Billy Budapest Posted April 24, 2011 Share Posted April 24, 2011 Have you guys found that when you're learning to sing correctly, that you're kind of straddling the chasm between your old approach and your new? Okay, so as a few of you know, I've been having some voice issues for a while. Lottsa singing. Lottsa stress. A really bad throat/bronchial thing- and yet the shows must go on. So this week, on my 2nd gig of the 3 gig week, I was having the usual BS issues of all the sudden my voice would just kind of dry up and I really had to yell to get the stuff out and even then it was distorted and breaking up. According to my ENT, I've got leftovers from this bad virus I had about a month back. So things like "Dirty Deeds, Done Dirt Cheap" I'm having to basically yell out, which I don't normally have to do, and it was more like Brian Johnson than Bon Scott. I have a clear voice, but on this night, I was having a tough time getting that clarity. Okay, so that brings me to the 3rd gig this week which was the night after the one mentioned above. Lately, I've been working a LOT on my falsetto break area and trying to do the whole La____ crossover through the break. The sirens basically. I've always had difficulty avoiding the speed bump. Lately, possibly because of the steroids I've been on for the virus deal, this has become easy for me. So yesterday, before my gig, I was working this out and doing it a lot. All the time wondering if my voice would hold up for the third show. La_____ah up to a double hi C and back down. Hi head voice notes are not an issue for me, it's the middle that blows. I kept doing this on and off all day. This seemed to help with the overuse the night before, etc., and possibly was reducing the chord swelling. Okay, here's the point (Finally)- I found on the 3rd gig that if I took a way lighter approach, I could sing great and hi, but the 'power' of the middle suffered a bit. Still, the notes were there and I didn't have to push, I just kind of glided into them. For 95% of the tunes, this worked pretty well. However, there was about 5% where I couldn't figure out how to navigate. These spots would be at the top of my chest voice (which normally have been easy but since this virus have been difficult). If I gave them too much air and too much of my old approach, they'd break up. If I approached them with the newer, more relaxed and lighter approach, I felt that I could hit the note, but they were just barely hanging on. Not because of strain or anything, but because there was nothing to "hold on" with. So some of those notes would be really precarious and would shake a bit vibrato-wise because I was trying to figure out how to maintain them in the lighter approach. It's like I was stuck between two approaches. One approach works great for lower to lower mid stuff, the other approach works for higher mid to higher, head voice stuff. However that middle headvoice point was really tricky to navigate and I don't trust it with this lighter approach. It seems like if I try to give it ANY power it'll crack. 2 questions: How do you handle this? Is this post making any sense? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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