Negoba Posted August 29, 2012 Share Posted August 29, 2012 So I'm a bass-baritone with no formal training other than books and videos. I've sang on my demos for years but always had a real lead singer in my bands. Now I'm trying to do this a little more seriously. I've always been able to hit E2 with G2 being comfortable even cold. I've always hit a trouble spot about C#4. In the last 3-4 months I've gotten some tapes and have been doing exercises. Only in the last few weeks really working on passagio or the break or whatever it is. For lack of a better description, by forcing my voice up into my nose, I can now hit G4 usably. Practicing, I can do this with very little strain, just a little contraction somewhere just above my palate. I can now do two octave slides without too much tension E-G. Unfortunately, live, I catch my self just belting hard for these notes and of course they are unreliable and I know I'm not doing my voice favors. I use an "ng" kind of feel to make this happen. I can push this up into A4 or even higher but it gets so quacky or brassy that's it's really unpleasant. I certainly feel a brand new resonance in my head when I do this. Alternately, if I start in falsetto, and then tighten above the palate, the tone becomes much more solid (not quite as solid as the previous but not airy) I can then push up to E5. This is harsh as hell, and but actually has less tension than the higher notes in the other type. I absolutely cannot glide this back down without an obvious break. To be honest, I don't know if I'll really ever need more than G4. My real goal is improving tone and control for the E2-G4 that I have now. But I'm curious what I'm doing wrong. It feels like I have two separate breaks, one of which I'm learning to smooth through and the other one I don't even know how to describe. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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