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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
Hi Folks. I sang this is my college days nearly 13 years ago. I sang it that time before knowing that something called "head voice" existed. I am a much more knowledgeable about singing. I have long wanted to cover this song. This is a single take. So there are few instances where i am not bang on the center of the note and some places where I run out of breath. At some level I like the authenticity of a live performance, which is the kind of singing I am training myself for. This is a very difficult song for me and sits smack on my passagio. I always seem to get into trouble singing "For tonaaayt, Ahell sleeep on a baaaaaaaad'onaaaaaaayls". I have used a lighter onset singing that particular line, hopefully it does not distort the colour of the tone Thank you for your feedback.