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  1. Greetings dear TMV community, This thread is about accessing head voice, which I have enormous troubles with. The issue that keeps occuring to me is that once I hit the break area and above, my voice gets tight and dries up. Then, all the very ugly sounding "chesty" growl noises follow. With a bit of vowel darkening, lifting of the sound and a small push this issue is supposed to go away, and it does...   ... But only after two hours or so of singing. For some reason I just can't access the head voice, without this outrageously long warm-up period. The mechanism simply doesn't seem to be there. I can still push my way through a song, but a lighter more beautiful sound up high seems an impossibility. After the "warm up" though, singing seems relaxed and the ugly noises disappear. It really is as if I was a different person singing. Does anyone happen to know of a solution to the issue?
  2. Hi guys. Ive been preety consistent with my training lately and some good things are happening. What ive been wondering is how should a head voice sound when in training. Let me elaborate. When training bridging and head voice into full sounding belts one must start at the begining and sound horrible. But i am wondering how does it progress. How should we sound when we are in training. So what is the middle ground between falsetto and full head voice. We see Robert Lunte and other guys singing high head tones with alot of power and convincing notes but how do we know we are on the right track to getting there. Robert have awesome demonstrations in 4 pillars but ghey demonstrate the end result. so just wondering if anyone can post a sound clip of them how they sounded when they were training or at least emulate how they sounded back then. Hope this makes sense and doesent sound stupid
  3. I was thinking of this and I'd love to hear your opinions, especially from the voice teachers. Let's say a singer tried an experiment. He committed to practicing every day where he has to run the voice up his range and he had to avoid any kind of bridging, no letting go into falsetto, no transitioning...nothing... just had to run the full voice up all through just sheer will and determination. So any scale, any siren any voice exercise had to be done in full voice. No use of any heady placement, just pull up chest higher and higher..... I wonder,,,,,Would the voice eventually find it's way all the up the range? Would you and your voice figure out the way up through the "passaggio" and above? Would the development in this way open up the voice and allow it to release? I mean it's not like anyone's thinking of this or trying it, but I just wonder what the voice might end up doing in terms of capability and development. We always teach and read how the chest voice ends and now you have to nowhere to go......how you get stuck....or how you need to transition....... Historically speaking, did the teachers or singers of years gone by ever explore this? So let's say you just chest pulled for a few months, where would the voice end up? Would it be damaged? Would it be unbalanced? Who's to say...... (And yes.....I'm a little crazy I guess..lol)
  4. Hi everyone, I'm a newcomer to the forums. Two months ago I started practicing my singing seriously (if you can call it that). I did not grow up singing so I am basically starting from a clean slate. However, I know music theory from piano so maybe that will help. My goal is to be a versatile singer (not professionally, but I find singing gives me a lot of joy). Some of the things I want to focus on are breath support, increasing range and endurance, and adjustable "heaviness." Breath support because as I ascend in frequency, I can feel my breath leaking out and I can't sustain the notes well. And with that would come increased range and endurance. Finally, I'd like to be able to adjust the heaviness of my singing so that I have more options for the art form called singing. I've put a link below to a sound clip of me singing the beginning of a famous Sam Cooke song. Obviously I can't do it like he does (had to step it down two semitones), so that's why I need to practice right? The clip is 100% acapella, zero editing so you can hear all the imperfections.  Some quick facts: I can sing F2 to G#4, a pretty average range. I never really cared for voice types but for quick classification purposes, I guess I'm baritone because most guys are.  Finally, I don't know why my voice sounds so much like falsetto at the top. It definitely does not feel like falsetto when I'm singing. But maybe my chest voice is getting really weak for the higher notes. As a beginner, I don't know what head voice sounds or feels like, and I assume I have not "unlocked" that yet. All I know is that G#4 is the highest I can go haha https://www.dropbox.com/s/fuhcs12108ahunn/5-7-15_A Change is Gonna Come.m4a?dl=0 Here's my problem: I don't know how to practice. I've just been copying all the stuff you see in the movies, the scales, the arpeggios with the "AH" vowel and so on. So if you have any recommendations on any good exercises or structured programs, that would be great. I'd like something that could help me achieve slow and steady progress, practicing about 5 hours per week. No shortcuts or gimmicks please; in my experience, consistency has always been the key. And if this requires saving up money (hopefully less than $500), I can do that if that's what it's gonna take. Thanks a bunch for reading all this; I really appreciate your help! Edit: Here's another link to the sound clip so you don't need to download anything: https://app.box.com/s/tpwg9m0aze6k52nl6ta13jm7boyawsua  
  5. Before I give the link to my recording, I have to share how I feel about attempting this song..          Now for the link..    https://app.box.com/s/az6jzsweecrmhl4w6kkr19u7r24cnafd   Thanks for your comments, feedback, critiques 
  6. Hi peeps, im not sure at all Is lead singer singing a twang in head voice at the chorus? Or is he just belting up his chest voice?😬😬 I'm unsure, could anyone help me out? Lawson.. When she was mine http://youtu.be/GmQRAXJoHg0 Lawson.. You'll never know http://youtu.be/_X3RZBywkmA
  7. The vocals on this entire album are mind blowing!!!   Listen To This!     Freddy Curci         Freddy Curci on Wikipedia
  8. Hi Folks..    Did only one part of the song.  Single take, so there are a couple of rough spots..    https://app.box.com/s/6dxajlz22kolfs48nmy8ejtwb2sc6w39   Range is not an issue for me in this song.. Please comment on my tone.. Last time(several months), I had some issues with nasality.  I think I have corrected those    Also to what extent will the same thing in a professional studio sound better?  What do I need to do to sound pro?    
