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  1. Steven Tyler just gets better and better..... He's probably a god or something or maybe Satan him self.
  2. Hello! My buddy and I are starting a band and current plan is to place me in the role of the vocalist. His idea, but I didn't protest since I was always interested into singing, just never got around picking it up. Problem is, I never sang seriously, only under the shower or influence. So I'm hoping for some tips from the youtubes and forums, as I can't afford a vocal coach. For starters I have a few questions. I'm 25, is that too old to do anything significant with my voice? Of course, it's just a band we'll blow off some steam through, but I'm curious since I noticed that all the vocal schools (those things that have a summer or winter programs, but it's something I could financially survive) have an age limit, and you guessed it, 25 is already over that limit. Now the infamous rasp question. We plan to do rock, and at some point in the further future I'd really like to learn how to add that sexy distortion to my voice. I know I'll never get to the level of Michael Starr (my favourite singer, from Steel Panther), but I'm actually worried if I'll be able to do it at all. I noticed majority of rock singers who usually heavily rely on rasp have naturally raspy voices, and I noticed that most of them seemingly can't do a clean falsetto without it sounding "crackled", for the lack of a better word. I ,on the other hand, have an insanely clean voice, and even things like throat clearing is very mild compared to how my friends sound when doing similar growling sounds that are done in every day life. I can imitate their level of growliness in such things, but it feels really unpleasant, and unlike them I feel it for good couple of seconds, if all of this makes any sense. Does that mean that I possibly can't develop a rasp at all? If it's possible, is there anything I can incorporate into the beginner's exercises for breathing and singing that could prepare me a little to make it easier when I do start figuring out the rasp thing? Third question is a falsetto questions. I don't have a high speaking voice, but I can do a fairly high falsetto, and it feels easy for me. I use it very often at home cause I'm stupid like that I fool around mimicking a female opera singer while I cook, or entertain my girlfriend with the Bee Gees' Stayin Alive almost every day because she loves it lol. However, I recently read several statements on the net about how excessive usage of falsetto can be harmful for the voice. Is that true or bull? I became slightly worried because I've been doing that for years now. XD It's really tricky to figure out what's true and what's not, because for every info I find on the net, there's also tons of contradicting information on it. Anyways, thanks for reading, cheers!
  3. 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.
  4. Hello everybody! My name is Moe. I'm 23 years old and I just developed a passion to sing. Thing is, I don't even know one tiny bit about how to start over. Can you guys help out a brother? Is it even possible to learn to sing in my age? Is it too late? Where can I start? Thanks.
  5. Folks, This is not meant to be mean or to poke fun at singers. In this case it just happens to be Bobby Kimball of Toto fame. It's just a video that points out that even the greats have off nights and that we need to be understanding of it in ourselves and in others. This section is just plain challenging for any vocalist, especially in a full TA dominant production. As you can hear, Bobby is just unable to get those notes on that day (1:25 to 1:35). If you try to put yourself in his shoes you have to just bounce off of it like it never happened and move on. I know he's had hearing issues as well lately. As they say, the show must go on. I know for myself, I need work in this area where after the show I'm not beating myself up over some mistake.
  6. Hi Folks, This video really highlights all of the style and skill inside M.J.'s vocals. I thought it would be enlightening to hear, study and digest. All the little embellishments and techniques he used, some exclusive to only him. It's a great resource if you want to tackle that one and cover it well. Vocals begin around 46 seconds in.
