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  1. 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?
  2. Hello guys! I am just curious about this singer's voice and volume when he sings. I notice it is very airy and I know singing with excessive air is bad for your chords, but is there something about his technique or voice that allowed him to sing so long with a healthy voice? (10+ years) I also get very confused on how loud to sing when singing such songs. I guess it is a common problem in a sense when I sing very softly, I can reach those notes easily with my head voice with very little chord closure. OR I end up singing so loud where its basically belting with full chord closure. I can't for the life of me hit that middle area where there is JUST enough power while maintaining such a sweet tone without POWERING IT OUT. ( I am referring to the chorus) Any ideas? Thank you!
  3. Too often, when I get in front of a microphone with loud speakers (including the monitor) I end up shouting. Then, even if I try to grasp the correct compression, I feel like it's too late. I've lost it for the night. I practice a comfortable amount of compression when I'm at home and as a result sound much better than any of my performances. Any tips on resetting or getting a grip on compression when it starts slipping away? Or is this something that I simply have to grasp from the very beginning of a show?
  4. Does professional and the vibrant and pleasant vocal tones develop over a long time? I am not currently satisfied with my range and tone especially and I want to be able to develop more and more. How is he able to manipulate his tone so well comparing the first two videos and third video? It's almost as if he's two different singers.. Personal questions: I have been singing for a while now but only recently throughout 2016 I have "Properly practiced" getting rid of my bad habits, fixing tone, pitch, etc. 1. Is it normal that after I started to do so, my range increased VERY FAST. In a span of 4-6 months, I am able now to reach the notes he is singing that otherwise BEFORE I would just choke and sound like I am shouting. Just curious because I am worried I might be destroying my voice by pushing it too hard. There are times before I damaged my voice by improper technique which I guess somehow made my voice range increase as a short cut? is that even possible? I tend to just go all out when I sing right after doing my workouts. Example song I practice is the first video I post below.. ( I am currently using Ken Tamplin's workouts, if that is helpful in any way). ONE IMPORTANT thing to note is that as I go up in pitch and shed my weight, It feels like the TONE of my voice gets higher as well. It's like I sound chesty in the lower ranges then suddenly like little kid in the higher ranges. I also tend to MIMIC singers for a long time... sadly.. is it normal that I am mimicing their style in every different singer? I feel like it doesn't sound "right" if I don't sing with their TONE. 2. As I go higher in pitch, is it normal to feel like something in my mask/palate area to NARROW DOWN? It feels like my mask area is flexing and my chords are very tightly closing. IT ISN'T PAINFUL. Or is this improper technique? Am I suppose to feel COMPLETELY OPEN? When I try to keep it completely open it feels like my voice goes SPLAT and airy and it hurts. Sometimes I feel like I am overwhelmed wondering if I am singing right or am I singing improperly even following his lessons and achieving growth. Anyways heres, the singer. How is his technique? It'll be awesome if there are some veterans or experienced singers to guide a newbie like myself to achieve this versatility in terms of programs and what I need to do. How does everyone here see Ken Tamplin's program?... Thank you!!
  5. Lately I've been able to drag my voice across vocal breaks, or what feels like a vocal break, to either increase efficiency of breath and eliminate strain or drop or raise the timbre while maintaining the note. It takes a little energy but feels similar to what making a cackling sound would feel like or a slight vocal fry. It happens purposely with effort and happens in a second or less. It doesn't hurt and it feels good especially because the flow once I drag my voice through the break is greatly increased or balanced. Does this sound like engaging glottal bleed or conversely engaging sub glottal pressure? I never run out of breath singing anymore but also I don't take strained breaths they're almost too easy in a way. At the same time I can sing normally without strain without taking a breath after an exhale. A month ago I experienced a slight pain, which is sort of an overstatement, or tightness in my throat while singing. Through attention and effort I was able to subdue that feeling. Now the only time I experience any sensation outside of what I would consider normal would be when I push my voice too far with what I guess is too much compression. After I experience an unwelcome vocal sensation I mentally take note of it and try to either increase sub glottal pressure or decrease compression when retrying that coordination. Which is how I think it should be rather than be afraid of vocal strain or throat pain you should be mindful of it and recognize it as a possibility. One that can be overcome with vigilance, caution, balanced effort and commitment.
