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  1. Hey guys I haven't made video's in a while I have had some major back issues (20 years) that really has made it tough to gig the last few months and sing and work. But I had Emergency back surgery Friday and I'm looking forward to a very quick recovery. So my teaching is on hold for a couple weeks. So while I was hopped up on pain pills I decided to make a vid lol. Hope you like it.. see ya soon peace
  2. I thought this would be interesting. We've got some new members. What is your vocal range? Any recent gains to report?
  3. Howdy! I usually do an exercice given to me by a teacher I once had. It's bassically a C harmonic scale in thirds (C-Eb-D-F...). Doing this with a piano is kind of easy. I would not be able to do this without a piano. I recently talked with a musician I know and he told me something interesting. The advice was not to see singing as a theory instrument like the piano where you can easily find the notes. Piano is easy when it comes to find the intervals. Singing, he said, is a lot like talk and when you do different accents. If I could be more expressive when talking it would help my singing. I guess he's right. Still, I'm not comfortable with singing the intervals without the piano. What are your experiences with this?
  4. i decided to take jen's idea for a dedicated lou gramm thread, so i started one here. please use this specifically for anything pertaining to lou gramm. thanks folks. and thanks in advance for putting up with all my frequent posts about!!
  5. Hi! Can you tell me how people like Muddy Waters or Johnny Cash could learn how to sing without formal lessons? What kind of special informal thing helped them? When I watch documentaries it's like they just did it and it was extremely easy for then but I don't think that's really the truth.
  6. Hey guys, I'm new to the site. I am really worried about my vocal health. I have just graduated uni after years of specialising in vocals and two months ago I began my first proper singing contract in a different country. Because of the change in climate I got ill and ended up with laryngitis. Unfortunately I still had to sing and do shows with laryngitis, however, I had to almost scream to get a sound out. My voice kept getting worse and the laryngitis developed into pharyngitis and guess what... I still had to sing every night. No voice rest for me It has now been two months and although I do proper warm ups before my shows, afterwards my voice is gone because of the amount of strain I am putting on it. I still have to shout to get the notes out and I cannot sing effortlessly like I used to. I'm getting so fed up of it. I live with other singers and I feel unworthy to join in with their songs because my voice sounds so bad compared to what it used to be like. The other singers in my company must think I'm talentless. I just want my voice back. I cannot do runs clearly; it sounds like I am sliding around the notes and my head voice is completely non existent. I know now I should see a voice therapist but finding an English speaking one may be difficult out here. Does anyone have any advice on remedies or exercises that will help me get my voice back? Almost importantly, do you think I have permanently damaged my voice?
  7. this is kinda hard to explain properly, ill try my best. so when i try to sing, there is hundreds upon hundreds of different type of sounds that i can apply to my voice, for instance, i can make my voice sound compressed, nasally ect... there is many more different sounds i can do but i simply do not even know how to discribe them, and sadly, none of them sound good at all, some sound better then others, but they are all still border line horrible. when trying to apply changes to the sound of my voice, i feel like i am constricting my vocal range in some way, i feel a tension of some sort in my throat, and this tension prevents my voice from reaching the desired key/pitch i aim for. should i not try to change the sound of my voice when singing? should i just use my natural speaking voice to sing while allowing my voice to sound how ever it naturally sounds? my voice is quite deep naturally and doesnt sound right when trying to sing with my naturall speaking voice. is what i am saying makes sense to anyone? another thing: so lets say i somehow manage to sing on key/pitch perfectly, now, does this mean that my voice will be pleasant to listen to? is key/pitch what makes a singers voice sound good/bad? could i sing on pitch/key perfectly, but still have my voice sounding horrible due to the overall sound of my voice? one last thing XD: it seems that i can sing country songs 100x better then the songs i prefer to sing. i actually caught myself off guard when singing a country song just for testing purposes, i found out how to allow my mic play through my headphones with a track playing in the back ground, with this, i can hear myself in real time and make adjustments to my voice if needed. insanely enough, when i sing a country song, i can let my voice sing in my natural speaking voice kinda, like, i feel no tension in my throat at all and my voice doesnt even sound like im the one singing it, its hard to explain, it just sounds great compared to other types of songs i sing. only bad thing is that i hate country music with a passion, if i had to choose between singing country good or not singing at all, then i choose to sing nothing at all lol. am i doomed to only sing country?
  8. For a female to go from Contralto to Soprano? By the way I'm male so this has nothing to do with me but I was just curious.
