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Why do you want to extend your lower range? If your specs are correct, you already reach lower than basically all Western literature. That's like a painter who wants to be able to hold an even larger brush. You should focus on actually working with what you have rather than putting it on hold for something else. It's certainly good that you are not ...


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We all experience considerable frustration when learning a musical instrument. Two years is, in general, simply not enough time to be expressing emotions effectively in ones playing. Depending on your age, this may just be a natural state of affairs. Males in the mid-teens to early-twenties are often overwhelmed by other issues and may subconsciously ...


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Probably 95% of students who take lessons don't end up performing professionally. Music will be something they do for themselves and their friends, and good accompanists are rare in many areas. If she wants to be able to sing with an accompanist with any frequency, her options are to marry one (my wife's choice) or be able to accompany herself. Of course ...


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You might already know about this, but it may help: when singing, you ought to use abdominal breathing instead of thoracic breathing. When singing, practice exclusively abdominal breathing, and your voice shouldn't hurt. Moreover, it should allow you to sing far louder without effort. Abdominal breathing is how we breathe naturally when we sleepĀ : only the ...


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According to the Wikipedia article on vocal range, E2-E4 is the general range for a bass, whereas the general range for a baritone is G2 - G4. I've been singing in choirs for over 40 years and have always sung bass. My range is roughly E2 - E4 as well and I'm most comfortable from F2 - A3. That said, there is a fair amount of overlap between bass and ...


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I think it's rather inept & cruel of your teacher to tell you your playing is void of emotion. That's subjective, and is intangible so very hard to know how to fix, or know when you've fixed it. Even if you did, you'd only have been satisfying your teacher. I'm really sorry to hear it made you quit. Example: I find Bon Jovi utterly devoid of emotion or ...


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There isn't a set "number of strums", really. Also, I tend to agree with Johnny Strings to start simple. One thing that may also be helpful is to simply make sure you hit one, single chord, while at the same time singing the first word of the verse. Let the chord ring and continue singing through the verse until the next chord comes up. Do the same thing ...


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To my ears it sounds like "growling". There are many ways of adding "distortion" to the voice and that is one of them. It is common in gospel singing. To learn the technique, one way is to try to imitate the Cookie Monster and experiment with making it feel comfortable (position of the tounge, jaw, etc). There are also a lot of tutorials on YouTube and the ...


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I don't think it has a name, other than singing with a "rasp" or "singing dirty". This is a powerful effect used often in soul music (and inspired by the technique of prominent African-American singers in the earlier days of recorded music, such as Mahalia Jackson). However, there are few voice teachers who would deliberately and knowingly teach you to sing ...


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Your basic question sounds like "I want to become a long distance runner like Paavo Nurmi, but whenever I go on track, I stumble." It's fine to have long-term goals but you are missing the perspective for even starting. Others recommend getting a competent private vocal teacher: while that's never wrong, it would seem like overkill at your current stage. ...


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This may be a duplicate, in fact there are quite a few posts on this site about trying to sing head voice/falsetto. Consider seeing the other post and the good tips that are there. From personal experience, I will say that the best learning mechanism for this is time. The other post gives technical descriptions of the voice mechanisms and explains that the ...


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Lacking a good connection to some cover song is OK: simply play something else - something you can feel. Or consider trying to write and sing your own songs, be they either vocal or instrumental. There's nothing wrong with hitting the right notes... sometimes the note itself is wrought with emotion and a perfectionist will find the emotion behind the note in ...


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An actor in a play appears to be in a murderously bad mood. Is he really like that? Whilst you may not be a professional, it's entirely possible to put yourself in the right mood to play a particular piece. If it's a gentle lilting song, get the imagination working before you start - lying in a lush field, sun shining, all's right with the world, etc. On ...


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From another form of music performance: Occasionally an orchestra conductor will chat with the audience about an upcoming piece. The conductor may want to provide some background on the composer, or the events taking place (e.g., Shostakovich being ordered to write a wartime symphony to stir up patriotism) at the time of composition, etc. I recall one ...


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First of all, you tagged your question falsetto but you ask about head voice. Even though they can sound somewhat similar and they're often confused, they're different things. Either can be used to reach higher notes than you can reach with your chest voice but the resulting sound will be different. It's near impossible to explain these techniques in ...



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