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  1. Hey guys and gals check out this video when I did a masterclass a couple years ago for VocalizeU students (teachers as well but not on site), 90 min rasp/distortion etc. Hope you enjoy it
    11 points
  2. Robert Lunte

    Practice A4

    ok, first of all, we need to start with...    What is the whole "... or should I quit" thing?  That is confusing to me, I don't understand what that means?  "Or should I quit"?  Huh?! I seriously do not get what you mean by that, but Ill take a guess... are you trying to say, that if you try to sing an A4 two times... as a beginner, and it isn't perfect, you might consider quitting?  Quitting what? Quitting for the day? Quit drinking so much coffee in the morning? Quit chasing that cheer leader that is playing you like a puppet? or ... quit singing all together?
    10 points
  3. I still study. I study because my coach is WAY better than me..He gave me specific exercises which in turn unveiled exact registers and makes sure i sing the vowel we are singing no distorted wonky sound ing vowels. I understand everything we work on however his execution is perfect every time...2nd set of ears yes always need that. Not a lot of new ideas as its not rocket science once you understand and execute the principles you just need to do it over and over for 15 years ;). And he makes sure I do it right.. It keeps me humble and wanting to reach his skill level..
    9 points
  4. Danielformica

    GREAT NEWS!

    GREAT NEWS!!!   I have been invited to teach at the VOCALIZEU ARTIST INTENSIVE SUMMER JULY 10-19  2015!! Mt. St. Mary’s College..   checkout: www.vocalizeu.com/event/vu-artist-intensive-2015/   My course will be called ROCK VOCAL MASTERY!   I will be teaching too and along with other Vocal Coaches, Songwriters, Dancers, and other Industry Professionals.   Mom and Dad said I could never go to college now I am going to teach at one!!! AHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!      
    9 points
  5. Felipe Carvalho

    The Dreaded A4

    I know it sounds simplistic and that there are many things that will get in the way of doing this, but well: You will need to learn how to take that "belty" A4, and make it go both STRONGER and SOFTER. I suggest thinking like this, no matter what note you pick on your range, in order to have an exact match of quality on the immediate next seminote, you will need to be louder than you are currently. So, if you are on a A4, and you are already at 100% of your dynamic headroom, to have a B4 consistent you would need, lets say... 110%. Which is not possible, that means strain, blood spil
    8 points
  6. JonJon

    Rainbow - Stargazer

    you dont have to "quit" something just because it doesnt come easily and you dont have to quit just because you wont be a star overnight. Sometimes you just have to take your time and look into it a little bit ANYONE can sing to one degree or another and maybe you are just missing something basic like decent breathing or something similar? Many people told me I cant sing or play guitar etc....but I cant quit because I suck at gaming too...so im stuck.
    8 points
  7. This is a new forum, for which I have been asked to be available as an expert. I'd like to begin by asking for your opinions on the awareness of overtone singing and throat singing today. We all know it has been around in the west for quite a long time, but the rest of the world has been very slow in coming to know about it, much less understand it. Recently, one of my colleagues, Austrian Anna Maria Hefele posted a brief demonstration of polyphonic overtone singing on Youtube. (Meaning a moving fundamental, not simply a drone). She is quite skilled at it. It very quickly reached over 7 mill
    7 points
  8. Cool philosophical question... You might guess that my response would be something like, "... because when I sing, I feel my soul speaking from the inside of my heart and I love sharing my soul and the emotions with the world, it is the most beautiful thing to share my inner child with other people and give them joy and happiness for all of mankind as we all join hands and sing Kumbaya...". ... But THAT sort of thing is like #4 on my list of why I sing... To be honest, I don't do it for other people.... at least, that is not the main reason... that is a nice benefit that I app
    7 points
  9. live https://app.box.com/shared/n8z7dq2mi4
    7 points
  10. "Bridges" are spots in the voice where the voice shifts resonance. For a man, both tenor or baritone, the first bridge begins at about E flat above middle C. For heavy voices with thicker vocal cords it will be a bit sooner. With a bass it can be as low as B flat below middle C. It is important to mention that regardless of where a man’s bridges are, the sensations brought about by the shifts in resonance and the vocal cord adjustments are the same. The intrinsic thickness of an individual’s vocal cords will determine how low or high his bridges will be. A tenor or baritone will beg
    7 points
  11. 2). The ability to commit to training, singing and practicing. That is what separates the winners from the drop outs.. Sorry to sound so gruff, but ... to commit to vocal training and singing regularly takes a special kind of individual. There is something in this particular point that I believe to be very important. People often talk about psychology on singing and how it can affect some higher notes or how it can cause fear. But seldom I see the debate on a real psychological level about the issue. Lets talk about this girl I just invented, that is now interested about learning how to sin
    7 points
  12. Thanks MDEW,   One of the BIG problems we see in the culture of voice training is... the mythology of heroes. People really need to get past the hero worship long enough to get factual and realistic. There is a lot of mythology behind famous singers that tries to assert that... "said" famous singer didn't have to work as hard as the rest of us, never had any voice lessons, never studied any technique, never spent hours upon hours in the bathroom just trying to figure things out (MDEWs point... which I agree, that counts for something... I think a lot of guys did just that before the day
    7 points
  13. I can see from the reaction to some of my post a few people think I'm crazy.. absolutely Thank God! I can also see my post are being misunderstood. I certainly do not mean to insult or offend anyone, nor diminish in anyway their work. I want to clarify a few things, then hit this topic.   I in no way mean to suggest, nor imply you need to sing or learn opera to be a good singer. I in no way deem any other vocal style less nor inferior, each has it own skill set, each it own difficulties. When you love many different styles it can be hard to choose what is in your best interests. I have
    7 points
  14. Just started a new singing podcast my first guest my teacher and great singer Alexander Kariotis . He studied with Pavarotti 's teachers and some others. Great podcast with some high notes for good measure and stories about Bel canto lineage etc enjoy or not whatever I like cake...also multi platinum singer can't disclose name but he studies with alex as well...
    6 points
  15. Did a cover as tribute just now, we should make a tribute tribute thread. You guys in?
    6 points
  16. Jarom

