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  1. MDEW

    Ed's Sheeran "raspy" voice

    I kind of wish people would make up their minds about how to sing certain songs. Is it Chest voice that is pushed and supported or Mixed voice or supported falsetto with rasp. Even vocal scientists cannot tell you HOW a certain singer is getting his sound. And how YOU would or could get a similar sound depends on your level of training and how you create your own sound when singing. I would not worry about Ed's particular rasp, that could just be from a certain characteristic of HIS vocal cords. Sing like you sing. Listen to yourself often and change what does not sound to your liking. You may find that your own voice has characteristics that Ed would be jealous of down the line.....
  2. No one hears themselves the same "in their head" as they do when listening to a recording. Record yourself listen to it, note the faults, readjust and rerecord. Repeat, rinse, repeat........ If you record using headphones, that can also "change' what you hear in your head as opposed to what is coming out of your mouth. Some people end up singing flat when using head phones. Any way the answer is to practice, record often and readjust until the ear and muscle memory are retrained.
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    Teach me how to sing

    If you are just learning to not worry about the "Sound" at this point. Learn to match the pitch. Just work in the middle range(speaking range) for now. What you are doing is getting your ears to "Hear" and recognize when you are matching a pitch and when you are OFF Pitch.
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    Preparing My First Ever Cover

    I lost my internet so I have not seen this until now and I have not listened to it. That does not matter. What does matter is that you are undertaking a project and putting thought and focus on the outcome. This in itself will lead to progress. When someone sings a "Cover" of a song or "Covers" a song it is not necessary to sound just like who ever was the last big named singer who also "Covered" this song. As a matter of fact, one thing to do is to listen to others who have "Covered" the song and notice the Differences and not the similarities. This should help break the idea that one has to "Sound" like another when presenting a "Cover" of a song. Most of the songs that I play I learned before I payed attention to the originals. Usually I would find a book with the song and see the chord progression and go from there. Maybe later I would listen to AN original and readjust my approach but I would still keep my own inflections. For better or worse it is Me singing and expressing my own interpretation of what the words mean to me. Good luck. I hope to be able to listen to your version soon.
  5. I think what you are asking about is called Melisma, some may call it a run. Basically singing a group of notes to one syllable. You can Ride the vibrato or you can stop the flow of air between notes while rising and falling in pitch. Just as anything it takes practice. Start by finding the pitch of each note or the Melody of the run you would use and start slow, then get faster when you are confident of the notes/pitches in this small melody.
  6. For the synthetic voice conversion....that should have been easy years ago. All you have to do is map the spectrum of the "patients" voice for the source and use the appropriate gender and age group from a list of actors and actresses for the filter. That is already done now in singing. It is kind of flip flopped though....You sing and the voice comes out as your favorite singer. Now that I think about it, years ago you could record your voice saying Ah or OH on an electric piano or synthesizer and play your voice on the keys. prosody(emotional expression) is cadence, volume and meter. speech would be a mixture of pitch, volume and a type of morse code.
  7. Now I have watched the videos. My first thought is that a lot of people believe that "Perfect" pitch cannot be learned. Even though this man had a computer chip implanted in his brain that converted Color to Sound, he had to first Learn that a certain pitch represented a certain color. If it is not possible to recognize and retain the difference between one pitch and another then this would never work to begin with. He even had to use his own impressions of the pitches and tones to imagine ideas of "Warmth" "Beauty" "texture" and so forth to imagine "Pictures" made by the different sounds. Not only that but then he started to "See" different pictures made by the frequencies of Sounds in his environment. A bird whistling a G# and a Motorcycle idling at a similar frequency would still give him an impression of the same color group.
  8. I did not watch the videos yet but I did look over the written description on the website for "The sound of Color". Assigning a sound to a color is in line with using the opposite to teach yourself perfect pitch from years ago. I think it was Keven Burg? Any way the idea was to associate a Color to a given pitch. The color was not a set in stone association for all people but each individual would choose which color best represented a specific pitch. Associate one pitch at a time and learn to recognize the pitch by similar attributes between the two. For Example, maybe F# is Bold and vivid to you and you sense the same thing with the color RED. Perhaps Ab always sounds Muddy and Dull, so maybe that would make you think of Brown. To be honest it is just another way for you to pay closer attention to sounds and frequencies and to notice slight differences or characteristics between them. Granted it is not the same as having a chip implanted in your head that when you hear F# you would actually SEE red, but the Pitch can still be visualized in your mind when you hear it.
  9. Anchor the tip of your tongue to behind your bottom teeth. The bottom sides of your tongue should rest against your back molars. This is the resting position for your tongue. Ken, is this you? (an inside joke. I could not help myself.)
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    Voice Lesson Help!

    So, is the problem singing higher or faster? If you are working higher and faster at the same time try working them separate to find the real issue.
  11. Does she have a quiet breathy speaking voice also? Have you heard her when she is complaining about something? Most people use a voice that has stronger vocal closure when complaining. They get a little louder and use better support and have a more confident sound because "You KNOW what you do NOT like and want your opinion heard". Some teachers may use the analogy of "Singing to the Back of the room". Basically you would be using the voice you use to call to someone across the street. Also the typical New York tough guy voice(accent) will help with cord closure. "EH, Wadda ya doin' I'm tryin' to work heah..." or it will at least help teach how to stop the breathiness...
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    The video is about transitioning from "Chest Voice" to Falsetto(head Voice) more easily which is the answer to the question asked.
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    Movement While Singing

    I just want to add and point out that some movements help with support and posture. Even Opera singers with little movement will lift their elbows above the rib cage and/or bend their knees slightly and drop their center of gravity when more support is needed. These movements help to engage support muscles.
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    Tenor Humming Vocalizes

    Just because you are making a humming sound does not mean your vocal cords and vocal tract is in a healthy coordination. You can hum on a falsetto with a raised larynx and all that work is wasted. Hum on a VOICED dopey UH and keep a connected sound. The closed mouth and buzzing lips makes it easier to stay connected but it does not guarantee that you will. The voiced UH will help keep the larynx stable and you can still HEAR and FEEL the disconnect when and if it happens. This way you can monitor when the disconnect happens and you adjust accordingly as you practice.
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    Crazy Deep Voice Help

    The practice techniques would be the same for anyone. Practice singing scales....Do,Re,Me etc....practice matching pitch to an instrument...piano, guitar any thing that makes a pitch for you to match. Sing songs and melodies. Record yourself so you can hear when you are OFF PITCH. The voice works the same way whether you have a crazy deep voice or a crazy high voice or a crazy weird sounding voice. Matching pitches while singing a melody is the most important thing at first. The more you sing and work on singing the correct pitches in a melody the better you will sound.