  9. So it's taken me a while to do this because my soundcloud rejected my videos and wouldn't covert them to audio but I finally think I got got I've recorded myself on video singing snippets of "Defying Gravity" from Wicked, "Let It Go" from Frozen, and "Vision Of Love" by Mariah Carey. I did the big endings of DG and LIG, but for VOL I started at the beginning and ended after the first chorus. I want feedback on my head voice. It sounds very angelic and sweet, but its kind of breathy and weak. It's really uneven with the quality and tone of my chest, and in order to have a good mix and whistle, you need a good head voice. I've definitely improved but I can still do more. I would like your feedback, anything is appreciated. Just don't be too harsh lol. I didn't really warm up, so I might balance it out and post more demos of songs where I did warm up before I sang. I wasn't sick or anything, but it might not be my best. They're still okay though. Here goes nothing... https://www.dropbox.com/s/rtkbzwlgehh7j1k/Defying%20Gravity%20DEMO.MOV?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/2swiy3ndesw6oi3/Let%20It%20Go%20DEMO.MOV?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/v4l3hzukhvd0zu8/Vision%20Of%20Love%20DEMO.MOV?dl=0
  10. Hey guys! Im trying to get the hang of singing in head voice so i was wondering is this correct sound.   I wasnt able to do this a while ago and it was pure falsetto, but since i got Pillars alot of good stuff happened so i just wanted to see if this is a good direction in which im going.   Take not that it isnt really crazy full or great cuz im just getting used to this configuration. Its a bit uncntrolled and very "new" to me but its a new sound that is starting to take some shape compared to crazy chest pulling and falsetto.   I sang a phrase from Led Zeppelin's Black Dog that ranges from F#4-Eb5. First i sang the phrase in falsetto and then i used what im working on these days, a lil more full sound.   https://app.box.com/s/mxdgxlzcrc1u2j0n9lodzglns9dfn89p   P.S. when i say "correct" i mean full and not whimpy and falsettoish
  11. Phew!  This is one tough song.... This is a lesson in phrasing and vowel modification..    I think my mix has become stronger, so I thought I should give this song another go..  This is one take(except the chorus, which took multiple turns!).  I can't seem to get the first "Run to the hills" correctly.  To me, the "Run for your lives" which is the D5, sounds better...    This is the song with music...  https://app.box.com/s/zjry7z5yiyhshfnei0hs6dd9bo6fjvp3   and this is the raw vocals...  https://app.box.com/s/jjib0u9g3v70d6dj303qil87232fg2ug      
  12. Any Eagles fans out here, and especially Tim Schmidt(a k a Skeletor)'s voice?  Love this guys voice and this is one of my favorite ballads..    I have a much heavier voice than Tim(most I would think).. So for a long time, I was not sure how to sing this song.. I would try to sing like him and it would sound really whiny and nasal.  It has taken me a lot of effort to strengthen my head voice and get over this problem.    https://app.box.com/s/h9d2lx05wxs5p0nxvdc1kiq4qqhmml68   Thanks to anyone who listens and drops in a line or two.  
