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  1. I came across a tool for singing exercises and vocal treatment a few years ago and this is a tool I've been using a lot ever since. It's a glass pipe you can use to both warm up, practice techniques and to rehab your voice, throat and vocal cords when needed. It's a very fast, effective and fun way to take care of your voice in a good way. Did a video where I (hopefully) explain everything on how to use it!
  2. I present to you two versions of the same song 35 years apart. Bruce is one of my idols. It is clear that he has lost the weight in the higher range in the latter video. But he seems to be singing with a very good technique mind you. And not bad for an old man recovering from cancer. One thing about his technique I notice is how much he opens his mouth while singing(great lesson there) Which goes to show what a monster singer Bruce was in his pomp. Can somebody point out what Bruce technically doing wrong in the latter video. Very curious to know what folks think..
  3. Hey folks. I've put together a video with some aspects that we need to keep track when going for the middle high range, and that are really important (as in will mess up you singing completely if you don't). It talks about: - Covering - Edge - Support - Falsetto - Placement It should cure all your diseases and reverse hairloss. Perhaps it will give you insight on singing too! Thanks everyone that takes a look, your kindness exceeds all expectations
  4. Ive been encountering a surprising problem lately. When I sing sustained high notes (typically from B4 and higher), I get what feels like blood pumping in my brain immediately afterwards. Very painful, and I am also considering that this may not be very healthy. Any other singers experiencing this problem?
  5. Hey all, amateur singer here. I have a question regarding singing high "ee" sounds/vowels. I'm working on a song with a very high chorus section ("All Ends Well"), at first it was way out of my range, but after a few months of practice I can now sing it very easily. The only problem is I can't sing an "ee" vowel in high pitch. For example, I need to sing the word "believe" (C5), but I just can't sing the "lieve" part of the word, I have to change it to another vowel (a/o/u and such). I feel like the "ee" sound just won't come out, while the rest of the vowels come out easily. By the way, English is not my native language, so maybe it has something to do with my accent and the way I pronounce "ee"? Any help on why does that happen or how can I improve it? Thanks!
  6. When I slide, or glissando up to a note, I can hit higher notes, with more on them, than I can just hitting the note alone. What I assumed I had discovered by doing this was 'mixed voice', but I don't know. As someone with a fairly normal male voice range, if I'm starting on g4 and sliding up to g5, heavy metal singer-style, am I still in chest voice, or is that impossible? Or was I right and that's some kind of mixed voice thing?
  7. Hi, I'm a long time lurker on this forum, but an infrequent poster/contributor. To avoid making this thread unnecessarily long, I will describe my problem shortly. Basically, my voice tends to be way too bright. Particularly on the 'a' vowel, as in 'at'. A teacher I greatly respect once said that I was a dramatic tenor(for what it's worth, I know most of you don't bother with the fach system). But anyway, I'm more into darker voices now, like Hozier(in particular) and James Blake. I was wondering if there are any healthy ways to darken my voice, or at least get rid of that excessive brightness/twang/buzz. basically, I'm not trying to sound like somebody else, but I want to do something about that unwanted sound in my voice, if it's possible. Any help would be appreciated. I'm also a little bit into classical singing, and try to incorporate a classical sounding voice into my own music, sometimes.
  8. Throughout my senior year I trained myself to hit high notes and listened to every singer who hit notes in the 4th and 5th octave. I can reach them now, but looking back I wish I focused more on tone. In fact, I don't really care much about the notion of head and chest voice--I only hit notes if it sounds and feels good, now. IME, if I try to classify notes via chest or head, I end up running around in circles. But back on topic, I don't like my timbre, it's light and thin--I like heavier voices now (think Steve Winwood, Ray Charles, Seal). I have this habit where I record myself every time I sing and when I play it back, I close my eyes and try to envision a face that matches my voice; I don't envision a manly figure. Instead, it sounds like a 18-22 year old singing back to me (think pop artists on today's radio). I don't know any vocal terms, but if I were to describe my problem I'd say that my voice seems too bright and twangy. Whenever I try to mitigate the brightness and twanginess, I end up closing my throat and high notes become impossible to reach. I know this is a weird way to put it, but I want to be able to sound like I have a thick jaw (like Ray Charles, or Michael Bolton). Some days, I'll be satisfied with my sound, but even during those days I'll only achieve my goal with a single phrase, or sentence instead of a whole song. Im aware you can't change your voice, but are there any techniques that will darken my voice and make it "manlier"? I'm tired of sounding like a teenager. I'll try to get a recording tonight or tomorrow to give you guys an idea of what my voice sounds like.
