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  1. Are you saying that Russians are statistically more likely to be basses? If so, why would that be? My thought is that they have the oktavist tradition and so they train to be a basso profundo, rather than having any inherent anatomical characteristics. If I recall correctly, even guys who would not typically be considered basses can use subharmonic technique. The OP may not actually be a bass but I personally think he can sing in that area with good technique.
  2. Mine is hyper-nasal as well, so I have to regularly make sure I'm not overdoing it by pinching my nose and seeing whether the tone changes significantly. Definitely listen to ronws on this classification/fach stuff. Bursting bubbles and breaking down barriers, he's good at that
  3. One take for a studio recording is really impressive. Don't a lot of people do multiple takes for just one phrase and then pick the best one? Besides that the equipment is different too. Studio you're singing into a condenser mic, but for live it's a dynamic
  4. We've heard those stories of singers who lost their voices with age, but then we also have guys like Mickey Thomas who are still going strong. And my conjecture is that the folks who sound the same or even better with age kept up a good practice routine. It's similar to learning a new sport, or playing other instruments such as piano and guitar, where for the first 5-10 years you accumulate certain skills and in subsequent years continue to refine them. But you have to be consistent with your practice. Use it or lose it. So for those of you experienced singers, what does your maintenance routine look like after you've already built a strong foundation? Does it look different from when you were first starting out?
  5. Hey that's fascinating. I've read anecdotal accounts that he was dissatisfied about being a darker, heavier voice but I didn't know the keys in the studio recordings might have been raised from what he actually sang. But in a live performance there's no way to hide right? Seems to me that Freddie usually sang in the same key as the studio recording although he did change the melody frequently.
  6. Just bought the song Awesome job!
  7. Wow I was totally not expecting that. Steve Walsh's lower register is pretty awesome!
  8. There's something really unique about Steve Walsh's voice and I can't put my finger on it. One element that stands out to me is its youthfulness, even to this day. What do you guys think? A little bit of huskiness and lots of emotion behind it?
  9. Hey @ronws I didn't want to quote your entire post because it might take up too much space lol but I found it quite interesting and I'm sure we could have a nice discussion elsewhere. I certainly agree with your statement that it's arrogant to think all we see is all there is. Now back to Freddie Mercury, I believe he was one of the first people who got me into singing. Bohemian Rhapsody was a popular song especially among the band kids. Nobody says that is their favorite song but everyone knows it once I start playing it on the piano. Haha Freddie really knew how to work a crowd and in my opinion was one of the best performers. He wasn't just a singer. Although his technique wasn't the best, there was still that something special that kind of drew you in. Besides Freddie I really appreciated the band Queen as a whole. They had very good production quality (on analog equipment too!), one of the best guitarists, and great songwriting. So my opinion is that Freddie Mercury gets so much attention not just for what he accomplished but because he had an excellent band to work with.
  10. That is a necessarily true statement, but from the context of your post, I believe you meant to say "Either ALL living creatures have souls or they don't", which is itself an assumption that I find incredibly difficult to substantiate purely by scientific inquiry. The theory of evolution does not have more evidence than the theory of gravity or the general theory of relativity. The term evolution is itself very broad, and some of its tenets have strong evidence while others not nearly as much. In addition, there are many competing theories to evolution, and not even the experts agree on them. I bring this point up because it's similar to singing. In light of gaining new knowledge with every passing year, let's be intellectually honest with ourselves and avoid making such all-encompassing statements.
  11. Do I sense some physicists and electrical/electronics engineers here? Have a like guys
  12. Haha thanks, I just have a diverse taste in music, that's all I hope you can really nail that song!
  13. @VideoHere I believe your best buddy Daniel Formica actually started a thread on this very same article!
  14. I also agree with kickingtone's analysis. Ringing has to do with the upper harmonics. Here, listen to an example from an opera singer. Skip to 2:30 Do you hear a kind of extra layer on top of the B4 fundamental he's singing? Those harmonics are quite high (toward the end of a piano if I recall correctly) I can't think of too many contemporary singers that use this effect (because they don't need to) but I've been listening to Mike Reno from Loverboy recently and he has more of the ring than others. Back to the original video, I don't like the way those notes are sung for the same reason I don't like Ariana Grande's voice. It sounds too tight and squeezed and not full enough for my tastes. However, I should note that this is a personal preference. Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande have much better technique than a lot of pop stars you hear today. As for the other terms, I leave it to the experts in this forum to expound on twang, brightness, edge, etc.