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  1. This is by far the best exercise I've taught to help students overcome choking. I've had my share of students who deal with Muscle Tension Dysphonia. This is when they not only choke off on higher notes, they may not have higher notes at all (including head voice or access to their upper chest range), and often it's present in their speaking voice too. I often recommend first and foremost that they see an ENT to make sure there's no medical issues holding them back. Then, after working through many singing exercises meant to open up the throat and relax the glottis, I recommend a speech therapist. Sometimes I work with them for months with only a little progress before sending them to a therapist. I've had one student over a year who has had multiple singing exercises work for him one day, and totally fail on the next day, maybe even 10-minutes later. He's made progress, but it's extremely slow. He couldn't sing head voice at all when he came to me, and even his upper chest range choked off horribly. He hasn't had much success finding a speech therapist who will respond to him. And since I have quite a few students who deal with something similar, and really want to see him progress, I set out to find the answers for him. Besides using the cocktail straw exercise from Ingo Titze (which I put in part 2 of my warmup video), appoggio crescendos that morph into a horizontal embouchure, as well as onsets like dampening, wind, and pulse, the video below is BY FAR the best exercise I've found for getting my students to feel what opening the throat and finding deeper soft palate placement feels like. Now I just need to make my own video of everything I do from there.
  2. Hello everybody! So my last thread I asked for help on mixed/ middle register. I have been working on it for a little while now but I still feel like I'm shouting and using too much air on belting high notes. It's as if I'm trying to sing it rather than just letting the sound out. Here is a comparison: and me lol: Any tips or advice is appreciated. Don't know if I'm shouting because I can't get that cord closure properly in my higher registers or if it's a bunch of different things. Woke up a little hoarse today too after singing for around 2-3 hours heavily. this is so annoying Thank you ! Love this forum for all the help I get
  3. Hello singers! I have scoured the internet for any info or exercises to develop a faster vibrato. Most posts and articles discourage what I am going for. Some of my favorite vocalists have a very fast vibrato, or tremolo, like Maynard from Tool, among others. Mine is already at or sometimes a little slower than 6 Hz, which I know is recommended, but not the sound I want. If anyone has any advice or hopefully at least one exercise that will specifically target and develop the muscles needed to gain a faster vibrato I would be so appreciative! -p0
  4. Control Master

    I had mentioned this singer "Chris Stapleton" in another thread. Thought I'd share this video/song he recently published. I was really struck by the numerous examples of solid vocal athleticism that arise in this performance. I try not to overanalyze every good vocal too often, cuz sometimes I loose the "soul" of the song in my ear from all of the deconstruction I use to understand the vocal. Couldn't resist on this one. Still "hearing the soul" to date. I've tagged all the key words that I believe I recognize "done well" in this composition. Personally, I'm most impressed with his mastery over what I would assume are the critical configurations which bring great resonance with comparatively low level respiration. I'm convinced that, with the best possible formant, combined with the strength support of skilled appoggio, the "illusion" of a belt is created. He is singing at a relatively low volume yet, the intensity of his voice is sustained. The same nuance is applied to his vocal distortion, which he employs mostly in the higher notes. Those are my impressions.
  5. I'm curious if I am doing this right... I'm not even sure how to explain it. Here is a guy teaching it .. it's in korean but he's basically saying try to "pull" the sound out from the chest instead of having the sound fly out through ur mouth. Can someone explain to me in what way is this taught normally? Is this just the feel of "open throat?" or "support"? AND if this is how it should feel then how do I get that "mask" placement without losing that DEEP breath support? This way helped me develop my mix but I'm curious if this method is correct and is just another way of teaching the same thing? example done by a professional performance. (The sound literally sounds like a really low soft mix voice in the intro and when belting it sounds like the vibrato is so free and resonating really low. Is this how proper singing should be done? I am just wondering on how I should properly train and do warmups/workouts..
  6. Reflux, or something else?

    Hi, I have always, as long as I have defined my self as a singer, experienced periods of bad vocal health. Over time I have learned better technique and learned to sing smart and kind of use damage control paths through songs on rough days but I find it really hard to just surrender to not knowing what really goes on. Problem is basically this. During periods which can last from a few days to a few months in row, I experience like some configuration just goes out after just a very short time singing notes over the passagio. What happens after this is that my falsetto/neutral is fine while my twang is totally gone and trying to produce twanged vowels result in a complete mess. I can still sing cross the passagio with heavy voice production in a kind of overdriven manner but the smooth transition is gone. Funny though how the configuration seem to work somewhat initially only to go out completely after a short while. The common answer to vocal problems like this might be acid reflix. Go see a doctor, get your subscriptions and eliminate triggers. Yes, my doctor has seen symptoms of acid reflux and I have been on and off prescription medicines for a long time. I rather not take them though considering negative sideffects from such meds. Also the meds doesn't really seem to do the trick or might work initially like some kind of pseudo effect. But the problems always seem to come back. I also remember doing laryngoscopy one time during a period of experiencing problems and the doctor could not find any obvious redness. That thew me a little bit of the chair thinking it might have to do with something else. I seldom experience severe "morning voice" which seem to be a common symptom of LPR or GERD. The problem only occurs when singing over the passagio and during long vocal lines. I am interested in what other things could cause the symptoms i'm describing. A theory of mine is that it is related to viral infection. I base this theory upon the fact that problems seem to go when after periods of being sick. My theory is that there could be viral infections that does not break out and just sits there waiting for the body defense system to react. Another theory is that this is technique related and could be the result of a vocal blow out or something like that. Allhough I never change my technique and when I have a good day everything is fine and this could sometimes be from one day to the next so it really does not make sense. I wonder what you think. Have anyone of you had or maybe are having the same kind of problems?
  7. It has been a while since I have presented anything. I still have not found time for true practice but I have improved since receiving the FOUR PILLARS OF SINGING. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks
  8. 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?
  9. 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!
  10. 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?
  11. 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!!
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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!
  15. 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
  16. 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 .
  17. 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.
  18. Breathy Voice

    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
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. 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?
  23. 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?
  24. 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.
  25. Merry Christmas, Baby

    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.