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About mchlclark

  • Birthday 09/04/1975
  1. Wow, thanks Robert. And yes the only reason I was able to sing this light and connected, was the sobbing you have me doing. So thanks again for that, it is changing my vocals on a daily basis. And I will definitely get some more compression and balance the air better. I guess those two things are closely related anyways. I'm going to carefully go to the opposite extreme. Get really compressed/quaky, and more amplified. Then find some middle ground. Then practice it all, and apply it for dramatic effect in my singing. So I really am aiming at Jeff Buckley style vocals. His ability to go from quiet whisper, to middle of the road compression, then full on attacking a lyric just below distortion levels, leaves me in awe. And is very inspiring. Which is why I chose this song actually. As he has a version of this song. Yeah the guitar was half arsed, I can definitely do better. I was concentrating on the vocals so much, my strumming didn't get much of my attention. The volume was up and down, due to me just banging away on it. Saying it was bangy is apt, as I literally was banging on the guitar lol... My fingering wasn't great either. If you listen closely you can hear some strings aren't depressed enough, so are slightly muffled etc... I will focus on the guitar for a bit, and get it right, then go back to the vocals. Thank you for your help Robert. I'm still practicing, and studying etc... And will catch you for a lesson soon. I was planning on moving, but it didn't work out. So am stuck where I am for another couple of years. So just gonna stop making excuses and put out some ads, fliers etc... And get some clients. I took an honest look at my efforts to become a Vocal Coach, and I can do better. So as I'm not moving for a while yet, I can afford some lessons with you in a few months.
  2. I'm attempting to lighten up my vocals whilst still maintaining a definitely connected sound with good color. This is not how I intend to always sing, just trying to find the lowest possible effort and lightness with good sound, then am going to go to the opposite extreme. My goal is to find my limits on both ends. Any comments on this effort will be appreciated.
  3. Singing in the car

    Some of my favorite memories singing are in the car on long trips. 2 hrs of Chili peppers and queen, drove my girlfriend so crazy. lol. I think as far as posture is concerned, as long as your necks straight it's all good
  4. Anthony's TFPOS Progress Thread

    I am new here. So I know this post is last year, but wanted to know...Are you still with us Anthony? I would love to see more of this. Michael.
  5. I am also a guitarist. So I found that going to the music room, and using the microphone is great. But a lot of the time, my guitar is sitting right next to me and is really convenient. So after doing the foundation building routine exercises, (And I can tell you because I record them) exactly 34 times, using the files from The Four Pillars Of Singing course. I have gotten to know them very well. This includes the melodic fifth sirens, which on a guitar is just a basic bar chord. So the top string of your bar chord is the first/start note, and the second string in your bar chord, is your 5th. I have found that it is quite helpful. As you get to practice your scales on the guitar (Or any other instrument I guess), and so therefore your understanding of where notes lay on the guitar, at the same time as training, and warming up your voice. So obviously you could apply this to an electric guitar, or any other instrument, and then still use amplification for your voice. It's early days for me, having only completed the "Foundation Building Routine" 34 times. But I will experiment more with this idea, as I progress further into "The Four Pillars Of Singing", and at this stage feel it will be helpful. If anyone has any advice, or thoughts regarding this idea. Please share.
  6. Ebouchure

    Yes thanks for your comment Adolph. I do understand, and as I stated in my previous comment, I feel that I have my answer. You are right, and your comments sum up quite well, where I am at with this answer. Thank you. Michael
  7. Ebouchure

    Thank you all for your answers. I am satisfied, and understand all your help. My question has been answered. I will train with the Horizontal Embouchure, as I have a small mouth, and had a small problem with my left jaw hinge. A vertical Embouchure is not impossible, but the Horizontal works best for me. And when I get stronger, and have a good Embouchure, and vowel modifcation habits, i will experiment for different sounds. Thanks again Michael
  8. Ebouchure

    Thank you for your reply Robert. And yes you are thinking of the right person. I have finished the lectures and am reading the book for 2nd time. My training is only the foundation building routine, and sometimes sirens after the onsets. I fully understand your instructions regarding the Embouchure, and am following them properly. My question was something that without your instructions I never would have thought of! Now when I listen to, or watch musicians sing, I have a whole new understanding of what singers are doing and how! I found it interesting the way Kurt Cobain technically sang unplugged. Nearly closed Embouchure, and contrary to rumor, distortion with no visible strain.
  9. Ebouchure

    After studying the four pillars of singing, I was watching Nirvana unplugged, and noticed that for over 90 percent of Kurt Cobains performance, his embouchure was almost completely closed. Yet he still manages to perform, and produce a sound that is entertaining, and to my ears quite good. Even during his distortion, which he is most known for, he doesn't seem to be straining much at all, and his embouchure is still just open. So I guess my question is... is it really necessary to always use a full horizontal, or vertical Embouchure? Or as with the vowel modification, should the embouchure also be experimented with?