  6. This is something I did a few months back that I wanted to share, it's when I first starting feeling kinda comfortable around the C5-D5 area in full voice. Any and all feedback welcome. https://app.box.com/s/zt2zay06qbl8orzn9y9fwvcozqlz41bv
  7. Great song that has been on my to-do list for a while, hope you like it, let me know how it sounds if you can. https://app.box.com/s/63y1ea0bnv3gtxrlicvdbyitu2u56pua Thanks in advance!! Felipe
  8. Hi, I have recently started practicing vocalizing a simple "EE" vowel and trying to hold that note, and I notice that it realy helps with cord closure. For example, I'll start the note on "EE" and be breathy for just a short while.. keep the air going.. and at some point it feels thats the cords come close together and a clean tone is produced, and after that I can hold the note with the clean tone in it. I am very curious to know what is the explanation behind this vowel and how does it work? Thanks!
  9. Hello everybody ! Here a quick cover of "man in the mirror" of MJ , recorded with ipad . I wanted to have some review of what you think of my version , and some advices to improve my singing and sing it better. I am high barry but not tenor so the song is played 3 half step down, the original pitch is too high for me .
  10. This is just a quick recording, Using what I call "Fake" voice. I am playing with a little rasp. While growing up and singing with relatives they would condemn me for NOT using "MY NATURAL" voice. So I got stuck thinking to "Fake it" was a wrong thing to do. I think that some of this is on the right path to "Singing" rather than what I was doing before and thinking that I was "Singing" using my "Natural" voice. So if you would .......... Point out what is "Right" rather than just saying it sucks and I need more lessons. Thanks.
  11. Hello. I'm not a singer but I thought it would be the best place to seek advice. I've been having issues for a while about my voice. It leaks a lot of breath or air. My voice is quiet, lacks clarity. If I go to loud places I struggle to be heard. I lose my voice if I have to try speak loud or push for more volume. I'm far too quiet no matter what I do. The more I push for volume the breather my voice gets then my throat feels scratchy. If I done a lot of speaking and shouting on A night out my vocal cords are swollen, but weirdly it seems clearer and deeper, like the swollen cords cover up the air leak or something. Ive tried loads of exercises to improve chord closure but I can't seem to improve the quality of my voice. Can someone help me or offer me any advice? Ive also had my vocal cords checked with a scope. Which I was told is healthy... thanks
  12. Hi all, I don't think I have much of a problem transitioning through my first bridge; I can ascend without a noticeable break. However, about half the time, I feel like I am not "connecting" like I am other times. In other words, the notes sound breathy or airy and not "tight" or "connected." The other half of the time, I feel like I am singing with what I imagine as a narrow stream of focused sound. Sometimes, it takes me a few minutes of warming up to "connect" like this, and when it happens, it comes on like a light switch i.e. there is no gradual transition. Does anyone know what is happening physiologically, or what exercises I could do to always be able to sing in this "connected" fashion? When I am able to connect like this, I don't feel like I'm squeezing anything together, so I am sort of perplexed as to what is going on. Finally, when I sing higher, I feel like this connection starts to fall apart, and the notes become more airy. There is no strain, it just feels as though the connection I have as I sing through the middle of my range starts to disappear as I ascend in pitch. Are there any exercises that I should be doing to be able to stay connected as I ascend through my range? Thanks in advance!
  13. Hi guys, this is my attempt to sing Sweet Child of Mine (Guns n' Roses). I would like to get some tips on how to improve it, besides more practice, of course.
  14. Hi there! I am new to this forum but I am going crazy and I need an analysis of technique or opinions of this singer! (Specifically 2:47 - 3:05) How is he able to pull so much weight up sounding full without narrowing his tone into (best way I can describe it) a little boys voice?! Compared to the 2nd video where (same song and singer) he just transitions to (correct me if I'm wrong) to mixed/head voice. or is he doing something completely different? (2nd video : 2:34 - 2:47) The singer is Korean! Thank you!
  15. I believe I am using too much air while singing clean vocals, this is great for when I want a breathy tone and when the song calls for it, but the thing is I don't know how to cut back on the air without letting my voice distort. Whenever I cut back on the air, vocal distortion kicks in, and my vocals get a grunge like rasp tone. I've discovered that whenever I sing anything above F#4, I can't sing it without vocal distortion kicking in. I don't believe it's an issue involving breath support, because I can sing all the way up to A4 comfortably, even though I can only sing above F#4 with a distorted tone. Too much air dries out my vocal chords pretty fast whenever I sing clean, and I often have to pause between lyrics and inhale fast so I can get enough breath for the next phrase, I manage to do it flawlessly, but it is annoying. Why can't I cut back on the air without my vocals distorting into a grunge/raspy tone?
