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  1. i am a complete beginner who started using singing for stars program by seth riggs what i did was that i did edge excercises before nays nays and mum mum so does that mean that edge excercises would be of no benefit to me i would like to know about how to nay nay nay properly should i do it everyday and how often how should i feel or what sensations should i have while doing nay nay nay how should a perfect nay nay be and should it stop doing after doing it perfectly and move on to mum mum
  2. Hey guys! Im just wondering does the following clip sounds like a full voice. I had a bit more time to practice lately (dont really have any time ussualy so im kinda not proggressing really good). NOTE: I can make this sound alot better and less airy and less shaky, BUT i wanted to share this one as this is what happens most of the time. Just wanted tips on what is wrong here. I know what to practice i have all that in Pillars but i dont know what im doing wrong! https://app.box.com/s/syjjny1vpzth1rpl06rb0oh10pc8arwl Thanks alot guys!!
  3. I have been asked about how I sang when I began training, I just found a rare jewel on one of my old hard drives. Behold: https://app.box.com/s/v3ts5y9mu4rygl2slvwrcju25u40ygjg Pure power This was when I was first exploring how my voice sounded on recordings, 15 years ago more or less. And I WAS going to show this to people but my MOM told me it was not a good idea. ahahahah
  4. What are the top things to remember when training narrowed vowels? Please share... I'll start. Here is my contribution. NARROWED VOWELSHow To Sing Narrowed Vowels & Their BenefitsThere are three kinds of vowels in singing; open vowels, middle vowels and narrowed vowels. As many students of singing of all levels of experience can tell you, when the lyrics of songs take the singer into narrowed vowels, the singing voice begins to become troublesome if they are not executed properly. In fact, the inability to sing narrowed vowels are one of the major reasons why the singing voice does not cooperate when singing, especially in the higher regions of the voice. Not only does the strength and skill to sing narrowed vowels serve the practical need to be able to articulate narrowed vowels in your lyrics, but, narrowed vowel training is also important resistance training work. When you train narrowed vowels, you strengthen the adductors and intrinsic musculature you need for a stable voice, a more modal sound color and belting. Putting it the point, narrowed vowel training is great for developing your belt voice capabilities. Therefore, narrowed vowel training gives you two primary benefits. When singing narrowed vowels, it is important that you lower the acoustic mass (overall energy). If you do not lower the acoustic mass of narrowed vowels, they will not be able to amplify and stabilize. Narrowed vowels with too much acoustic mass, causes constriction and/or instability of the vocal folds and your singing. Primary Benefits of Training Narrowed VowelsImproves the ability to articulate narrowed vowels in your lyrics when singing to make your diction easier to understand to the listener.The muscle strengthening and coordination from training narrowed vowels helps augment your belt voice training.Primary Narrowed Vowels When SingingNarrowed Edging VowelsNarrowed Neutral VowelsNarrowed Curbing VowelsVowels Follows by /r//i/ "ee" as in see /I/ "ih" as in sit/ɔ/ "aw" as in law/ʉ/ "oo" as in you /ɣ/ "ou" as in wouldWhen a vowel is followed by an /r/, it is called "r-controlled" vowels, or "r-colored" vowels. /ar/ sound as in car, guitar, Arthur /âr/ sound as in care, bear, mare, scare, aquarium /îr/ sound as in pier /ir/ sound as in turnip, spider, certificate, and beaver /or/ sound as in manor, observatory, author, brought, and orchard /er/ sound as in butter, cutter, and mother* These word samples are English language equivalent, but the same rules apply for other languages that make the same sounds. Three Points of NarrowingThe Singing Vowel / Sound ColorAll three acoustic modes have narrowed vowels as well as the vowels that are followed by /r/. The Vocal TractThe vocal tract, or physical space that is resonating your vowels literally narrows.The Acoustic MassThe mass of the phonation MUST lower or "narrow" metaphorically, in order to insure that the vowel will continue to amplify in the formant.
  5. ... not edited, never had singing lessons, recorded raw using Photo Booth app in Mac - Need your opinions Hello, I am doing a quick acoustical cover of Dancing On My Own by Robyn. I have never had any singing lessons, and this is NOT EDITED at all. I simply recorded it with Photo Booth app in my Macbook laptop while the backing track was played straight from Youtube. Please let me know what you think and what I can improve. I don't mind harsh comments at all. Thank you! The backing track was from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ueX2RjFSos
  6. Hi Folks, Here's a perfect example of a great (one of the absolute greatest) female rock vocalists being unduly critisized because she dared to defy convention. I'm sure many of you have seen this performance by Ann Wilson of the Star Spangled banner where instead of taking the traditional high note, in this case a C5# (the anticipated note) she shot up a fourth to F5# then added a little riff on the way down. It was daring but, she also has that capability. Those who know little about singing felt she was out of key, but clearly she was spot on. It easy to see how we as performers are at the mercy of audiences' preconceived expectations. The risk of deviating from the norm in her rendition cost her negative publicity exacerbated by the impact of social media. I.m.o., It's bad press she does not deserve. Your thoughts?
