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  1. Lately, I've been pondering this metaphor in an effort to effectively convey some ideas about singing to folks who have had little exposure to good singing pedagogy yet, comprehend guitar amplification and effects. I'd appreciate any input on this, how it hits you, is it effective, improvements, any debate or opinions are welcomed. I often think of the physical vocal modes as similar to the knobs on a guitar amplifier. . . . . . and the acoustic vocal modes & effects as functioning like the e.q. and effects pedals.
  2. WestCoastRocker

    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?
  3. Atkinson The Bop!

    I Believe In A Thing Called Love

    Do you think on the higher notes he uses more chest voice or more head or more falsetto?
  4. I'm attempting to lighten up my vocals whilst still maintaining a definitely connected sound with good color. This is not how I intend to always sing, just trying to find the lowest possible effort and lightness with good sound, then am going to go to the opposite extreme. My goal is to find my limits on both ends. Any comments on this effort will be appreciated.
  5. Draven Grey

    Tesseract vocal cover w/sob

    I filmed this in one-take in Seattle with @Robert Lunte at The Vocalist Studio. I brought this song to Robert because I tended to push WAY too hard and wear out my vocal cords by the end of it, in 2.5 minutes! As a performer and teacher, that was unacceptable! We worked on sobbing/crying through the song, which made it FAR easier to sing. This convinced me that Sob Vocal Mode works like magic. Crying through the song not only released extra tension, but also made it much more emotional to sing. I usually train a song through a cocktail straw for a week to get the same result. Purposefully adding sob meant I didn't have to do that. Speaking of magic... Do you see that mic and filter? Aston's Halo Reflection Filter works better than anything I've used in my decades as a recording engineer, beating out sE Electronic's flagship product by a very large margin. The room is not treated at all and sounds like a reverb chamber, and yet the raw vocal track was perfectly dry. Aston's mic, Origin, is also the first solid state mic I've ever truly loved, which says a lot if you know me. Apparently, it's built like a tank too, without exaggerating at all. And no, I didn't get paid to say any of that.
  6. Atkinson The Bop!

    What are the four voice types?

    HI all OK so today someone told me that there are 4 voice types The first. Is the shy sound The second. Is a puppy sound The third. Is a winey winging sound The forth. Is a call/ belt sound Dose anyone know what I am talking about please and if so what is the proper term for all this?
  7. thematrixiam

    Getting back into it.

    Hi all. I bought The four pillars program way back in 2014... Since then I really haven't practiced it, largely because I haven't had time. I still have yet to use the online lessons I purchased with Robert when I bought it. (been holding out until I had more time and some basic practice in). I did do a stint of singing lessons with a one on one trainer at Long and Mcquade here in Alberta. I learnt some things. But largely, I learnt that I too can just play the lessons she was playing from her phone and sing downloaded songs from itunes. It is much cheaper to just do it on my own. I think part of the problem was that she seemed to largely be "phoning it in" (not really trying hard at her job). I already owned the singing course she was using, and she didn't really offer me much than be an extra ear. It was beneficial to have the steady schedule though. I am trying to get back into it (singing). I have an older (I am assuming) edition of 4pillars. Just curious where people recommend starting off? Also, I am open to suggestions for songs/singers for me to practice with. I prefer songs that - hmm, how to put this - actually involve singing. Being a male, a male singer would be better. But I do tend to sing along to female vocals, largely because they tend to hold notes more and make it sound more like singing, and less like talking with tone. My personal preference is Marianas Trench. For example Desperate Measures I enjoy singing similar to Josh Ramsey, Justin Timberlake, Jacob Hoggard, etc. Any recommendations? As a side note... I find that Josh tends to sing right at my bridge. I have to constantly flip into falsetto, while he clearly sings in his (head?) voice without kicking into falsetto much. Those rough but high notes. Any recommendations to raise my "rough but high note range" without kicking into falsetto? Any views on adding timbre to vocals? I find that in the process of trying to match timbre I end up creating my own and it sounds quite different...
  8. This is my tribute to Chester Bennington. Chester was the idol of mine I looked up to. As far back as I can remember, My best friendCollin and I always jammed to LP. Let me know what you think of this. Thank you. Rest in Peace Chester.
  9. BlazinAcoustics