  7. hello! first time here and i just wanted to hear you guy's opinion on the matter of learning sing. im a really, really bad singer and i have so many questions. firstly, i have always wanted to be able to sing good, at first, i thought i did, i mean, it all sounded good to me while i was singing....then i tried singing while plugging one ear, and dang, what i heard was completely different from what i thought i sounded like, by miles lol. i then recorded myself and it got even worse! this is when i accepted the fact that i could not sing and gave up. so now i would like to know if singing is something you can learn on your own or do you have to be born with it? i am 25 years old, is it to late for me to learn to sing? please do not tell me its possible if i dedicate myself to it and keep practicing, this is the generic answer found all across google and this helps me with nothing. i need to know if a truly horrible singer like myself can learn to sing like a pro, and by pro i mean someone who is truly a amazing singer and is famous for it, and makes a living doing it. i do not want to be famous or rich, i only want to learn to sing for self satisfaction, i think it would be amazing if i could sing good. im so bad at singing that if i were to hum a tune, you would never be able to comprehend what song i was humming, yes, my singing is that bad. so what is it that seperates a good singer from a bad singer? i mean, what exactly is a good singer doing differently when compared to a bad singer? what is the cause of it? is it all about singing on note or pitch? is there a difference between singing off note and off pitch or are they both the same thing? if i manage to learn how to sing on note and pitch, will that alone make me sound like a good singer or is there more variables involved? is there a certain way i should change the sound of my voice to make it sound more pleasant or is singing on note and pitch good enough? is it the transition between notes and pitches that defines your singing ability? i think i may have the strangest issues with my voice then anyone else, for instance, some parts of certain songs i can sing a lot better then all the rest of the song and some songs i sing way better then others, hell, i actually sound really good on certain parts of songs, i mean really good, almost the exactly the same as the original artist, sadly, this only happens on a few parts and usually only last for a few words or phrases, then " poof" the pleasant singing vanishes as fast as came o.0 see, i have a really deep voice, its very, very deep, so much so that i have never heard anyone that has a deeper voice then me, even that guy known to have the "deepest voice in the world" pales in comparison to the deepness of my voice, no lie lol. so the worse part of all this is that there is a certain type of music that i can indeed sing a lot better then all the music.......this would be great normally, but it turns out i flippin hate country! country is literally in the top 5 types of music that i just plain out hate with a passion, i rather go without singing if it meant being able to sing only country....FML! is these type of issues common? is there anyway i can "fix" my singing voice?
  8. Musical memory refers to the ability to remember musical notes, chords, melodic content and other progressions of tones or pitches. The musical memory constitutes an independent part of the phonological loop. Follow these Simple Tips to Develop Your Musical Memory: Analyze the structure –It is important to create a mental map of the musical piece. It helps you to stop from getting lost when playing. Without a good knowledge of the overarching structure of a musical piece, you won’t be able to create a mental map. Listen to expert performances – Learn from the performance of your favorite artist and understand the architecture and nuances of music. Try playing by ear – listen to a tune and try to work out the notes by ear to improve your auditory memory. Work on small musical Pieces – learn to play a short piece from memory, rather than playing the whole piece together. Break-down difficult passages – hard bits need more work than easy bits. Try to practice more on hard bits, use step-by-step learning method. For some instruments, working on hands separately can be useful. Focus on music not technique – the technical skills required to play a piece are achieved through physical repetition. Pay attention to small details of musical notes to focus on l musical aspects such as auditory, structural, visual, emotional, etc. Practice in your head – Mental rehearsal to develop auditory and visual memory is important in Voice classes San Jose. Practice frequently and regularly – Playing a piece from memory requires regular attention. Work on short sessions during the day can help. Practice playing from memory – the more you play from memory, the easier it gets. The key is to practice. --------------- Please share your personal experience in musical memory. --------------- Vocal School San Jose | Voice lessons san jose | Voice Classes san jose
  9. HI. I suffered of an eating disorder since I was 9. Im in recovery now and doing very well, but my body is still healing and I still have health problems. I used to purge and I know this dameges vocal cords. I wanted to know if anyone know how I can heal my vocal cords. thank you
  10. Hi! Today I sang "Nu tändas tusen juleljus" (at least Swedes know this carol) with my vocal teacher. She was very keen on me not even looking at the sheet music when singing. It's like I should not analyse much other than being aware of octave jumps (which is fifficult). How would you analyse it? Would music theory be of no particular help here? What are your thoughts? The melody:
  11. Howdy! I am singing this song and wondered if blues notes (blue notes) is used in this or similar songs? It's used in white American folk music but do we bother about it in this type of country songs?
