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Hi homies and homees (?) :D

I've thought a lot about my life and future, and I've decided that I want to become so awesome, that I'll be able to get into a Danish musical academy (the only one in Denmark). Only eight students gets in every year, so it's very hard. It's a very luxurious education. I'm soon done with my current studies, (just ordinary boring high-schoolish stuff. We learn too little for the amount of time we spend there) and when I am done, I won't be receiving educational money any more (Yes, we get money for educating ourselves in Denmark), so I'll have to get a job to be able to live in my apartment, and I thought that between 4 and 5 hours per day would be enough for me to be able to still live where I do.

I've made a plan of how my days could go, if I can find a job that starts at 11 and is done four hours later:

I've never really danced nor have I acted, but I have a feeling that I would be a quick-learner and my main focus is still the singing.

8 wake up / breakfast

9 amplifier / stretch

9:15 get out of the door

9:30 workout

10:25 stretch

10:40 shower / Shake og snack

11 work / lunch 13

15 freedom / snack

--- 16 dance

5 min. Warm-up Cardio

15 min. Stretches

30 min. dance

20 min. relax

--- 17 acting / snack

5 min. breathingexercises

40 min. Drama (???)

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17:45 make & eat dinner

--- 18:45 singing

5 min. facestretches

15 min. Breathing exercises

10 min. warm-up

15 min. octave + melodic

15 min. bridging & connecting

10 min. onset package work flow

10 min. Bridging & Connecting Work Flow (on Sirens)

10 min. Intrinsic Anchoring Work Flow

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20:30 whatever

21 snack

23:15 read a book

24 sleep

I'm very happy with this schedule. I can't wait to actually try it out and see if it's possible. I mean, of course it is, but ... It's a long time each day to put into being a musical star :D

A problem though, that I need to think of, is that BEFORE the academy, I'm thinking of paying 11.000 dollars for a year of PRE-musical academy school.

Well, I really can't see how I can do that, if I shall be able to do all my musical exercises, hm. Gonna have to think of that.

If anyone be chance knows any youtube channels or something, where I can get some basic courses in dance and drama, that would be awesome. Other than that, if anyone has any inputs that would be nice.

I'm not exactly a very contributing member, posting-wise, I'm here at least 10 times a day and lurk at everything, though I'm not experienced enough to actually tips that's better than what other members can, but when I'm a musical star, I'll come back and help out some musical-stars-want-to-be-members like my current self;D

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Well, that's a well defined scehdule. But more importantly, I think it is neat that you schedule the singing work. As in, we all have to budget time like we budget money. And some people really enjoy the fully thought out schedule. It's nice to know where you are going and what you are doing.

And someone with your work ethic is bound to make it.

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your seriously organized , the opposite of me...lol!!!!

the only thing i would look at is the duration of your daily vocal exercise routine. 90 minutes sounds possibly like a little too much?

how long have you been exercising?

This is my schedule for when my current education is done. I don't really have the same time right now. I haven't really been singing for the last three weeks because of sickness and stuff, which made me a bit depressed :P but I can feel that I'll be able to sing if not today, then tomorrow. Yea, 90 minutes is much, but I'll have to find out if I can handle it. Some of it is breathing exercises though.

I don't know if this would work practically yet, let's just call this a WIP (work in progress) life plan ;)

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I'm trying this out now, I'll update as I go:

5 min. facestretches

15 min. Breathing exercises

10 min. warm-up

15 min. octave + melodic

15 min. bridging & connecting

10 min. onset package work flow

10 min. Bridging & Connecting Work Flow (on Sirens)

10 min. Intrinsic Anchoring Work Flow

1. Stretched my face, was fine.

2. Breathing exercises, can sometimes make my reflux start, so some of the TVS exercises, I can't do.

3. I don't know if I am doing my warm-up all correct, I'm trying to lower my jaw, keep a smile on, use twang and sing eh, but I can't seem follow the videos with Rob right now, hm, mabye it's because I am tired. I just had my (strength-)workout, so I'm pretty tired. Edit: hmm, this is not good. I'm gonna take a 20-30 min break and see if I can do it then, I'm too tired right now. I'm going to make some black caffeine tea.

