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  1. 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
  2. So I see a lot of videos on our free and wonderful you tube for the search tem "vocal tone exercises" But these videos do not coincides with each other and there is no clear illustration of how to "tone up". Its is almost like one video is completely different to another video. Is there a proper exercises out there that will help on improving singing tone? Thanks 2CIADB
  3. Hey guys I'm going to be producing a weekly vocal tip video series starting end of January. Honestly I've never really watched any of these type of series and was wondering if there were any topics people wanted covered. If it's something I have experience with I will be happy to oblige. Thanks so much.
  4. Well from what I have seen it would appear that all the online training programs and the youtube lessons are all geared to the Baritone level I mean take this shot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCxmDUl8__U they have a special for Bass a special for Baritone and a special for Tenor but nothing for Contralto and Soprano Now I know there are more males use the internet the females but there really is no excuse for a one size fits all training policy now is there
  5. Yo! All my fellow singing geeks! I came across the article I've linked here (below video). I thought it is was very well written (a quick read), and includes a couple comments by Justin Stoney (coach most of us probably know from Youtube). I have read & posted in our "techniques" forum regarding so called "Natural Singers," percentages of the population who are or are not, training, and etc. Hope this helps lend some clarity to the matter(s). article - Singing Tips: Have A Certain Skull Shape, And Other Science Behind Carrying A Tune http://www.medicaldaily.com/singing-tips-have-certain-skull-shape-and-other-science-behind-carrying-tune-308372
  6. MAESTRO DAVID KYLE THE WINDOW OF FAME Vocal teacher for all styles for over 50 years, David Kyle, The “Maestro” became a local Seattle icon and was considered by the industry to be one of the best vocal instructors for contemporary singers in the world. Unique to the “Maestro’s” approach was his method for expanding vocal range into multiple “registers”, or what we would refer to today at TVS as, "Bridging & Connecting". Maestro was also keen on eliminating psychological barriers that hinder singers’ freedom of expression, by use of creative visualization techniques and development of healthy auditory imagery for singing. One day, Nate Burch, one of my students from Seattle, came to the lesson with an old coffee stained piece of paper that had a hand written, transcribed lecture from Maestro Kyle on it. An excerpt from that lecture is shared below as well as popular quotes that Maestro Kyle used to use with all his students. Maestro David Kyle & Robert Lunte - The Vocalist Studio MAESTRO DAVID P. KYLE LECTURE: Those sounds which seem to ring the most are usually the best. Those which seem the roundest are usually the best. Those which seem to resonate are usually the best. Those which seem to echo are usually the best. So listen out into the theater and see if they are echoing, and if they are round, and they are resonant. Connect your notes and don’t be afraid. There are two kinds of stars. There are “stars” and there are “superstars.” The star no matter how he tries he just can’t seem to become a superstar. He’s great, great, great, great, but along comes a Caruso, or a Lanza, or a Gigli, and he can’t quite get over the hurdle. It’s because of one simple thing. The star sings, and when he’s singing he listens to himself; and while he’s listening he shapes it; and he opinionates it; and he shapes it around. If it isn’t round enough he rounds it more. And that sounds logical doesn’t it? It’s wrong! The superstar pictures the sound and knows what he wants to hear before he makes it! Singing is more the concept than anything. If we’ve got the right idea, then the muscles as they train more and more they become like a reflex and the reflexes respond to the image. Even if you’re trained beautifully and your image is a fear that you haven’t got high notes and it’ll never get there the reflexes won’t respond no matter how well trained you are. The epitome of it is you can say singing is absolutely mental. In the process of getting to realize that you have to take a lot of physical steps before you begin to see it, but it is true! The singer has to be in the consciousness and the mood. How does one establish a consciousness and a mood? You tend to become as you act. So if you pretend and try to get your feelings to act as you think they would act if you were doing it, then you’re getting in the consciousness. But if our consciousness is only on body and physical things then our mind is... The rest of the lecture offers another 5 pages of incredible insights about how the mind controls the singing voice. Read the entire lecture in The Four Pillars of Singing. Maestro David Kyle - The Vocalist Studio Maestro David Kyle Quotes “Good singers sing and listen, Great singers listen, then sing” “Good speech is half sung, but good singing is not half spoken.” “Wear the world like a loose garment. Don’t let it tighten in on you.” “Suppose you were learning to drive a car. Would it be better to learn on a road