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  1. Hi there I often have trouble hitting higher notes during the first song of the set- or first take if recording. From the second song onwards I'm fine with my whole range. I warm up using the Melissa Cross warm up and some lip bubbles. I have tried softly singing in addition to this also, but regardless the first song problem remains (no matter what the song is I will struggle with the upper mid to high notes.) Any advice would be much appreciated, its so frustrating. Thanks !
  2. One of my fave singers from back in the day. Now that I myself am learning to sing id be interested in hearing others opinion or analysis of Lennys style etc. Obviously one of his most famous songs... One of my fave voices even though its a bit feminine lol. I dont dig the sort of quivering vibrato etc. The "scream" at 2:06. Is that any particular technique? Would that be considered a crazy range or just a nice trained voice? The high note at 4:31. Is that whistle register that he tried to hit or just a coincidental "accident"? any opinion of his voice? Any interesting technical points? Im pretty sure he has lost some range etc nowadays Thanks, JonJon
  3. I'm not sure where I should put this as I don't know whether my problems stem from bad vocal technique or pure technical/recording/producing problems. Judas Priest - Painkiller is a typical song to sing, but I've always felt it was a bit too low for me so I pitched it up. I'm still not comfortable singing it, but when listening to the recording my voice sounds very "grounded" (as in: being placed far down in my throat, as opposed high up in my throat). However, the recording sounds worse than what I experienced and heard (with my own ears) when I actually recorded it. But, if you're listening with headphones and really crank up the volume those high frequencies pertained to "placing the voice high up in the throat" start to show up, and it sounds like it felt when I recorded it. It might just be my mic/mic placement as well other non-vocal problems, but it seems weird how such things would make such a big difference, so I feel there must be some vocal-technical issue as well. So, do you have any tips on how I can "lift my voice" from the lower part of the pharynx to the higher part of the pharynx? If that's the right way to go. I might be waaay off! How it sounds: https://soundcloud.com/rednane-kirderf/painkiller-test
  4. I'm a male who has been singing in falsetto almost their whole life. Of course I do sing in chest but I find singing in falsetto more comfortable. So today I was practising and I suddenly had this idea to try singing Emotions by Mariah Carey, so I listened to the song several times to get to understand it better and I was really intrigued with the Whistling parts of the song. So instead of trying to sing then song, I tried finding my whistle register but I was only singing in falsetto the whole time, until I breathed out in between singing and I made a squeak. So I tried focusing on the feeling and I was able tooit very high notes, higher than I thought I could hit. I was concerned whether it was just a really high falsetto but it felt slightly different than a falsetto, instead of feeling the sound coming out from my throat, I could feel vibrations in my head and the sound seemed to be coming from in between the back of my nose and mouth. I was pretty happy with the sound of it so I this time I actually tried singing the song, it sounded okay until I reached the whistling before then chorus and instead of the smooth high sound coming out, a weird falsetto came out instead. After that I went and read about the whistle register and I came upon one where the author of the page talked about how whistling with the wrong technique will damage your voice. I was instantly worried so I came here looking for tips on singing with the whistle register. How do I know I'm actually singing in my whistle register and how to incorporate it into my singing. Thanks im advance !
  5. Hey! I know many people say that the larynx can be raised and lowered for different sounds and effects. But i'm wondering.. is the larynx in the neutral position the 'proper' and perfect placement where sound is created from? Lately I have been going throughout my range at all different volumes and intensities trying to keep my mouth as small as possible. No big, wide 'Ah' vowels or anything. Just a very relaxed mouth without changing the shape.. and just feeling a change in the throat, such as from 'Ah' to 'Ee'. Now when I do a Lip Roll going from a low chest note up to a higher heady note, my larynx stays completely stable. Just in the position that it's in when i'm relaxed and talking comfortably. Should my singing come from the same place as when I do lip rolls, with the stable larynx? I'm trying to get to a stage where I can also Hum all my singing.. soft and powerful with a stable larynx. Humming is quite difficult for me at times because it can cause my larynx to move and tense up but if I Hum when I come off the Lip Roll, it seems to be fine and just feels like the Lip Roll. Then all I need to do is drop my jaw to make a vowel. Oh also.. when I do vocal fry on low and high notes, this keeps my larynx totally stable. I can't seem to make the screamy vocal fry sound if my larynx is slightly too high. I can only make the sound when it is in it's proper place. Remember, this is when i'm not opening my mouth extremely wide, which I think seems to 'force' cord closure. So it makes me think that the stable larynx is the proper and healthiest placement for all notes low and high and at all intensities.
