A few questions from someone using Vol 1
I've taken various singing lessons before, and am just starting with Vol 1. My previous instructor just ran me through scales but never really answered questions around what i was feeling in my neck.
Here's a few (probably) simple ones.
1) Are the vowel modifications the trigger to switch from chest voice when going in to the passagio? Or are the independent?
2) Vol 1 refers to using as much chest as possible, as high as you can go. But my voice feels like the passagio is much easier if I bridge earlier. If I bridge late, there is more chance of a crackle, and a more dramatic sound change. What should I be doing in Vol 1?
3) My passagio seems to start at D, or even C#. Normal? Could this mean I'm really a baritone?
4) Often, when moving through the passagio, instead of yodeling, my voice actually sounds like 2 voices in 1: a head voice, and then a bit of gravel, or vibration. Almost a vocal fry sound going on in the background. Is this a "normal" problem that can be worked out, or is this something strange about my voice?
5) On the way down, it feels like I can carry head voice fairly far down (A4 or more), before I switch back to the slacker / looser chest voice. (I'm assuming I'm using the terms properly.) When should I switch back to chest?
6) I can absolutely feel a difference between chest voice and the voice I use to go through the passagio. It's an obvious difference in my muscles. But I don't ever feel like it change again once I get up to G5. It just feels like I "came out the other side", but there isn't another muscular switch. Is there another one before I get to true head voice? Or am I already in head voice by G5/A5?
7) (Last question, I promise) After the 30 minute warmup, it feels like my lower range is gone. For example, early in the morn, I can have a deep rich voice. But after the warmup, singing an A3 is almost breathy. I'm assuming this is normal.