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Okay so I have been singing for awhile now but I just started practicing with my friends and we plan to play some shows coming up. I have never played constant shows or even played a set before, therefore I am worried that my vocal chords might kill halfway through the set and I won't know how to adjust.

Basically, I am wondering if there is any tips I can get from some more experienced members.

1. Is there anything that I need to start doing or taking on a daily basis? For example, I heard about Slippery Elm Bark. Pill or Tea?

2. Any specific exercises that are recommended to loosen your vocals before practice and shows?

3. Anything else anyone can think of?

Basically I want to start really taking care of my voice on a regular basis so that I can have it conditioned for shows. Like I said, I've been singing for awhile now so my breathing technique is not a problem.

I really appreciate the help!

Thanks!

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Hi buddy, good on ya...

Yeah theres a million and one exercises you can do, but its pointless listing what I do..

I use KTVA - Ken Tamplins Vocal Academy list of dvds and cd's and I for one can vouch for them, I sing in a band and all our songs bar a few are pretty balls to the wall rock, his cds have helped me maintain my sound and vocal health, saying that there are a number of other programs about: Robert Lunte's stuff looks awesome, there's the CVT book and cd's... to name a few... Only thing with any of these packages are you will need to spend some cash... if you dont have the cash right now, you are prob in the best place.. The guys on this forum are some of the most knowledgable voice gurus out there, read enough forum posts and you will be able to put together an exercise routine, because after all we are all vocal athletes.. :D

What kind of music is it man?

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The music is more melodic hardcore I guess... The band Emery is a big influence and their vocalist/guitarist is actually giving me vocal lessons now :D! Now I'm not screaming yet, but I plan on using Melissa Cross's Zen of Screaming dvd's for help with that. Any idea how those are?

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The music is more melodic hardcore I guess... The band Emery is a big influence and their vocalist/guitarist is actually giving me vocal lessons now :D! Now I'm not screaming yet, but I plan on using Melissa Cross's Zen of Screaming dvd's for help with that. Any idea how those are?

Thats cool, I'm into more rock/hard rock - My band are a mix of Nickelback, Daughtry melodies but and my big influence is Myles Kennedy from AlterBridge, so I sing with a more clean tone.. I have big respect for the good screamo vocalists, its like they can scream and growl through the verses and then slap an awesome clean voice and catchy melody for the chorus, real interesting to see how its done as healthily as possible, especially day in day out!

Ill check out that band dude sound cool!! Good to have friends in the industry man, our manager is the lead guitarist from the metal band Onslaught, have you heard of them they were pretty big in the 80's..I hadnt heard of them just cos i wasnt in the scene but they rock!!!! But If you wanna know what people think of that dvd start a new thread with the name of the dvd and see if you get any bites.. someone will defo recommend something, the people here are outstanding!!

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God, I'm old. The bands that influenced me were Led Zeppelin and Uriah Heep.

Anyway, breath management. You've got to balance how much air at what pitch. High notes require less air speed, but maintaining some air pressure, but not as much as you think you need. Then resonate in your head. It seems counterintuitive but the passionate high parts don't take as much push as you think they need.

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  • 3 weeks later...

The most important thing is good monitors... being able to hear yourself clearly.... when I mean clearly... I mean as close to you can to a studio situation.. so that the singing becomes nothing more than mindful play. With that in mind you'll protect your voice...

Warmups before the show, softly stretching out the voice, are useful.. and can be done in as little as 5 minutes.

Drink... water, soda, juice, tea.. gatorade.. you get the idea? If you're going to 'drink'... drink hard stuff, schapps, bourbon, wine, tequila (well not much of that haha)... BUT NO BEER (hops cause swelling). Smoke free is the best way to be, especially in the live environment (dries/irritates the voice)..

Good luck, have fun!

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GET SOME TRAINING! much more important in the long run than whatever gatorade/slipperly-elm/etc. recipe you concoct

& I don't mean exercises from a list-forum or CD but a real live teacher who can watch you head to toe & give you exercises at athletic level, personalized to your strengths & weaknesses.

For strong/hard singing I recommend to everyone to work with a theater (actor-voice) coach; they know more about power & accessing full-body energy than the average singing teacher does. Check out the "professional index" on VASTA.org to find someone near you, or the teacher list on Fitzmauricevoice.com, both are searchable by geography.

Here's a piece I wrote for Onstage mag on group singing -- in case you growl in harmony with your mates --

http://www.voiceofyourlife.com/cm/Archive/Articles%20on%20singing_and_singers/Singing_with_the_Band.html

Be careful out there -- and best wishes for a successful run!

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One has to click on info then click on the link for bandcamp.com, then it costs to download each. Which I didn't do but kudos for being a fellow capitalist, like myself.

I'm like others. I like hearing a little bit, and then I buy. For example, hearing youtube rips of the Darkness makes me want to get their cd.

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