  7. Hi! I'm Anthony, I'm new!! This is a clip from an audition I did in 2009: https://vid.me/n8jg This is a recording I did last year: http://picosong.com/9CTE/ I've never had any training or really performed in front of anyone, other than karaoke and that audition from six years ago. I have massive stage fright, so it makes things really difficult for me. I'm not even really sure what my voice type is, or what genre would suit me. I've been told I'd be good for Broadway or opera. I'd like to get some feedback and see what I can do, musically. Thanks!! - Anthony
  8. Did this one today, this is a challenging song in many ways for me. I'm trying to use this song to strengthen headvoice and deepen the headvoice placement, relying more on CT muscle or whatever is going on (leaning into headvoice instead of chest), and letting the TA relax more. So easily this becomes shouting and full power, I try not to. Also trying to manage the abundance of words and consonants What do you guys think? https://app.box.com/s/q4gc9kj3g4avz46x1jpsm2titu3scrhp
  9. Just sang this today. What do you think? https://app.box.com/s/75h89q3s2sa5uxjnvld9z8rc5jfhzxzy -Ozzy
  10. I am curious about country vocal techniques and how they relate/differ to rock or pop techniques. Am I wrong in assuming that country vocalists tend to push the sound through their noses more than others? When I try to get that nasal sound, I often find that I take away some support. Chris Young and Randy Travis seem to accomplish the nasality without sacrificing support or power. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LivzZkV2F8 How in the world do these guys do it?
  11. I recently had a breakthrough......It only took 40+years As a child and growing up I would imitate cartoon voices, High voices and Low voices.......For some dumb reason I never used them for singing, Except imitating those singers who already sound Cartoony ( Axl Rose, Brian Johnson). I guess I wanted my voice to sound cool or something, anything but cartoony. But when using some of the cartoon voices I could easily produce pitches pretty much anywhere in my range (on a spoken phrase)......I was playing with one of the Exercises in "Four Pillars of Singing" and Robert does tell you to Play with this particular one......I ended up in one of my "Cartoon Voice" configurations and there was no problem keeping the configuration through the passaggio (E4 to A4 range)........Here is the breakthrough........What causes these Cartoon Voices are an imbalance somewhere along the line...Too much compression......Too Much Twang.......Too much Larynx manipulation...... Too much lift of soft Palate.......Too much air......Or just not enough of something somewhere. SOME of these exercises are MEANT to over use some aspect or another of the Vocal package......WHILE TRAINING do not be thinking you are doing something wrong Because it sounds too cartoony.....What is making that Cartoony sound is what is being strengthened and it just may be the Week Point in your normal singing voice. I will give you One example...... Foghorn Leghorn....If you are having trouble Dampening your larynx (Dampening is slightly different than lowering) Imitate Foghorn Leghorn.
  12. Is full voice the same as chest voice or is it chest + head/mix? Let me use Paul McCartney (well known tenor as an example). Is he singing chest or head/mix here: https://youtu.be/ivW2Rkkj5gU?t=26 (the highest note he hits is B4)? What about here? https://youtu.be/Mi5ODY-vIzI (he hits G#4 at "through", which register is this?) In the same song he hits a B4 here https://youtu.be/Mi5ODY-vIzI?t=26 (is this chest voice?) I'm asking this because I'd ideally want to be this kind of a singer, but as of now (without any proper lessons) my chest voice limit is F4 which is very low and I'm not happy with that at all. I hear people sing notes like the G#4 in the video and I think "That doesn't sound so high, yeah I could do it" and then I can't hit it without going into nerdy head voice or falsetto. Incredibly frustrating. I'm doubtful that lessons can increase my chest voice range significantly (right?). I know the reasonable thing would be to work on my mix, but if Paul doesn't do it I'd feel like it was cheating. What are you thoughts on this? I appreciate your input, cheers.
  13. Before gigging, I like to warm up with two different types of exercises that I get from Eric Arceneaux's youtube videos and from Ron Anderson's Voixtek Lite App. I have been using these exercises for a few years now but suddenly, I am having trouble articulating certain sounds in them. 1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSOn-b3V6rQ So here is a "La-ga" exercise where the jaw is open, throat relaxed, and all articulation is supposed to come from the tongue. I cannot seem to articulate the "G" sound with the back of my throat anymore. I find that my best vocal performances follow warmups where I get a pronounced and powerful "ga" but its like I don't even have access to that part of my tongue and throat. 2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUQ8NFiZ4Uk In this one, the point is to make a "ng" sound with the air coming through the nose. I used to be able to do this with the sound coming from deeper in my throat but now I can't articulate the "ng" much less get the air to come through my nose. Its like the sound cant be sustained in the front of my throat if that makes sense. It is really airy. Any thoughts or advice would be much appreciated!
