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  1. I have tried searching the internet and forum for clear answers to my questions, but can't seem to find anything coherent. Here are my questions: 1. Does mixed voice (speech level singing mixed voice) belong in classical singing (please specify male and female)? 2. What are the differences between classical technique (male and female), and mixed voice? 3. How can mixed voice be applied to classical singing/teaching? They may seem like generic questions, but look it up yourself, nothing on the web is clear. These need clear concise answers for the world to understand! Thank you for your contributions.
  2. Hello I am not a professional singer but have been singing for about 10 years now, I usually sing for about an hour a day. I sing in a mix of chest and head voice and am female, 27 years old. I try to do vocal warmups regularly but my motivation to do so is low because I have never noticed any improvement either short or long term. The one thing that consistently seems to give me a great voice is having been on a night out the night before. I.e. being hungover, having smoked cigarettes and not had much sleep (and probably having done a lot of shouting). This is bizarre to me for obvious reasons. I cannot think what would cause my voice to improve (better pitch, more smooth) from doing the above and would love to understand so I can hopefully find a way of achieving the same effect without damaging my voice. Thanks in advance for your help, Hanne
  3. I recently discovered the importance of cord closure in singing. It made singing so much easier and accessing the mixed voice feels just so natural and good now. But, it kind of changed my view on breathing in singing. I don't understand if I should just focus on cord closure or actively focus on keeping the breath in the body with abdominal, back and intercostal muscles. Before I worked on cord closure so much, I would focus on what was happening with my torso muscles, but when I started developing good cord closure it all came naturally. My muscles would engage as they were supposed to do and I would feel it and I didn't worry about it. But sometimes, for example when I'm nervous, actively holding the breath with those muscles combined with focusing on good closure seems easier. Then again, at times I feel like I'm holding the breath a bit more than necessary - it doesn't hurt my singing, but I feel good closure could be achieved with less engagement. The question is: should I actively focus on holding the breath in the body with my torso muscles or is focusing on good closure enough?
  4. Here's a clip of me singing the chorus to "Lay Me Down" by Sam Smith. The highest note I'm hitting is an A4 (I'm singing it a half step higher than the original). As a comparison, here's a guy singing it on "The Voice": To me, his sound is so much meatier and much more chesty. To me, my voice sounds like Barry Gibb from the Bee Gees or an Axl Rose. Nothing wrong with either of them, but not the effect I'm going for. Basically, my question is: If I continue to do meowing exercises / sirens / slides, will my tone eventually darken? Or am I doing something completely wrong to generate this tone? Other sub questions: Should I be enunciating these vowels more with the "ng" sound to try to resonate it more in my nose? Or should it feel more like a "ha" sound to try to bring up my chest more into the mix? Lastly, here's another sample of me singing high notes with a more "bottom to top" approach up to G4 (Wise men(G4) say..). My problem is, I feel like I'm definitely "pulling up" my chest voice to hit the G4 with that tone is pitchy and strained. The A4 I'm hitting in Lay Me Down doesn't strain me at all but it doesn't have the same timbre quality as this G4.
  5. I've recently picked up singing again after quite a few years, and I've been doing the Mastering Mix exercises by Brett Manning, and I've just been wondering when I should start bridging into mix? As a female. Especially for pop/rock music? Like a newbie I have a bad habit of pulling chest up too high, but I've noticed a comfortable switching point between E4 - G4, is that ok? I think I'm a Soprano, though I can't be sure, but it seems like it. My voice is very light and bright. So I was just wondering what would be a good bridging point for me considering my music preferences and vocal type? Looking forward to your answers, thanks.
  6. I've been having throatiness problems recently. Like, it hurts and I find myself pushing sometimes, when I sing in head voice, or belt too high. It used to not hurt, even when I sing at the end of my range. But now it's hurting. It might be from doing too much vocal slides. Because I've been doing that a lot recently. I used to do it a lot before too. Back then when I started doing it, I started having throat problems too, and I just assumed vocal slides were causing it and I just stopped. And I returned to normal. Also when I went to voice lesson and warmed up, I didn't do any vocal slides and it didn't hurt to sing at the end of my range. But when I went to practice my head voice at home, I did vocal slides, and my voice started hurting again. Any advice on how to cure this? Thanks.
