Alone Again (Naturally) - Connecting, Closure & Breathiness?
This is less of a demonstration and more of a request for some feedback. Apologies if I'm posting this in the wrong section...
To cut a long story short, I ended up screwing my voice up through oversinging and have been gradually trying to rebuild it from the ground up. Rather than going right back to belting and wailing again, I've pulled it right back and dropped my volume levels massively, which has actually shown me that I've been oversinging for years without ever realising it. Anyhow, I'm digressing...
I recorded myself on my phone singing a verse and chorus from "Alone Again (Naturally)" by Gilbert O'Sullivan but on listening back, I find myself questioning whether I'm too breathy and whether I'm connecting chest and head correctly. Due to being used to singing at high volumes by default, shifting to singing more lightly is like a whole new world for me and I want to make sure I'm still applying the techniques correctly.
The breathiness is something I think I may just be getting paranoid about due to an underlying fear of having something like nodules, but I thought it'd be worth asking for some other opinions in case I'm just getting complacent and ignoring something I should be working on. Does my voice sound breathy in an uncontrolled or unnatural way? Can a better, more learned pair of ears hear anything in my voice that would suggest poor closure?
As for connecting: Moving through the passaggio seems almost too effortless at this volume, but I still have the hangover of bad technique and a nagging feeling that I'm maybe missing something.
I think I'm still using chest when I'm singing this 'cause I can still feel that resonance and it clearly shifts into my head when I go higher, but I don't know whether I'm completely wrong and I'm actually just in more of a mixed voice without realizing it. Is that even important? Should I just continue to view the voice as one long note?
Something else I'd like some feedback on is the actual sound of my voice when singing in a gentler style. I used to think that power and volume were the hallmarks of a great singer, so I sang heavy and really went for it but, and maybe it's just an age thing, I'm finding it more and more rewarding to sing more lightly and save the belting for effect rather than my default voice.
All comments are welcomed and appreciated, please feel free to be as harsh as you like; it's the only way I'll learn...hahahaha!