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adducted head voice is too harsh and whiny sounding

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First a little explanation: As far as I know my understanding and use of head voice follows what Kevin Richards has presented in these 2 videos:

http://www.youtube.com/user/RocktheStageNYC#play/uploads/6/21mG5nEnN3k

http://www.youtube.com/user/RocktheStageNYC#play/uploads/2/H0QGvgO7M_4

Now on to my issue: when I hit the Ab4 - Bb4 -ish range while maintaining the same vocal adduction I use in my chest voice as presented by Mr. Richards, my voice gets really harsh and whiny and also tires relatively quickly. When I try to maintain adduction on through Tenor C my voice automatically gets lighter and is no longer harsh.

Does anyone have any idea how I can make my adducted head voice tone less harsh?

If a recording is required for an accurate answer to my question then I will make one.

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I made some quick recordings outlining what I think is my only confusion at the moment with singing.

A lyric in "Karma Police" by Radiohead struck me as the perfect example of my biggest confusion with singing. I've recorded it in the 2 possible ways I could sing it, without using falsetto:

I think of this as the "airy light / soft way."

http://www.2shared.com/file/7108727/49ba1b47/test.html

I think of this as the "squeezed / pushed" way. I did some "mmm" "mmm" hums with that "squeezed" feeling to give the informed listener an idea of what coordination I was aiming for.

http://www.2shared.com/file/7108746/68e78c57/test2.html

I know squeezed and pushed are considered bad words in the world of vocal terminology, but to my knowledge I'm not using any assisting muscles. As far as I can tell my entire body is free of tension, minus the squeezed feeling I have to maintain in order to avoid falling into the tone of the first audio example.

The second example is what I believe to be the correct way of singing, based on how I understand Kevin Richard's videos. If I am correct, then I would like to re-ask my original question in this post.

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When we sing high, we also shouldn't have to focus on our cord closure. When we sing high, our cords automatically zips up and that's where most people get the common idea that you must "push" this sensation away. So no one should have to get the idea that you have to constantly think about the cord closure/opening when singing. You sing with the attack of the mask which automatically helps you to "allow" the cords to do it's job freely.

Head voice, chest voice, mix voice, whistle..etc. there really are no "voice" level or registers. The registers are inside of our face which are acutally the resonance register. Head voice and chest voice (in one song piece/style) should have the same tone but just different highness or lowness of the resonance inside your face.

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When we sing high, we also shouldn't have to focus on our cord closure.

I definitely have to focus on what I believe to be my cord closure, or otherwise my voice falls into that light airy tone that was demonstrated in my second audio example of my 2nd post. My interpretation of cord closure could very well be wrong as I can't sing very well at all, and I'd love for someone to try to answer post #1.

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Here's another example of the harsh tone I refer to in my post #1. I start with a mum scale on a low pitch and then go an octave higher, the highest note being the harsh note that starts to waver and spasm really bad if I try to sustain it or vocalize it too frequently:

http://www.2shared.com/file/7128970/daf704cb/test3.html

An answer to my post #1 would be much appreciated.

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