  12. We're working with one of the best independent UK Dance labels and currently looking for a vocalist for an exciting new release. We need a singer with a vocal tone very similar to Marvin Gaye to record a topline on a dance track. You must either be able to travel to London to record or have access to recording equipment to record the vocals.Once accepted through to the workspace we'll request you to record a short vocal demo which we will submit to our client for them to make the final decision. If you are then chosen for this project, we'll provide you with the full brief for you to be able to record the topline. The budget is £250/£300 for recording the vocal topline. See
  13. How similar does singing and humming feel for you? What differences do you notice the most between the two?
  14. So a month ago I was singing with very horrible technique and ended up straining my voice. As a result my throat felt a bit sore and I lost quite a bit of my vocal range. If I wanted to reach a higher note I would have to increase my volume. My falsetto in particular was dead. It had nowhere near the range it had before. Over time though with some vocal rest, my voice got better. Then one morning I woke up, and my falsetto felt strange. When I did my falsetto, especially higher falsetto notes it felt as if though I was doing vocal fry. The notes would sort of cut in and out, but the rest of my voice felt a lot better. Now that sensation is gone, but the issue I have is that I can't really do my falsetto at a super low volume. I used to be able to sing in my falsetto at really low volumes, almost to the point where I couldn't hear it. This was useful for practicing transitioning from my falsetto to full voice. However, now whenever I try to do my falsetto at this super low volume, nothing comes out. I have to go a bit louder. While it is still really quite, there are times when I need to be even more quite, and I just cannot be quite without my falsetto cutting out. I've also noticed a lack of control with my falsetto which is something I didn't have a couple days ago. Sometimes its a little hard to maintain a pitch. Also, if I try to make the falsetto louder, it dissolves into what sounds like a fully connected register with chord closure. (THIS IS A REALLY STRANGE FEELING). The transition has almost no break. Its a recent issue, but is it also serious issue? Should I just do vocal rest? Please help!
  15. I hate myself for even asking this and i KNOW i should just give it up, singing or not singing, but i wanna know if anyone knows how hard does cigarette smoking affects your vocal abilities.   I know it cant be good, and im reall trying to quit, and singing is probably my biggest motivation for quiting singing, tough its extremel hard. Im only 21 but ive been smoking  a pack of cigs a day for 7 years now.   Not to mention that this habit of mine is costing me 2-3 lessons monthly with Maestro Lunte. Guess you have to be a moron to spend money on poison. but i guess im that moron.   So did anyone read up on any studies of how ciggarette someking affects your ability to sing?
  16. Hi there! It has been requested that I move the said article to the article posts page. Thank you!
  17. For the pipe organ an open valve will trigger the sound of the pipe. The key of a song tells us which valves we can open safely to stay in harmony. Singers have a comfort zone All singers have a comfort zone, a range of notes that sound best and can be performed effortless. Despite of the ability to expand the vocal range through training, every singer has an individual physical quality which is responsible for the position of the comfort zone within the vocal spectrum. We may not consciously observe this, but the habit of speaking is already giving us a clue about this range. In classic musical education we classify this range by defining voice types, though this method is mostly a helpful convergence to reality. For the singer it is therefore essential to spend some effort on song choice, especially to ensure that a song lies within his or her vocal abilities. Of course that is not the only consideration during song choice, and if you are interested we invite you to read our article "Improve Your Song Choice" to find out more. Another possibility is to simply change the range of notes to be performed by changing the key of the song. The original key Every song was written in an original key. The key we know for any of these songs could be the one it was written in, or it could be the key used when the recording we know was produced. We still refer to it as original key. Original keys are usually relatively easy to access. They may be documented in sheet music, or available in databases, per example for DJ's that research harmonic mixing, among other sources. It also can be determined by examining