  6. Hi. My head voice is very weak. I hadn't even started to sing in it since a few months ago. I cannot make it very loud. please recommend me some exercises to make my head voice stronger. Thanks I've been doing the goo and nah noises.
  7. I tried to sing "let's Marvin Gaye and Get it on" by Charlie Puth but when the chorus comes He sing like this Charlie Puth - Marvin Gaye (Live) and I sing like this Let's Marvin Gaye and Get it On (cover). His voice sounds like the chest voice while my voice sounds like head voice What am i doing wrong? And how can i fix it?
  8. Hi there, I am having trouble figuring out how to blend chest and head voice while practicing mum, huh and nay on the scales. Does anyone have any advice or techniques that helped them? Any advice is appreciated. Also, do I continue practicing notes that are comfortable for me and eventually it will get higher or should I keep pushing to go higher? Thanks!
  9. Heres a new Video that might help clear up some questions..
  10. Some of you guys have seen earlier preproduction of this tune. Here is the final presentation to you all... hope you enjoy. The Song is a bit about... the morning after. That feeling you get when you did something the previous evening or have been doing something that is fun, but now you have to pay the consequences in the heart. Then freeing yourself from it...
  11. My voice teacher has been telling me that head voice is full voice. We have been working on bridging from chest voice into head voice with no noticeable break and using middle voice to get their. Middle voice acts as a gateway to allow you to switch into head voice without it being so abrupt that head voice sounds like a completely different voice My first question is: is head voice with a connection to chest voice full voice? Meaning it is a light and falsetto like sound without the connection and with the connection it sounds as full as chest voice, meaning you switch into head voice so seamlessly that it creates an auditory illusion to the listener that you are still in chest voice? So above middle voice, it still sounds like the same voice as chest voice, not a light disconnected sound? My second question: what is the difference between singing in a connected head voice and singing in a mix voice? I used to think that head voice was just a light disconnected sound for effect or for female opera singers. My third question: do male opera singers use mixed voice or head voice? Thanks!
  12. Hello, I recently got cast in the role of Katisha in the Mikado. The fun part? I'm a baritone. I found out when auditions were happening that I could hit the F5 required for the part in falsetto, so I tried out and was cast in the role. However, as rehearsals have gone on, my falsetto has gotten weaker and weaker, and in fact my range in chest voice has suffered as well. I think I might be straining my voice too much, though when I'm fully warmed up and singing it feels fine. Today, I can't sing any falsetto at all. I don't know if I just need to rest my voice for a while, or if I need to drop the part. I'm not experiencing any pain, but I'm really worried that I might be damaging my voice, because I definitely have much less stamina in falsetto.
  13. Hi everyone. Lately I've been going out for a run and instead of working my voice out at home with next door neighbors getting annoyed at me, I've been singing in the countryside. I find a quiet spot in the grass after a run and I can just let loose instead of worrying about people hearing me and annoying people. Something that I've noticed is after running for about 20-30 minutes, everything is much easier! Bridging and connecting, not straining, sustaining notes.. it's a whole lot easier. I'm guessing this is to do with the breath from the running. Whilst running i'm taking big breaths in and out. It's great! My voice feels a whole lot better after a run instead of spending minutes doing breathing exercises at home stood still. I also workout my voice when running back too. Each time one of my feet hit the ground, I let sounds out like "Yah", "Hee", "Muh", "Ma", "Hey" and it feels totally fine and released. It's like my voice is going where it wants to go naturally instead of me overthinking things and ending up straining. I just thought I'd mention it. Maybe it will help someone!
