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  1. Wow guys. I'm sorry I haven't been very present, been building a toy truck with a cannon for a project! >:D Lots of very helpful advice here. Thank you for taking the time to elaborate on so much information. Been trying to play with my resonant spaces and following the advice left here. So far, I've been able to run with it a little. I'm quite impressed by the community on these forums. Ecstatic to finally get a hold of the material.
  2. Thank you. I didn't get the feeling you were trying to be a typical salesman. Maybe I should have worded it differently. You've peaked my interest. I have taken the time to send you a private message as requested.
  3. Robert, thank you! That was definitely a sale. Yes, it is absolutely because the most that I got from their program was demonstrations, but no comprehensive exercises and perhaps that's why it never stuck. I am a kinetic learner, so having exercises would absolutely change the game!
  4. Robert, thank you for getting back to me. I was not bothered by the wait, it seems I've been in good hands through and through. I have put a bit of thought into investing in your program, but I must ask, what sets it apart from CVT? I bought that program a while ago and it helped me learn a lot, but it didn't seem to help me address what you are referring to when you speak about acoustics. Which, I've never really thought about my voice outside of the physiological, so thank you for broadening my perspective of that. What's difficult for me to comprehend of acoustic singing is the application since I've never really been aware of what that means and how it applies to me.. MDEW just described changing the size of the vocal tract, which is what I would assume to be similar if not exactly what you are speaking about. I have a ways before I can afford your program at this time, so where do I start aside from pure experimentation? After you put it into perspective, it caused me to question whether I am anything more than just acquainted with my voice/voices and that I don't really know it/them all too well. It seems that all I know about phonation is vowel usage, which appears to be improper at that. Also, do you really think I could make a dramatic improvement in a some-what short amount of time? This woman that I mentioned in my original post told me that I would have to spend like a decade in making my voice what I wanted it to be, then went on to say that all training I have done already was a complete waste. This is frustrating to me and makes me feel that I cannot achieve the level of skill I have in mind for myself.
  5. What would a thought process for that be? I was told to widen the space between my wisdom teeth, hard pallet, and tongue. Like keeping an imaginary light bulb in your mouth. I try to visualize that as an attempt to make better resonance occur. The back of my mouth and throat feel strained as I'm becoming more aware of the sensations left by my overall technique. Also, do you know anything about healthy scream techniques? I've thought that a different approach to that would change my edge and distortion techniques.
  6. Lol. Nah. That is the remains of my zombie makeup from a Halloween party. I'm not really trying to write metal, although, I use a lot of those qualities. I am looking for control. I am also wanting to gain an R&B type of...formant, I guess you would say? For example, if you listen to Jonny sing in the songs referenced above, he uses a very intense belt but then smooths his voice into these nice R&B tones. The man's got soul. I feel like I have one dynamic and my voice starts to lose quality when I'm attempting to utilize something like curbing or even neutral modes. My distorted belts are also unhealthy sounding to my ear. They leave a tension in my throat and then my compression is uncontrollable. Once I engage the edging or distorting elements of my voice, I'm stuck in that dynamic, and my voice craps out whenever trying to curb or sing neutral. I can't make heads or tails on whether I'm doing one technique wrong that affects my whole voice, or if I'm doing everything wrong. I'm beginning to question if I'm even doing my screams wrong! I also feel as though my singing is less sincere because I'm conscious that my techniques may not be that well developed and I don't feel like I'm really utilizing the best of my voice. I feel icky when I hear myself sing in certain areas, but then again, I can kind of hear how it could be good if I did it right.
  7. Hi! A little background: I have trained my vocals with a college instructor for roughly four years, I haven't had a lesson in nearly two. The reason I say this is because I had posted on Yahoo forums only to be lectured without constructive criticism by someone who had the information I was asking about only because I was hoping someone would provide it free of charge. I am a student. I am also broke. Whenever I can afford to, I will reinvest in a vocal coach because I am aware that not having one has lead me to developing bad habits. She pretty much told me I shouldn't sing at all without years of proper training; in other words, said my vocals sucked! My techniques are full of bad habits. I need help analyzing them and figuring out what I can do to release the tension and build a stronger, healthier voice--that much is certain--but I am determined to learn the techniques used by a specific singer. Anyways, here is a song of mine for example. I did every part by myself, I also produced it with Cubase LE 5 and Ozone, but I am a crap producer and I don't have great equipment. The vocals are also completely random and nonsensical because I am more concerned about the tone of my voice at the moment and would like to address that before I do any serious song writing.. This song was really just an effort to get myself out there in the first place, but I'm apprehensive to advertise myself because of the quality of my voice. Here are a few more random examples. Clip C isn't my backing track...just to clarify. It's only for an example. I'm bothered by this in a few ways. For one thing, there's no smoothness in my tone. For another, I'm shouting at times. I am actively aware of my diaphragm and attempting to further naturalize my reaction to breath down into it, but the control seems to be an issue...I've heard that I need more breath while singing higher, but I can't separate myself from pushing the notes and it actually seems like I'm using less air...I feel like the only thing that sounds good most of the time is my distorted belts.. It should probably be worth mentioning that I had a background in metal too. I was unable to learn my screaming method under a I think I may be fry screaming and I've heard that was bad as well. Could that be relative to my incorrect executions of belted distortion? I am very fond of the distorted belt, one used by my favorite singer, Jonny Craig. This song here is amazing, it's my goal to be able to sing this correctly without strain in my own unique voice. But, I would be content with starting off this song correctly without strain to build up to more challenging techniques. I am under no disillusion that I can make my voice sound like his. However, I want to be a better singer, and I am determined to reach this magnitude of greatness. The only problem is that I'm broke, although I have a job, and live in a very plain area in Missouri that harbors very few musicians or coaches who can help me achieve these goals. I live about an hour away from St. Louis. If I knew of a coach there that could help me out, that might be a decent start. I could probably even take some exercises and run with those. Most of my equipment can run my voice back into my headphones, which gives me a good representation of my overall tone, which helps me decipher where I can improve...this has actually helped me improve dramatically in the past week or so. Thank you in advanced for your services! I'm looking forward to hearing your critiques.
  8. For a long time, I have been practicing to have similar technique to this vocalist. Mind you, I do not wish to sound exactly like him, I know that's not possible, but I would like to better understand his techniques and vocal flexibility. Over the past five years, I have accomplished his range and some use of techniques, but as you will hear in the recording at the bottom, my formant and vocal flexibility are lack luster. This has been hard to fix for me. Part of my formant problem is me finding the spaces in my voice where I sound my best. And, due to imperfect technique, I get tired very quickly. This is the song I am singing. Below is the same song with me singing over it. You should be able to hear it pretty clearly, how much voice doesn't quite have the same overtones, yet, it seems like our vocal tones are within the same ballpark. You can hear my voice get so, so tired after a while. Sometimes I sound mouthy and muddled whenever I feel like I sound so much brighter or warmer. I am unsure of what to be looking for. I want to be a performer. This doesn't sound very healthy to me. Please help me to understand where my voice needs to be worked on. Thank you.