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  1. Thank you! I'm still working on my awareness of technique. I'm trying to strengthen my voice without overdoing it. I don't have a big or powerful voice, so I'm cautious about loud belting so I don't use up too much of the strength I have. As I pay more attention, I also notice that immediately after I sing high notes loudly for a long time, I have trouble with the lower part of my voice, but it's back after a few minutes of rest. I have very little power in my lower range especially, and that''s the first to go when my voice is tired. The main thing I notice is that for a few days at a time, I have a slightly duller tone, and then all of a sudden, usually in the morning, I'll cycle back into my clear, sweet tone for a few days. The change is small and not noticed by others, but it isn't just with singing - even my speech or a slight hum is different. This pattern has been going on for years and I haven't been able to figure it out. Even on my "off days" I can speak without hoarseness and I can still sing throughout my range, but my voice tires quicker. I think I need to work on technique to minimize throat tension, trying to more consistently have an open throat and breathe from the diaphragm. I also notice that coffee tends to dry out my throat if I don't hydrate properly. Thanks for your feedback.
  2. Thank you! I'm trying to strengthen my voice without overdoing it. It seems to tire more easily after a work day. I think I need to work on technique that would minimize throat strain, like opening the throat and breathing from the diaphragm. I don't have a very big or powerful voice, so I'm cautious about using up too much of the strength I have.
  3. Thank you! I've tried some periods of rest, and singing for a shorter time, and also not doing a long session after I've been talking for awhile. Even though I don't think I talk more than average, I do talk to people throughout my work day and I've noticed my voice tires more easily after a work day. I'm trying to strengthen my voice without overdoing it.
  4. Hello, I was wondering if anyone had any experience with changes in the sound and strength of the voice. I notice that some days, my voice sounds clearer and stronger than other days, all throughout my range. Sometimes, for a couple of days at a time, it feels a little heavier and tires more easily. I can still reach all my usual notes, but with slightly diminished clarity and ability to hold notes. This is hard to predict, and I haven't noticed any correlation with hydration, how rested I am, or how much I've used my voice. I do not usually talk more than the average person in a day, and I probably sing less than 2 hours total even on the days I sing the most. I don't scream or use a heavy belting style. On my off days, I wouldn't go as far as to say I sound hoarse, and I have no trouble speaking. I'm healthy and can't remember when I've had laryngitis. I also do not have acid reflux or sinus problems. People around me do not notice any changes. I've read that voice quality can shift with the menstrual cycle, due to edema of the vocal fold tissue and decrease of muscular tension in the larynx. I often notice changes during and just before a period, but not always, and they sometimes occur at other times as well, so I'm not sure if that's the cause. I've also read that average pitch tends to be slightly higher during ovulation. I was just wondering if anyone else has minor fluctuations in their voices that aren't clearly related to known factors or activities. Thank you!
  5. I was wondering if its worth trying to increase my range. I can sing comfortably G3-D5, with the best sound from B3-C5. I can barely reach F3 and A5 but not in a really singable way. Do non-opera singers routinely sing higher than about C5-D5 on a regular basis? Based on what it sounds like to me, most music I listen to doesn't go higher than that, and I don't really like the sound of extraneous high "ooh-whoo" type notes in general. I would like to have a steadier sounding D5 and more strength in my lower range. Do any of you actually use notes at the extremes of range very often in a song?
  6. Thank you! That makes a lot of sense. With some practice, i can now go up to an F5 and extend it a few seconds. I figured out the mechanism by imitating my dog's bark, haha. I can even go up to A5 but it doesn't sound musical up there at this point. Those higher notes are loud and piercing, and if I want to sing softly, I can only go up to about B4. I would still only use up to C5 or D5 in a song, and I've found that I don't particularly like tones higher than that even in super talented professional singers. I think it's best just to work on the range I would actually want to hear in a song. I think sometimes people get caught up in impressive ranges, but the best parts to focus on are strength and clarity of tone in a usable range.
  7. Hello, I was wondering if I could get some advice about what range I should be singing in and how to tell which register I'm in. I'm a 27 year old woman; I've been singing my whole life (mostly in private, occasional church choir and school talent show) but recently began to pay more attention to technical aspects. I've done some online reading about techniques like opening the throat, lowering the larynx, and how to switch into head voice, things like that, but I'm still confused about what that actually feels like. I plan to take a few professional lessons when I'm at a point where I can afford it.Using a pitch monitoring app, I found that my natural comfortable speaking pitch is from B3-E4, average C4. Right now I can comfortably sing A3-C5 with extremes at F3 and D5. My best sound is probably F4-B4. I have a light, sweet-sounding, almost childlike quality to my voice, with a similar tone to Jodi Benson as the Little Mermaid. I can easily sing the song Part of Your World in her range, but have trouble going higher than that. I'm not sure how to develop my registers. I recently figured out how to produce bell-like ringing tones with a slight operatic quality while feeling the roof of my mouth vibrate (in the range of F#4 to C5), which I feel like is head voice and is different in quality than when I'm feeling vibrations in my lower throat near my chest. I can sing up to A4, sometimes B4 in what feels like the chest register and the same tonal quality as my lower notes. I only recently began to be able to sing B4-D5 in "head voice" without straining or airiness. I would love to increase my range but I'm not sure whether to focus more on developing the lower or upper range. I've read that even contralto voices are expected to be able to reach D5 or F5 but I have trouble with those notes, and I have nowhere near the vocal weight of Adele for example. I can sing Taylor Swift's usual range fairly well but I have a lighter tone to my voice than she does. I have mostly thought I was more of an alto range singer because of my difficulty with high notes, but I also struggle with having any resonance below A3 to B3. I have also recently paid more attention to diaphragm breathing and I'm improving my breath control. I would greatly appreciate any thoughts about what range I should focus on, and how to develop my head voice and mixed voice. Thank you!