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  1. Members of the band book the jobs. We play the songs, while on break members of the audience, if they have an event coming up, will tell us they want to hire us for Party, wedding, birthday or other social event, and give us the date. At the end of the night, the owner of the club or the one who books events for the club will give a date and ask if we are already booked for that time or schedule us to come back'. There are many places to play within an hours drive. Even a small town will have 3 or 4 different clubs/bars/restaurants that have live music.
  2. Maybe for desperate people or to get started, but to get a following you need to play in the same area at regular intervals. The people get to know your band and make it a point to go to where you are going to be playing.
  3. It does not work like that in the real world sideshow. You play a gig and others at the show approach you if they have an event coming up. If you did good then the owners of the club will book you for another gig. Your "Agent" if you have one will already have a list of places who he books talent for. They used him in the past and he provided someone that is a good fit for the club. It is not just a hit or miss thing. Word of mouth travels when you are good. You also get a bad reputation if you are bad.
  4. I have friends who hate being "fake" or "fake" people. They end up stepping on toes a lot and losing "friends". As you said before "all the world is a stage" etc. and we play our parts. I do not look at it as being "Fake" if I avoid using bad language or telling "Blue" jokes with certain people. More out of respect for them than for my own value system. I would not tell the same joke to my grandmother that I would to an old school mate. Even that depends on which grandmother because one was a devout christian and held those values and the other was more open to worldly vices. If you are a musician or singer in a night club or a public venue, you may have to adopt the value of the crowd or their taste for a bit to either get their attention or to gain some credibility with them. You are there to entertain them, sometimes you have to be able to adjust to what they want in order to show them what you have to give.
  5. I understand the Emperors clothes. It does not help the songs and makes you look ridiculous while you are singing. I do not know this song. so I looked it up.The singer does use falsetto on "When the night is", But he drops into a strong sound on Fallen. Throughout the chorus he uses falsetto on the higher notes and drops into full voice on the lower notes. If you are angry with Jimmysh%t etc. Use that to get the strong sound you need and the breath support for your singing.
  6. Put on a shirt and get rid of the crowbar. Listen to your singing and make changes to improve. If you are singing something that is supposed to be a powerful song, a light falsetto tone does not work. Those are only suggestions and my opinion.
  7. The assessment was for you and you alone. Not for admittance in any "hearing" type of evidence. Whether someone has the ability to learn and develop does not mean they will. That is up to the person who is learning just as much as the teacher. Putting in the work and understanding what the work is supposed to help with are two different things. Do the work and apply it to the singing.
  8. Hi Nadzhiba, Thanks for a second response. Usually when someone is asking for input on a questionnaire or poll there is no second post. I have found , as a singer in pubs, clubs and other situations where you have personal contact with the audience that a separation from Band personality and home personality is a benefit. As a shy person it is easier for me to view the person on stage and the person I am as two different people. When on stage I am hoping for for people to notice me and give me their attention, off stage I would rather be an observer and stay in the background. At some point there seems to be an integration between the two. At least that is the way it was for me. I now find it a bit easier to talk to strangers than it was in the past. Also in a pub/ club situation the song choice changes with the personality of the audience. There is no set arrangements. There may be a master list with suggested song order but that usually changes within the first 10 minutes.
  9. As singers we do not hear ourselves as others do. I do not know the particular sound you are looking for but I found it quiet enjoyable.
  10. It is starting to sound better. I had trouble with the line....To the place I belong....not just because of the higher note but because of my accent...rather the odd way I pronounce some words. I have known about it for years (my odd way of speaking and how it hurt my singing) but could not pinpoint the problem until someone else pointed out what I was doing. On words with the O sound as in LONG I would pronounce it as "Be-l-AWE-ng". I had to tame the w sound I kept putting in there. Sometimes the way we pronounce words when we speak does not work on singing. When singing it is sometimes more useful to view "Modified" vowels as a "singers accent". Pay attention to difference in accents between some prominent singers' speech and the way they sing. Some notables are Adele and Elton John. They have very thick accents when they are talking and a different way of pronouncing words while singing. John Denver is the same way although he does not change his pronunciation as much as Adele and Elton you can still hear the difference. Some would view these changes as a result of shaping the vocal tract for better resonance but for me it is easier to accomplish by viewing it as an accent you adopt for singing, rather than "Modifying vowels".
  11. It would not need to be part of the instruction if other things have worked. The idea is another tool that can be used. And it is another aspect to be explored by the researchers. This idea we are exploring now is for a particular sound used in a particular genre. A sound that is the goal of certain teachers and certain situations. It is not a sound used to help gain access to particular ranges but a sound expected after the range is accomplished. This is part of the polishing aspect. The spectrographic information does not tell how the sound was made but what resulted after a configuration had been used. The same Vocal tract shape with a different alignment at the level of the vocal folds would give a different spectral footprint and sound. It may be similar but the sound may still be unfavorable for the genre.
  12. What I meant by that was the research and most instruction focuses on one aspect at a time. In this case it is the resonance and formant tuning. He uses an example, as I did of a sound with the lower larynx that does not have the higher frequencies and then he "shifts" resonance from one formant to a higher formant resulting in a brighter sound. The brighter sound may have been from the difference in Vibration of the vocal folds resulting from the muscular "Tension" shift that also occurs when The vocal tract or Tongue position changes. Most instruction for "Classical" singing is a result of "open" throat. "Feel Nothing" in your throat. That does not mean that the muscles do not do anything, but it does shift your attention AWAY from what is happening in the throat at the same time. The shift in Frequency amplification from my audio clip was of a physical nature. The vibration changed allowing higher frequencies to be created OR closed off a frequency trap. It is true that the difference in sound was more pronounced in his example but I was not trying to focus resonance. I was just allowing for higher frequencies to be generated. And I was still actively being "Quiet".