Edit: Nope, can't get the compressing :( Why can this be?

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  • 2 weeks later...

I think I'll make this thread into some kind of vocal diary, so when I feel like it, I'm going to post a few clips of myself practising technique, singing songs or whatever. This is a clip of me trying to sing high-pitched. I had great fun while recording this with my friend. This is just a silly clip of silly singing, but I always find it very motivating to feel progress. It is sung as it sounds, not very stable but it was fun any ways! This is a kind of technique progress clips. I CAN NOT produce in notes above e5, except in falsetto - how come?

http://soundcloud.com/user3931433/pathfinder60seconds

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If I may be so bold as to comment. I like your voice, rofleren. And those high jumps are astounding. What will make thing easier for you is to not worry so much about laryngeal vibrato, just now. What you are thinking of as falsetto sounds, to me, like a lightly connected head voice. For lack of a better description and my apologies to all singing systems, scientific and otherwise, let the resonance of those high notes rattle your eyeballs. And you will do that by relaxing, have a slightly smile, a loose jaw. Which means quit concentrating on the vibrato. It will be there without the effort.

This would not be the first time, including my own experience, where a passage that was thought of as falsetto by the singer was not actually falsetto. Case-in-point, I use to nearly belt "Dust in the Wind." Geno, I think, talked me into singing it softer. In what I erroneously thought was falsetto. As it turned out, I was singing a light connected head voice and produced the feeling I was looking for and more people liked that version. So, what you are think of as falsetto is not necessary falsetto, except in your own mind.

I hear you holding back on the high notes. And I don't mean breath pressure. I mean resonance. Let that note get between your eyes. You've aleady got the pitch accuracy. Like Wedwabbit said, all you have to do is get out of your own way, which is the hardest thing of all.

In the millionth repetition of my mantra, singing is mental.

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Thank for your answers :)

As it is right now, I'm just trying to use a looot of twang, so I can produce the notes without hurting myself and I'm sure with time, I'll be able to sing those notes with more resonance!

Ron, what do you mean by laryngeal vibrato?

And, when I say falsetto, I mean like the first few notes in my pathfinder60seconds clip. Whether it is falsetto or not, I don't know. All I can say is that I've always called that setting falsetto, and it sounds just alike my friends falsetto. Both of us can't create any sound near to the falsetto sound, other than that. Or, that is, I can sing it with more air, but it's not comfortable, so I don't.

I'm sure I'll be able to nail these songs one day, but right now, I'll practice my range from D4 to C5 with a lot of twang, and then I'll try slowly to put less twang and more resonance.

But my question still remains; how come I can twang up to E5 and not possibly higher? I mean, why E5? Why not a note higher? How do you get higher? I'm not in a hurry, but I just want to know :)

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I think twang helps resonance.

There are different types of vibrato. Vibrato by means of controlling breath pressure. Vibrato by means of moving the tongue or jaw. That's what Sebastian Bach does. Or, vibrato by movement in the larynx. Although, I like Steven Fraser's description, wich is a secondary oscillation in the folds that varies the aperture just a smidge, creating a slight variation.

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moving your range just one half step can be considered an accomplishment. there's a major difference between vocalizing up to c5 and beyond and being able to sing those notes. then there's the accomplishment of being able to sustain those notes and swell and de-swell them.

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Ron @ What will make thing easier for you is to not worry so much about laryngeal vibrato, just now.

I don't understand that, does it sound like I'm doing that in the clips? I don't know why you brought it up to be honest :D When I make vibrato my stomach is vibrating :D The vibrato is pretty natural for me to produce.

Bob @ Right, yeah. I actually had forgotten that. That unlocking notes was an accomplishment. I guess I forgot that, when I learned how to twang. I figured that, if I can unlock all these notes (G4-D5), that is the way I am going to unlock the notes above that aswell. When I taught my friend to twang, he could sing a few notes higher notes than I could, which came as a surprise to us both. But I've always had the thought that he's like a lighter baritone and I'm like a darker baritone, so makes sense in a way.