with no obstructions?” “Every negation is a blessing in disguise.” “The art of the art is the art that conceals the art.” “He who would know aught of art must first learn and then take his ease.” “When you open up you should be able to see light from both ends.” “Feel like you are singing with your whole body.” “Your reflexes respond to your image.” “The reflexes respond to the imagination.” “Listen away from yourself.” “Sing on the balls of your feet, like the American Indian.” “Burn Bridges and don’t look back.” “Listen away from yourself, right out into the auditorium.” “Singing is both a science and an art. All art is all imagination and you cannot fix that.” “You have to believe you will receive before you receive and then you will get it.” “Visualize you are already what you want to be. Act as if you are that, and you will become it.” “If you always notice what you are while trying to get there, you’ll never get there.” “Start as if the sound begins before the breath.” “The end is in the beginning, and the beginning is in the end.” “It’s not a game I’m playing! If you think that you’re short changing yourself.” “People don’t get tired of their work; they get tired of the resistance to their work.” “Forever diet the voice. Diet the voice; diet the mind; diet the spirit; diet everything but your income!” “Feel like your whole self is all a part of the sound, like the full violin is just vibrating.” “Imagine the sound you want, picture the sound you want.” “Open up the entire body and see the light through both ends!” “Breath, pause, release the jaw, visualize the sound you want, and sing to the back of (Carnegie Hall).” “We don’t let attitudes control us, we control them!” “Only babies are victims of moods!” “Let the sound flow right over the roof of the mouth into the masque.” “Bowels up, vowels forward.” “Some day you’re going to stand up and say, ‘This is me’ and go!” “We tend to become as we act.” “Attitude is everything in everything.” “Every time you find your thinking going to the strain or the resistance, immediately create mentally the sound that you want, hear what you want.” “And remember you have a beautiful voice. At your worst you sound better than many of them at their best!” “Just don’t sound like everyone else!” “And tell it your singing marvelous, you’re singing wonderfully!” “Sing Away from yourself, to something.” “Listen, then sing!” “Way to go Baby!” Maestro David Kyle passed on Saturday, November 27th of 2004 OTHER VOICE COACHES OF ROBERT LUNTE...
  7. Is there such a thing?
  8. So onto my next vocal work out exercise I want to do a siren exercise starting at a low note and going to a height note and then back down again I want a sound that I can pitch to and match my voice to the frequency Yes I have done this before with a piano to each and ever pacific note, but now I want that kind of thing in a siren So dose anyone know of an app or a downloadable link please?
  9. Hey guys, sorry if the title is a bit misleading but I couldn't think of a better way to phrase it. Long story short I am a bass/classic guitar player and my girlfriend is a singer who is currently in a singing competition. She is a purely self taught singer but has (to my ears) really nice timbre and has a contralto singing range, however since I've been playing instruments for a while and played in a lot of cover bands I have a developed a fairly decent musical ear and can hear when instruments/voices are out of tune. She had a tough round right now and her singing was pretty pitchy at lots of parts throughout the song, this isn't exactly new, first time I ever heard her sing she had moments of brilliance and other moments where things just didn't sound clean to me or slightly off, and I know if she could clean up her singing she would be much much better and have a good shot at making it far in this contest. Where we currently live there are literally 0 singing coaches/teachers and I would really like to help her improve her intonation at the very least, is there anyway as a musician who has close to 0 experience at singing I can help aside from just being supportive or blurting out things like "that didn't sound right"?
  10. Hi everyone, new member here. I am a female singer who has been diagnosed with a severe underbite and TMJ with neck stiffness. This diagnosis has been pretty devastating to my confidence, given that I am not a trained singer and have only been doing this for about 3 years (I'm 20). I have recorded quite a bit of music, mostly originals in the style of punk rock, and I can't help but think that my severe underbite coupled with the loud style of singing that I have grown accustomed to is to blame for my TMJ. At the moment, I am seeking treatment to correct my bite via jaw surgery, but it will not be completely fixed for another year to 2 years. Until then, I need some tips on how to overcome this problem so that I can start gigging live and avoid the pain/burning sensation that I get when I sing. Has anyone had a similar experience?
  11. As a beginning singer, what kind of range would be acceptable or typical? What improvement can be hoped for after some practice?
  12. Would it be better for my voice to rest today? or to exercise today? I fell asleep on the bus, going home from school, and somebody woke me up. What do you do if you're tired? Do you practice, or do you take a day off?
