AboveTenor Posted June 20, 2011 Share Posted June 20, 2011 Hey guys, So I've been working on my voice for over 5 years now and halfway through college. I love to sing karaoke and my goal is to be able to sing anything I want. I have pretty much every vocal training system known to man and still can't get the sound I want. I sometimes try to sing GN'R, Audioslave, Journey, Led Zeppelin, etc. but with little success. When I'm in front of a crowd I can't hold twang or keep that bite in the resonant tract/mask. No matter what, I end up flipping to falsetto and am embarrased. This is only in the passagio area btw. Once I'm above C5, I don't care if it sounds a little heady as more head voice is invited in anyway for the higher notes. My high notes are pretty good as I'm a countertenor and can get up to A5. Twang really helps up there too to make it sound fuller. But I'm going to be honest contracting the AES gives one a very trembly tone. I don't like the sound of twang as it still sounds falsettoey to me, even some of the people on here do too. For me it cracks easily and isn't consistent. At home, I can do it but it's just not as strong and it lacks depth. I'm starting to get discouraged as every time I think I have a breakthrough or go back to another system, I still don't see major results. Even to me, Geoff Tate's tone in that area is heady. I really want a Lou Gramm, Freddie Mercury type speaking chest tone, clean with no rasp. Maybe it's just not possible for my voice, since I'm not a tenor. Or maybe there is really a middle voice (secret area) that can be taught. Some celebrities pick up on singing like that, for ex. Tom Cruise in the upcoming film Rock of Ages. I know there is an answer but literally this is one of the hardest things I've ever done. I just don't like sounding like someone's Grandma trying to sing AC/DC as Jaime puts it. Eric Frey calls what I suffer from "Karaoke Syndrome" where you mimic other famous people ex. Steve Perry and then can't sing in your own voice. My folds just won't close and hold that contraction in that area. I think glottal compression might be the answer, not crying/moaning but like holding your breath like Ken says. I see all these other people at karaoke do it and it is disheartening. Something about stretching out the cords, almost tightening. I know it's not just in my head because people don't applaud since it's falsetto. Seems like my only options are to sing in my chest voice for stuff and throw a few high screams on some songs. I am a top-down phonator, starting to think bottom-up is the way to go to get that sound I want. But how to do it healthy without coming from the throat? Any help would be greatly appreciated guys. Thanks, AboveTenor Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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