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    • Cool tune. I'm curious have you been listening to The Verve and Richard Ashcroft?  Your singing and voice reminds me a lot of Richard Ashcroft.   You should listen to some the old stuff from "The Verve" his band before he went solo... super cool music. Your track seems to have a lot of tuning on the vocal tracks... why? Your voice doesn't sound like it needs much.  My program is only $20. Check it out. Coach http://bit.ly/TVSLiteCourse20
    • Hi I have been experiencing very similar symptoms after a bout of the flu 3 months ago. Whilst I was recovering from my flu I did try to sing a little bit and that is when the problems started with a light burning sensation in my larynx after talking and heartburn like chest pain. I have recently had a gastroscopy to assess for GERd or reflux but this presented nothing. I have also had an echocardiogram to assess my heart and all is normal. Blood tests and chest xrays present nothing. I have been eating healthy, maintaining fluids and getting plenty of sleep but have seen no improvement. It does cause me anxiety in having to avoid conversations to rest my voice. I can see this thread started 7 years ago and was wondering if you found a solution?
    • [Constriction and "choking" can also be a protective reflex. If the body detects that the pressure or airflow at the throat is unhealthy, it says, "forget the singing" and reflexes to shut off the problem. Just like your "blink" reflex, it is not a good idea to try to simply override it psychologically. You need to address the thing that is causing the reflex. For singing this is likely to be something like inadequate breath support.] Anyway, back to the OP. Decent vocals, imo. With proper diaphragmatic breath support, your voice will glide effortlessly straight over the passaggio, and you will get that responsiveness and agility you are looking for. I notice in classical training techniques that they make a big deal out of breath support (probably coming from traditions of singing without a mic), and relatively less of a deal about the passaggio (even though the term comes out of that pedagogy). Once you are able to employ a good diaphragmatic breath support method, .like appoggio, the passaggio is no longer a big challenge. It gets "fixed" almost automatically. Add that to the fact that you are able to siren up to G5 (wobbly, but an impressive foundation), I think you can really take your vocals places.  Yup, I am not a coach. Just my personal take. 
    • It's so true what you say, Kevin. It's all psychological. I still suffer from constriction from time to time as my mind gets in the way and my body interprets the coming note as a "high note".  If I remember to step back and use my prominent leg and backside muscles on the higher frequency, it tends to help a great deal as it takes my mind off the "high note" and mentally changes it to what it really is: tilted T.C and thinner chords. The results are amazing once I remember to take the thought of the high note out of it. 
    • hey sp3c....., I forgot that the review my singing cost's like $10 in here. Either Draven or Robert (there may even be others now - coaches) will review your material and refute or confirm the advice I gave you. Plus answer any further questions you may have.  
    • I have a tendency to stick my tongue out (briefly, without feeling it ) during singing (and speaking) which is quite annoying. Are there any exercises for relaxing it that could help me?
    • That siren wasn't horrible. You got a little shaky right at the passaggio. Now I would check with Robert Lunte on this but I would say 1- your right about diaphragmatic support, that will stabilize some on this and is important for most all phonations. 2- It sounds like the shakiness has to do with the weakness in your passaggio, your trying to make a good connected sound when it's not easy for you, and your probably worried (at least subconsciously) about pushing/choking, and that just adds to the tentativeness.  I think if you look up the "lift up, pull back" vocal exercise found on Rob Lunte's Youtube channel, that is a passaggio tension releasing exercise that should help you.  It allows you to engage the passaggio with zero tension, then add in more connection as you move past the break.  It's an easy tension free falsetto phonation that over time, you begin to add in more and more vocal fold connection or mass (within the passaggio).  I never had this exercise when I was training for more strength and connection at the break, it's a brilliant innovation that will keep your constrictors at bay, and ultimately leads to more power with no tension as your strength on those passaggio notes grows! good luck Bro! k
    • Hey thanks for taking the time to listen and write this up!  Appreciate the kind words as well.  Good timing, just sat down at the computer to work on some music.  I will definitely check out Robert Lunte.  I am not training with anyone, no.  That's cool to hear I could be in the lower realm of head voice.  I can take my head voice really high but not with any control or without straining.  Here's an example.  I get to G5 but it's obvious to me my diaphragmatic support is weak hence the shaky transitions between passagios.  After G4 or so, my voice is so inflexible that I can't really do anything with these notes at this point.  Sorry for your ears lol. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XeAtfESk7_kxclzd4uG-5XWwOyT8wEnH  
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