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OK so I'm gettin the hang off curbing, I think, I can feel a good firm hold in my neck, not straining at all. Only at times but when I stop I can correct it.

I'm trying to cover Jazmine Sullivan's In love with another man. I put up a cover of it on Youtube, kinda half arsed, I know I can do better. But when I sing it I find trouble with the word towel. I loose all the connection in the vocal folds, like they snap open.

Now how I say towel involves the lips narrowing for the W, but when I sing it my jaw is low and back and I've tryed to phonate towel with just my vocal cords and finding it difficult.

Any tips?

Here's the youtube version, like I said I could sing better but I was in a half arse mood at the time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-wKSeR2Gd4

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OK so I'm gettin the hang off curbing, I think, I can feel a good firm hold in my neck, not straining at all. Only at times but when I stop I can correct it.

I'm trying to cover Jazmine Sullivan's In love with another man. I put up a cover of it on Youtube, kinda half arsed, I know I can do better. But when I sing it I find trouble with the word towel. I loose all the connection in the vocal folds, like they snap open.

Now how I say towel involves the lips narrowing for the W, but when I sing it my jaw is low and back and I've tryed to phonate towel with just my vocal cords and finding it difficult.

Any tips?

Here's the youtube version, like I said I could sing better but I was in a half arse mood at the time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-wKSeR2Gd4

you are singing it in a different key and singing a higher note for 'towel" than she is...is that what you want?

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Yeah I wanted to sing it a little higher up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aIU3gDheN8

This is what I use for reference. I envy Chris Brown's singing. I don't wish to sing like him, but I use him as a point for referance on how he sings. Kinda hard to explain.

I'll quickly record something.

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Yeah I wanted to sing it a little higher up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aIU3gDheN8

This is what I use for reference. I envy Chris Brown's singing. I don't wish to sing like him, but I use him as a point for referance on how he sings. Kinda hard to explain.

I'll quickly record something.

"towel" sung up pitch will increase the difficulty. try it without the up pitch?

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Revised version

http://www.box.net/shared/ht1fg7euxugj9x84ai66

EDIT

Think I solved it, but I dislike the prolonged T sound I have at the beginning

http://www.box.net/shared/q1vyd40tc77vprxc0q3n

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Revised version

http://www.box.net/shared/ht1fg7euxugj9x84ai66

EDIT

Think I solved it, but I dislike the prolonged T sound I have at the beginning

http://www.box.net/shared/q1vyd40tc77vprxc0q3n

try this: with towel, the 't" interrupts breath. i had this issue in a chris isaak song...

although you are going to sing a "t,"... in your mind, concentrate and visualize more of a "d" sing the "t" but think 'd"

drop the "w" altogether..to assist with a smoother breath flow.

sing dahuhl .....emphasize the "ah"...

record it. if you do it correctly, the audience won't even pick up on the change.

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Life saver so mush release I feel on it.

http://www.box.net/shared/1su5ci3bjnk7e5fv5rqm

The D kinda works on a lot of stuff with T high up, just gotta try and modify the D so it has the little tick noise T's tend to have.

You feel like I loose abit of umph with the D but I'll work on it.

Now to move on to breath control, been told I need to work on 1) Proper breathing 2) Vocal Control 3) Vocal Runs.

These to me are like the fundamentals to singing :S

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Life saver so mush release I feel on it.

http://www.box.net/shared/1su5ci3bjnk7e5fv5rqm

The D kinda works on a lot of stuff with T high up, just gotta try and modify the D so it has the little tick noise T's tend to have.

You feel like I loose abit of umph with the D but I'll work on it.

Now to move on to breath control, been told I need to work on 1) Proper breathing 2) Vocal Control 3) Vocal Runs.

These to me are like the fundamentals to singing :S

d, (as in you, d ) lol!!!! remember you're still singing the "t" but thinking "d." it really helps. "v" helps with "f" too.

but one thing i'd like to suggest....runs and trills are great as an embellishment, and i know they get perceived as "man, that dude can really sing" but if a singer uses them too much it can be very disconcerting to the audience. there's no room for error...they have to be spot on in pitch too or you're gonna be in trouble.

my suggestion would be to sing that song without any trills and runs first, then add them in here and there. it will bring you to terms with your pitch and intonation first.

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Lol the you was a typo.

Yeah my runs are excellent but like you said runs, licks and trills are a stylistic choice. Not everyone uses them but I kinda like them.

I'll work more on my voice before I work on them to be honest.

I'd rather work on my breath and support and gettin past f4 and upwards. Need to attempt my curbing better.

Sirens in a head voice and NG scales are really helping connect my chest and head voice.

But I seriously need to learn to erase the bridge crack first.

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Hey D.Starr.

In addition to the great advice you've been offered in this thread, I made a short demo clip for you which should help with your registration and smoothing out the transition into your middle voice.

http://www.box.net/shared/my9dlj95j4a2xe192j86

~~Dante~~

Awesome. All of that is taken on board and I'll work with it and post a recording.

Weather is crazy at the moment, waaay too humid so I'm hot as hell to sing today.

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