    Singing Improvement and training

    Hi All, I have created a YouTube Channel on which I plan to upload acoustic guitar instrumentals to help fellow singers train and improve their singing skills. Looking for feedback and suggestions. What do you guys think? Link to the latest video:
  10. 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..
  11. Kpoppin

    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!
  12. Gill Appleby

    Wade In The Water (Smule)
  13. A voice change can indicate a problem of the vocal health. It can range from cold to allergies and even vocal cord cancer. Here are a few voice changes that can indicate a certain problem: 1. Raspy voice- This voice is caused due to the growth of vocal cord nodules. The prominent reason of this is due to the misuse and overstraining of the voice. It is important that in order to maintain the voice, one should take singing lessons at a certified vocal school. 2. Hoarseness of voice- This kind of voice can be a symptom of throat cancer, thyroid cancer, lime disease, or brain tumors which are caused due to excessive smoking. Therefore, it is important that one must not smoke and live a healthy life. 3. Nasal voice- It is also known as hyponasal which is typically caused by deviated septum which can cause cold and chronic allergies. Therefore, it is necessary that one should properly maintain the vocal health. Maintaining the vocal health is very necessary to avoid any problems in the near future. Therefore, one should not strain the voice unnecessarily and take help of a professional to keep the vocal health maintained. ---------------------- I am Music Tutor, I like to motivate people to join music, and make a brilliant career in singing. Please share your experience. ------------------- Vocal School San Jose | Voice lessons san jose | Voice Classes san jose
  14. Aeolian

    What are vocal modes?

    Like the title says. What are vocal modes and why are they important?
  15. 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!
  16. Hello , This is my first publication i little bit nervous i want to know your impressions about this song and Thank you !!
  17. Hi, may I know is it possible to manipulate my timber to sing with lesser twang (higher harmonics) but with more base effect (lower harmonics) on low and middle notes? Is there any technique to shape the vocal tract to sound darker? I am always amazed by Lara Fabian's vocal technique, especially her middle notes. Her live performances of "Humana" amaze me the most when it comes to her middle notes belt. I analyzed her belts with spectrum as well as spectogram and I found that her lower harmonics (approx. 1000 Hertz - 1200 Hertz) are very strong till that I can hear the powerful amplification from my speakers. She is "lyrically dramatic singer" for me. Below video shows one of her performances of "Humana". Her head voice at the end of this video also consists of strong lower harmonics. Thank You.
  18. I was pondering these metaphors and thought I'd see if I could expand it some. Let me know how you see it! Easel is the pedagogy/coach Canvas is the formants Paint is the phonation Colors are the acoustic qualities & vocal modes Brushes are the intrinsic muscular configurations & appoggio Frame is the musical context/setting (band, choir, acapella, singer w/ instrument, musical, etc.) Lyrics are the finished image Lighting (as in a gallery) is amplification & vocal effects
  19. EisaCurry

    Passaggio Fixes?

