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Hi folks. I'm new here and have a few questions.
I've been at the KTVA for about three weeks now and have a bunch of questions. I've been singing all my life, but started singing more seriously about 5 years ago. I've taken a smattering of lessons and learned some things, but nothing that feels systematic or foundational. I feel like I have some skills, but I'm making some basic mistakes that are not allowing me to be the biggest strongest singer I can be I've been singing as a sub in my husband's funk/r&b/soul/disco band which plays lots of weddings, festivals and corporates, and I've got to keep up with a lot of very experienced professionals in this band. Part of my problem is psychological. I have a tendency to push rather than relax when trying to sing big with a slamming 7 piece behind me. I'm wondering what tricks I can employ to get out of that bad habit. I'm working on focusing on the belly breath to help ground me. Also, I'm noticing that all the big power notes in songs like Lady Marmalade, Shake Your Body, Bad Girls, Baby I Love You etc are on the D5. I'm an Alto so I break right about the D5 or E5, so that makes those notes really hard. I could ask the band to drop down a step, but when there are other subs reading horn charts and what not that can be a problem to do on the fly. So I really want to get those notes strong. This brings me to the vocal work out. When I am singing lightly as Ken tells us to do in Volume 1, I can't recognize the moment that I'm going into my head voice. The transition is smooth and since I want to transition as late as possible in the interest of growing my chest voice, I can't really tell if I'm getting that right. I'm a little confused about the idea of the register break. I can obviously hear the speed bump when I hit it when not singing lightly, but is the ultimate goal to not really have a distinction as such between the chest and head? When I am loud and fully resonant in my head voice, I feel the resonance in my face, behind my nose and cheeks, more than in my throat or chest. What is mixed voice? When I manage those D5 notes reasonably well the sound feels sort of like the placement of head but with more of the power of chest, but also quite compressed. Is that right? I have been trying to be patient and not go on too fast so maybe these questions are answered in later volumes. Is the goal to be able to stretch the chest range higher? So that register break becomes a E5 or F5? Or is it just to have a smooth and powerful voice through all those notes. Why is there a speed bump? What is actually happening at the register break. On on the other end of things, my lowest really singable note on the Ah vowel is E3 I can get down to D3 with the Ee vowel sound. Ken's beginning note in the workouts is C3 I believe. Should I be working to get that and will I be able to eventually? My tongue position is good - really low and U shaped and I'm starting to notice that that tongue position is creeping into all my singing not just the workouts. I guess that's enough for now. Thanks!