of the funny video also. really gonna miss Tom's presence in the music scene!
  6. R.I.P. Tom Petty

    A great Americana Rock Composer! So many cool tunes, really great musicians in the band! I think most people my age would recall how impressed they were upon hearing Breakdown for the first time. I recall thinking way back when I first heard Petty interviewed, "Dang that dude has a deep speaking voice for all that high pitched screaming and tenor singing he does!"
  7. Singing like Ronnie James Dio

    that thought never hit me before JonJon. now that you mention it, i agree! Arnold Lanni however can scratch it up pretty tough.
  8. Singing like Ronnie James Dio

    Lani and Hassel founded Frozen Ghost out of Sheriff. Out of all the mullet boys from the 80's, I liked the heavy (M2) sound color of Lani's vocals, he had great distortion as well.
  9. Homeless Man Sings

    This is very cool! Thought I should share it for all the TMVW members who may not have seen it yet. The story in the description is worth reading also.
  10. Chris Cornell Challenge (Tribute)?

    very true! Thanks Joe! and I think you're right, i got to figure out how to dial back the distortion and dial up the closure. when i dropped the song down a 1/2 step, what you're saying about relaxing into the song happened rapidly. i think that illustrates well how simply the mere notion that, "i'm in a higher key," and anticipating more difficult notes to achieve the right closure and distortion ratio on, increases tension, and decrease confidence (both a threat to good phonation). I know I don't have these distortion/closure ratio issues with my vocal a half step down from the original Audioslave key. yeah so maybe some M0 work would help as well since there is likely a tension factor.
  11. So who done the forum over then?

    What?! ok, well, i'm pretty forum ignorant i guess, i don't even know what you're talking about. and as far as nothing better to do with my time goes...... guilty. I've got about 8 books I need to finish reading, get my fat ass out exorcising, and stop stuffing my piehole with candy bars!! Thanks trainee singer for the encouragement!
  12. Chris Cornell Challenge (Tribute)?

    Thanks Joe! What would be your guess as a focus in training to beef up those top notes. I know I'd like to round 'em out, warm 'em up, kinda add some blue to the red. I also need a texture that's less compressed and "dry" sounding (not digital effects), sort of "choked off." I'm thinkin', your basic appaggio and larynx dampening, then some siren mods that cool down the M2 notes. I'll be cracking open the 4POS to dial in the final choice for an appropriate training plan.
  13. Chris Cornell Challenge (Tribute)?

    Hey all my TMVW peeps! This was a long time coming for many reasons, not the least of which were time and equipment. I stumbled across a couple of interesting things in the process. - Really don't care for my sound color on the deepest notes. Should have dropped the tune a half step. - This recording is fully raw, just a little bit of reverb and delay on my vocal. no mixing, no cleaning up the punches (there were more than a few!) Plus, ran out of endurance on the session which was in a blazing hot room so, kept a few takes I would have normally tried to do better on. I'm really vain about posting my less then best yet, I think there's something worth sharing about it here. - I tried to emulate Cornell a little too much. This ends up robbing my performance of some authenticity (I feel). When I place the song down a half step and sing it in my own personal style, the song actually comes alive for me, both in the guitar and vocal improvisational fluidity. I intend to record that next, then post for comparison. - I am contemplating also committing to training some more thickness into my upper range for a few months, then maybe take another shot at this version. Never got the mandolin solo recorded, may end up with a guitar solo in the future, to skip the non-existent solo, jump to 3:18
  14. Expanding range downward

    no, i'm a barri. but one whole step allowed me to eventually sing maybe 30% more low notes in the bass clef of the music the choir was performing. instead of just flipping to the octave.
  15. Expanding range downward

    eventually, I was able to increase my low range by a whole step. It took me the better part of a year to get the resonance adequate. just singing the pitch ain't enough, that part happens faster than warming the resonance so it doesn't sound like the multiphonic growl of a Tibetean monk chanting.