  16. This song is darn good. Addicted to the song since the first listen. I can sing in that range but I get louder on the top notes. It doesn't hurt but I have this weird abdominal pressure that feels like I'm pushing air with my abdomen and my vocal cords are resisting the air pressure. Is that belting? Would it harm me?
  17. Hi, I'm new on this forum. I'm 15 years old and I'm going through my vocal change so maybe that has something to do with my problems. I have two main problems. The first one is my clean voice sounds really gay. When I talk I don't sound like this but when I sing (especially high notes) I do. The other problem is I'd like to sing aggressively, but I don't know how. I'd like to sing aggressively but without screaming, something like Jeremy McKinnon (vocalist of A Day to Remember) when he sings choruses, but I don't know which techniques I have to use (I don't actually know what the tags I've put on this topic really mean) or if my voice is able to do it (I think I have a high range but I'm not sure either). As you can see I'm quite lost, still don't know if I have a good voice or a really bad one, maybe singing is just not my thing, who knows. However, I'd really appreciate it if someone could give me a solution to my problems. Thanks a lot. PD: Sorry for my English.
  18. https://app.box.com/s/6t0vi9tny7isk6en20yibcaonn4hdm9g I don't know many versions of this song, but this is the bluesiest, most personally appealing version that came to mind. There are a few songs I've wanted to do for the holidays, but this one wasn't giving me much trouble like the others so I was able to finish it up. I really like this arrangement and the room it leaves for riffing (which I still need work on), although I think some of the original riffs in Christina's version are out of place or excessive, I liked some of them and kept those. Hope everyone is anticipating the holidays and the new year with a positive mindset. Any and all feedback welcome.
  19. I am now beginning to gain the confidence to start taking on tough songs. I wish I could get more chord closure on the F#5 in this recording(would love for it to sound more full). It is also a very tough vowel for me("E" vowel). This kind of singing is out of my comfort zone. Always tough to get the right emotion when one has to sing on themes like war, death, evil etc Thanks to folks who listen and drop in a sentence or two. https://app.box.com/s/mjn82h7cjr2pyd09nyjcs2nmee72elo7
  20. Hi everyone, so I was wondering how you guys got the hang of vocal cord closure, since my singing teacher always just goes "play around with it" and most the time I end up narrowing my AES, realize that, and then try again from the start. I know I can do it because she did this thing where she tells me to close my eyes, think of something silly or something that makes me want to laugh and then sing like that, and it worked, but it doesn't always work. It's frustrating because I can do the other things she teaches, but I can't seem to do that and it's integral to vocal health to be able to get rid of breathiness. I think it may have something to do with the fact that she groups the closure with retraction of the false vocal cords, as taught by the Estill training program. Any help? Also, I have this weird break high up in my falsetto, and some people say it leads up to the whistle register, but when I sing above it, the sound that comes out is definitely sharper and louder, but not the same as sounds produced in the whistle register. Anybody have the same thing?