    So... From my chest voice up to about A4, If singing in a chest mode I have a consistent tone, but if I have to hit a quick note in the Bb4-C5 range then my voice will fail to make the transition; sounding either muffled in the lower approach or small and thin in the high approach. When I'm singing from the notes D5 to all lower notes, and I don't have to use chest voice, I find a 'sweet spot' in my tone where my highs and lows are balanced. However when I start bringing the middle voice to notes above D5, I start losing consistency; either my voice amplifies harmonics that are TOO high and I end up sounding super sharp, or I try to keep the sound thick but then my higher harmonics only come in on certain notes or textures and I end up with a mix of a veiled sound and sporadic high overtones. Theoretically I should be able to go into that Bb4-C5 range(from chest) with a more clear tone, and I should be able to bring my middle voice to the notes past D5. But it seems like my voice is outta wack when trying to do these feats. There's no other problems here. Phrasing and enunciation is perfect, it's just these weird passaggio deals. I'm fairly confident I've done these passaggios correctly before, but it isn't working right now.
  20. Hi guys I'm kind of a beginner so please bare with me, and sorry if something like this has been answered elsewhere before. One of the things that really makes certain belts stand out to me is that 'ringing' quality. Not necessarily a overly cutting sound, but a nice round 'pingy' ringing sound. An example of such a belt is below (3.10-3.40, the first 'OOOOH', then 'BLIND', then 'YOUR', 'TRY TRY and TRY' - the whole climax sounds super nice but especially these notes). There are dozens of other examples but I always loved this especially. But my main question is, what is this? Is this twang? What is it EXACTLY that achieves such a round 'ringing' on notes? And HOW?
  21. A lot of talk about range and how it's harder for the baritone(or one who thinks he is) to sing high. Here is a detailed analysis of Freddie and notice the first paragraph states his voice is typical for a "baritone". Side note: I also studied with a baritone who had a way easier Bb4 than me. Here ya go I didn't read all of it yet one of my students sent it to me
  22. The last few months I have noticed less reliability in the upper parts of my head voice. I used to be able to hit a very clean, clear, well connected G5. It started to get a little scratchy, but still there. Now, I can barely hit an E5, and the highest note I can now reliably hit is a D5. What I don't get is that my voice generally feels better than ever. I've been training with Ken Tamplin's Vocal Academy, which has very little head voice development, so I have been doing some basic head voice exercises every so often. I've been getting AMAZING results everywhere else, but the loss of the highest notes makes me think something is up. I do everything by the books - I don't strain for notes, trying to keep my larynx as neutral as possible throughout my range, drink lots of water, steam my voice most days, and I feel absolutely no discomfort when singing. I don't care too much as I rarely use this part of my voice but I can't afford to lose any more notes from the top - I don't want this to effect my high C. I have been on complete vocal rest the last few days - just done some basic lip rolls and tried to vocalise up there but still, the highest note I can barely hit in head voice is E5. Any suggestions of what I can do? I can't afford to have my cords looked at by an ENT so home-remedies and cheap suggestions only, thanks.
  23. Hey guys! I'm a guy, and have always had random access to which seems like the whistle register - although it seems like an extension of my falsetto and I never count it as my usual range. It comes and goes, more often not there, and usually airy and disconnected from the rest of my voice. But the WEIRDEST thing happened - I let out a yawn and made a noise. I went from the bottom of my range, up to my head voice (which stops at about E5), and went into a fully connected whistle register. I was hitting up to an E6 VERY clearly, completely connected to the rest of my voice. I was gliding up and down (to my lowest note - A2) with complete ease, and it felt and sounded more like a part of my head voice as opposed to an airy, difficult to produced falsetto. This has never happened to me before, so I found it pretty exciting I could easily get completely connected heady sounding note all the way up there. But alas, it just kinda stopped and I wish I recorded it for you guys to decipher what was going on! I was wondering if any other guys (or girls) have any experience of something like this happening. Are there any ways of nurturing this? Tried to do some lip rolls up there but now I can't access it as easily
  24. Hello everyone! Well, I have a soprano friend who is auditioning for a role in this musical and I just attended one of the rehearsals last evening and I was really shocked about the catty behavior from some of the other vocalists. Most notably whenever everyone had been chatting with each other after it was over. Standing beside my friend, two other girls who auditioned told her that: "well, we have heard you sing karaoke, but can you actually sing?" An obvious negative remark. And then they proceeded to say to her: "Why do you sing that way? Do all the extra?" They were referring to her curbing mode with ornamentation. I think it is important to state that these girls sang in more metallic modes like overdrive and edge. Me knowing the girl was influenced by gospel and RnB totally gets why she sings the way she does. This type of behavior wasn't only amongst the ladies, but also amongst the baritones and tenors who used different modes and different effects. I suppose my question is this, why do voices who use different modes and effects feel that another voice with different modes and effects is either a.) Wrong. b.) Bad. Or c.) Why they "just don't get it. I understand that any time auditions are involved it is a competitive environment. I understand people will have catty and hurtful remarks to try and psyche their perceived competition out. However, one thing I have never understood is why anyone, a vocalist or an instructor, and I have seen many, feel that anyone who sings differently than they do as " wrong" or "incorrect." And why, for example does someone get jealous of someone who may use ornamentation? And why do people think that edgier and more overdrive singers that use say distortion are trying to outsing everyone?
  25. Javastorm

    Merry Christmas, Baby 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.