  9. Here is the absolute, most basic message for anyone that wants and needs to get better at singing. DO NOT IGNORE THIS VIDEO... And GOOD LUCK! Currently only $99 for the world's leading vocal technique training program.
  10. Hello guys! I am just curious about this singer's voice and volume when he sings. I notice it is very airy and I know singing with excessive air is bad for your chords, but is there something about his technique or voice that allowed him to sing so long with a healthy voice? (10+ years) I also get very confused on how loud to sing when singing such songs. I guess it is a common problem in a sense when I sing very softly, I can reach those notes easily with my head voice with very little chord closure. OR I end up singing so loud where its basically belting with full chord closure. I can't for the life of me hit that middle area where there is JUST enough power while maintaining such a sweet tone without POWERING IT OUT. ( I am referring to the chorus) Any ideas? Thank you!
  11. Hi, I don't know whether it is due to fact that I am a bass baritone, it seems that I have problem accessing F4 and above. I feel my voice is much more grounded and in control when I am accessing notes that are below F4. I just want to give some try to determine how high I can actually hit by singing head voice. Unfortunately, my voice will start to crack into falsetto when I want to sing F4 and above. So, what I do is I try to push my diaphragm upward and at the same time I will "lean" on my voice to regulate the pressure, hoping to reach the right pressure for F4. However, it sounds screamy and I feel that my diaphragm has to "jump" in order to reach F4 and above. Am I doing it correct? Is this a correct sensation of singing high notes? Thank You.
  12. check this guy , he is 18 here , how he sings , looks like he uses head voice , but how? doesnot he kill his voice singing like that? how to develop voice like this , if possible , i mean maybe he is gifted but , can i develop strong natural voice , not raspy ? and if it possible to learn singing like this rocky voice via internet , or if is any book where is explaned exactly how? thx , i know all question looks silly , but if you help me with that i will be greatful . thx
  13. Hello! First of all i'm new to this forum.And i thank you guys for this forum.Now,my problem is that i had falsetto range of A4-C6 1.5 years ago approximately.I'm 19 years old and my voice dropped when i was 12.But now when i try to sing falsetto i can't do it.Instead i sing with falsetto like sound but it is not quite falsetto it is connected and has ringing quality and i can only sing it till E5 after this i have to strain.If there is a possible solution to this i will be very glad for your help.Thank you!
  14. Hi everybody, I'm an amateur singer, and soon I'm going to move out to a new place that will force me to sing and practice only at mornings. (I'm used to do that at night) The problem is when I wake up I have a terrible "morning voice" for a few hours, maybe even half a day. This morning voice is making my lows very shaky and unstable, and cuts my high range by whole octaves, making my voice crack or choke. And in general it makes my voice feel very stiff. I've tried drinking hot tea and doing warmup exercises, but nothing seems to help. Any help on how to solve this issue? Thank you
  15. Came across this video in youtube. I am not exactly sure what happens, but to execute this I supported the voice properly and imagined taking breath in while singing. I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome. I could distinctly hear more overtones and a darker colour in my voice and more tonal consistency in my voice as I moved into and below the passagio. Earlier I could feel the forward placement in the voice as I sung my high notes and the brighter vocal colour. This feels like a more backward placement of the voice. Is the sensation I am describing correct? Is this a technique that can also be used for passagio and above(in my case G4/G#4 and above). Are there any classical trained folks who can weigh in on this? Do you use this technique and what is your experience. How does it compare to a model like "Curbing".
