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  • Mike Bidwell

    Member
    October 3, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    @chuck

    Thanks again sir!!

    I hear you, and will make that adjustment. I just wonder how making it lighter will get me to that chest-like bite in the higher register.

    The phone made this sound louder than it felt. I was kind of happy finding this bite that we talked about on your live show yesterday. Earlier today, but after this video, I was singing with some tunes, and I kind if feel like I found a new “notch” where high notes felt real easy. I was thinking that it was actually a little lighter than my mum video. So, again, maybe I’m on to something…

    Thanks again for your time and knowledge,
    Mike

  • Chuck

    Administrator
    October 4, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Hi Mike: It’s definitely counterintuitive to let up, let go, release, to actually get more power. But that is exactly what happens. It seems the vocal cords need to be unencumbered in order to function to their maximum. But it’s only 1/2 the equation. The other half is learning to press or lean into the condition of release. In other words, once our cords are really balanced with the airflow, we have to increase the rate of airflow to get the volume. But without grabbing or squeezing the cords. And doing this we must maintain a balanced voice so the cords can really reach their full potential. All of that takes time and patience. The amount of time is different from person to person. Too often the impatient give up before they have a chance to find it.

  • Mike Bidwell

    Member
    October 4, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    I won’t be giving up! I’ve already invested a year and a half, and it’s finally starting to pay off.

    I tried what you suggested, and I hope I’m doing it a little better.

    Thanks @chuck

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s19lkF03vw

  • Chuck

    Administrator
    October 4, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    This is better! Keep experimenting with letting up even more.

    Chuck

  • Mike Bidwell

    Member
    October 6, 2018 at 1:41 am

    @chuck

    I know I’ve said this before, but I really feel that I’m starting to get this!

    Today’s practice I was able to keep it even lighter and I finally figured out how to press in. Especially on the Ooh to mum exercise.

    Thanks Chuck!….. again

  • Mike Bidwell

    Member
    October 24, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    @chuck

    Okay, here goes!

    These are the exercises from Master The High Notes course. I would appreciate you just jumping around as many spots as you have time for to let me know how I am doing. Especially the later half. The video got cut off at the end, the 2nd video has the rest.

    I am trying my best to keep things light and released, but there are a few spots where I feel like I am not loud enough.
    Other than that, I feel like I’m doing pretty well.

    https://youtu.be/J7asAas3em4
    https://youtu.be/gkrsHELZfOM

    • Chuck

      Administrator
      October 30, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      @michael-bidwell Hi Mike: I’ve review your whole video and I’d like to share my answers with the group in a way that makes learning easier for you and everyone else as well. So I’m still working on putting together my feedback.

      Briefly, the first series on release the exercises were really good. So much progress is evident.

      There is also progress here. The second session can be summarized with a few tips. 1. More release and less tension is needed. 2. Vibrato on the upper notes when you sustain will give more release and reduce tension. Strive for vibrato up high like you do well on many of the lower notes. 3. When singing from new to no or new to nuh, first the new was slightly squeezed. It needs a little more of the hooty or hollow feeling in the “new”. Then the no and nuh must be sung in the same coordination as the new. These tended to open into chest…light chest, but still chest. They must remain in the more narrow place of where the new is…or should be.

      More coming soon. Nice work!

  • Mike Bidwell

    Member
    October 30, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    @chuck

    Aw man! Thanks for listening to all of it! Again, I appreciate it.

    Ya, I kind of thought that’s what you’d say, lol! Honestly, I am keeping these exercises VERY light. It’s just some of them sound a little bright. But I will focus on more release and vibrato and hootyness and wait for your complete feedback for the group.

    I have to say, I do like sharing this here. I know it’s helpful because watching the live lessons proves to me that this works. So, it’s been fun.

    See you later,
    Mike

  • Chuck

    Administrator
    November 1, 2018 at 12:48 am

    @Michael-Bidwell To Mike and Everyone: This will be very helpful to everyone, especially when you work through the Master the High Notes Course.

    https://www.playposit.com/share/1247081/888122/New-Bulb-2018-10-30-144611

  • Chuck

    Administrator
    November 3, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    @michael-bidwell Hi Michael: I think it’s all here now. Not sure but my probgrammer is working on a couple of things and maybe you caught it in between something.

  • Mike Bidwell

    Member
    November 3, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    @chuck

    Yes sir, everything is back. I just wondered what was up.

    As for your feedback:
    I practiced Wednesday, following your written suggestions, and I think I am understanding about the release better. I made sure I stayed hootie, and when vibrato was needed, I made sure it happened. It felt GREAT!! Really resonating in my head/nose better.

    I was letting is get bright on the video because I thought that was what I was supposed to do. Because, to me, that’s how your demos sound. Bright, full, and with a ping. Not dark and hootie. So, I copied that. But you have to believe me, that was nowhere near the way I used to pull chest. I feel like it was just resonating hard. I haven’t felt any tension in my neck/throat in over a month.

    I think it was on Paul’s feedback video, where you left an audio example showing the very SUBTLE shade between light, (pulled), chest and head voice. After how I felt the last two days, and hearing how close they can be, it helped me figure out what I am aiming for.

    Onwards and Upwards!

    Mike

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