  13. hear is the link to the song It keeps quoting Do, Ri, Mi, Fa, So, La, TI What am I supposed to do hear please? Am I supposed to remember those 7 notes or am I supposed to remember and sing the whole song?
  14. Hi everyone Every morning when i get up i do a little bit warming up to my voice and breath and after the breakfast i start singing but it seems that just after 2 hours more or less i feel 80 % warm.. After i go to the gym i feel like 100 % Can someone help me with this problem? I dont want to go to the gym ever day for warming up my vocal hahaha Thank you
  15. After I sing/vocalize for an hour or two, my speaking voice is almost always tired; my singing voice is warmed up and at its fullest range, but my throat feels scratchy. It's not hoarse, just weaker. Is this happening because I tend to use heavier mass phonations? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  16. Oh man, I'm trying to learn this song and it's just killing me. But what I'd like to ask is what is she doing when singing 'lovers' at 1:30. Is this a really fast trill/run she's doing? I'm new to this technique but I always thought it was something you kind of did with the back of your throat yet there's a lot of movement in her lips. Can anyone shed some light on what's going on?
  17. Today, I tried to practice and I just couldn't phonate anything properly... my head voice tones refused to cooperate and I had an ugly gap in tone quality from A4 beyond. A couple days ago, I was able to sing a pretty good rendition of Black Hole Sun, but when I tried today, it failed miserably. Is there anything I can do on these kinds of days that is productive and helpful toward improvent?
  18. Hi.. I am new here.. Im working about singing on my own and i realy improve my vocal.. Some questions: 1. I dont know if im a tenor or bariton yet, i found an easy exercise that makes my vocal sounds deeper and warmer, can it disturb my high notes? Can i change from a tenor to bariton? (If im a tenor) maybe this exercis is just a littel warm up for the low notes i dont know.. 2. If i sing and i can feel my sound in my nose, not in the chest and not in the head is it a mixed voice? 3. I heard thom york from radiohead when he was young and i heard his voice now and there are a lot of differences in his voice.. (In youtube) can someone explain to me please why his voice changed like that? 4. My vocal range can become smaller when i grow old ? I am 22 by the wayThank you for your help
  19. Something I'm experiencing when training is: the power (and genius) of onsets properly executed with work flows to "hold" that quality phonation steady, is something I can feel taking place! I can feel the musculature "locked/set" if you will, in to that ideal configuration, and the resultant sensation of that laser-like twang, and bullseye placement, unchanging as you siren, to or from the octave or 5th! LOVE IT! This has been especially encouraging to me due to my problems with singing with clearer, less raspy sound colors. Along with lots of resonant tracking, the sweeps and sirens are helping me achieve a more clean, solid, and clear tone option for my vocal color palette!
  20. So today I just realized, that I have access to my whistle voice. I was just trying to make high sounds in head voice (as usual). And whenever I made sounds quietly, I was able to reach notes that I would have a hard time with, if I sang them louder (which for a little while, I have wondered. That why is it when I sing quieter, I can reach higher notes). Right now, the highest I can go in head voice is a D6. And I can't even reach it with proper technique. I have to use lip rolls, to reach it. But when I made sounds quietly, I was able to reach an F6, G6, and higher sounds, but they were very quiet, and they were only squeaks. So that's how I came to the realization, that I have access to my whistle voice, and that I have been using my whistle voice, to make those high sounds. So do you guys have any tips for improving at whistle voice? Btw, I know that to improve one's vocal range, they need to work on making their mid range notes better first. So, I know that.
  21. Had another epiphany tonight, I made the realization that I've been doing a bunch of downward slides on notes because it's easy. But what about upward slides? Upward slides can make high notes sound less disjointed when you start on a consonant that has a lower pitch. It will also emphasize more control over the diaphragm I suppose. Question though while singing with my guitar playing friend tonight I found it was easier to sing mid to high notes in a higher register especially once the higher register had been entered, got me thinking it should be possible to slide up and down registers the way you do with notes in a certain register. So why is it harder to sing a mid-high note in the lower register then it is to sing some of the top high notes in the higher register? (it makes sense but what should be emphasized when singing to the peak of a lower register?) is it because more subglottal pressure is necessary for the lower register? I thought more support was necessary for super high notes but it seems sometimes that a mid range note in the lower register needs tons of support while a high note in the head register needs much less support?
