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Singing With my Favorite Bands, is it safe as a beginner?

I'm luke. Been repeating exercisesand videos in volume one of the course for 8 weeks, and i am moving to volume 2 soon. But i listen to bands like Nothing More, Tool, Foo Fighters. I don't really know much else besides the genre and the bands that truly inspire me. The problem is i get warmed up and anxious to sing, but when i sing to these badass bands i get tension in the neck and the back of the head. I sing high a lot, but I'm in chest voice most of the time. Any thoughts as to whether or not to sing at all? If so what are some great bands or musicians to start with. I believe i am a tenor btw.


  • WigsWigs Posts: 2322.0 PRO
    Hi Luke, if you purchased the course you should look into getting your status updated so you can access the student area and we can give you much more detailed feed back. Since I haven't heard you, I can only guess that trying to sing the bands you do are creating tension because either its at the top of your range (high note scales and singing them in songs are 2 different beasts) or you are trying to match the gravel and distortion when your voice isn't ready for it yet or you haven't figured out good cord closure, breath control and support.
  • HuduVuduHuduVudu Posts: 1,154Moderator, Premium, 2.0 PRO
  • christina4gigschristina4gigs Posts: 142.0 PRO
    Hey Luke. I totally get your point and problem, cause I'm mostly listening to metal bands which is way too difficult stuff to start with. But I understand that you want to sing the songs you get inspired by. I would personally give you the advice not to sing the songs, even when you already recognize that you feel tension in your body. I used to sing with wrong techniques all the time, feeling tension in my body and then suffered the last year from vocal nodes. I had a hard time to get them healed and now need to start from the beginning, which is really demotivating sometimes. So I would give you the advice to really start with some songs where you got the feeling you can do them easily without tension. Also: Sing with karaoke and record yourself, so you can listen afterwards and hear if it sounds squeezed out from your lungs or easy to go. When you still have the urgent feeling you need to sing to the difficult songs, try to get the tension from your neck and throat to your feet and diaphragm. You can use a thera band, and pull everytime you sing high notes where you feel you are tensioning yourself. I do that when I sing difficult songs for start. Also: try to work on one song. I also sang different songs all together, for a long time, but then realized I sing every single one of them at an "okay" level, and not "great". Focus on one song and keep training on it until you get the feeling you can do it without tension, relaxed and cool. Start with bands like Green Day, their tunes are mostly not so hard and not too high for chest voice.

    But overall: I like your motivation, keep going like that and I think it's great that you're so reflected that you feel tension and immediately ask if that's a good thing to do!

    Keep on building up your range and your voice, and you will move on to the difficult songs sooner than you think (:
    Wishing you good luck and all the best!

    P.S: Maybe post a demo so we can hear how you sound?

  • WigsWigs Posts: 2322.0 PRO
    Also for the distorted stuff, I tried singing them completely clean, but still following the melody. Then when you’re ready to sing heavier you already know the song quite well.
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