    Writing Lyrics & Songs

    I usually start with the melody and work lyrics around it. The reason I do this is because my belief is that the melody is more important than the lyrics. People listen to songs for the melodies. A song with a great melody and alright lyrics is a great song but a song with great lyrics and an alright melody is only an alright song. However, If you already have lyrics written you can still turn them into a song. Keep it simple at first don't play any fancy licks on the guitar or piano just play basic chords to get a melody down. Also, be prepared to change words, add words, and take out words t
    6 points
  17. Lately I have been lurking on the forums more than answering questions. I am finding that a lot of the questions that are being asked can be answered very simply but are being answered very wordy and creating confusion. I want to say that maybe I was lucky to study with who I studied and study with and also how I made my career singing for a living. It wasn't easy but I put a lot of work into my voice many many years 20 + and many years on the road away from an apt whether it be in NYC, CA, ATL,CHICAGO, CT.. I blew out my voice many times and studied with whomever I could never onc
    6 points
  18. As we just about come up on the halfway point of 2016, we've unfortunately lost several big names in music. Prince, David Bowie, and Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire, just to name a few. This is a challenge where we will challenge ourselves by selecting a song from the catalog of one of these great artists and attempting to sing it ourselves. The only requirement for this challenge is that the song must be by somebody who passed away in 2016. As far as time limits for this one goes, I was thinking about 45 days but suggestions are welcome.
    6 points
  19. Wow... Rude and very ungracious for all the time that everyone else has put in to help you! What an truly abnormal attitude. You know what? Not only do your vocal tracks need a HUGE amount of work and musicianship, and believe me, I am being polite.... but on top of that, you will never make it with this defeatist, inconsiderate attitude. If I had a $$$ for every time I had my pride and ego kicked int because what I did actually wasn't as good as I thought it was, I would not be sitting right here now. Understand this before anything else these guys are telling you,... whethe
    6 points
  20. There is no way to express in a post , but I'll try... None of this means anything if your not practicing high quality techniques with high levels of understanding of that your doing. Notice how we all went straight to that point. You have to be training smart!!!! How? - get a good program that shows you how and has workouts, not just a book!!! - presuming the above ... I highly recommend an understanding of the acoustic modes of singing; vowel modification, formants, resonance , etc. - physical modes; twang , belting - onsets, and how they can be used to isol
    6 points
  21. When it comes to learning, some aspects that are important to keep in mind in my opinion: 1 - You need to understand what you are trying to do. 2 - Retrieving the information is more important than the amount of repetitions. 3 - Keep it as close to the final application as possible. 4 - Keep the challenge levels adequate. Number 1, 3 and 4 were often debated around here. Number 2, is not intuitive and in my opinion, overlooked. It goes like this, lets say that you are learning one particular coordination, you are "belting". So you understand what you need t
    6 points
  22. In short you should be practicing and know exactly where you are in your voice chest, mix, belt , etc. don't just throw your voice out there not knowing. I have a saying "how can you get to where you wanna go if you don't know where you are"?
    6 points
  23. ronws