  7. I want to improve my belting range. So far, the highest I can belt is up to an F#5. But I have sometimes belted up to a G5 before. Anyways, I want to improve my belting range, and I want to practice it, by singing songs that are like, at the end of my belt range. So if you guys know of any songs, that have E5-F#5 belts, feel free to comment them!
  8. I have the best edge and easiest mix in my voice in the morning, then on the afternoon I loose the edge and the mix often becomes forced. Even after a long warmup, I still don't find the same edge as in the morning. I don't talk a lot during the days, mostly working in front of a computer. One thing I have noticed earlier was that while working in front of a computer, when I got tired/dry in my eyes my I would lean my head upwards to be able to keep my eyes a little bit more closed. This stretched position of my throat caused a tired voice. Also swallowing and clearing my throat during the day seems to be a big no no. Even though I follow these rules, my voice is still tired in the afternoon.. any more ideas?
  9. Hi everyone i wanna know my vocal register based on my colour (timbre, intensity, etc) i am bass? i am tenor? baritone? There is the link of the file (sorry for my english)
  10. I just got confused by this It basically says that tenor is one of the highest male voice types. So that means that the highest is countertenor? But I thought tenor and countertenor has the same range. And the difference is, tenors are singers who sing more in a male range, while countertenors sing more in a female range. It also says that C5 is the tenor high C. But I remember reading somewhere that C6 is the tenor high C. So I'm confused. And I also know that Wikipedia can sometimes be wrong, because anyone can just go on there and write stuff. So I'll just ask this question here. Idk what tag I should put this in, because I have very little singing and voice knowledge, and Idk what a bunch of those tags mean. So I just put it in chest, head, and mixed voice. Because this question includes those stuff
  11. Okay I've been training with Brett Manning's programs for about 3 years now. Got better but I'm frustrated with my vocal range. A vocal range upto A#4 is all I want for my singing. I'm a Tenor. So I've been hearing these concepts related to high notes. What I've realized is that people refer to the same thing by saying stuff like yawn, lift soft palate, cry and support. Also is the 'cry' necessary to hit the high notes in full voice cuz it sounds weird to me when I keep a cry on my notes. What are they doing? Singing in mix? Belting? Also would that be more towards SLS or classical typa technique. 2nd Thanks!
  12. So you have been searching the internet to find out how to sing those high notes with beauty and power. Well search no more, here you go: The first 10 orders will get an extra bottle in the exclusive mint flavour. Hurry!
  13. Are formants or vocal tract shaping the primary cause for a variation in timbre, and does pitch stem entirely from the vocal folds? Whenever you try to sing in a darker or deeper timbre on a certain pitch do you have to also add more breath support? Or can you maintain that almost effortless feeling while still adding depth?
  14. So yeah, this is me trying to mix high, sorry if it's garbage D:. **recording removed due to robot crabs** And attaching an image showing charts for both examples. Think H5 needs to be stronger.
  15. I'm extremely confused. According to this video: I can go from G3 to C5. Now, the chart says I'm a mezzo-soprano, but my voice doesn't sound dark or heavy at all! I can go low, but as soon as I enter what I think is my mixed voice, my voice sounds bright and high. I'm talking about this sound: (She's the only singer I found with my voice sorta). What am I? I like the sound of my chest voice a lot, but it's pretty useless.
  16. I have a question about mixing lightly, specifically from G4-A4. For background, I'm a tenor, however I have a heavier or more mature voice so I tend to tune h5 a lot more than h6, which I think is the least common for tenors. So when I'm mixing higher than this area, there's a lot of muscular room to make my cords edgy and produce a good h5 sound. But the main issue is mixinig lightly on like G4-A4, because there's not any room to force my voice. I end up singing it lightly but I can't quite tune the highest harmonic because the mix is too light for my approach. Is there any visualization you have for approaching this light mix, or is it just practice like always?