  14. Hi guys, In my singing lesson, my teacher tried to get me to sing a song on different keys. She tried to get me to sing the song on a (what sounded like a high key) high key and for some reason, my voice automatically went into my head voice or maybe falsetto. And then when he played a low key for me to sing the song in, i automatically went to a very low chest sound. He wanted me to sing in my own normal voice when singing at that high key but for some reason, my voice just switched and went into a really airry voice.He also mentioned that it seems that for some reason, i have unconsciously told myself when it comes to the high notes of a piano, i have to switch to that airy tone but when it comes to the low notes of the pianio, i should switch to chest. i think i have had this problem for as long as i can remember. It's like i see it as, high notes - only head/falsetto and low notes - only chest. Does anyone know how i can combat this problem? I want to be able to sing the song at the higher keys, he played without unconsciously switching to that airy tone. Thanks!
  15. Hello everybody, My name is Paul. This is my first post. I’m sure this has been discussed many times already.. I have been working as a singer/guitarist for approximately 15 years both in bands and more recently as a solo acoustic performer. I have always perceived myself as an average singer, but a far better guitarist. Lately I have come to the point where I am no longer having fun performing like I used to. I feel like the lack of confidence in my voice is holding me back from reaching the next level. I am hesitant to accept or pursue higher end gigs in fear of rejection, and end up sticking to the same set of venues that I have been playing for years. I generally perform 3 or 4 nights a week, usually 3 hour gigs. I went to a vocal coach 2 years ago and may have benefited from some breathing exercises, but I stopped going because I felt like I was not improving. My pitch has never been a problem, especially since I started playing solo and can hear myself much better. However, if I am having an off night, I tend to tighten up and I am unable to hold notes and my pitch can become erratic. This is extremely frustrating, because I am aware if I hit a bad note and it sends me spiraling into a negative mindset. Often my shows are an emotional rollercoaster. I have developed a lot of bad habits over the years and it has become overwhelming to adjust. My wife has suggested that I try a public speaking course to help ease my nerves.. I have also considered self-help strategies to promote confidence and positive thinking. I am tired of being my own worst critic and defeating myself by dwelling on the negative parts of my performances. Any suggestions to help battle this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
  16. HelloI always wanted to sing a C5 note but if i try to sing it with chest voice my voice breaks and it sounds strained. I have heard about the head voice but it doesnt sound that loud when i sing in it. How can i make it sound as full and loud as chest voice?Heres an example of my C5 sounds very weak and quiet.
  17. I am now beginning to gain the confidence to start taking on tough songs. I wish I could get more chord closure on the F#5 in this recording(would love for it to sound more full). It is also a very tough vowel for me("E" vowel). This kind of singing is out of my comfort zone. Always tough to get the right emotion when one has to sing on themes like war, death, evil etc Thanks to folks who listen and drop in a sentence or two. https://app.box.com/s/mjn82h7cjr2pyd09nyjcs2nmee72elo7
  18. Hi. I am able to "hit"(Since Rob hates the word "hit", you can also say reach) A4 fairly consistently and easily. But I am not in a position to hold this note steadily without breaking. I would like to get the ability to hold this note, and gradually increase this to Bb4 and eventually B4. How should I approach this? Should I do belting training? I think I am in mixed resonance in these notes. So if I develop the ability to hold until B4, will it automatically enable me to transition into these notes easier than I am doing now. For the style of singing that I want to sing, I would like to be able to sing as effortlessly as possible upto B4... I think people on this forum have commented on my voice sounding like a tenor. IS this possible and realistic for me to have a goal like this?
  19. Hi everyone. Hope you're well. Something that I've noticed when I do scales is that if I begin the note with a 'H', I seem to be able to go through the scale a lot easier and easily transition from Chest to Head without strain. The natural way. This works not only on vowels but also on Hums, which it should if you're phonating from the correct place. I keep the hum continuous throughout the scale with adding a 'H' at the beginning of each note in the scales and it does help.
  20. Is "mixed voice" closer to something like A or B. A: A soft, speech-like yell. Today I felt I was shouting in my lesson and my teacher said that was my mix. I don't mean shouting as in yelling and forcing as if someone was stabbing you, but to get someone's attention across the street or at a baseball game. B: Pretty much a connected head voice sound but with a slightly raised larynx than opera. In other words just making the head voice sound chestier. So it will feel like I am singing in pure head voice with but just with a speech-like larynx or twang? Is mix literally singing in chest and head at the same time, or singing in head voice with twang so it sounds powerful and full and indistinguishable from chest voice? I would like replies from singers who are not just starting out but have experience and can actually sing in a balanced 'mix'. Thanks