the chords and notes of the song. It is to mention that a key can and oftentimes does change within a song. The key a song is regarded to be in is most often starting in the key and at one point returning to the same key before the end. Find out what exactly a key is, and how keys are transitioned in our article "Musical Keys and the Key Change". Here is an example. A song written or performed in a G Major key is based on the tonic note of G, and includes a system of notes defined by the major scale that is also based on the tonic note. The chord progressions used in the song will to a great extent lie within the scale, with the tonic chord being the foundation of those progressions. What happens between the use of G Major may be harmonic movement and/or modulation. Lead Vocals and original keys Here at Lead Vocals we consider our practice section as a tool to quickly review and learn the melody, timing, phrasing, and mood of a performance. In addition we think that the tool enables vocalists to study other artists by paying close attention to ingredients like dialect and pronunciation in language, the choice of placing words or phrases within rhythm and beats, any habits, and style and musical influences. Unlike other existing tools like per example some karaoke platforms we do not offer access to the same performance in multiple keys. But just recently we have introduced additional helpful information about many of the songs available here within the tagging system. At present we offer selection by tonic pitch, musical key, and scale information which can be helpful to explore new music. We think that from an educational point of view the choice of the tonic pitch is most interesting, because many melodies in songs may start or end with the tonic note. If a vocalist can deliver that note in a rich, strong, and compelling tonal quality that makes the audience want to hear more, then the song choice by tonic pitch may lead to the discovery of suitable songs for the singer. You may give this a try by selecting a song to practice by tonic pitch. Continue solving the mystery Find out why vocalists change the key of a song and how they approach the key change. In an attempt to solve the mystery behind the musical key we define what a key is, and explain the background of harmonic movement, chord progressions, and modulation. We also include the consideration of emotional characteristics for all keys based on the major and minor scale, that may play an additional role in the selection process for the vocalist. Further we're taking a brief look at common practice in recording sessions. Continue reading about this topic in our article "Musical Keys and the Key Change" at Additional Information Our Practice Section at Lead Vocals Try to Sing Along at Lead Vocals What is Lead Vocals? Lead Vocals is a free of charge online resource for aspiring vocalists, who are learning the craft of singing and who practice their art by singing along to playback recordings and to other selected musical performances on video. All recordings are hand selected and the lyrics are spot on matching to the performance of the lead vocalist. The tool allows for quick access to practice specific parts within a song. We especially took care in avoiding clutter and disruptive advertising. Follow us on Social Media
  18. Beatles final concert. Aug 29, 1966 Candlestick Park Revolver had just been released 3 weeks earlier. They were burnt out from touring. Of course they continued to make studio albums with a little help from George Martin. Just up ahead lay the summer of love and Sgt Peppers
  19. Thought some of you might dig this and may have never heard of it. Came out in '96. Essentially Yngwie covered songs he said inspired him as a youth. Personally I dig the guitar playing even though its very self indulgent. I'll take it over "all about dat bass" anyday. Some pretty good singing IMO Singers are Jeff Scott Soto, Mark Boals, and Joe Lynn Turner (and Yngwie on track 4, lol. He does all the lead singing on his latest album) I list the singers in parentheses 1. Carry On Wayward Son (Soto) 2. Pictures of Home (JLT) 3. Gates of Babylon (Soto) 4. Manic Depression (Yngwie) 5. In The Dead of Night (Boals) 6. Mistreated (Soto) 7. The Sails of Charon (Boals) 8. Demon's Eye (JLT) 9. Anthem (Boals) 10. Child In Time (Boals) 11. Spanish Castle Magic (JLT) (Bonus track on Japanese release)
  20. Hello, to sum it up the title says it all. I am a lyric baritone with a range of G2-A4 (including chest and head voice but not falsetto). Is this the limit of my range or is it possible for me to continue increasing my range? Also an extra question here, I came across a few posts mentioning about increasing high notes through mixed voice. Is pure head voice able to hit higher than mixed voice or can the latter hit higher notes?
