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  1. I'm still working on distortion. It's definitely best to able to sing the notes clean and relaxed first I think. And then add it. Vocal fry / extreme cord closure is what I'm experimenting with. I think it's vocal fry anyway! I'm no expert. When I first did this, I couldn't do it for long at all. It tired my voice out. One time I ended up getting a cold and an awful throat from it! I presume this is because my vocal folds were not used to this. Many people in life will use it naturally when shouting and things like that so it probably won't effect them. But me.. I've never been that kind of person to shout and scream so I never really used it! Like MDEW said above about people doing it naturally. I look at it from doing what's natural. For example someone who is very angry shouting and screaming. Their voices become distorted. Look at babies screaming away. Their voices get distorted. Many young children do this too without thinking about it. Some children sound like those Death Metal bands that scream! Check out this video below of a boy that seems to be a very big Sonic the Hedgehog fan. He's angry that people don't respect Sonic as much as other video game characters. This video is kind of funny. Love the intro haha! But just listen to those screams! It's way too much but I think the raspy sound comes from the same place. For the hazy, raspy effect. Try and start it at a lower volume. For me it feels alot easier to create the raspy effect on more heady tones. That's where it's coming from in the video.. the boy's heady voice.
  2. Hey benny. Thanks for the reply. I'm just wondering when you say that the larynx will have to rise for higher notes and lower for lower notes. Is this definitely true? My current thoughts is that low and high notes is just a mental thing. It all comes from the same place right? Can't the larynx produce all notes from the same spot without having to move? I can keep it still on lip rolls from low to high but I've just been focusing on the lighter part of my voice. I'm gradually adding more volume and weight. Thanks alot for the replies man. I totally understand when you say about not rushing. It totally messes me up when I do.
  3. Thanks everyone for the replies. As many of you will know.. Brett Manning's Singing Success does focus on the neutral larynx a lot, and I actually find the program really great. Take a look at Singing Success coach Jesse Nemitz between 2:30 - 2:50. It's difficult to see but look how stable his larynx is. I watched many more better quality videos of his with better camera angles and he keeps his larynx completely stable on every note. Even when the sound is less heady and there's more weight into it. The only time it moves up and down ever so slightly is when he's sustaining a note and using vibrato.
  4. Hey man! Thanks for replying so quick! I used to be the high larynx guy that sounded like a dying chicken. Squeezing for every note. Are you sure it's a definite 'No'? Because I can sing on every vowel and keep the larynx in the same, still place. I can start on the 'Ah' and just move my mouth to 'O', 'Ee', etc. Not with loads of power yet but a decent amount. Just like if someone sung lightly in a verse. The vocal fry really helps too. I like to hold the note with too much vocal fry, which creates the scream and then alternate between the scream and the actual note. Check out this guy the guy below. I'm trying to watch his larynx.. it's quite difficult because he does seem to be leaning forward but I can see where it bumps out and it does seem to be stable, even when going high. He does seem to use the vocal fry for the scream effect too. This guy seems to be able to sing really high without squeezing. His cover of Frozen's 'Let it Go' is crazy! But to me his larynx does look pretty stable for most of the singing. -
  5. Hey! I know many people say that the larynx can be raised and lowered for different sounds and effects. But i'm wondering.. is the larynx in the neutral position the 'proper' and perfect placement where sound is created from? Lately I have been going throughout my range at all different volumes and intensities trying to keep my mouth as small as possible. No big, wide 'Ah' vowels or anything. Just a very relaxed mouth without changing the shape.. and just feeling a change in the throat, such as from 'Ah' to 'Ee'. Now when I do a Lip Roll going from a low chest note up to a higher heady note, my larynx stays completely stable. Just in the position that it's in when i'm relaxed and talking comfortably. Should my singing come from the same place as when I do lip rolls, with the stable larynx? I'm trying to get to a stage where I can also Hum all my singing.. soft and powerful with a stable larynx. Humming is quite difficult for me at times because it can cause my larynx to move and tense up but if I Hum when I come off the Lip Roll, it seems to be fine and just feels like the Lip Roll. Then all I need to do is drop my jaw to make a vowel. Oh also.. when I do vocal fry on low and high notes, this keeps my larynx totally stable. I can't seem to make the screamy vocal fry sound if my larynx is slightly too high. I can only make the sound when it is in it's proper place. Remember, this is when i'm not opening my mouth extremely wide, which I think seems to 'force' cord closure. So it makes me think that the stable larynx is the proper and healthiest placement for all notes low and high and at all intensities.
  6. Hey. Can you do lip rolls? Do a quiet lip roll on a scale blending from chest to head, and then try the 'mums', 'huhs' and 'nays' in the same way as you do the lip roll. Make sure it's at the same intensity. If you can't blend from chest to head. Start as quiet as possible and then build on from there. That's what I did anyway. You can even do a lip roll and let go of the lip roll into a vowel. Another thing that helped me is adding a bit (too much at times) of 'vocal fry' / 'cord closure' to seal up the folds, which also seems to keep the larynx stable instead of pulling up. Members...please correct me if anything I have said is incorrect. I'm no expert!
