Advanced Singer ready to help beginner/intermediate

michaelmusicmichaelmusic 2.0 ENROLLED Posts: 229
Hey KTVA students,

This community and Ken's instruction have helped me tremendously. I took two in-person lessons with Ken.

Since starting 1yr and a half ago I've posted dozens of times, created several YouTube videos on my account, and am currently booked through August to play every other weekend as a singer/guitarist paid $250+/night. This is something I didn't even think possible 1yr ago.

I want give back any way possible to this community. Feel free to comment any challenges you are currently having in your singing journey. Also tag me in posts. There's some great participants that have solid feedback here.

In your posts/comments include a video so I can hear what you are doing. It's one thing to ask a question you THINK you need help with and a whole other thing to actually post your progress and get feedback.


  • michaelmusicmichaelmusic 2.0 ENROLLED Posts: 229
    Maybe the community isn't very active anymore
  • EmjeyEmjey Member Posts: 4
    Something that puzzling me is when do you reach the limit of breath support, I mean on which note or register? When I reach the pure head register I feel that I must "let go" of the support or ease it a lot, otherwise the sound will be interrupted or even blocked. Is this a common and correct sensation?
  • EmjeyEmjey Member Posts: 4
    Btw, Ken says in some of his YouTube-videos things like "support like crazy", "tons of support" and so on. I would like to know what that means in terms of the sensation one feel when doing that.
  • WigsWigs Moderator, 2.0 PRO, 3.0 Streaming Posts: 5,039
    Thanks @michaelmusic for offering to help out people with questions, the more people that can offer advice or critique, the more active this forum stays.

    I boil down my support to 2 things, how high in my range am I? and how much of my chest voice is being used? Lower ranges need less support, head voice needs less support. But, if I sing an A4 in chest, that takes alot of support, if its A4 in mixed or head voice its a bit less. You should always engage your support, it just depends on what you sing as to how much you need at any time.
  • michaelmusicmichaelmusic 2.0 ENROLLED Posts: 229
    Hello @Emjey regarding your comment, keep in mind ken says breath support is like fuel for your car. You will ALWAYS want breath support. You seem to be referring to tension as you rise in pitch and need to flip to head voice. Regardless, I'd suggest sharing a video with me of you singing a song or just ascending in range so I can hear and SEE what you are doing and provide specific feedback.
  • EmjeyEmjey Member Posts: 4
    edited August 5
    Thank you for the answers!
    No, I was not referring to tension (unless abdominal/diaphragm support equals tension?).
    I'm satisfied with Wigs description for now. Thanks!
  • JimmyDRocksJimmyDRocks 3.0 Streaming Posts: 8
    Michael, looking to give back? I'd love to talk with you.

  • EmjeyEmjey Member Posts: 4
    edited September 12
    I have another question that I can't find a conclusive answer to on the web, so I thought maybe someone here knows. What's the highest belting note a male voice can sing? Because I feel that I literally reach my high chest limit on F5, and no matter how much support I use and no matter how I change or reshape my vocal tract, I can't get past F5 (unless I slip completely into head voice). Anybody else having the same experience?
  • michaelmusicmichaelmusic 2.0 ENROLLED Posts: 229
    edited September 15
    Hello @Emjey as singers gain more experience it can sometimes be challenging to distinguish between chest and headvoice in the upper range. If we are doing as the course instructs, which is creating a strong powerful note from the bottom to the top of our range it can be challenging to distinguish chest and head.

    That being said. Right now I can sing up to an A5. My chest limit may be around F5, however my goal each day I do exercises is to just push the chest a little bit further and when I bridge to get that note to sound as consistent as possible when getting in to head voice.

    This is all theory talk, but what would be most helpful is if you posted a video of you doing an AH exercise that shows your range from bottom to top and we can discuss improving your fundamentals, which ultimately is what helps expand your range.
  • NaimNaim Member Posts: 8
    Hey @michaelmusic thanks a lot for helping us brother 💙 could you please tell me how do I have strength on the abdomen while sing, I feel weak on the abdomen area when I take a diaphragmatic breath please help me.
  • michaelmusicmichaelmusic 2.0 ENROLLED Posts: 229
    Hello @Naim Ken has some good examples of what the strength is supposed to feel like by laying down while doing a vocal exercise.

    If you abdomen area feels week, maybe you are not flexing it correctly, Do a sit up, you will feel the abdomen area tighten. If you cannot do a situp I recommend to do implement some regular weight training.

    Keep working and tag me in any questions you may have! Thank you for your question.
  • NaimNaim Member Posts: 8
    @michaelmusic that situp thing really helped me doing a situp and singing an AH vowel got the idea of strength that's how it supposed to feel like then? Thanks
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