Xamedhi

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  1. Hey all! I haven't posted in a very long time. I've been working a lot on my singing and my band. I want to share with you the fruit of my effort, showing you our (and mine personally too ) first ever single and video at the same time. I hope you like it. PS: seems I had problems embedding the youtube link, i'd accpet wny help with that, or suggestions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3T8OtPYiTg
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    Avoiding Vocal Fatigue - a quick answer

    I have a vocal fold gap, and have to constantly work to erase it. The best way I have found to avoid fatigue is actually talking in a med to loud volume and with clear and well placed vowels. If my vowels are lazy, I immediately hear the buzz of turbulent air making my voice brighter unintentionally, and this translates in adjacent larynx and neck muscles trying to compensate the lack of compression. This could turn very fast into heavyness and a burning sensation on the left side of my neck. When this gets bad it turns into an electric feeling. The placement of the tongue is very important, as Draven already pointed, its the back of the tongue which should be raised to direct the sound up into a place where a natural mixed voice starts ocurring. If you do an IH or EE your tongue naturally rises on the back. if you keep the velar port under control and dont go crazy on the NG sounds you should be fine. I tend to sing with a sensation more towards Ds and Bs, to avoid nasailty.
  3. Have you listened to Haendel's Messiah? Dude, those Baritones singing tenor parts sound awesome.
  4. I never ever warm up with lip trills or lip rolls. My voice has a tendency to get light and unconnected, so doing those doesn't help me at all. They dry out my vocal folds and kind of nullify any ability of me to generate a chesty tone above my second passaggio hahah So yeah, you can warm up without lip trills. What I do is WAH-WAH-WAH and YEH-YEH on the center of my voice on a medium volume and then loud for about 5 minutes. For my particular voice, which has a tendency to pull my larynx up, I focus on keeping a more "classical" position, so my chest voice engages better and in a beefier way. The head voice muscle (CT) warms up very well on the extreme of your chest voice, so if you do a sustained "yell" in a controlled way on say an E4-F4-G4, depending on your voice type, your headvoice will automatically be warming up. After I do that for 2-3 minutes, I do the same WAH WAH with the same position but in a lighter way, from the center of my voice to my highest headvoice note, and then come back trying to NOT CRACK. Coordination above all. Don't crack. And then lean on it more, bit by bit, until you can do medium volume NOT AIRY falsetto/headvoice, going down like a siren wth the WAH WAH's, and not cracking. This is where my warm up ends and I begin the beef of my training. Then I do a couple of medium to loud OOs a bit above my first break, and then I'm ready to go to the full voice sustained WAAAAAH sirening up and and down that I do. Then I do YEEEH, YIIIH, WOH and then WAH morphed into an OO and siren up. All of these are sirening up and then down on the same breath. Concentrating on not to crack anywhere, not even an unintentional vocal fry sneaked into the second passaggio/break. This is loud ( loud for my voice ). This can go on for like 15 minutes. Then I sing a couple of songs to practice the real thing, and then to finish I do another couple of minutes of controlled "yelling" on WAH, YEH and OO( Overdrive really, for those who know the term ) At this point my voice feels really worn out so I start doing warm down WUHs from the low-med range of my voice to my high headvoice, in a med volume and then backing up to a lower volume. This for 1 or 2 minutes. I have to say that I have a vocal fold gap, air leaks through my folds unintentionally all the time, so I have to be very conscious of the sounds I make. They HAVE to be sealed, they MUST sound closed, never airy. Whenever I feel brightness due to air I stop immediately and start again. I must avoid vocal fry and whispering, and I need to talk med to loud and clear, with well positioned vowels, or my gap starts bothering and fatigues my left side of the neck. Whenever I relax and let my larynx rise and do poor vowels, by turbulence kicks in, and in question of minutes I start feeling my left side of the neck burning and if too much, starts goosebumping. So I know that this warm up works well for me because I start at the next day with a stronger voice, both on the chest voice and headvoice side. If you're wondering how do I sing haha, here's an example:
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    Is it possible to sing despite vocal nodules?

    Men don't form nodules as far as I know, Only women and children. You would have to yell everyday for hours for a good couple of months. You probably have just an imbalanced voice right now, try to balance it with exercises and don't yell as it could be too tough on your vocal muscles.
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    Control Master

    I forgot to mention that using it on my lowermid to low range is almost impossible, at least for now... It seems that I need the smaller space a higher note requires to make the walls -or whatever vibrates inside the vocal tract- to be nearer and be able to collide. I can do this from like E4 and up. Doing this on B4 and up is easier ( when I get the coordination right), as probably my twang helps with the walls touching.
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    Control Master

