crapvoice Posted June 13, 2011 Share Posted June 13, 2011 Hi everyone, Thanks for taking the time to read my thread. Back in 2007, I enrolled in vocal lessons at my college. My tone was incredibly clear, and I would always hear about how beautiful my voice was. I even scored a vocal scholarship! :/ Iâ€™m pretty sure Iâ€™m a baritone, but my vocal teacher thought that I was a tenor when we first started my vocal lessons; towards the end of my lessons, she did say that she thought I was a low tenor or high baritone, though. Well, to make a very long story short, I graduated, and have been out of lessons for two years. My voice has gone to HELL. From 2009 â€“ now, I never warmed up and pulled/strained my chest up to Bb and B below male high C (I never knew anything about mixing). I sing every time I get in my car, so these abusive habits were nearly a daily thing. Over the last year, Iâ€™ve been to four different ENTs, and each one of them has scoped me and told me that I donâ€™t have any nodules, polyps, or scar tissue (the last time being March of this year, but I could have them now??). This is great, but they havenâ€™t been able to explain why my voice sounds breathy and heavy, irrespective of where I am within my range. I even went to a speech therapist (only once, though) and she told me that my speaking voice is ungrounded. She said that Iâ€™ll be talking in my chest voice, and my speaking voice will shift up a sixth or whatever. Iâ€™m aware that I do that, but I doubt thatâ€™s causing any damage to my voice. Anyway, I bought the Brett Manning SS program, and Iâ€™ve been using it daily for about a week. Iâ€™m on CD 3, and I just want to quit. My voice sounds so gravely/scratchy/unhealthy that I feel like this program isnâ€™t going to do anything to help me. Also, it feels like my larynx rises every time I get to the top note of an arpeggio. Itâ€™s so sad that I used to do all of these exercises in my vocal lessons, but now my voice sounds so terrible that I just hate any kind of vocalizing. I just don't know what to do! Even when I hum I hear extra noise in my voice. This damage has slowly crept in over a 3 year period. When I first noticed it, I told my vocal teacher and she said she didn't hear anything; she tried to convince me that it was all in my head. In order to compensate, I would just sing over it by singing louder, but now that's not an option because the decay is so prevalent that I even notice it in my speaking voice (sounds fatigued and husky after 30 minutes of talking). What should I do? Here are some clips: I was trying a siren that I saw Brett demonstrating on Youtube. My voice sounds so breathy, and it sounds like that regardless of how high or low Iâ€™m singing: http://www.box.net/shared/frv8mxiuv4lherj1ujtk ^ Is that falsetto or head voice? Even my humming lacks clarity; thereâ€™s a lot of noise â€“ flat spot in this one, sorry: http://www.box.net/shared/bk1gauie5vh2exxjygm2 I think I can do the lip rolls correctly, but I canâ€™t tell if Iâ€™m flipping over into falsetto, and my larynx feels tight if I go above an F5: http://www.box.net/shared/qkqxrcuvzb081hbs6lj6 My nays are particularly abysmal: http://www.box.net/shared/uqai4mjss6a5a02aqisu And finally, I canâ€™t figure out how to do tongue trills. My vocal cords seem to dry out, and itâ€™s incredibly taxing: http://www.box.net/shared/t9kb2llfl8ng9v35i4sm Will I be able to attain the clarity I once had? What should I do? Thanks for any help/insight, crapvoice Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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