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  1. Jon, have you tried top-down sirens? It's possible that coming from the bottom-up you are bringing too much weight up. When I have trouble with certain high notes, I'll start from the top and blend my way down. You might be taking the weight that you have from the C5-D5 area and bringing it up to that F-F#5 and hitting a ceiling. For me, starting around E5 is like another bridge, where more weight gets shed off. The sound ends up being a light but bright and twangy head tone. Don't put too much weight into it, the notes are not heavy, but the bright and twangy timbre makes them sound huge.
  2. Geoff Tate is more of a light mass singer: James LaBrie: Michael Kiske:
  3. It's really a shame how some people go about criticizing his voice. It's one thing to provide a constructive view of your opinions in a more neutral manner, as I believe everyone in this thread has done. But to post some of the stuff that people do on other sites like YouTube is just shameful. Not just with LaBrie, but other vocalists who maybe had an off night, you see some horrible comments. I would venture a guess that probably most of them have never sung a note in their life and have no idea what is involved in singing and how the voice fluctuates from day to day.
  4. That's great! I wanted to see Dream Theater in NYC last week but I was not in the area at that time. It must've been so cool to hear the story all the way through live.
  5. At 1:20 someone ran by... do you have ghosts in your house Felipe?
  6. M, n and ng as in "Hum", "hun" and "hung" are called nasal consonants, which are a type of semi-occluded phonations. As ronws said, they are great for resonant tracking, which is to get a feel for the resonance moving through the resonant path of throat, mouth and head. See the pharynx below for a depiction of the resonance path. A little off topic, but notice how the resonance is in a "C" path. Try to visualize this when singing or practicing instead of thinking of high and low notes. It can help you "see" and "feel" the notes in these resonance areas.
  7. Felipe, great suggestion. That is a great DT song and JLB really conveys the mood. Another one in a similar vein:
  8. These recent performances from LaBrie are outstanding. He is on fire in these videos.
  9. ronws, that's a really good interview. I would like to see more vocalists have these one-on-ones to discuss their technique and training, it's very insightful.
  10. You should give a listen to the Astonishing. Labrie sounds really good and acts out a bunch of different characters with his voice. Petrucci said that no one else besides James would be able to portray the characters like he did.
  11. Awesome cover of an awesome modern Maiden song. Great job Felipe.
  12. For me, it really depends on the era. 90's LaBrie in the Images and Words and Awake era was outstanding, I couldn't understand how people could hate his voice. He was a powerhouse and is one of my influences. He still sounds very good on the albums even to this day. However, by listening to live concert footage from the 2000's, I could understand where they were coming from. It sounded shouty and kind of splatty, which took me some time to get used to. Some concerts are good, some are not so good. Overall though, I do like his voice and he definitely has a very unique timbre. Regarding singing within G4-D5, the "closed" sound that Xamedhi refers to was important for me. This "covered" sound is what allowed me to go higher in pitch while not flipping into falsetto. Not just the covering, but the breath support needed to be correct to. Just a firmness in the intercostal muscle area. I wasn't "taking a poop", that is too much effort. Also, no gripping or strain is in the neck or throat i.e. no veins popping out. It's a balance between the bright and dark sounds. For me, a lot of it is trial and error. The A#4/B4 is my nemesis right now. No issue singing up to A4 and from C5 up to D5, but for some reason that B4 is a challenge.
  13. I've found that shading the EE more towards an "ih" as in the English word "sit" works really well as a vowel mod to move past the second resonance shift (A4-B4 area). EE is too forward for me to smoothly transition into head voice.