Sid

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  1. Thanks for the replies fellas. Benny - that makes sense about opening up the door to the top notes. Also you're right about it being mezzo voce. Roger Kain puts a lot of emphasis on these "half voice" exercises. Saying that they will turn a good singer into a great singer and will bring improvements throughout the whole voice. In your experience does this ring true?
  2. Hi guys I was wondering if anyone here was familiar with the Roger Kain Complete Guide to tough vocals book and CD? I've been doing his exercises pretty much everyday for almost a year now and have noticed a big difference in my voice. I was wondering if anyone could help me understand something a little bit more. He has an exercise which he calls the male Quiet mixed head voice, which starts in falsetto and descends on a major scale on a legato Koo sound. Halfway down the scale you switch from falsetto into your quiet natural voice. The switch then happens earlier and earlier until a certain point where you then do the whole scale in your quiet natural voice till the end. It apparently is designed to create a beautiful mix of the natural and falsetto voices. He calls this exercise "the great problem solver" and also the most reliable way to unlock your higher register and increase your range. What I'm puzzled about is the highest note this exercise hits in natural voice is a G#4. So how could it possibly open up the notes above that? Apparently the exercise is hundreds of years old, so those who aren't familiar with the Roger Kain book might still know what this exercise is all about. In the glossary he refers to the quiet mixed voice as messa voce. But when I've looked that term up, it seems to mean volume swelling of notes rather than what this exercise is. Anyway, I'd love to know if anyone could shed some light on this for me! thanks Sid