  16. soprano. Still hitting it with power in her 60s. Always able to smoothly move between various coordinations. I have a feeling she barely ever sang anywhere near her full potential on most of her hits etc some nice belting at the end of this clip We had this album when I was a kid. I wore it out. Like everyone else, i was in love with her. Very powerful stuff. for those who say things like "all that whispy falsetto isnt impressive blah blah".....go ahead and post your best falsetto with anything near this emotional power lol. She moves in and out of that falsettoey stuff quite nicely something like an F#6 at the end of this
  17. Does professional and the vibrant and pleasant vocal tones develop over a long time? I am not currently satisfied with my range and tone especially and I want to be able to develop more and more. How is he able to manipulate his tone so well comparing the first two videos and third video? It's almost as if he's two different singers.. Personal questions: I have been singing for a while now but only recently throughout 2016 I have "Properly practiced" getting rid of my bad habits, fixing tone, pitch, etc. 1. Is it normal that after I started to do so, my range increased VERY FAST. In a span of 4-6 months, I am able now to reach the notes he is singing that otherwise BEFORE I would just choke and sound like I am shouting. Just curious because I am worried I might be destroying my voice by pushing it too hard. There are times before I damaged my voice by improper technique which I guess somehow made my voice range increase as a short cut? is that even possible? I tend to just go all out when I sing right after doing my workouts. Example song I practice is the first video I post below.. ( I am currently using Ken Tamplin's workouts, if that is helpful in any way). ONE IMPORTANT thing to note is that as I go up in pitch and shed my weight, It feels like the TONE of my voice gets higher as well. It's like I sound chesty in the lower ranges then suddenly like little kid in the higher ranges. I also tend to MIMIC singers for a long time... sadly.. is it normal that I am mimicing their style in every different singer? I feel like it doesn't sound "right" if I don't sing with their TONE. 2. As I go higher in pitch, is it normal to feel like something in my mask/palate area to NARROW DOWN? It feels like my mask area is flexing and my chords are very tightly closing. IT ISN'T PAINFUL. Or is this improper technique? Am I suppose to feel COMPLETELY OPEN? When I try to keep it completely open it feels like my voice goes SPLAT and airy and it hurts. Sometimes I feel like I am overwhelmed wondering if I am singing right or am I singing improperly even following his lessons and achieving growth. Anyways heres, the singer. How is his technique? It'll be awesome if there are some veterans or experienced singers to guide a newbie like myself to achieve this versatility in terms of programs and what I need to do. How does everyone here see Ken Tamplin's program?... Thank you!!
  18. I've been practicing my head voice a lot lately! or it might be my falsetto, I don't know. But I've been training it to be strong, and not be airy, and I want to put it to use more. I sometimes try to sing opera songs, but I don't really sing it fully, because I'm a little embarrassed XD, and sometimes it's just too high that I can't sing it without using a closed vowel or something. I'm looking for English songs, but if it's not in English I could still try it. Using the AH and OH vowel I can go up to D#6, but C#6 is more comfortable. EH - C#6, OO - E6/F6, EE - E6. This is my usual range too. These are just some of my favorite videos that showcase the head voice or falsetto. 7:50 - 7:55 Head voice up to C#6 Btw her name is So Hyang and she is awesome :))) Her belts are my favorite. I like to imagine that I'm singing like her....... And I just like singing along the head voice or falsetto parts in this song, and it made me realize how cool falsetto or head voice can be. Which gave me the idea to start this thread. The chorus is just basically sung in falsetto or head voice. The first chorus starts at 0:49. As you can see, they're both in languages that I don't speak XD. I know Ariana Grande does some high falsettos, but they're too hard for me.