  13. Hey guys i wanted to share this tune with you.   Its acapella and the voice can really be clearly heard. Its very interesting to see how he goes into head voice and how he sings in lower and upper ranges. Interesting to hear how he sing around passagio and how the tone quality changes thruout the song.   Preety awesome song also.  
  14. Ive came across the video of laryngoscope showing the vocal folds and the muscles around when performing the "Thyroid Tilt Manouver"     Really interesting to see how the light sound is produced by the person getting the scoping and the vocal folds are vibrating nicely.     Is the thyroid tilt what actually puts us in a twang vocal mode?
  15. Hey everyone. I've been lurking on these forums for a while and thought i'd create an account. So hello!   I'm in my 20s and I took some vocal lessons with a teacher in my area quite a few years back. I had no clue about the voice back then. This whole 'mixed', 'blend', 'chest', 'head' voice. I didn't know about any of it. And my teacher didn't tell me about it either. Maybe he just didn't want to confuse things for me and just instead think about it as 'one voice'. Anyway as I did the scales.. I got higher and higher and ended up straining, like many people do. But i thought that this was normal and if I just carried on going up higher and higher I'd eventually get it. Anyway in the end I could sing higher and on pitch but I hated the sound of my voice. It sounded too squeaky, forced, strained. And now I realize it's because I was squeezing my way through the vocal exercises with my 'chest' voice. After a while I began to realize that being on pitch isn't everything. There's so much more that creates a good singing voice.   I was like this for many years until a couple years back I started with this 'open-throat' technique that Ken Tamplin teaches with the bright 'ping' in the back of the throat. This helped me tremendously with pitch, power, and the overall tone of my voice. But I did find that I still didnt have the control I would have liked with my voice. Singing more softly was kind of difficult. I also hit a wall with the whole 'chesty' open throat approach. As I got up to around the E4 and area I was really pushing and doing the whole vowel modification thing and I didn't like how it felt. There was too much tension. And as much as I think Ken Tamplin is a hell of a singer. I think you can see the tension on his face and in his neck as he sings on his videos. But I understand there's nothing wrong with him because that's just his technique! Like I said he's a hell of a singer!   I like many different singers. In particular I love the whole 80's power metal and rock vocalists. Bands like Bon Jovi (I actually prefer the guitarist / backup vocalist Richie Sambora than Jon.. check out his solo albums!). Another is Miljenko Matijevic from Steelheart. I love the smoothness and how effortless the singing seems. And I think that's the key with what I'm trying to achieve. A smooth and effortless voice that can sound clean but can also and distortion on if I want. Check out Richie Sambora's 'Ballad of Youth' below. His voice does sound 'chesty' and people would say it's the same as Ken Tamplin but I think Richie Sambora's voice is more smooth and is using a lot of head voice with that slight distortion on top to make it sound thicker. He also sounds great in the backup vocals for 'Wanted Dead or Alive' by Bon Jovi.   Someone that has helped me alot just by sololy viewing his Youtube videos is Dan Formica, who I noticed is a member on these forums. His way of not pushing this 'chesty' voice and just letting it cross over into a more heady voice as helped tremendously.   I know this post might be kind of long, boring and pointless to alot of people but I thought I'd just tell a bit about myself. I have many questions about vocal techniques and will most likely create more posts in the future.   If there's anything anyone could tell me about the techniques Richie Sambora is using below.. please feel free to reply!   Richie Sambora - Ballad of Youth https://www.youtube.com/embed/gv8ZaD_oFpE   Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead or Alive https://www.youtube.com/embed/Mqyrt7RCgsg
  16. Phew.... This is a tough song to mix with so many changes in the volume and intensity of the singing, and needless to mention an even tougher song to sing.  I did a version last year and since I have made some improvements, I thought it is time to post a version 2 of the song..    The chorus makes it so difficult to sing in tune(it is so loud in the karaoke track) and the phrasing makes it difficult to record without backing track... Took me nearly two days of effort to produce a version I am happy with.  There are a lot of mistakes, but am giving myself a break since I am not a pro :-)     Thanks to everyone who listens to the song and drops in a sentence or two...    https://app.box.com/s/fm1yf25i19v69dz7qttseqhlo7cbr5j7  
  17. Love These Vocals!   Rob Halford Was GREAT!    "Screaming For Vengeance"       1:15 - 1:30 - Amazing Edging skills here. Lots of twang compression and guiding the resonant energy and sound color right to the forward, hard palette to make it sound more "metal" or brighter. Not a lot of jaw movement through this passage, and thats great! Halford is very efficient with the embouchure throughout this song...    3:56 - 3:59, another great moment with good, tight edging pops right to the front of the hard palette.   You also have to appreciate his ability to interpret the lyrics and get into character. This is great character and theater in my opinion. With just a look in the eye and mouth, he makes it looks masculine and tough... Poise!  Instead of getting all spastic on stage... Love the way Halford struts on stage and keeps a very loose posture all the time.. his cool walk is not just to be cool, but it is great for keeping the body from tensing up.   Thoughts?