  21. Hi! A little background: I have trained my vocals with a college instructor for roughly four years, I haven't had a lesson in nearly two. The reason I say this is because I had posted on Yahoo forums only to be lectured without constructive criticism by someone who had the information I was asking about only because I was hoping someone would provide it free of charge. I am a student. I am also broke. Whenever I can afford to, I will reinvest in a vocal coach because I am aware that not having one has lead me to developing bad habits. She pretty much told me I shouldn't sing at all without years of proper training; in other words, said my vocals sucked! My techniques are full of bad habits. I need help analyzing them and figuring out what I can do to release the tension and build a stronger, healthier voice--that much is certain--but I am determined to learn the techniques used by a specific singer. Anyways, here is a song of mine for example. I did every part by myself, I also produced it with Cubase LE 5 and Ozone, but I am a crap producer and I don't have great equipment. The vocals are also completely random and nonsensical because I am more concerned about the tone of my voice at the moment and would like to address that before I do any serious song writing.. This song was really just an effort to get myself out there in the first place, but I'm apprehensive to advertise myself because of the quality of my voice. Here are a few more random examples. Clip C isn't my backing track...just to clarify. It's only for an example. I'm bothered by this in a few ways. For one thing, there's no smoothness in my tone. For another, I'm shouting at times. I am actively aware of my diaphragm and attempting to further naturalize my reaction to breath down into it, but the control seems to be an issue...I've heard that I need more breath while singing higher, but I can't separate myself from pushing the notes and it actually seems like I'm using less air...I feel like the only thing that sounds good most of the time is my distorted belts.. It should probably be worth mentioning that I had a background in metal too. I was unable to learn my screaming method under a teach...so I think I may be fry screaming and I've heard that was bad as well. Could that be relative to my incorrect executions of belted distortion? I am very fond of the distorted belt, one used by my favorite singer, Jonny Craig. This song here is amazing, it's my goal to be able to sing this correctly without strain in my own unique voice. But, I would be content with starting off this song correctly without strain to build up to more challenging techniques. I am under no disillusion that I can make my voice sound like his. However, I want to be a better singer, and I am determined to reach this magnitude of greatness. The only problem is that I'm broke, although I have a job, and live in a very plain area in Missouri that harbors very few musicians or coaches who can help me achieve these goals. I live about an hour away from St. Louis. If I knew of a coach there that could help me out, that might be a decent start. I could probably even take some exercises and run with those. Most of my equipment can run my voice back into my headphones, which gives me a good representation of my overall tone, which helps me decipher where I can improve...this has actually helped me improve dramatically in the past week or so. Thank you in advanced for your services! I'm looking forward to hearing your critiques.
  22. Hello TMV members, I have an issue with my voice, sometimes it just won't thin out/conduct properly. Some days the break seems fluid and I can bridge the (full) voice all the way to an B5, with various mixed shades too. On other days, my voice completely fails apart, and I can't even have the vocal cords conduct an F4. Instead I get screechy distortion and the voice seems kind of dry and harsh, almost as if it was completely stuck in chest mode. It feels like the cords just refused to vibrate where they should. The amount of frustration caused by the issue would make me shout some really angry tones if it was possible given the situation. I wonder if there might be a condition that might cause the issue, which I am not aware of? Like irritated/inflamed vocal cords? This time around the problem was almost certainly caused by a bad cough I am having, but it isn't the first time. I would really appreciate if you guys knew any exercises or anything else that might help. Any information regarding the issue is warmly welcomed! I had to work a lot to eliminate that screechy distortion (or poor conductance) in/above the passaggio, which I am not sure if that's normal either, perhaps some coaches here know. Shame to have the problem re-appear randomly...
  23. For a long time, I have been practicing to have similar technique to this vocalist. Mind you, I do not wish to sound exactly like him, I know that's not possible, but I would like to better understand his techniques and vocal flexibility. Over the past five years, I have accomplished his range and some use of techniques, but as you will hear in the recording at the bottom, my formant and vocal flexibility are lack luster. This has been hard to fix for me. Part of my formant problem is me finding the spaces in my voice where I sound my best. And, due to imperfect technique, I get tired very quickly. This is the song I am singing. Below is the same song with me singing over it. You should be able to hear it pretty clearly, how much voice doesn't quite have the same overtones, yet, it seems like our vocal tones are within the same ballpark. You can hear my voice get so, so tired after a while. Sometimes I sound mouthy and muddled whenever I feel like I sound so much brighter or warmer. I am unsure of what to be looking for. I want to be a performer. This doesn't sound very healthy to me. Please help me to understand where my voice needs to be worked on. Thank you.
  24. Hi guys! It's been a while since the last time I wrote here. I'm NOT proud to admit that I didn't practice regulary for the past months so I didn't get any results, but I was able to identify some aspects I need to improve right now. Mi BIGGEST problem is the lack of strenght and coordination to achieve a good vocal fold compression. My voice sounds too weak with a lot of air comming out. I know the KEY onset is the Q&R, and I practice everytime I do my routine. Then, I try to singerzise - "quacking like a duck" and by using the words "Nyat" and "Yeah". The other onset I think I could add to my routine for now is the "Pulse&Release". Now, I'm into some soft acoustic songs and I can listen that light mass phonations sound great. Am I right? Also, will the P&R help me with my vocal fold compression? I'm not in a hurry. I'll train and wait with patience until I have enough control of my glottis before I try anything else. Thoughts? Thank you in advance guys, I'll try to be more involved in the formum from now on.