I am looking for effective ways of minimizing breath pressure on the cords while singing. That is without getting a weak or thin tone but a chesty and sometimes slightly held back one. Think Michael Bolton for instance. The reason is that it's extremely tiring and destroys my voice in very short time. I thought my problem might be my diaphragmatic support but I have been trying to use it and I also had lessons before. Any thoughts on what I should look for? Thanks.
It is easy to forget that your vocal chords are muscles. They need warming up and cooling down just like any other muscle in your body if you want to progress and prevent injuries. If you find you have little endurance singing, a warm up might make the difference between shooting your voice out early and being able to sing for much longer periods. This can involve the following:
- singing major scales at various volume levels
- maintaining a constant pitch with different vowel sounds (ah, eeeee, eye, oh, you, etc)
- stretching your neck and relaxing your shoulders
- focusing on keeping your head level
Like anything that requires a lot of exertion, effective breathing helps as well. It sounds like you are on the right track, but just keep at it. It's a slippery slope trying to achieve the tonal quality of another person's voice. Michael Bolton became a great singer with years of practice. Appreciate your own voice and keep practicing.