  7. My neighbors haven't complained. One time they did bang on the wall but I'm not surprised because I was singing at 10pm! It wasn't fair on them for me to be singing at that time. They are decent people though. They have a son who often shouts his head off at his mom and at people he's playing against on his online games so it makes me not feel as guilty when I sing hehe. I can imagine it getting annoying for them though even when I do exercises and singing earlier in the day. Constant sounds all the time. The great thing about doing it whilst stood or sat on a patch of grass out in the country is that I can make as many sounds as I like and just totally relax and experiment with my voice without being afraid of annoying people, which will definitely effect my voice if i'm worrying about disturbing people. When in the house, I'm usually like, "Ok so now I'll do this 5 tone scale, now this octave scale". But in the country I can just make random sounds as well as do the scales. Funny story Ron haha. Yes I know what you mean about running doing the same as a warm up! Glad it worked out for you man!
  8. Hi everyone. Lately I've been going out for a run and instead of working my voice out at home with next door neighbors getting annoyed at me, I've been singing in the countryside. I find a quiet spot in the grass after a run and I can just let loose instead of worrying about people hearing me and annoying people. Something that I've noticed is after running for about 20-30 minutes, everything is much easier! Bridging and connecting, not straining, sustaining notes.. it's a whole lot easier. I'm guessing this is to do with the breath from the running. Whilst running i'm taking big breaths in and out. It's great! My voice feels a whole lot better after a run instead of spending minutes doing breathing exercises at home stood still. I also workout my voice when running back too. Each time one of my feet hit the ground, I let sounds out like "Yah", "Hee", "Muh", "Ma", "Hey" and it feels totally fine and released. It's like my voice is going where it wants to go naturally instead of me overthinking things and ending up straining. I just thought I'd mention it. Maybe it will help someone!
  9. Yeah you're right! I can feel the contraction of the vocal folds after the blast of air Thank you all for your replies. I appreciate them! As I said in my first post, the breathy 'H' onset does help with more of a smooth sound with less effort. I just thought about singers like Kurt Cobain. He was quite breathy, wasn't he? And whilst he was a bit pitchy at times he seemed to sing higher without using those other muscles to reach for the notes. It was more relaxed. I'm also a fan of Chad Kroeger of Nickelback and in certain songs, he is quite breathy too.. usually in the verses but he's also very compressed too. As many of you may know, Nickelback came around a few years after Nirvana and when grunge was popular. I listened to the very earliest Nickelback album (Curb) where his vocals aren't as good and he seemed to be a lot more breathy when singing.. probably because he was really trying to sing the best he could without having much knowledge and training. Chad improved a whole lot afterwards. Maybe the breathy onsets really helped connect his voice, instead of starting out all heavy and eventually straining on notes. His singing is a whole lot tighter now due to the tighter cord closure / vocal fry he uses (I think). He now seems to be able to sing very high but still quite relaxed without using other, unnecessary muscles.
  10. Oh man. I know how you feel. It's so frustrating. My parents (more my dad than mom) watch both The Voice and The X Factor every, single year and the feeling I get with my dad in particular is that the only kinds of singers he finds good are people that go on these shows and people in the Pop world today. If I ever have some music on the tv of a modern rock band or anything I can just tell that he doesn't think they're as good. I often say to him, "If some young, pretty boy kind with an acoustic guitar was singing this song in the exact same key on The X Factor in front of Simon Cowell, you'd love it. It's weird. If there's ever a song that has more of a rock feel to it. It's like he doesn't appreciate the vocal as much as if it was a Pop song. I noticed that you mentioned Brendan Urie. Have you heard the latest Panic! At The Disco song and how great Brendan's vocals are? It's called 'Emperor's New Clothes'. Now, if my dad listens to it when the music video is on the TV, he'll not say a thing about how good his voice is and I can tell he doesn't even think he's up to X Factor standard. But if someone sung the same song on one of these talent shows, he'd love it! These shows and what they truly represent make me boil. A few years back my dad constantly used to come into the other room where I am and try to get me to watch how good this guy is (usually some guy with an acoustic guitar covering the latest One Direction song with an over the top London accent) when I constantly told him not to. Now I think he's got the message and no longer does it. Songwriting also annoys me.. these posers that go on these shows don't have the first clue on how to create a song and they get people like my parents full support. They don't understand how friggin hard I aswell as all the other true musicians out there that have worked at their craft to create good songs. Yes I agree that people on these shows are good singers. Big woop. One Direction are good singers. But they're still a manufactured boyband just to make money from young girls and fill Simon Cowell's pockets. I sometimes even stick up for some singers that go on these shows.. I constantly tell my parents that a lot of the people that don't even get through the first round are good singers. People don't have a clue about the effort it takes!
  11. Thanks! I would have thought that using a 'H' would be the opposite of adding compression because of the air coming through. Actually.. yeah it can go either way. Someone could use the 'H' and just be totally breathy when they get higher with not enough cord closure and then others can get really compressed! Something else that helps me along with the 'H' is adding 'vocal fry' / strong cord closure throughout the scales too. Maybe a bit too much at times like you said! The both of them together really does help relax things.
  12. Thanks for the reply Jarom. I'm wondering how it actually takes away the constriction. What changes exactly? Why the 'H'?
  13. Hi everyone. Hope you're well. Something that I've noticed when I do scales is that if I begin the note with a 'H', I seem to be able to go through the scale a lot easier and easily transition from Chest to Head without strain. The natural way. This works not only on vowels but also on Hums, which it should if you're phonating from the correct place. I keep the hum continuous throughout the scale with adding a 'H' at the beginning of each note in the scales and it does help.
  14. Yeah haha. I've just noticed that both of the videos I embedded use the same opening circle transition at the start too! Lol.