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  1. That's absolutely true, and it's also my story. Until I was 21 (just before I started singing), my shy and bullied self had made my speaking voice soft/fragile (more high than low) like a Chinese vase. I had no idea I had an insanely low/powerful/resonant/ baritone voice hidden inside. When I started to sing, it was an incredible discovery. I was sure I was "going to be a tenor". It just didn't make any sense. So, the question that still bugs me is: which voice is the natural one? My fragile speaking voice that I used throughout most of my life? Or the low baritone voice that comes out when I sing? Or maybe none of the previous answers? I think that this "natural voice" thing, as you said, is very complex and hard to get.
  2. Think of the sound of the male teenagers' voice when they're in puberty, getting lower, and sometimes they crack. I bet some of you know that sound. It's what happens to me, all the time, in my middle range and my lower range. It gets better after 10-15 minutes of warmups, but I'm still not confident that it won't crack. I can't imagine myself singing live, for example. Hell... On the verge of hitting THAT important note, and then... CRACK! I've been smoking for more than 4 years now (which was also when I started singing). My voice also changed quite a bit since then (from a mid/lighter baritone to a mid/lower baritone) and I've learned everything I know, but, as you see, not all gains were positive... Any help on how to deal with this... Anything... is welcome. (about quitting smoking... I'm trying as hard as I can)
  3. This sounds great. Do you think this can be used in a melodic way? I mean, in a song? If I could produce melodic notes 1 octave below what I can now, or even half an octave, connected with the higher notes, it would encompass everything I'd like to sing.
  4. I have to say that, although my high range is limited, I've been dealing with those limitations in my own way those years, which is to adapt higher songs to fit in my comfort zone. I will try to work on expanding it later but it's not my priority on the moment. Honestly, because of the style of the songs that I like to sing the most (slow songs from Brazilian Popular Music, Folk, and even Doom Metal), I'm more interested in learning techniques to improve my lower range. I don't know if that is possible though (apart from fry etc., which I have been training on lately), or if there's a natural limitation in this case. My "full/modal" voice normally fades away below C2 and that frustrates me, so I'd really like to know. This may seem exaggerated, but many songs in these styles go below that. Please hint me up with any tips, if there are any.
  5. My comfort zone (the so called "money notes") is D2-A3. The total range (uncontrolled notes, fry, growls, falsetto...) is G1-F4.
  6. I think I get it. Here is one focused on the lower register that I really like to sing. And here is another which I once covered "a capella" and is mixed register-wise (mid-range main vocals and low chantings):
  7. I appreciate your answer. The thing is that I practice, but I only practice with songs that I can actually sing. I don't know how to actually belt above A3, so it's new territory to me.
  8. Throughout the last 4 years, since I started singing until now, although I gained technique (went from eardrum destroyer to mediocre/acceptable), my high register is fading away. What I did during this time was to smoke a lot (quitting now due to lung infections) and to focus on mid-register and lower register songs. Those songs were easier for me because I have to make little effort to reach the notes (from D2 to A3 is the area where my voice sounds better). When I have a higher song to sing, I lower the key to fit around D2-A3 for it to sound acceptable. In the past, I could sing easy cool F4's, although a little airy. Now, every note past around A3 (which is my "primo passaggio", D4 beind the second) sounds either heady, airy, thin, or unpleasant. Sure I can sing some 4th octave notes today, but they are limited and they use to suck. The main question is, is there a way to help recover some of the range that I lost due to heavy smoking and/or lack of practice, and then belt anything past A3 with some real chest resonance?
  9. Since I started smoking in 2013 my voice changed quite a bit. It has become lower every year (I'm 24 now and was 21 when started) Do you guys know if this has more to do with age or with smoking? And if has more to do with smoking, what is exactly on the cigarettes that causes these changes?
  10. Today's Warrel Dane is a good example, although he has lost the capacity to go into the 5th octave.
  11. My lowest comfortable/resonant notes are around C2-D2, although I have already dipped down to a melodic G1 in one song. When singing up, my voice lightens a lot beginning at C#4 (I guess that's my passaggio). 2 and a half years ago my choir conductor said I was a baritone tending to bass. I left the choir and my voice still keeps getting lower year after year due to heavy smoking. My voice is pretty similar to the vocalist's in the below video (strong lows but a lighter mid/top).
  12. What would you classify today's Leonard Cohen voice as? At 32 years old he was probably a high baritone, but now, as of his latest album released this month (at 82 years old), he can sing down to E1-G1 without effort. It's one of the most drastic voice changes I've ever seen. I'm not sure if he's the "usual" lyric/high bass or already a low bass. Anyway, he sounds like a singing dragon, check it out.