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  1. I believe there is such an exercise called whistle tones that can extend your vocal range and involves vocal fry Anyone know what this is please?
  2. Warm Ups for New Singers!

    I am working with a new voice student. She has been a piccolo and flute 8+ years. I am trying to find some effective warm-ups for her. She is able to match pitch and has more confidence singing in her lower range. She has been recently singing with a very pressed sound and is very tense when beginning warm-ups. Trying to find warm-ups to help combat these things!
  3. Hi! I'm new-ish to this forum, posting here for the very first time because I'm super excited to share my progress. I'm male, 23, started taking singing lessons only 2 months ago. Prior to that I was a rubbish singer. I'd read a lot about vocal technique in the past i.e. chest, head voice etc. but it was all rather abstract - especially when it came to the mysterious mixed voice (what the what?). Anyway, I couldn't sing for my life until recently when I bit the bullet and started seeing a voice teacher near where I live. Only 2 months later and I CANNOT believe the progress I have made! This recording was taken today - I usually record myself doing vocal exercises at home - and has me doing a vocal slider up to C5 while adding some cord closure and lots of support. Although I could only hold the note in full voice for a couple of seconds, I managed to get a tinge of vibrato in there and the release felt AMAZING! 2 months ago I was straining to even hit C5 in falsetto! Just goes to show that practice and patience works!
  4. I know I have good ears because I can easily hear the flaws in my voice, and I'm a mixing engineer. I have a flexible voice and I can easily sing fast runs and such. But I noticed that I can't quite keep singing one note without it bending up or down slightly Say I wanted to sing the C note for 10 seconds, I could hold it for the first 2 or 3 seconds, but then there's a small bump either moving my voice up or down, which makes me sound off key. I also know that it's because I can't keep my breath flowing at one speed without changing. So basically, I have a problem with keeping my breathing speed to be consistent, and when my breathing speed changes, it affects the pitch of my voice. But I don't know what kind of exercise Is the most efficient to help me with this. I'm also a smoker which I know affects my breathing but not sure if it has anything to do with this specific problem. Does anyone know what I should do to be able to do this?
  5. Weird head voice?

    Hello everyone, So I've been to a couple of singing lessons and finally confirmed that I've accessed my head voice. Problem is that it sounds weird. Check this out and this out. Let me know what you guys think.
  6. 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:
  7. Currently debating my existence listening to the melismas in Handel's 'See the raging flames arise.' Any tips on melismas in general?
  8. An exercise specifically for rhythm

    Hello there Time and time again I have been told to work on my rhythm Well when I asked them how, I was told to use a metronome when singing the song or tap your foot along to the song. And I have to say with out that I just cant grasp it. I mean how many singers do you see using a metronome while on stage. I mean all I have to do now is work on my rhythm and my pronunciation and to be honest after that it wont be that far off. But without getting my rhythm timed correctly then I am just going nowhere; it just seams all the time I am singing way to fast for the songs I am singing. I am wondering if there is an exercise or 2 that I can do repetitively for say a week or 2 or even a month that will inbeed the skill I need for rhythm into my memory Thanks 2CIADB
  9. Strengthening The Diaphragm

    Hello there Yesterday I took my first ever 1 to 1 singing lesson and at the very end of the lesson my teacher mention I need to build/ strengthen my diaphragm. We did not go into detail about this as it was the end of the lesson but when I google "how to strengthen diaphragm for singing" one thing that comes up is a demonstration of the balloon exercise What is the point to this exercise and how will it help improve my singing? Thanks 2CIADB
  10. Wade In The Water (Smule)
  11. 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
  12. Vocal tone exercises

    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
  13. 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 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
  14. 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
  15. Vocal workouts for rhythm 

    Is there such a thing?
  16. 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.
  17. Siren app wanted

    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?
  18. 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?
  19. 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"?
  20. 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...
  21. As a beginning singer, what kind of range would be acceptable or typical? What improvement can be hoped for after some practice?
  22. Vocal Rest Questions

    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?
  23. Do, Ri, Mi, Fa, So, La, TI

    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?
  24. 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.
  25. 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?