  17. Hi, I am new here and I hope I am not breaking the forum rules by such questions So, I am 17 years old male who really likes singing but I am curre tly confused about many things. When I was a child (11-14 years maybe), I sang in a choir and I probably had one of the highest voices (so I was classified as boy soprano), but I stopped attending the choir around the age of 13/14. However, I didn't stop singing and I sang songs that I liked. I haven't really thought about such things as voice ranges until now though. By the way, classmates keep telling me that I have unnaturally high speaking voice. I have decided to join school choir few weeks ago and, to my surprise, not only I was classified as a tenor, but also I was told that my highest note they wanted me to sing - G4 - is higher than most tenors have. Well, as I've "tested" my vocal range (without any technique, warm up or so) few days before joining the choir, I was expecting they'll tell me I am a (high) baritone. So about my voice range (C4 is middle C I hope) - my absolute minimum is probably F2, but I usually can't sing comfortably below C3, my absolute maximum is A4, but I usually can't sing it comfortably (and sometimes I can't just sing it, for example when I've sung in this height for a long time - for example now ), so I suppose G4 is my "reasonable" maximum. Another strange thing is my falsetto. I have good-sounding falsetto, but the problem is that my falsetto maximum is C5, so I usually don't need to use it, as I can sing with my "normal" voice. I really like to practice singing in my boundaries, so I often try to sing around F2 and G/A4 (which leads to temporary (I hope) unability to sing A4 and sore throat. And I don't hear any registry changes, my voice sounds the same to me in every height (I can't hear any head voice or things like that)... So my questions are: Am I right when I think I am probably a baritone? Can I damage my voice by singing in my range boundaries? Is there a hope that I'll be able to extend my range to more "tenor" height (notes A4, B4, C5), for example when I start to attend a singing teacher (I think of that, but not just because of extending range, but because I simply want to practice my voice, as people tell me I have beautiful voice...) Similar question, but about falsetto - Can I extend my falestto above C5, for example F5? Even if such things are possible (I am definitely not sure), I understand it would be long and challenging.
  18. Why do you think artists like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston are often deemed sopranos? People love to throw around the titles like full lyric soprano or spinto soprano. Where do you think these claims come from? Do you agree with them? :]
  19. Hi i have been trying to sing for a few year now but it still sounds bad because i got a lot tone under my face. Like if i sing something it will have some kind of double sound that is annoying. Does anyone know how to sing without this second lower tone. I really need some tips on how to fix it.
  20. Ok this is the time of my life where I'm really really vocally frustated.. Started off 4 years ago with Brett Manning's stuff brought MM, SS, MV, etc. I've improved a lot but not as much as I'd like. I want a consistent working vocal range from E4-C5 and then I'd focus on other stuff. I can already hit those notes but I've to put much effort and when I sing with a little less effort, I sound like whining. I'm thinking about moving to Ken Tamplin's stuff. I've already brought his program too (all 3 volumes) but he looks like he's straining and his notes sound extremely heavy. I do not want that. I'm an engineering student and belong to a broke family. I cannot afford a vocal coach or any other program for now or atleast for 4-5 years until I get a job. What are the vocal techniques of these guys? They're notes sound so full yet effortless. I can do that but it sounds like crying and takes much effort. G#4-A#4 at the starting. This guy slays the notes at the end (F#4-G4). The most difficult notes for me. Any help would be extremely appreciated. This guy is currently at the pinnacle in India.
  21. Hi! I'm new to this forum! I have a question but don't know any one to ask! I'm practicing the mixed voice recently. But when I sing, record and listen again, I think it's so weird! I have no idea it is a mixed voice or something else. Some people said that it is a falsetto, some said that it is a light (or heady) mixed voice. So it makes me so confused! Please help me guys! Because I have been warned not to continue singing in that way Thanks for reading my topic!
  22. Well...Hi Im Jack, Im from Chile, first of all really sorry for my poor english but ok, here we go. Im very confused about my vocal range because I hear that the baritone have a extension of their range aprox. (B2-E4) and the tenor (C3-C5). Well my lowest note is a G#2 and is really very difficult to do, it is more comfortable for me a A2 and my higuest note with my chest voice it is a G4 or F#4, it's depends, some times with a little effor I can sing a A4 with the mixed voice i guess, im not sure it's head voice it all or a mixed voice, I think it's a mixed voice cuz a feel my chest vibrates and it's not so shrill. Finally my Highest note i can sing with my head voice it is a G5 or F#5 and with falsetto some times a D6 but sounds very noisy and ugly. My question is my range vocal only realizes between my chest voice or also it's taken into account my head voice? Oh I forget to say you I love Jeff Buckley and Alex Turner voices. Sorry for my english, sorry for the lenght of the question. Lov U bye Pd: Qualify my english pls