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Twang compression and chest voice - help me out here

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aravindmadis
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It has been pointed to me that one of the issues I have in my singing is my not being able to maintain twang compression.  This is a very interesting thing for me to ponder about.  

 

To me, twang configuration is something that helps me reach high notes with ease.  On the other spectrum is the chest voice, which is pure and so deep.  I have a certain degree of depth in my low voice that I would like to use.  

 

When I approach a song like "Don't stop me now" it creates a tremendous confusion for me.  Freddie starts of with an amazing chest voice and when he goes to "turn it insaaaade outtttt yeeeeeah", it goes pretty high.. Now me, I cannot do the latter part in my chest voice and I need to use twang.. 

 

Listen to my attempt at the same song(only the intro)

 

https://app.box.com/s/sapjggxxuspa12u8cjpbw2ljm4x4da0v

 

From the beginning till 0:15, I am fully in my chest voice and I do the twang compression for "Turn it inside out".. It feels a little disconnected from my chest voice.. However, if I try to get this portion any deeper, my voice cracks(not everytime, but I don't have consistency).. 

 

My larger question is on use of twang compression.. How does a singer visualize usage of twang.. It is whenever we cross the passagio?  Is it when we are in high head voice?  

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Hi Aravindmadis, you know I'm no vocal teacher or advanced student. Just a regular guy trying to learn how to sing hard rock. Well, twang: you can use twang in your low range as well. I think the best and most extreme example would be Axel Rose (Guns n' Roses). Just ignore his distortion and pay attention to the metallic sound in his voice. 

Ok. I just listened to your clip, and I think you already are twanging in the lower range... 

I'm sure the other guys will be able to help you way better. Keep on rocking man!

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listen to your sound and gauge from there the larynx sounds really high and its very thin sounding, you want to keep the larynx more stable by pronouncing the words more like they are spoke.  You don't want to distort the vowel too much where it is hard to hear what you are saying and singing. this will come through exercising. keep practicing,you are only gonna get better and better. ;)

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You sound like you have enough twang. It's not as necessary on lower notes to have huge twang compression. A more neutral larynx that Daniel is talking about would also generally create a less nasal sound too. Don't obsess about your larynx height though.

 

I remember all of the larynx height stuff had me paranoid. Classical material said keep it low or else I'd damage my voice forever. SLS was like I need to keep it neutral or else I'll damage it forever. Now anxiety tends raise the height of the larynx and activates the muscles that are involve in its height anyway, so being worried about it is counterproductive.

 

So just chill and sing dude. If it's high, low, whatever it's not a big deal, it's like part of the journey to find the spot that works for you. I often sing with a slight beginning of a yawn cause it's more comfortable in my voice, I twang a bit to counteract dopiness. It may not be the ideal position for super high notes, but works for my purposes, and for my purposes comfort is extra important.

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