MDEW

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  1. Although nobody else seems interested, I would like to hear your thoughts on the anatomy involved in singing. Maybe you have some insights that have been overlooked.
  2. How about expanding on this? You asked the question but have not responded to a reply. A forum needs interaction and a back and forth of opinions and ideas. There is not going to be a definitive answer. How to approach teaching of a subject to appeal to an audience needs input from both sides. At this point it seems that you do not even want to approach the subject when there is one who will ask questions or give an opinion. I think that the subject is fascinating but even on this forum where people want to get tips and find ways to improve, they want to skip over what makes the voice work and how to gain control over it from a physical standpoint. Are you a singer? A teacher? A Scientist? An independent researcher? Do you yourself understand the anatomy and the physics involved in singing? Or are you wanting information to understand it yourself?
  3. That is a good question. Are you teaching people how to sing better or giving a class on vocal pedagogy? It seems to me that people who want to sing better do not care about the physiology and teachers do not want to use it for training purposes. They seem to feel that maybe knowing about the physiology may help them as teachers but the physiology may hinder progress in the actual vocal production of students. Feeling and doing are better than knowing what causes the outcome. This is not my own opinion but it seems to be the general consensus when trying to get people to discuss anatomy and physiology involved in singing.
  4. The vocal fry is like Elmer Fudd from Bugs Bunny Cartoons. The vocal cords are held together but there is not enough air movement to keep a solid tone so the voice sounds like it has a crackle in it. The crackle sound is the cords coming together in an uneven vibration. Vocal fry in the upper register may be called Creak. Whispering does not make the falsetto. Falsetto is when the cords do not fully make contact and the cords are only vibrating on the edges. You can make falsetto with full cord closure and without full cord closure. Without cord closure and a high register you would get a sound like Mickey Mouse. With cord closure and a high register you would get a sound like Elmo and Miss Piggy from The Muppets. Lower register Falsetto sounds like the guy from King of the HIll Cartoon and Patrick from spongebob.
  5. This is basically sirens or scales using VOCAL FRY on a low volume. The sound of vocal fry is from the vocal cords making contact but it is random. The sound can only happen when you are using barely enough air to make the cords vibrate but they have to make contact with each other.
  6. I had the feeling that you were keeping the volume low so you would not disturb others. Unlike others who are always whisper singing because they think that is their singing voice. Even when keeping a low volume try not to whisper. When we do not sing with enough air flow and cord closure we do not have as much control over the voice. Even when singing quietly we should still have a solid tone. Whispering dries out the vocal cords. One exercise I have seen is a low volume(loudness) while maintaining full cord closure.
  7. Also, use this opportunity to get your students to understand that just like any instrument you need to practice to get better. You do not start off knowing how to play an instrument, you learn over time. Trumpet players are allowed to make weird honking sounds and annoy their families to no end until they finally get the hang of it. Violin players are allowed to sound like raking fingers over a chalk board while learning how to use the bow and where to place their fingers. Drummers are allowed to beat on what ever they find giving their families head aches while learning......The same should go for singers while learning their instrument. You start of sounding bad. And it is OK to sound bad while LEARNING your instrument. It takes time just like it took time for the trumpet players, Violinists and drummers and the rest of the orchestra. Too many people think that you are just born singing or you cannot develop it.
  8. You already know it is a problem. That is part of the solution, being aware that you are cutting off notes too soon. Work on your songs one phrase at a time or just work on the phrases that are causing problems. Practice using a backing track or a drum beat or metronome. Practice cutting off the note with the beat of the drums or the ticking of the metronome . La 234, breathe 234, La 234 breath 234 Start the note on the 1 hold until the next 1. Also do La 234 1234, breathe 234, La 234 1234, Breath 234 etc. Starting on the 1 and holding for 2 measures and ending on the first beat of the 3rd measure.
  9. Don't worry about the high notes. You need to get your low notes to match the melody first. When you do that the high notes will sound better too.
  10. This may be from when the song was first written. Piano players will often write songs in Eb major. It is easier for them to play because of hand positions used on the Piano. Guitar players prefer E major more than Eb for the same reason, the chords in E major are easier to play. Of course there is more than 1 note in the melody, I am giving an example instead of writing out the whole song or an entire phrase. I used my guitar and played along with the original video and compared it to your recording. For every note in the melody, you are singing a lower note than the original melody. Your voice did sound good on this. If you raise your pitch to be what the original singer is doing it may sound even better.
  11. The sheet music you find is often not in the same key that the singers recorded in. The below video is in the same key that your music is recorded. This is in the key E major if you play along in standard tuning. When you sing along with Music or a backing track you sing with the music which is not always the key provided by sheet music. That is one of the reasons to Practice along with an instrument so you can Hear when you are not singing the same pitches as the instruments.
  12. I listened to the original. I checked the music in both the original and your recording. They are the same key. When you are singing you are singing a LOWER Pitch than the original singer. When he is singing a G# you are singing an E.
  13. To quote Jack Nicholson's Joker; "I don't know if it's art, but I like it". You have the right feel for the song and you are consistent throughout. I do have to point out something ...Even though the singer is basically speaking the melody, he is still speaking on a pitch that goes along with the music. You are also speaking on a pitch that goes along with the music but you are speaking on what would be a harmony to the Lead, not the lead itself. You pitch is lower than that of the Lead singer.