    Vocal Coach Poll

    I read the book you illustrated, "Your Band Sucks." I know it was to be humorous but is humorous in the way that "This is Spinnal Tap" is humurous. That is, bald and honest truth. I think anyone wanting to be in a band should read that. Then, after reading that, and you want to be in a band, then do it. At your own peril, of course. It will show that you are determined. Or, a glutton for punishment. Or both.
    6 points
  24. This is a very popular argument and I agree with the basic premise. Especially the fact that a lot of people are teaching and never demonstrate or sing anything. What is not brought to people's attention as frequently is, the opposite. Those that can sing, but can't teach, or are mediocre, which is another equally concerning problem. I have had lessons with some great singers, that are not necessarily "great" teachers by my definition. For example, telling someone, "just do this,... no, listen again, just do it like this.... no listen to me do it one more time, do it like this"... is not
    6 points
  25. The Shadow of the Wicker Man is rising up again!!
    6 points
  26. I have all of my students, who are working on pitch, purchase a combo pitch wheel. It's the only pitch wheel I've found so far that you barely have to put any air pressure into to get it to ring out the note. It's also the method I've seen have the most effect on matching pitch. If you blow into it to hear the note, then hum into it, trying to match the pitch/note, it gives you immediate feedback for adjusting to the right pitch. Much like tuning a guitar using harmonics, when you're off pitch, the sound wobbles and buzzes horribly; but when you match the pitch, it locks in with you. I'v
    6 points
  27. There may be a number of reason as to why you loose cord closure and break. Adding more closure or compression could just make matters worse. Off the top of my head: - If you have a tendency to squeeze and force the voice you will most likely break around "A4" (guys) adding more closure will not help. - If you are "yawning" your higher range you will loose cord closure. Adding more closure will not help since you are just compensating for a poor coordination and treating the symptom rather than the cause. - If your vowels are not tuned properly your larynx will have to work more
    6 points
  28. Robert Lunte