    I'm currently learning how to do that distortion, it's the only one I've been able to do in a healthy and sustained way. Support almost doesn't change in the mid range, it's the high range that needs more "push" at least on my voice and right now. I really concentrate on keeping the base phonation's sound height of the larynx and embouchure position, and only moving the parts OVER the vocal folds, and picture like there is nothing obstructing the actual folds. Just ask me if you wanna know something else that I feel or whatever, I must say I found this less than two weeks ago though so take it as a grain of salt, lol
  8. Hey guys, I'm posting this as a sort of "hey all, long time no see, I'm doing well" hahah EDIT :Also, I don't ask for critique or review, I'm just showing what I've been doing for others who want to listen or study. I think someone posting about what they think the distortion is, or how it compares to theirs does not help my singing directly. I repeat myself "I posted this as a "hey all, this is what I've been doing" because the "tell your gains" thread is dead. If after this clarification my thread still belongs here, then I'm ok with that, but I just wanted to make it clear. I just wanted to debate singing and technique in general, or whatever someone wanted to ask ( about my vocal fold gap, reflux, etc ), cheers everyone! . I've been working hard on my voice as always, carrying weight up and my headvoice twangy range. My max weight is on B4 and headvoice range topping on E5 on good days, with a solid D#5. I have a vocal fold gap ( acording to my stroboscopy on 2015 ) and I don't know the current state of it. It's a lot better, sound, strength and stamina has gotten waaay better. I still feel my voice a lot different though, I don't know if its because of the vocalis muscle that's grown stronger or what, but I wouldn't give up the stability of my voice now or my sound, for the flexibility or -strained- range I had before ( 2014-2015 ) Well, I come to tell you guys... I at last found some kind of distortion that feels healthy in my voice, and is sustainable. I've tried the "throat singing" type of distortion ( false folds and cartilage, Hetfield style ) but it hurts and always leaves me with air leak and poor stamina for days or a week or two, even. I've tried creaking distortion but as I already mentioned, my voice is kind of f***ed up in some way, and I don't know if it's normal but I have a hard time coordinating fry, lol. and when I manage, it leaves my voice very worn out if done for 20 minutes. This kind of distortion I found is probably like the rattle described in CVT terms ( kind of what Jorn Lande does most of the time ), where something ( I think arytenoid cartilage ? ) vibrates, but in a different way, I feel like the upper and side walls of my pharynx contracting, which makes something vibrate and produce this "overlay". I t's still a thin grit and I have to put quite a bit of effort in it to make the walls contract enough to make the sound but I guess with time and patience the strength will come and I'll be able to put more "anger" into it coordinated with vocal weight. I must mention that doing this distortion makes my voice last longer, stamina is better, and closure is getting better too. I feel my muscles are working out and getting stronger, and I have an easier time mixing into my upper range. All this change in a span of 5 days, so it's important to note. I hope you guys like how it sounds, this is the fifth day since I found it, videos are from yesterday
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    Can I hurt my voice and throat without producing sound?

    This is not very related, but I couldn't stay silent, hahah. As much as I deeply love Kyo for his awesome screams, I wouldn't take his early screaming ( up to 2009 probably?) as an example to follow xDDD unless I want me some nice vocal surgery xP His Uroboros' screams and later sound way healthier though. I totally relate to that, man. When I "sing for myself" , as my mom tells me to do so I don't bother the TV viewers hahah my throat sets into a placement or coordinations that makes my normal singing harder later.
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    How Can I Sing High "ee" Vowels?

    I think of the EE up high as a modified EH. I play around with the position of my tongue and found out that most of what makes MY vowel EE is how I place the BACK of my tongue. One exercise I do is to see how much I can open my mouth towards an AH without the EE changing so noticebly. You will end up with another vowel hahah but you start recognizing the boundaries of your vowels. This is how I shape my EE probably from E4(this one I'm not sure, probably an F4?)-G4 and up, it's like an EH, but I modify just enough for it to sound like an EE. I hope it helps, man
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    How do you fill a 45 minute show?

    If you have practice improvising or you like it, you can try to fill with that between a couple of songs, man! It could even be of use for you for a future song
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    Is a full head voice even possible?

    Could you upload an example please of how your vocal fry sounds and how the full mixed sounds like? Around an A4-A#4, or higher if possible
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    Is a full head voice even possible?

    It doesn't resemble a vocal fry at all though, in sound. Maybe in the "tight" and "sealed" sensation, but not in sound.
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    Is a full head voice even possible?

    By base level I mean a minimum energy that will be required to "mix", or to engage the TA musculature. The "maximum" limit, like if I want to be louder or sound more chesty, has developed in time.
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    Is a full head voice even possible?

    Training has been fruitful on me, I also achieved the one voice sensation , and I don't worry about bridging now, it happens on its own if I just use MY correct vowels and sing with intention. Whenever I try to lower the volume or energy too much to see "how far can I take it", yeah, it cracks... but that's an awesome example that the voice wants and needs a base level of energy to function properly at any particular range. The best advice I can give you is the same as Bob's. Work the hell out of your falsetto. To me it's the most important and fun thing to do, and also, it's essential to any kind of singing to warm up those muscles. The heavier you wanna sing, the stronger your CT has to be ( to stretch the now stiffened TA ) , and if you sing only in falsetto, you still need to warm up and work the coordinations. So 1) use YOUR best bridging vowels to work on your voice and stability and 2) Work the hell out of your falsetto.