  18. So, today I've tried singing a new song I wrote for the band. I think I'll leave it to our lead singer but it was interesting hearing myself through an amp.   When I record myself I know that my head voice sounds much fatter than it sounds in my head. When I record it goes from Bee Gees falsetto in my head to almost one voice. Let's say 1.1 voice...  when I sang and heard myself through the monitors it was weird though. I felt like I was singing the notes (which is good) but it really sounds different, and made me instinctively not understand why I'm not in head voice in places where I usually switch... the monitors overtake the sound that's in my head, of course...    My question is, how do you practice on coordinating yourself with what you hear from the 'outside'? any tips on how to get over the difference in what one hears?   Any (very) affordable solutions for home use and practice? I mean, I have a tube amp for my guitar... not sure how a vocal mic would work on it though...     Edit: After writing this I figured out I can experiment with a recording device I have with a built in mic and output for headphones. Still, if anyone has any ideas, thoughts, experience - I'd love to hear about it. 
  19. Hey all. I hope everyone is doing okay.   My question today is how can one add more emotion to his/her singing while singing lower notes ? everything below the end of the fourth octave.   I've noticed, as a guy with a bit of a deep voice (I don't know if I'm a baritone or not anymore, I used to believe I was) it is easier for me to bring emotion into my singing when singing over the end of the fourth octave around F4 - B4.   But anything below that seems mostly just plain boring or bland, unless I forcibly sing breathy and lower my volume, which isn't really practical in most situations.   Suggestions ?
  20. Hi folks.. Did a cover of this song.. Heard the version done by Bono before I heard the original and have since been hooked on to the song..    Lot of emotion in the song and the lyrics and I love to sing these kind of songs..    https://app.box.com/s/3q33lx11j48cz41iwjy8gyswmcqkymg5
  21. Hey guys! So im trying to do my Pillars training as best as possible but i seem to have a hard time finding headier placements on my lower head notes. On B4 and up its easy to find that headier placement but its still weak and im just trying to get those lower notes first. Im trying to phonate a G4 in a headier placement but i just seem to be belting it out. Its easy to belt that G4 but i really dont want to do it that way so i can continue to practice. https://app.box.com/s/qsrmy4qaof1e0cupijg4hvt4ce7x3b5s - this is a G4..im trying to go as heady as i can but this doesent seem to be it. Its either this or falsetto. Ill include a C5 just so you can hear the difference in aproach. https://app.box.com/s/u0ta2rfl7jo5wwas39zjg97c63mog05s - this is C5.. it is weak and windy but its not pure falsetto..i need more adduction...this is purely for seeing the difference.
  22. So yeah I'm pretty new at this whole singing thing.  Only been trying to sing seriously for about a year or so.  I just got into the Four Pillars program and i just can't express how badly I want my head voice to sound like my chest voice.  Robert's voice is obviously amazing, and that's what I'm aiming for.  I just had some questions about a couple clips on youtube.  I don't know if these singers are pulling chest or singing in a strong head voice.   First clip is Tyler Carter singing Fame Over Demise by Woe is Me: At 0:56 ("I'll build my way out of your demise") he sings from an F4 up to a Bb4.  Is he just able to belt this out in chest or is he singing that Bb in head?   Next is Brendon Urie singing This Is Gospel: at 0:38 ("If you love me let me go") he holds that A4 (seemingly pretty easily).  Is this head voice?   I appreciate any responses.  Like I said, I'm new and just looking to learn.  Would take lessons if I could afford them.  And also if these guys aren't singing in head voice, is it possible to sound practically identical when singing the same phrases in head voice?  Thanks guys! Best of wishes to everyone!