  21. Proper Breathing for Vocalists Breath is the motor of our voice. Knowing how to breathe correctly and being able to control it is one of the most important skills a singer can have. A proper breathing technique will enable us to sound great and to improve the tone of our voice. Our ability to sustain notes will increase and we will master to sing longer phrases more effortless. Breathing is a natural process of our body and therefore a good breathing technique comes natural and unforced. Methods of Breathing The human body knows several different ways of breathing which are called costal or chest breathing, clavicular breathing, abdominal or belly breathing, and diapragmatic breathing. The latter two are to prefer when it comes to singing, though only the diapragmatic method allows for full breath with maximum control. The diaphragm by the way is a muscle system that is located in the abdominal region right under the lungs. It controls the air flow by contracting when we breathe in and relaxing when we breathe out. Breath Support As a singer you want to learn slowing down the relaxation of the diaphragm to gain extra volume used for sustaining notes and sing longer phrases. This is called "breath support" and can be achieved in two different ways, either by adding a bit of muscle force during exhalation and while using your voice, or through lowering the muscle force used during inhalation. While the first method allows for an increased volume the latter will result in less air pressure in the lungs which in turn will slow down the exhalation process to the extent that you can sing longer. The second method is popular through the "Italian School" of singing, also known as Appoggio, which includes resonance factors in form of phonation alongside the breath management. Exercises to improve breathing Understanding the theory behind how the body masters the task of breathing builds the base for the vocalist to improve upon his or her own breathing technique, however the singer also needs to build an understanding on an experimental level. For this reason it is well worth to experiment with a few exercises to gain an additional understanding. At Lead Vocals we have collected a number of exercises to get you started. Continue reading about the topic and these exercises at - Additional Information Our Practice Section at Lead Vocals Try to Sing Along at Lead Vocals What is Lead Vocals? Lead Vocals is a free of charge online resource for aspiring vocalists, who are learning the craft of singing and who practice their art by singing along to playback recordings and to other selected musical performances on video. All recordings are hand selected and the lyrics are spot on matching to the performance of the lead vocalist. The tool allows for quick access to practice specific parts within a song. We especially took care in avoiding clutter and disruptive advertising. Follow us on Social Media
  22. The Importance of Vocal Anatomy for Singers The human voice is powered by breath, produced by vibrations, and shaped by resonance. "In every field the man who can merely do things without knowing why is at a disadvantage to the one who can not only build but also tell you just why he is building in that way. This is especially noticeable when the prescribed cycle does not obey the laws it is supposed to: then the labourer must sit by with folded hands while the mechanic or engineer comes in and adjusts the delicate mechanism. " Reuben Fine, Chess Grandmaster, Psychologist, Professor and Author We all can talk and sing without any further knowledge of the physiological mechanism that sets off our voice. It is when we start studying to become better at our craft, that we challenge ourselves in learning new techniques and in correcting bad habits and behaviour to achieve a specific sound. During our studies we will sooner or later get in touch with the topic of vocal anatomy and its terms. Knowing the anatomic elements and their function is essential for the purpose of communication, be it between vocal instructor and student, or in literature. The standardized anatomic terminology ensures that we can exchange ideas, techniques and instructions with great precision. The study of vocal anatomy will in addition help the vocalist to understand the mechanics and limitations of the human voice, and will function as a guide to choose those vocal techniques that respect the anatomic background of the voice. The newly acquired knowledge will increase awareness of the different parts involved in the creation of our voice, and will support us to develop a feeling for these organs during singing. What are these organs and how do they work? The background section at Lead Vocals has an article that describes the mechanism of our voice and the involved organs. Find out how our voice is created in the human body, how we achieve a powerful voice, how we produce pitch, and how we influence our vocal qualities at - Additional Information Our Practice Section at Lead Vocals Try to Sing Along at Lead Vocals What is Lead Vocals? Lead Vocals is a free of charge online resource for aspiring vocalists, who are learning the craft of singing and who practice their art by singing along to playback recordings and to other selected musical performances on video. All recordings are hand selected and the lyrics are spot on matching to the performance of the lead vocalist. The tool allows for quick access to practice specific parts within a song. We especially took care in avoiding clutter and disruptive advertising. Follow us on Social Media