    Love yourself

    ... do you think? In regards to rhythm... here is the best firkin advise I can give you... listen up. Stop counting music in quarter note tempo / meter... and start counting all music into 8ths. "1&2&3&4&..." Add the "&"... Without 8th notes, you have no syncopation and without syncopation, you have NO GROOVE! Students that count only in quarter notes, have shitty rhythm and cues. Students that learn to sub-divide into 8ths and accent the syncopated, upbeat 8th, begin to get their rhythm tight and groove on... try it... you'll see... great rhythm starts by.
    6 points
  29. Don't know that there's not about to be a stampede of people on their way in here to tell ol' Gsoul he doesn't know what in the heck he's talking about, but I'm not seeing anything that's unbelievable here.
    6 points
  30. Hahahah man you are crazy. All this talk of Greyhound buses and road trips is unnecessary. Surely an event that included two TMV moderators would justify the use of the official Modern Vocalist Private Jet. We'll just have Adolph leave us the keys for the weekend. We can all get together and back home in under 12 hours.
    6 points
  31. To be completely honest, ... why people are concerned about how to practice and produce whistle voice escapes me. I appreciate that is cool and has a level of "fun-factor" to it, but it has little to NOTHING to do with becoming a better singer. Apart from the fact that the frequencies in question are just about 98% impractical for anything you would ever need or want in a song, the physiology and acoustics for whistle are entirely different then singing. One of the things that has happened in the industry, I think largely due to Brett Manning's whistle trick he uses to get people to buy h
    6 points
  32. I tried multiple times for a cover and I was bad every cover haha... although I do have this one which is kinda alright but it's a pretty unknown tune: http://picosong.com/NAQD/ Kinda cheesy early 60s Bee Gees tune rather than the crazy disco stuff everyone knows.
    6 points
  33. No you dony have a crappy voice, sounds good. But i would guess you should work abit on your confidence, why? cause there wioll always be people who dislike your voice regardless of how good you get! Heck i i sometimes get to hear i dont sound good and im bloody amazing so chill and have fun
    6 points
  34. Hi Elise.... I love your videos... your adorable... Always decent if not really good.... you have a future as a singer... keep going!! 1). I like that you are now experimenting with vocal processing... YES, use some reverb, however, this is a little too much. Turn it down a little bit, but just a bit. Never sing with a "flat" signal and no special sauce... Also, if you can, get some compression on your voice. You can get compression on a TC-Helicon pedal like the new Performance-V (see my review of this cool singer effects system in the vocal gear > processing forum), or o
    6 points
  35. The answer to this question is simple... Who cares... Our voices are capable of million/billion diffrent sounds over 4 registers now we are gonna divide them into fullvoice and not fullvoice. 1. Does it sound full and is to your satisfaction? if yes keep doing it. 2. Do you like the sound? if yes keep doing it 3. It doesnt sound full but still sounds awesome keep doing it. 4. Full is relative, do we talk about a register or a soundcolor or vocalweight? In the end even that does not matter, what matters is you get the correct training for the intended results.
    6 points
  36. There is no "ready" to start singing there is only singing. If you wait you will wait another 10 years and then what? Will you be ready then? you need to just get out there and sing. The more you sing the more you understand it. The less you sing the more you "try" and understand it. I personally decided to sing in my twenties and booked a gig. Realized I wasn't doing something right on that gig. Got a couple vocal lessons, used the warm ups and practiced singing songs everyday. Maybe 5 months later booked a gig singing the songs I had been practicing and never looked back from there I met mo
    6 points
  37. Hey guys! Im trying to get the hang of singing in head voice so i was wondering is this correct sound.   I wasnt able to do this a while ago and it was pure falsetto, but since i got Pillars alot of good stuff happened so i just wanted to see if this is a good direction in which im going.   Take not that it isnt really crazy full or great cuz im just getting used to this configuration. Its a bit uncntrolled and very "new" to me but its a new sound that is starting to take some shape compared to crazy chest pulling and falsetto.   I sang a phrase from Led Zeppelin's Black D
    6 points
  38. I think what Bob is saying is if you can sound good just yelling and pulling do it. which is fine if you dont want to achieve the ability too sing many different styles.  Cobain didnt need to sing like steve perry or stevie wonder or david ruffin, he was an artist. Artistry is artistry.     that is all fine and dandy but this is a VOCAL TECHNIQUE forum not a "hey if it sounds good go for it forum"
    6 points
  39. Here's a quick lesson on not holding your breath or holding back your breath which is "putting the cart before the horse". and sam smith by request (go easy its live and i learned it about 10 minutes ago.)  
    6 points
  40. Ive made a video with a suggestion on how to work on your interpretations and write it down so that you keep track of it:       Of course you will not study ALL of your songs in this manner, but I find that doing this on the songs that you find more difficult, or that are more complex really helps.   Specially if you plan on singing 15 minutes long prog metal songs full of crazy stuff, writing it down can free your mind to focus on the singing.
    6 points
  41. Hey guys I haven't made video's in a while I have had some major back issues (20 years) that really has made it tough to gig the last few months and sing and work. But I had Emergency back surgery Friday and I'm looking forward to a very quick recovery. So my teaching is on hold for a couple weeks. So while I was hopped up on pain pills I decided to make a vid lol. Hope you like it.. see ya soon peace
    5 points
  42. Hey folks. I've put together a video with some aspects that we need to keep track when going for the middle high range, and that are really important (as in will mess up you singing completely if you don't). It talks about: - Covering - Edge - Support - Falsetto - Placement It should cure all your diseases and reverse hairloss. Perhaps it will give you insight on singing too! Thanks everyone that takes a look, your kindness exceeds all expectations
    5 points
  43. Not necessarily lessons, but whenever I have the chance to have a conversation with Dan for example I take it. In fact with anyone that sings in a manner that I find interesting and that can add to my arsenal. We tend to get too focused on one mindset, and we forget other things, I remember when I was working on "Gentle Art of Making Enemies", I was trying to use distortion on the ending section but it was sounding weird, in 2 minutes Dan suggested me a different way to approach it and it sounded the way I intended. I do take lessons with my teacher, not as often as I would want it, but s
    5 points
  44. OMG! Martin actually gave me a LIKEY! What is going on? Is the universe actually going to begin the "big crunch" and reverse its gravitational pull? Is Elvis actually still alive? Was the moon walk really just a hoax? Will dogs and cats start sleeping together? I can't believe it... ?
    5 points
  45. Something I threw together in the wee hours of the night. I did a double track vocal to try and get the sound right and I think besides a few occasional out of syncs it works nicely. Hopefully you guys like it. http://picosong.com/E2RM/
    5 points
  46. Say yes to every project as some will become something and some will not. You will meet new musicians and create new music and other friendships, and you will learn something from everyone ...Solo will always be there . #advicefromatrueoldtimer
    5 points
  47. Oh man, this question never gets old... I just wanted to say that I am so thankful for finding Rob and his forum on the web, and really appreciate many people here (such as Rob, ronws, Killer, Aravind, Daniel Formica, Felipe, and others) for sharing their wisdom. The posts above are just the simple and sound truth, and I can attest to that. I was born in a family of artists, mainly guitar players and singers, from my grandparents to my uncles and aunts, cousins, and my mother. When I started to learn how to play guitar, I wanted to sing too, so I could accompany my self. Big mistake! My mothe
    5 points
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