  9. Just something to celebrate that happened this week.... i'm liking the fancy blue check mark next to my name spotify:artist:00HNCJ4hdQ72bshWrNikub
  10. Hello singers! I have scoured the internet for any info or exercises to develop a faster vibrato. Most posts and articles discourage what I am going for. Some of my favorite vocalists have a very fast vibrato, or tremolo, like Maynard from Tool, among others. Mine is already at or sometimes a little slower than 6 Hz, which I know is recommended, but not the sound I want. If anyone has any advice or hopefully at least one exercise that will specifically target and develop the muscles needed to gain a faster vibrato I would be so appreciative! -p0
  11. i really like singing, but sadly, i am horrible at singing.....not even joking, i am really, really bad, but, every now and then i seem to get lucky and end up hitting the proper notes and pitch of the song even surprises me when this happens 0.o for a short moment my voice sounds really amazing, like, professional amazing, its flawless, how ever, the problem is that i cant seem to consistently produce the random feats i achieve. so over the past couple weeks, i have been constantly recording myself while i experiment with different techniques and methods for singing.for hours every day, i will practice and test all different types things. and i think i may have actually pin pointed the cause of my horrible singing. hopefully you guys can tell me if this theory of mine is correct or not. i have been trying to figure out what exactly separates a good singer from a bad singer, like, what exactly is a good singer doing with there body to make them sound good.there must be at least one thing that all good singers do in order to sound good. i have noticed that while singing, i instinctively attempt to push out every word separately. its hard to explain, its like my breath pauses after each word and then i try to push out the next word with the remaining air i have left in me. this makes its really hard for me to hit the right note/key/pitch, sometimes i get lucky and it works, but most the times i fail. so to try and fix this problem, i attempted to string together all the words i was singing. its hard to explain, its like i would hold a single tone and stretch it out, while doing this, i found it is so much easier to control my voice when doing this. its like i almost have full control of my voice, i become able to easily and smoothly transition between notes, i become able to blend one note into the next, this makes me sound a lot better, it does not make me sound to good, but it definitely makes me sound so much better and its a lot easier for me to do. if anyone that is a good singer is reading this, do you hold the notes and blend them together or do you actually cut off your breath after each word?
  12. Help! I make funny faces when I sing. My nostrils kind of flare like I'm trying to get more air unconsciously or something, and my eyebrows contort in the weirdest ways, twitching with the words as do my eyes, and it just looks awful. Anyone know what's going on? I also feel like my mouth looks funny, it doesn't open as much as it should I think. But my face! It moves a lot! I have a naturally very expressive face, but when I see other professionals sing, they look so natural and not stupid! I'm not just being self-conscious. I don't have a voice teacher (would love to someday, but costs $$) and I just sing for fun. I used to be in a chorale in college but I feel like I never learned how to sing properly. My natural singing voice is very breathy and quiet, so I try to get more sound, and sometimes it works but other times I can feel myself straining and it's unnatural. Also my pitch is harder to control when I'm louder.
  13. Hello all! I'm a rather young, (14 year old) male. I've never been born with that natural singing voice and never grew up singing. However, this past year I've taken a serious interest in it, despite my conditions of not having a voice suited for singing. Those who are credible with music knowledge, and can answer my question with honesty, with very hard work ethic, and hours every day working on developing my voice, can it be possible to shape and form my voice into that beautiful singing voice I desire?
  14. Hello guys, I am sure many here have seen the video of the 90+ year old tenor singing clear and powerful high notes. Posted below is some other examples of some singers we can consider to have vocal longevity. I am not meaning to glorify opera singing, as I am a huge fan of pop music and other current genres. The question for everyone is, what singers are there in American Popular Music that has this kind of voice longevity (besides Stevie Wonder who is 65 and still wonderful). The requirements are: this person must be at least 55 years old with clear, unforced high notes (A4, B4, C5), and sing in english. Please post a Youtube link if possible and some justification for posting this individual. Lauri Volpi at Age 80 Alfredo Kraus at Age 68 Salvatore Fisichella at Age 73
  15. Hello TMVW Friends! Yesterday I shared a Youtube video slide show with Robert Lunte, which I had created to accompany a Song I wrote for my Dad's memorial service. He passed away, early last December. Normally, I would not have posted it here, only because I'm a tad self-conscious about being perceived as "fishing for compliments." Rob urged me to share it so I am doing so. I am proud of the song, and I'm just like anyone else, I do love compliments yet, because this is not a "review my singing post" that I am paying for, I want you all to know that I'm not opposed to "discussions" regarding my singing on this tune. I will give some back story on my Dad, some "behind the scenes" notes on the recording, then list some post recording observations about my vocals which I have had recently, those should ring true to discussions that are commonly had here at TMVW. My Dad: A pump engineer who's family business focused mainly on groundwater applications. After having the opportunity to help an orphanage in Mexico establish a much needed water well, he realized this was something he could do all over the world. He founded the organization linked here , back in the mid 70's which grew over the years to it's present impressive status. He and my Mom raised my two Brother's and my adopted Sister, and I, in a fundamental Christian tradition. While I have moved to a more "Mystical" type of Theology in my adult life, I revere, and am grateful for that upbringing. I did my best to honor this in the song. My Dad played Double Bass, and left a legacy of music for my siblings and I, my kids, and all my siblings kids as well. The recording: Recorded at Mindseye Productions Arizona. My long time friend Bill Pearson is the owner. He is a master