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  1. Hi to everyone! I've been reading this forum for a couple of years now and always found it very interesting and helpful in dealing with some of my own issues, so I thought I'd post this project that I've got going on. For a long time, I have suffered from vocal tension and inability to sing past D4 without pushing the "chest voice"/ overly-engaging the TA's basically. However, in the last year or so, I have experienced great relief after starting to do falsetto exercises suggested by Anthony Frisell in his manual "Training Baritone Voices". After reading many other sources later on, I have started questioning the usefulness of voice classification, purely from psychological point in the beginning (belief that one is a lower voice and its effect on the voice and singing), but now also physiological (neglecting upper range), especially in contemporary music (pop, rock, jazz, music theatre...). So now, I am writing a dissertation on the validity of voice classification in contemporary music and have already got some interesting answers. However, since there is barely any research done in relation to contemporary music, I would really be grateful if any of the members here, who give voice lessons, would participate. This is the link if anyone is interested: https://goo.gl/forms/uLMWByDMKYv4IWMk1 Thank you and feel free to spread the link if you find it useful! In general, I would also love to hear your opinions on this. Do you think tutors should classify their students and why?
  2. Modes and Kpop

    Hey everyone. I'm pretty new to singing and don't sing very well, but I came across some of Robert's videos on YouTube and it inspired me, I might purchase the four pillars. I have a question about modes and increasing range. I'm a fan of Kpop and aspire to sing similarly (in a ballad style). Here's a YouTube video as an example and I'd like to know what he's doing, Kpop ballad singers have a youthful, sweet light sound, is it because they're tenors? Or just the way they're singing? I think I'm a baritone and I can make my voice lighter but it doesn't really sound the same. Also at 4:23 onward he hits an A or b4 and I wonder whether that's in chest register or head with twang? Male Kpop singers always hit A4-c5 in the climax of their ballads and I'm unable to take my chest beyond an F4(that's a strain). I'm not sure what y'all think about mixed voice thanks!
  3. Lowest comfortable note: D2 Highest comfortable belt: Bb4 Highest belt: C5 Highest comfortable head voice note: F#5 Highest note(to get this note I have to really bring in some air for a falsetto): G#5 So... what would I be considered? I'm a 19 year old male. My voice sounds heavy and/or dark when I'm singing at a medium to loud volume and a little metally or metal like or metallic(not like the music genre but IDK... imagine like legit metal), it sounds clear, not much grit, no husk or rasp. At a low volume it sounds clear, not too airy unless I add some airiness. I can sing up to around an A4 without having to "belt". Speaking of belts...I can enunciate well on an A4, not on a Bb4, but my Bb4 isn't really pushed or strained and has the same quality as my A4. All the way up to Bb4... belts feel nice, pretty open, have a nice resonance. The B4 though... is a challenge. The B4 along with the C5, is a hit or miss in regards to being open or clenched, not too sure how to control it but I've sustained a nice, full, open, clear, C5 once... only once!!! Haven't figured out how to do it as freely and with as equal quality since. I want to be able to do it again, It felt so good coming out of me. My speaking voice consists of vocal fry and the lower end of the 2nd octave. My low notes aren't airy or hollow, they're pretty robust. I think my low notes are the highlight of my voice, I can speak on the D2 freely, its pretty resonant, and it feels nice coming out of me if that makes sense(I don't know how to describe it, but some notes just feel so good when i hit them). My head voice is kinda piercing, I don't have much of an issue transitioning in and out of it, doesn't sound airy, and can stretch down to a G3. I can sing in head voice at a low volume up until F#5. G5 is definitely the limit though for my HV, its not too pushed at a medium to loud volume, but I can't hold it as long as my F#5 and i have to try harder than i would like in order to sing at a soft volume on said G5. So aside from my initial question of voice type... if I were to get a vocal coach and go through some quality training, how much could I extend my range or would I just be able to improve what i already have...or both?