  23. Hello everyone I'm ShySoprano and I'm happy to join this forum! I've seen it a couple of times before and I can tell people on here are musicians who know what they're talking about so I definitely wanted to go on here and ask some questions, get more educated about music, etc. I use another forum that has the exact same set-up as this so this is pretty easy...for now. I'm a soprano. I don't know what kind specifically, but it's definitely something lyric, not dramatic. If it helps, I'm a freshman and I sing soprano 1 in the all-girls choir. I know a lot of music technique and a lot of things about the soprano voice, but I don't know how to apply it. If it's okay, I'd like to ask a few questions about technique and vocal ability. Hopefully someone can answer at least one of them, though it's okay if no one wants to. Just so you know, I have the tendency to write essays on these forums... 1) The lowest note I can sing naturally is the E-flat below Middle C (Eb3) and the highest note I can sing is the A above High C (A6). I have to do a lot of warm-ups like octave jumps to hit that A though. The highest note I can hit without warming up is E6. I don't have a strong/fixed mixed register because I'm not formally trained but I have sung there once before unintentionally. The highest note I can sing in my chest voice is C5, but my voice normally starts to change at F4. My first question is a bit of a stupid one. For someone who has very little technical training other than choir, does this sound good or impressive? Or is it average? Below average? 2) The head voice is supposed to be the soprano's strength. I just discovered and started singing in my head voice in 8th grade because my choir teacher back then wanted me to sing soprano and I obviously couldn't sing everything in chest. I've definitely gotten better and I sing in actual head voice, not falsetto like I would sometimes. Like I said, I'm one of the higher sopranos in choir now. Problem is, I run out of breath so quickly. I can hold long notes in my chest and lower head voice. But once I get way up there, I struggle so much with my breath control. We're singing "Hallelujah" and theres a part where the sopranos start holding notes for 8-10 beats while the notes get higher and I always die on that part. What's wrong? And how do I fix it? 3) How do I strengthen my head voice? Mine is really light but it's kind of weak compared to other girls' and it's too feathery. I'd also like to know how to get a natural vibrato. I know you can't force it or apply it consciously to come because that leads to vocal damage, it's supposed to come naturally. 4) How do I get better mixed notes? When I mixed registers that one time I talked about, it sounded like I was in chest but it was lighter, almost going into head. I felt vibrations more in my head than in my chest and you're supposed to feel them in both (or in your nose?). Is the mixed voice supposed to have more chest, more head, a perfect 50/50 amount? Any more info on this would be great! 5) Last one, I swear. I know the proper singing technique. I know how to breathe correctly, I know how to get rid of tension, all the different parts of the voice, how to sing with strain, etc. I just can't apply them all naturally. I know I need actual vocal lessons, and trust me, I'd love to get them. But my family's going through a lot right now, so it's not a priority at all. I'll have to wait until I'm older most likely. I'll try to keep practicing on my own as much as I can. I still have a lot of problems but maybe I can work through them? Does anyone have more input on this? I don't want to teach myself the wrong habits and damage my voice. I try to do exercises I've learned before from YouTube or my choir teachers. Okay that's it! I wrote a lot I know...I'm sorry to anyone who doesn't like reading lots of paragraphs. Don't feel forced to answer any of the questions, but I would appreciate it if someone did. Thanks everyone! I hope I can make some great friends and learn a lot of great stuff Happy Spring ❤️❤️❤️ **sorry about the editing, it if shows up. I had to fix something because I gave you false info.
  24. Just wondering how long it usually takes people to make progress in certain areas.   Bridging?   Connecting?   Getting a "chesty" sound in the head voice?   I'm not meaning significant progress, just some noticeable progress.  I've been training with the Four Pillars for the past couple weeks and I've successfully bridged a handful of times.  (You have no idea how excited/shocked i was when it happened). So i feel i'm making pretty good progress there.  I can get a connected sound in head voice pretty easily when practicing.  It's a little harder to maintain the connection when singing actual lyrics.  But the last part is what really gets me.  When singing phrases ranging from, let's say, C4-A4, I feel i can get in and out of my chest voice fairly decently, but while there's not a noticeable "break", it doesn't sound like the same voice at all.  I'm definitely not expecting this to be a quick process by any means, but does anyone have any idea when i might notice my head voice starting to sound like my chest voice? And i don't necessarily mean my head voice sounding meaty, just more like my chest voice in general. (hope that makes sense!)   I've been trying to practice at least 4-5 days a week.  I usually do the foundation building routine, then add some bonus scales and sirens afterwards to get more practice with my onsets (mainly Dampen&Release, Wind&Release, and Contract&Release) and bridging. When i get more comfortable with my bridging I plan to start working on the other exercises in the program.