engineer, producer, & composer with a Grammy! I'm really lucky to know him. He's the reason I got some great studio vocal experience back in the late 80's and early 90's. After I wrote the song, I didn't have much time to rehearse the guitar plus, I have fairly bad carpal tunnel in both wrists so, my rehearsal endurance on guitar is limited to about 20 or 30 minutes per day. Due to this I ended up playing each (repeated) guitar section of the song only once or twice, then Bill copied and pasted. He made some beautiful embellishments on the keys, and added a nice sampled Double Bass & percussion tracks, which he composed and performed. This made it feel like my Dad was playing along with me, really moving for me! Also, I only had a rough idea of the melody, I wanted to sing it live and let any inspiration flow that came along. This made extra work for Bill because it took quite a number of takes to get the melody just how I liked it. Bill suggested the "speaking line," which I was hesitant about at first but ended up loving it! (That's what good producers do). My Vocals: A re-occurring experience for me, when it comes to studio vocals is; I will usually "o.k." a final take, then regret it later, wishing I had punched a "better," or "different" take. This happened on this recording. There were a few lines where my vowel modification was less than ideal. Also, one line in particular where I didn't use the best appaggio. Maybe you can spot those. Lyrics are in the Youtube description if you're interested. I strongly suggest using headphones or really good speakers!! Thanks for listening! k
  16. The USAF Band of the Golden West is having an audition for ALL (SATB) vocalists! Materials due 12 May 2017, live round 19 June 2017. Audition information and requirements can be found at Questions can be sent to
  17. hi folks, i thought it might be fun to start a topic where we share video snippets of vocals that have mezmerized us. whatever you'd like to share...not the whole song, just a small section i.e., an ultra-high note, an incredible trill or run, a long note, a fabulous scream or growl .....something out of the ordinary, preferably live.....not a studio gimmick or get the idea. i thought i'd start off with one live where power and intensity is combined with a littte wiggle that really moved me. it starts at 3:20 and ends at 3:39, when he stands on the monitor and sings the 2nd phrase "open up the door" that little wiggle at that power level for me was a "magic moment." i hope you will share your's as well.
  18. anybody have any experience writing melodies and lyrics? I'm improvising lyrics and melodies recently, I've written poems/lyrics in the past but it's harder to put melodies and rhythms to pre planned words. Freestyling seems to be the best most efficient way for spit balling song ideas. I don't always have a clear picture in mind for the idea behind the lyrics most of the time, so it tends to be pseudo prolific nonsense. Also my melodies are typically descending I need to know how to envision more motion up and down and deliver it. The obvious answer I'm avoiding is likely I should be writing full songs and learn on the job and let the maturation process happen. Do you guys have any advice or experience song writing you'd like to share, specifically involving understanding relative pitch and lyrics?
  19. I'm a slightly older guy and musician who just started voice lessons for the first time. A big thing my voice teacher is having me do is work on 'lifting' as she calls it. And this doesn't mean lifting the soft palate, which I THINK is a different thing. It involves lifting the cheekbones is a way that's not quite a smile, but somehow allows you to hit high notes with much more ease. Most of the time it's kind of "am I doing it right, I have no idea", but maybe 3 times so far over the weeks I somehow got it, and holy shit I had tenor high c without feeling like I might burst a blood vessel...but then I lost it again. So, certainly seems to work, but I did a search and found a lot of things disparaging lifting the soft palate, which might be related, and other things disparaging the 'smile technique'. So I was curious what the consensus was here on it.
  20. 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?
  21. A voice change can indicate a problem of the vocal health. It can range from cold to allergies and even vocal cord cancer. Here are a few voice changes that can indicate a certain problem: 1. Raspy voice- This voice is caused due to the growth of vocal cord nodules. The prominent reason of this is due to the misuse and overstraining of the voice. It is important that in order to maintain the voice, one should take singing lessons at a certified vocal school. 2. Hoarseness of voice- This kind of voice can be a symptom of throat cancer, thyroid cancer, lime disease, or brain tumors which are caused due to excessive smoking. Therefore, it is important that one must not smoke and live a healthy life. 3. Nasal voice- It is also known as hyponasal which is typically caused by deviated septum which can cause cold and chronic allergies. Therefore, it is necessary that one should properly maintain the vocal health. Maintaining the vocal health is very necessary to avoid any problems in the near future. Therefore, one should not strain the voice unnecessarily and take help of a professional to keep the vocal health maintained. ---------------------- I am Music Tutor, I like to motivate people to join music, and make a brilliant career in singing. Please share your experience. ------------------- Vocal School San Jose | Voice lessons san jose | Voice Classes san jose
  22. Hey guys I'm going to be producing a weekly vocal tip video series starting end of January. Honestly I've never really watched any of these type of series and was wondering if there were any topics people wanted covered. If it's something I have experience with I will be happy to oblige. Thanks so much.
  23. Hello I am not a professional singer but have been singing for about 10 years now, I usually sing for about an hour a day. I sing in a mix of chest and head voice and am female, 27 years old. I try to do vocal warmups regularly but my motivation to do so is low because I have never noticed any improvement either short or long term. The one thing that consistently seems to give me a great voice is having been on a night out the night before. I.e. being hungover, having smoked cigarettes and not had much sleep (and probably having done a lot of shouting). This is bizarre to me for obvious reasons. I cannot think what would cause my voice to improve (better pitch, more smooth) from doing the above and would love to understand so I can hopefully find a way of achieving the same effect without damaging my voice. Thanks in advance for your help, Hanne