jankungamba Posted April 11, 2012 Share Posted April 11, 2012 Hello, I've been reading this forum for a while now and it's been a big help to my singing knowledge. I would like to ask some questions and hope you guys can help me with this. One of my priorities in singing is to be able to increase my range. I don't have that high of a range and not being able to sing a lot of my favorite songs (which are pretty damn high for me right now) to be honest is mortifying. So I decided to just stop trying to sing those high songs over and over again in hopes that I will finally nail it someday and started to take a step back and educate myself about singing. So I gathered information on the net, picked up some books etc. and would say that having some knowledge about it does help (though this is not the end of my study). So I was looking for a book that more or less teaches how one can increase their vocal range and found Jamie Vendera's "Raise Your Voice". I read the book and re-read specific chapters that I didn't understand much from the first read. I started doing the exercises about 5 months ago and kinda hit a brick wall. Before I started the exercise, the note which I can hit (and sing as well) comfortably, and pretty much big-sounding (it feels that it's resonating really well) was E4 (I'm a guy by the way). F4-G4 was pretty much around "I can hit it but it's not as powerful as E4 and below" kinda level and G#4 above is pretty much weak or non-existent. During those 5 months I've been doing the siren and transcending tone exercises relatively consistent and I got my F4 into full voice. I can sing it as well but am having problems with an "oo" and "eh" sound. At that point I realize that those exercise were effective at least for me and continued to do it up until F#4 which also improved but... it's been like 3 months (2 months with the F4) of doing this and although it feels and sounds like it's resonating really well there are a few problems: (1) It doesn't feel like it's in full voice yet. Comparing it to my F4, it's still very weak. Does it really take this long and should I just be persistent on this? (2) It does hurt the throat a little bit but after trying a couple of sustained "AH"'s, it will finally turn into that "scratchy-throat" feeling and I need to rest at least 10 minutes just to be able to do it again. I feel like I'm definitely vocalizing it in a wrong way. What are the usual causes for this? I'm sorry that the introduction was too long for just two questions but I felt that I should at least give some background as to what I am aiming for. Also, if you guys can give me some tips, alternate methods etc. about increasing range in general I would very much appreciate it Thank You. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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