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It's so hard to communicate feelings on text. To me it looks like I just hurt you, and that wasn't my intention. Sorry :)

I just hadn't said anything about vibrato, as far as I can remember, so it confused me :)

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It's so hard to communicate feelings on text. To me it looks like I just hurt you, and that wasn't my intention. Sorry :)

I just hadn't said anything about vibrato, as far as I can remember, so it confused me :)

I just saw this. No, rofleren, you did not hurt my feelings. I was explaining that I misunderstood and you corrected my misunderstanding. That's all. I didn't feel the need to elaborate, or defend myself. When I am wrong, I am wrong. I stand up like a man and take the hit.

Besides, most of my feelings burned out years ago and the others were surgically removed. :lol:

I am sorry you thought you had hurt my feelings. But then, I am often misunderstood, even by my own family, at times.

So many people cannot ever conceive of themselves as being wrong. Or feel the need to defend everything they say and blame being wrong on something else. You and I are different, I think. We don't have a problem admitting when we learn something new. Or see something in a new way.

I have been wrong more often than I am right. When I was 18, I thought I knew everything. Now, my standard thought is that I know nothing.

So, peace, brother in arms. It's all good.

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Glad to hear, Ron! :) Well, I am 19 now, and I got a friend when I was 16, which were my first true friend. He's a very intelligent guy, that almost everyone used to dislike because of his way of thinking, which is a real honourable way of thinking. He's so rational. When I began to follow his way of thinking after around a half year of friendship, I began to change a lot. Not in a way that I wasn't already heading, but just a lot faster. If you have ever seen the character Sheldon in the TV-series The Big Bang Theory - he's like him (just not with an IQ at 187, haha). He introduced me to music and science. You say when you were 18 you thought you knew everything; my friend has made it very clear for me; I know nothing. There's always something to be learned. This is so important for singing and life in general. I think most of us who visit youtube often can get a little sad by watching the commentary of most of the videos. It's so sad to see people claiming to know everything, when they know nothing. Can anyone say the Dunning-Kruger effect? One of the first rules you'll have to learn when you get on the internet is that almost everyone is ignorant douchebags (not saying everyone is, but the the needless insults thrown into everyone's faces can often fill more than an equal amount of positive talk). I wish it wasn't like that. The bigger the site, the more trolls and stupid people. I'm happy that this forum is relative small. It feels as how a community should feel like. It's nice to have a feeling of who you're sitting spending precious time communicating with. This is a nice community to be a part of.

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Totally agree. And not only are a number of people speaking with less than the required amount of knowledge (talking out their behinds,) but with all this attitude. Everyone is 10 feet tall behind a keyboard.

I'm still naive after all these years and expect people to mean what they say, humor and kidding aside. It's how I was raised. I think it would be easier to break my bathroom training than to stop being naive.

The nice thing about this forum is that the staff are hardworking and diligent to provide it, in the first place. Second, the members here all about singing. Though I think we've had a few transients who simply like to argue and win. But the hardcore members, they're here because they love singing and want to help the best they can.

And anyone and everyone on this site and forum has the same privileges. Other sites, you only have full privileges if you are a listed student of the program. Granted, this site has some advertising but it's how the bill gets paid. Some people hate it when I say this but nothing is for free.

One of the hardest things for me to conquer and I am still not done is my temper, my combativeness. For that is also like potty training, instilled by environment, experiences. I look back at posts of mine and see where I have been reactionary. Granted, others may have been instigatory or, at least, misphrased, but the only thing I can control is how I react. And I could have reacted better or at least in a more civil manner. Or simply not post a reaction until a calmer, more reflective moment.

These days, I may not post a reply at all if I think the "debate" is going to drag on endlessly. It's not a fear of losing. It's an economy of time. Time I spend arguing semantics I could be singing, studying singing, learning a new song. Time is running out and I only have about 30 to 40 years left. Not intending to sound mystical, I have seen my own death so, I have the advantage of a timetable to accomplish whatever "bucket list" I can assemble.

As for the trollish behavior on the net, that is due to the will to survive. Each and every animal does what it can to make itself bigger and ward off attacks. Survival of the fittest. It is why people drive the way that they do in traffic, especially here in America. The competitiveness that stood so well for us in manufacturing and economics is also what makes us dangerous on the road.

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