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Distinguishing twang and strain/tension

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MattyB
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Hello! I am a relatively new singer, I've been taking weekly vocal lessons for about a year. I recently switched teachers after realizing the one I'd been seeing didn't know very much about singing technique beyond the very basics, and I want to take my singing to the next level.

My new teacher strongly emphasized "twang" as something I'm going to need to sustainably utilizing my upper range in the style of singing I am interested in (pop punk) and gave me some exercises to help develop it. However, the sensation I am experiencing when attempting to create this sound feels a lot like strain and tension, which makes me think I might be doing it wrong. I do intend to explore this further with my teacher the next time I see her, but I wanted to get a jump start and ask if this is a common mistake or how I might be able to avoid this.

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