One of the virtues of spending 6 days a week working out for an hour, and then another hour after working on songs line by line... You get a lot of work done!
Been working on these songs the last couple of weeks. They're all uniquely challenging and require me to get a handle on some specific skills. All of them are naked vocals.
Queensryche, "Silent Lucidity"
There's a LOT of range in this song, so I've got to remind myself to treat the lows with the same strength as the highs, and I've got to get smarter about my support or I juuuuuuuust miss the ascending scales on the high notes (like I do in this take, at 2:38, "master of illusion can you realize...")
Shinedown, "Simple Man"
This song is actually frustrating the spoons out of me. I'm CONSISTENTLY losing support on the chorus for this one, and by the time I get to the final line of the chorus, I sound like a goat braying for its mother
Alter Bridge, "Ghost of Days Gone By"
This song takes me to the tip top of my chest voice right now - A#4 - and I really have to focus on every fundamental to get the chorus out without sounding like a broken kazoo. Also the octave change from the verse to the chorus makes me focus on keeping from oversinging the bottom or I'll NEVER make it to the top. You ever sing this one, @streeter
Daughtry, "Crawling Back to You"
Like the Alter Bridge tune, this one takes me to the tip top of my chest voice. Still got a couple of sticking points in this song, mostly navigating the consonants and vowels in the chorus, especially the line "out of my head can't wait any longer..." I'm learning to remove the H in "head" altogether and just sing "outta my ED", but man, bad habits die hard.