  22. Hi, Kind of a basic question, I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for some exercises where I can develop a stronger chest voice. I'm male and I'm most comfortable in a tenor/countertenor range. I can hit high notes easily, but others have said my lower range lacks strength and sounds a bit hollow/breathy like a yawn, almost like a bit of falsetto mixed in. I'm trying my best at breath control and making sure the voice is "pushed down" and coming from chest. I guess the perfect chest voice is one that sounds like you're giving an important speech? That's what I'm trying to achieve. I don't really have the time for regular singing lessons as I just sing as a hobby. Sometimes it's difficult to evaluate your own singing because not only is the sound I hear in my ears when I sing very different from what others hear, but it's natural for people to simply think their own voice sounds bad or weird when recorded and played back. Thanks.
  23. Step 1. · Identify the vocal problem itself in order to get your voice back. Perhaps, you have noticed that your voice (Speaking and/or singing) is not working in the same capacity as it once was. Obviously you are puzzled and concerned. At this point, you have to come to terms that something is not the same and begin to accept that fact. Step 2. · Identify the cause of such occurrence. Please try to analyze what could have caused your voice problem in the first place. Please try to “rewind” all the possible facts, which could have lead to such an ordeal. You might think of any medical/surgical procedures you might have undergone in the not very distant past. You might think of a ball game you might have attended with your kids, or a concert of your Idol singing. In this instance, you would possibly be able to recall how excited you were then, during the events, & how loud you were cheering for the performers in the field. Also, it probably would not hurt to look at your personal relationship with your spouse and your children. Have you been shouting a lot lately? Have you, perhaps, been under a lot of stress at work and/or at home? All of the above factors (and many others) could easily aid to a voice problem. When you are in the moment, you are not paying attention how loud you speak or scream. The consequences will haunt you later. Step 3. · Do not ‘sugarcoat’ your feelings; rather, embrace it with a grain of sault. That alone will help you immensely to get your voice back in a fast and efficient manner. When you start experiencing some changes in your voice, please DO NOT pretend that nothing happened and do not convince yourself that it is just temporary and you will feel better tomorrow. Unfortunately, you might not feel better tomorrow, as the damage has already been done and it will not go away on its own. It might require some further investigation and medical (or alternative) assistance. Step 4. · Outline your goal for the best possible recovery of your vocal problem and enjoy getting there. Once you are able to face the fact that you do have a vocal problem, please embrace this fact and outline the goal to get your voice back. It might, not necessarily, be an easy road, but please try to enjoy the process towards achieving your main goal – getting your voice back.
  24. Step 1. · Identify the vocal problem itself in order to get your voice back. Perhaps, you have noticed that your voice (Speaking and/or singing) is not working in the same capacity as it once was. Obviously you are puzzled and concerned. At this point, you have to come to terms that something is not the same and begin to accept that fact. Step 1. · Identify the vocal problem itself in order to get your voice back. Perhaps, you have noticed that your voice (Speaking and/or singing) is not working in the same capacity as it once was. Obviously you are puzzled and concerned. At this point, you have to come to terms that something is not the same and begin to accept that fact. Step 2. · Identify the cause of such occurrence. Please try to analyze what could have caused your voice problem in the first place. Please try to “rewind” all the possible facts, which could have lead to such an ordeal. You might think of any medical/surgical procedures you might have undergone in the not very distant past. You might think of a ball game you might have attended with your kids, or a concert of your Idol singing. In this instance, you would possibly be able to recall how excited you were then, during the events, & how loud you were cheering for the performers in the field. Also, it probably would not hurt to look at your personal relationship with your spouse and your children. Have you been shouting a lot lately? Have you, perhaps, been under a lot of stress at work and/or at home? All of the above factors (and many others) could easily aid to a voice problem. When you are in the moment, you are not paying attention how loud you speak or scream. The consequences will haunt you later. Step 3. · Do not ‘sugarcoat’ your feelings; rather, embrace it with a grain of sault. That alone will help you immensely to get your voice back in a fast and efficient manner. When you start experiencing some changes in your voice, please DO NOT pretend that nothing happened and do not convince yourself that it is just temporary and you will feel better tomorrow. Unfortunately, you might not feel better tomorrow, as the damage has already been done and it will not go away on its own. It might require some further investigation and medical (or alternative) assistance. Step 4. · Outline your goal for the best possible recovery of your vocal problem and enjoy getting there. Once you are able to face the fact that you do have a vocal problem, please embrace this fact and outline the goal to get your voice back. It might, not necessarily, be an easy road, but please try to enjoy the process towards achieving your main goal – getting your voice back. View full articles