  19. I've run into something with one of my newer students, something I've never heard before. He couldn't sing in head voice at all when he first came to me. Now that he's starting to get it, his head voice has two notes! Usually, it's the note he's trying to sing and an undertone that's exactly an octave lower in his chest voice range. I've worked with him for a few months. When he first came to me, he was hyper-compressing and choking his upper range, which kept him from having any head voice notes at all. I've helped him open up a LOT, but the undertone on his head voice has me completely perplexed. We worked on placement, relaxing, dampening, modification, and more. Sometimes it's there, sometimes it isn't. I've gotten him to where he can realize and communicate different sensations very well, but this is one we can't seem to figure out. Over 100 students, and I've never run into this before. Does anyone know what this might be and how to overcome it?
  20. So I would like to ask how to produce the full chesty sustained sound as high as high C (Pavarotti goes even higher): For me the issue is that right at about high C (or just a bit lower) my voice tends to naturally want to turn towards more heady sound. Not quite as heady as Pavarotti's Eb5 in the video, but still a bit heady. The high C in particular seems like it just requires too much of a push to feel good or usable. I do certainly have a darker, heavier voice than Pavarotti, but not a low one by any means (maybe a low tenor or high baritone). The question concerns particularly the long sustained high C, squeaking a short and full one out with less than stellar technique is not that difficult.
  21. I've been having throatiness problems recently. Like, it hurts and I find myself pushing sometimes, when I sing in head voice, or belt too high. It used to not hurt, even when I sing at the end of my range. But now it's hurting. It might be from doing too much vocal slides. Because I've been doing that a lot recently. I used to do it a lot before too. Back then when I started doing it, I started having throat problems too, and I just assumed vocal slides were causing it and I just stopped. And I returned to normal. Also when I went to voice lesson and warmed up, I didn't do any vocal slides and it didn't hurt to sing at the end of my range. But when I went to practice my head voice at home, I did vocal slides, and my voice started hurting again. Any advice on how to cure this? Thanks.
  22. Hey new to the forum here. I am a developing singer(male baritone) and I have noticed how much a stuffy or half-stuffy/runny nose can impact my range. It is nearly impossible for me to get into my mask/nasal resonance when my nostrils are somewhat swollen due to cold weather. My chest voice would sound almost normal, but as I start to place the air into my nasal region, that stuffiness somewhat pushes the air back down, making me push more air through the chest, thus making it very easy to have unpredictable breaks in the voice as opposed to a day when my nose is clear. Ive had this almost all my life and it actually made me talk more out of my mouth with strain during normal conversation. I was wondering if anyone here had procedures done to reduce the size of the turbinates in your nose(removing parts of the membrane or bone) so the passageway is much wider at all times, or if there is another permanant solution? And if anyone had this surgery, how much did it change your singing voice? Thanks!
  23. So the question I have today, is a full mix or head Voice an actual possibility? I've been working on my breath compression for a while now and have had great results, but have one issue with tone. So as far as progression has gone, the first sensation was no longer leaking air, then I went through stretching sensations in the lower area of the throat, which I assumed was related to CT stretching. Then I found that if I adjusted my placement into the lower pharynx, I could actually produce both high and low tones without ever needing forward placement or any of the super forward placement I had during twang training. There has been lots of tonal gains, like the ability to mix tones better and my head voice achieving a very piercy tone instead of the wide falsetto back when I wasn't compressing my breath. But the one point of interest, Is that my head Voice in itself is "piercy", but I hear other people refer to a "mix" tonality as head Voice. So this is where I am getting these doubts. If I approach from my head voice, there's plenty of that piercy...upper harmonic sound but there's not that much chest energy. Where as if I go from the lower approach, there is a mix, but the lower harmonics are still clearly the louder ones. I'm very elated that I can mix tones better, but I also realize that my voice just doesn't like sitting anywhere between head dominant or chest dominant. Is it possible to get this 50/50 sound... at some point in the future. Because if it's not, doesn't that mean singers who are doing a full 50/50 tone are not actually using their chest voice to it's full extent?