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  1. For me, this is pretty good. So I'm mostly pleased with it. I got lazy with my thirds in the beginning and they ended up being flat. I'm glad I recorded this because I actually didn't notice it as I was doing it. I was pulling a bit too much chest on those. When they were in tune, they were being sung in a lighter voice every time. Singing begins around 1:15 Edit: Here's an a capella one for those who think they can handle it.
  2. I'm up for it, Jens. I find I can sound more connected if I sing with a more covered sound. The diction just gets muddy. But I think it will be better in the long run.
  3. The visual plays a role in how the sound is perceived. Do I sound like I'm having trouble more than I look like I'm having trouble? :| ................... I kid, I kid. But how do you know the difference? I can sing it in a completely ridiculous, airy, cartoony headvoicetto, and expend less effort doing it. I often warm up this way. But is that how I should perform it? Just because it's easier and less strain on the voice? I can't express anything that way, so I vote no.
  4. I mean I want help with technique for sure, but with my range and skill level (both of them are fairly low) singing more connected will have to either wait, or just be considered less important. I can sing this song better, but not yet. I tried it because it was very difficult. I posted it live in one take in a video format because I want you to see me for what I really am. A lot of people never do that. I will probably get four pillars eventually. I will probably do a skype lesson with Rob if I do decide to.
  5. This song is about recovering from domestic violence and returning to reality after long term power imbalance within a relationship. It needs to reflect that idea and it needs to get people's attention. This is my approach. I could have sung the whole thing down an octave nice and pretty. But it wouldn't have, imo, served the song. Don't think of Freddie Mercury. Think of the song. I wouldn't have tried a totally different song like "We Are the Champions."
  6. Axl Rose pretty much indisputably is a low baritone and in my opinion, a pretty good singer. I sthpeak with a listhp.
  7. I don't think people get that I sang this in a voice that I thought would pi$$ people off.
  8. That's pretty much exactly what I was thinking, Owen. Does twang occur from the neck up? Or can I twang from my air support? Sounds impossible. We're talking about vowels. Neck-up type stuff. When twang, I assume a high larynx position and sing through a narrower space, off the roof of my mouth, with slower air, while modifying to "boomy" vowels. Does this sound about right? Well, when I do this in a way that is comfortable, I have the outward appearance of straining quite hard, probably because my Adam's apple is literally the size of an apple. But really, I tend think I have the same endurance as anyone should. I don't have serious problems with pain or fatigue unless I actually do something that I know is a bad idea. If I post videos, people tell me to stop straining so hard. If I only post audio, they aren't usually any the wiser. The visual seems to affect the way people perceive the sound itself. If I dip my larynx to a dopey low spot and use faster air, I don't appear to be straining as much, but it does not feel good. I can twang this way, but it's super weird. The diction and note length suffers and the sound becomes swallowed. I'm currently convinced that I can either stop twanging completely, or I can "strain."
  9. I can't figure out how to twang without straining anything...
  10. UPDATE. I'm currently as I type singing "Legs" by ZZ top. This is the best idea I've had all week.
  11. ...It's like a saxophone... the grit... that is. In a way...
  12. I'm not trying to add grit and I was actually going for light and clean. When I get louder it gets gritty. The grit feels like it comes from some kind of resonance pocket. It's present in my comfortable range as well. I don't think I can have "mixed" voice without strain. My chest voice doesn't reach up to meet my passaggio very well at all. My F4s are really clumsy. I'd go for the head voice option every time though. :/ I find that my voice is uniquely tense. I've never met another singer who has tension issues of the same magnitude as me. Maybe it's because I bite off more than I can chew, maybe it's partially stress related, maybe it's because I'm a bass 2 with usable C2s 95% of the time and a G1 on a good day who is trying to sing Queen songs and has only been singing for about 4 years (going back to the first thing...) I just don't really know where to go with it at this point. I might try the Axl thing, but I don't want to come off as an imitator and I don't want to feel like I'm selling myself short by not singing with a decently "full" sound. For the most part, I feel more strain on the Gs and Ab4s than the Bbs and Cs, or perhaps the same exact amount on all of them. Is it important to add that I had been singing this way for 45+ minutes before hand? Tension and all? I certainly don't feel any pain when or after I do it, but of course I still want to sing less tense because it will only open doors. It sounds better and I will be able to hold notes longer. I also don't know what the long term effects will be of straining and I don't want to find out. I just don't want to give up on singing with a rock voice. If I put it away for awhile, it will probably just be worse when I try to start again. I could try easier songs for a while and work my way up, but because the hardest notes are F4-A4, there aren't too many "easier" songs for me to work on that I can think of. I guess my next video can be a Gn'R song. That might be a good game plan.
  13. Here's someone who sings the ever-loving *snot* out of them. (I consider this to be a pure "ee"). The singer from Vain either has the back of his tongue too high or his soft palate too low on them imo. But this is a little off topic. To bring us back, Darren, do you form your "ee" vowels more like Carl Anderson or Davy Vain? The vowel shape itself will make a huuuuge difference if it is not currently cutting it the way it is.
  14. A4-B4 or even C5 is not exactly in the clear. That's where my voice tends to crack a lot. Your "problem" sounds very familiar to me and probably most of us on TMV. Speaking strictly for myself, I personally view the passaggio as being able to occur anywhere between D4 and Bb4. I can "belt" up to Bb4 (avoid this), so I know that I may still be quite actively coordinating TA and CT in that range. At C5, it's either head voice, falsetto, or not C5. But A4-B4 is funky. Also, most singers don't use "hee" sounds in that range in pop or rock. Generally, "ee" vowels get modified to "ay," "ih," or "eh." There are exceptions, but usually it's not totally a pure "ee." Perhaps experiment with modifying this vowel. Vowels aren't always "this-or-that."