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  1. I heard this on the radio and thought I should post it here! I really enjoyed them! Both talks touch on related aspects of vocal training, vocal science, and vocal "ideology." Hearing Color https://ideas.ted.com/the-sound-of-color-neil-harbissons-talk-visualized/ Synthetic Voices https://www.ted.com/talks/rupal_patel_synthetic_voices_as_unique_as_fingerprints?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare
  2. Hello Fellow TMVW members! Humbling though it may be, I thought I would share a track I'm working on, (Beatles - In My Life) and the vocal "sculpting" process I go through in an effort to record my best performance. (I'd never share unfinished tracks except to friends and in this forum . . . plain vanity) I've had a lot of experience analyzing my vocals for recordings, I never quite knew how to articulate the process I was engaging in nearly as well as after having gone through The Four Pillars of Singing, learning the "talk track" I've heard Robert Lunte utilize across many hours of lecture videos! Once one is familiar enough with these "mechanisms" for mending, strengthening, or otherwise fine tuning a vocal line, the mystery about what to do goes away! Rob's techniques are structured in a simple, yet meticulous sequence that really does create the feeling of having a vocal sculpting tool box! I'm posting this both as a subject of interest to others who may be starting out with this type of challenge, and as a means of accountability for me to complete the process, which has been brutal for me due to inexperience with the recording software. It's good for me though, as I intend to record several old hit favorite song interpretations in the coming months. I'll post my final "sculpture" here for this track when I finally complete it. "Work to be done" on this vocal performance is: Pitchy lyrics / appaggio drop out, vowel mods for best resonance, better phrasing, embouchure brightening, slight lightening of mass throughout, . . . . I'm sure there's more, also, rhythm guitar mistakes, and guitar solo is not quite tight yet, not happy with the effects on my voice yet either. I'm contemplating leaving the last "in my life" line unresolved like it is now. I was trying to sing that last half of the last line and had to quit recording due to a leaf blower. I think i'll like it that way, maybe with a high harmony over the top. Lastly, I may end up using a different mic than I did for this take. One thing that clearly gets hammered home in this process is that performing live is a far more forgiving environment than being under the microscope of a recording. Peace, k
  3. The vocal geek mind took over when I started watching this video of Joni back in '79 singing, "Goodbye Porkpie Hat." I've always been a fan of Joni and thinks she's a beautiful woman! I couldn't help but notice those big beautiful front teeth and I thought, "it's almost like she would never have to be reminded to keep a "wide" embochure (as most of us so easily forget to maintain when singing). Her consistent teeth bearing embouchure seems like the perfect "E.Q. balance" to her warm (larynx lowered) alto-ish tamber. Then, as I watched her sing (the camera angle is such as to give just the right view of her face), I'm noticing that she's singing all these cool lines with lots of vowel modifications as she sings lines that flow quickly up and down between M1 & M2. I thought it was a good example of someone masterfully applying the technique.
  4. I have been somewhat in a kind of void wondering what I might post. It's been a while. I stumbled across Rosetta in my hours of Youtube wanderings searching for music. I remembered the old hymn she was singing called, "This Train," though I sang it with a waspy congregation, the whiteification of the song didn't water down it's impact on me. I like the way Rosetta soften's (with humor) the potentially "condescending" anti drinking & smoking lyrics by gesturing towards one of her band members as a loyal whiskey drinker. The inspiration of course is to always strive to shed my vices and aspire to righteousness! Makes me wanna be good! So as I'm watching Rosetta with a tear in my eye, suddenly I think of Alabama Shakes, realizing what an interesting similarity Rosetta shares with their lead singer Brittany Howard. Not ONLY that, but my favorite song by Alabama Shakes, "Don't Wanna Fight" was also a perfect sentiment to my personal circumstances, and is an outstanding groovecentric tune! Both these Women really demonstrate a level of passion and emotion in their singing that I really admire!
  5. What do you guys think about this guy's technique in terms of his agility? Does the shape of his mouth help with the insane vocal agility he has?
  6. WHAT THE HELL IS A "SNILE"? I have formulated a new idea this morning that is great... I share with thee... This is a technique that is used to help train singing through narrowed vowels and improving the articulation of your lyrics when singing high. This technique is also great for resonating to forward positions and amplifying the "cup" of the hard palette. A snile is a cross between a sneer and a smile. It is used in singing to help narrow singing vowels to maintain intrinsic musculature support and stability with amplification, when singing pop / rock music above the passaggio. Mastery of The SNILE will greatly train your kinesthetic feel for narrowing vowels, resonating forward into an "edgier" position, and amplifying while keeping acoustic mass low and balanced. "THE SNILE" is characterized by: A lifting of the upper lip to expose the forward teeth of the embouchure.A "narrowing" of the embouchure, to prevent "splatting".A very strong, amplified, forward resonant position in the "cup" of the hard palette and "edgey pings" off the forward teeth.Must have dampened larynx or anchoring of the larynx. Notice How Geddy Lee of the prog. band, RUSH tracks "Limelight" through the "SNILE"! Who said that "FREE" Secret Tips Didn't Exist?! TRY "THE SNILE" NOW!! ... and post your results here! Video demonstration on "THE SNILE" coming soon... "THE SNILE" is just one idea and technique. It is not a "global" solution for all things singing... it you want to get a feel for forward resonance and narrowing, it is good for that. It can also help you to sing very accurately with great intonation and articulation.
  7. After studying the four pillars of singing, I was watching Nirvana unplugged, and noticed that for over 90 percent of Kurt Cobains performance, his embouchure was almost completely closed. Yet he still manages to perform, and produce a sound that is entertaining, and to my ears quite good. Even during his distortion, which he is most known for, he doesn't seem to be straining much at all, and his embouchure is still just open. So I guess my question is... is it really necessary to always use a full horizontal, or vertical Embouchure? Or as with the vowel modification, should the embouchure also be experimented with?
  8. A great example of posture and mouth opening   :