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Greetings from Toronto, Canada... and looking forward to good things from this program
I have been singing casually for 25 years. I've done some acoustic guitar + vocals on open mic nights. I've also written some of my own stuff, but my melodies have been limited by my range. The same goes for my covers.
I tried two "in the flesh" singing coaches. My first coach told me I'm a baritone, the second helped me understand I was pulling chest.
I had to stop lessons for a bit when I had kids, and I set a goal for myself this summer to put up a few covers onto Youtube and get myself back into singing. It's gotten my kids singing a lot too!
My first few videos are entirely in my original chest register, and I found myself going flat at times if a note made me struggle.
I started scouring Youtube channels for vocal techniquess, and that eventually led me to KTVA.
I watched all of volume 1 in a few hours and was blown away how much open throat technique extended my chest range.
I started singing stuff I've wanted to for years, and got a bit wrapped up in the enjoyment of that for the next few weeks (instead of learning and practising the technique like I probably should have!).
I started putting some more covers onto my Youtube channel. Where I've struggled most are with songs that don't easily transpose or stylistically adapt to my current chest range.
My buddy asked me to sing a Cat Stevens tune, and I picked Father and Son.
It's been about three weeks of struggle with that tune and it's brought me back down to the ground. I watched volume 1 again last night and now plan to do the lessons with some discipline.
Here are some things I want to work on:
1) keeping my throat open - some consonants and dipthongs really close off my throat and it leads to strain
2) vowel modifications and vocal tract shaping - i wrote down all the modifications. i'm still figuring out how to apply these techniques without exaggerating the pronunciation to the point where it sounds silly.
3) my jaw - sometimes i just let my jaw consciously hang to make sure I don't introduce tension. It is a bit awkward at the moment.
4) blending head and chest - i think I have finally started to understand the coordinations required to achieve the elusive "mix voice" recently, but I am not that far along in the course yet, so I am hoping to learn that soon.
5) singing and playing guitar - it is a lot easier for me to sing when I'm not playing guitar. the biggest thing i struggle with is maintaining breath support when I am playing.
I tried to gauge my range yesterday and it seems to be:
Upper chest: C#4
Lower head (easiest point to blend chest): G3
Upper head: A5
Upper falsetto: C#6
Here is a link to my youtube channel where my videos are posted.
An audio version of the Cat Stevens cover I'm working on. Blending head and chest is where I am really struggling a lot at the moment.
At the end of the day, I want my voice to be an instrument I can use for years to come, and have the range to compose my own melodies. Beyond that... let's leave it there for now!