  14. Hi Folks, I have been working on my technique over the last weeks. For the first time in my life, I enrolled with a teacher. Since there is a paucity of good western classical teachers where I live, I decided to go to a Hindustani vocal coach(traditional Indian music). For the last two weeks, I only do scales with "Sa Re Ga Ma", which is Indian equivalent of "Do Re Me" My vocal warm up is entirely in the C3 to C4 region only. I do this in the mornings for an hour. I am frankly surprised at the results. Despite warming up only my chest voice I can feel tension free voice in my entire vocal range after that. I am able to lose weight and this has helped both my pitch accuracy as well as my bridging. Why is it that warm up in the chest voice frees up the voice in the entire vocal range? It seems to work for me, but I want to ensure that this is the right thing to do..
  15. Hey guys, I bought 2 new plugins from waves so thought I'd put a demo together. The majority of the song is on that nasty bridging spot between F4-Ab4. I know there's a lot of controversy surrounding the passagio/bridging but I believe you can completely push it back and eradicate it. Anyway... Have a listen.
  16. Let's say I can hit any note in Sweet Child O Mine and Paradise City by Guns n Roses. But when I sang Sweet Child O Mine my voice gets some kinda "tired" or "fatigue" it just feels like my throat is dry and when I try to hit high note in the next song Paradise City my vocal chord feels like it's folding to the max and that causes vocal crack. When I take a break and try to hit the note again, I can hit it perfectly. Why is that? Is it because my breath management problem?
  17. I've been gradually learning how to sing quietly and am trying to tone down my approach as I'm a more belt it out kind of guy. Singing quieter seems to facilitate crossing registers much easier, which I like. I'm not using this in my gigs yet because I don't have full mastery. However, I can see some beneficial things and some not so beneficial things that could come out of approaching things this way. I find that when I sing quieter, I have to kind of hold everything in and this causes tension in my neck, jaw, etc. It also means I'm going into a lighter head voice than if I just balls out go for it. So it's a whimpier, quieter tone. However, it's not a loud, yelly, uncontrollable tone. Did you guys have that tension when you learned to do this? I THINK it's just a coordination thing and I may be trying to "prop it up" so it doesn't fall apart. Also, once I'm doing this with my loud band, I think it will be super hard to maintain the quieter approach (I wear in ears). Any thoughts?
  18. Take a listen to this Magnificent bastard! Beautiful tone and control! Tons of messa di voce throughout the song.
  19. Hi Everyone, I'm a bit confused at the moment about vocal range classifications against how singers actually sing and could really do with some clarification if anyone is able to help. I know classifications vary slightly depending on who you talk to, but if I use the ones given on wikipedia as a base (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocal_range), it says that the top notes for different vocal ranges are: Baritone: G4 Tenor: C5 Contralto: F5 Alto: G5 Mezzo-soprano: A5 If we then compare this to a few songs from different genres and look at the highest notes sung in the chorus: Ed Sheeran - Thinking out loud - A5 Michael Jackson - Man in the mirror - B5 Multiple - Nessun Doruma - B5 Sam Cook - A change is gonna come - G5 Dave Grohl - Best of you - G#5 It seems that almost any song I pick people are singing insanely high with a full toned voice. Is it actually the case that all these people and most people in professional music are an alto or mezzo-soprano? I know that many professional musicians have also had little or no vocal training (Allen Stone is one of my favourite singers and has never had a lesson) and Ed Sheeran actually smokes before singing! So I don't think all these guys have spent years developing their head voice to be able to sing these notes and they do really sound like they're in chest voice. I've also noticed that a lot of them are quite short which may tend to mean they naturally have higher voices (although that might be going off topic a bit!). I would really appreciate some help if anyone can as at the moment it just seems hopeless that I'd ever be able to sing any of these songs. I'd like to think that singing can be learnt, but it seems that these people are just born with high voices. If you'd like to know about my background I had singing lessons on and off for about 5 years with different teachers, then did the singing success programme and am now working through the 4 pillars. Many thanks
  20. Hey guys, I'm new here. I started singing class just 6 months ago and 4 days ago I took for the first time "the stage" to perform Stars from Les Miserables. I'm sorry if I'm shakey sometimes, but it was my first time performing in public and I was really nervous. What do you think?
  21. My vocal instructor insists that belting will destroy your voice. He defines belting as singing above a high C (I think it was...) in the chest register. He has had pretty extensive training, but the internet seems to have a few varying opinions. I just started learning, and would appreciate any information I could get. If you could give examples of specific singers, that would be super helpful.
  22. I recorded this spare-of-the-moment. I didn't have much time, but I wanted to record something so I used my spare hour for this xD Feedback appreciated! Skinny Love