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  5. Hi, I am a sixteen year-old classical singer aspiring to study opera. I have a "serious" (I don't really know what qualifies as serious) vibrato problem, and I would really appreciate any advice! I have a wonderful teacher, a former professional opera singer, but she is a bit too nice and hesitates to criticize me, even when I can hear my vibrato issue clearly in recordings of my singing. I'll tell you about my voice, if that info would be helpful. I'm a soprano, range Eb3 to G#6. My voice is extremely loud and very resonant (though sometimes the resonance is a bit nasal in my low range). If I had a fach, it would most likely be lyric, as the quality is very bright, but also has a thick and almost heavy (but not certainly dark) quality to it. I have pretty good coloratura abilities, but nothing very special. When I was younger, my voice was very breathy and mostly straight-toned, with a fluttery vibrato at the end of each note. When I developed a consistent vibrato, however, it ended up being very slow. It is usually quite (but not horribly) wide as well. I've been told that it will get better as my voice develops and I get older, as I'm only sixteen, but I'm worried this will prevent me from getting training opportunities now and getting into a college vocal program. Also, please tell me if it's true that this will get better!! Here are some things about my vibrato that may help you identify the issue: It is much better in fast songs than slow songs. It improves if I take a slow song at a faster tempo. It is the slowest in the bottom of my head voice (F4-B4) and the particular notes D5, G5, and B5. It's pretty funny, really. E5, A5, and C6 spin much faster. I am an athlete and have very good abdominal muscle tone. I am not at all heavy (I run track) but I do have a pretty curvy figure. That's not important, I think, but TBH I'll include anything I think might help with the advice! I usually can't tell when my vibrato is slow until I listen to it later. I can sing very long phrases and generally have good breath control I have a GI disorder which sometimes gives me severe abdominal bloating. If I try to sing with this bloating, the vibrato is slower than ever. Hopefully I will find a medication or diet that works. Please please please any advice! I love singing, and other than my vibrato, my voice has good assets. I'd so appreciate anything. Thank you
  6. 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.
  7. To give some background singing info: I am 18, My range is G2-G4 consistently in chest and F3-F5 in head voice. I sing mostly musical theater and Operetta sometimes. My first and second passagio areas are C#4 and F#4. I currently just started taking Musical theater voice with a teacher who specializes in Manuel Garcia Technique (A form of bel-canto) Although I have a lot of singing experience already!-Vocal Fach/Type? I know I am a young singer to try and 'identify" my voice, but I think I might be a tenor? so I'm a little confused... I have a strong low G2-C3 lower register, however, my first and second passagio areas are C#4 and F#4 which are the passagio areas for a dramatic tenor or a robust tenor(Also known as the bari-tenor). I always thought I was a baritone, but I have noticed the ease I have singing in my higher register above my first passagio (C4-F4). I think i may just have a problem singing through my second passagio, because in lessons I have been able to sing up to Bflat4 in a well-supported chest voice. Has anyone dealt with this or have any advice? My ultimate goal (because I sing MT) is to be able to sustain notes and belt from A4-B4. This brings me to my second question...-Singing through the second passagio? I can sing through the first passagio with ease, but I always have trouble once I get up to F#4. My teacher has helped me sing past it up to Bflat4 (I am still new to formal lessons) but I have trouble on my own. Any advice?Thank you!
  8. Classical technique thread

    Hi guys, I'm super new here and I thought i'd start a classical technique thread since no one has seemed to have posted in this sub-forum yet. I'll start with posting a little something I've done. SHOW AND TELL !!!!!!! This was from a few weeks ago. I need to work on my breathing near the end. https://soundcloud.com/arfoo/nessun-dorma-rehearsal
  9. The link is to a thread in another forum I frequent. It's old news of course, but the misconceptions about singing run strong. It's sad. http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=1268253
  10. One video can adequately explain what this topic is about: How do you train to maintain such high tessitura? And how much about it is simply down to genetics and vocal fach? I am not even sure if the really top end can be extended (I can only reach about BB5 in falsetto normally, but certainly not as tessitura), so perhaps someone here can enlighten me. I have noticed that a lot of singers of the genre seem to lose the high notes as they grow older. Does anyone here know what that is about? Maybe they could never maintain the high tessitura to begin with, or perhaps their voice deepened... Or maybe they just got lazy... Which do you think it is?
  11. Hi everyone, thanks for answering my last questions. There is a negative unspoken rule in pop/rock singing that Tenor voice = great, you're awesome! Baritone voice = you're okay... Bass voice = you'll never sing pop/rock I think Robert Lunte and Ken Tamplin have kind of lower voices but sure have high notes. I am not looking for a magical technique or anything like that... However, I'm very influenced by the radio (like many others) and there is not a single baritone or bass singer, it's all very "high-light" singing. Check Billboards Hot 100 charts... besides some rappers you will not see any lower voice singers charting.   Here is where I am asking for your years of musical knowledge, can you show me examples of baritones and bass singers with high notes?? I'm sure the terms may be inadequate for you guys but just anybody with a deeper voice singing high without falsetto. Pop, rock, any genre... but they should be able to sing above A4 without strain in full voice. I don't need the technical explanation but my musical influences are very limited because of this generations obsession with high-light voices. Please help me broaden my thinking and influences by sharing a video of your favorite baritone/bass singers absolutely soaring through high notes. If there is nobody, that is ok, I just thought i would ask