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I was taught to relax my vocal cords as much as possible. This way, I was able to reach 1-2 semitones lower toward the more guttoral tones than I was when straining to reach lower. Exercises where you extend the range by singing up-and-down c d e d c and then moving down chromatically to b c# d# c# b etc. could also help you. Repeatedly singing one of the ...


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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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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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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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The hard part is when either vocal or guitar are in different rhythms. I would start with songs where the guitar and vocal are rhythmically identical. So with each strum you sing a new word. From there proceed to only slightly more complex vocals. And for practice you don't even need words... just start strumming anything slowly, and then sing "La" with ...


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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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You are asking two questions here. First, about improving your understanding and practice of singing -- I would suggest that you work with a teacher. There are so many things a teacher can help you discover. Learning to sing without a teacher is kind of like learning a foreign language just from a dictionary, without any interaction or conversation with ...


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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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One does not "discover" mixed voice. Mixed voice replaces the flip from chest voice to falsetto with a controlled transition. Head voice is basically the chest-falsetto see-saw still on the chest voice side, just with most of the weight taken off. It doesn't forego the flip but diminuishes its strength, and it takes overall strain off. That's something ...


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I applaud the work you've been doing. Making music is one of the things that keep us human! I would suggest that you start to work with a teacher. There are so many things a teacher can help you discover. Learning to sing without a teacher is kind of like learning a foreign language just from a dictionary, without any interaction or conversation with ...


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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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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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Well...Emotion is a vague concept. People sometimes inherit it naturally while others have to practice it. When playing the guitar especially, you need to realize what you are doing and why you are doing it. Playing the note accurately is not about playing the guitar. Just check out 'Buckethead', one of my all time favorite guitarists. He brings out such an ...


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Listen to the song a few times, then see if you can figure out the mood the composer was trying to convey. Then, try forgetting about the timing and play with the song. See if you can find a track with just the voice or guitar and playing/singing with it. For example. swing. The notation is two 8th notes, but you play/sing it as a quarter/eighth triplet, ...


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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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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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Well, imagine you are Matt "Guitar" Murphy and are having a stroke on-stage. That is the perfect opportunity and timing to talk to the audience in order to create excitement and put them on edge. That way they will appreciate your playing even though you are continuing your set only with one hand, and they will talk about it, like, forever. Putting that ...


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good luck with all your singing.....you musnt strain to push out your lowest notes too much..you can damage your voice....I did.....the cure for me was rest and making sure that you dont "push". Treat your voice as a freind, I try not to speak low, I speak gently....when you want the big notes....warm up first, sing mainly in your tessitura, and you'll find ...


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Your voice can crack because of one of the following reasons: 1) Excessive practice (strains the vocal cords) 2) Singing from the throat and not from the stomach/abdomen.Damages your vocal cords in the long run. 3) Narrowing down, if you use a fake voice that causes pain in the throat . Can get as worse as producing strains of blood in the ...


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Basically it depends on what definition you are using. Most people nowadays when they talk about headvoice are really just talking about a non-breathy falsetto. The old term headvoice though, meant what people are calling mixed voice now - staying in your chest or real voice but the resonance shifts to the head or "mixes". I've made a detailed video ...


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That clip of Robert is not really demonstrating the mixed voice. What he does is "twang in the head" which basically is singing in a disconnected falsetto and making it "sound like" your real voice by using deeper vowels and lots of reverb. To whoever mentioned blowing air as you ascend. You don't achieve mixed voice by blowing more air, in fact it's the ...


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It's because you lose cord closure. Here is a summary of what's going on... In order to sing higher pitches with a sense of freedom whilst maintaining the same degree of cord closure you'll have to learn how to develop the mixed voice so that your larynx can tilt allowing you cords to stay together as you go higher and thin out instead of them pulling apart ...


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Answering your question will depend on whether you think that headvoice means staying connected to your full voice or simply a "non-breathy falsetto". If you are referring to headvoice as meaning fullvoice but with it resonating in the head (still being connected to chest) then training it is not done through a single exercise but rather a complete PHASED ...


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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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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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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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