I've been practicing singing exercises for about two weeks now and I can feel my voice getting stronger. My latest challenge was to sing Elvis's great hit "That's All Right Mama." This song is in a high key, but I wanted to be able to sing it and hit all the right notes without my voice cracking or changing radically from one register to another. I think I succeeded.
At first I was hitting the highest notes all wrong -- going up a whole octave when such a jump was clumsy and unnecessary and produced a harsh, strained sound. Finally, I listened to the actual Elvis recording and studied how he sang these most difficult parts, and then I copied him. It worked. Of course, I can't sing like Elvis, but listening to his singing certainly helped me in hitting the high notes properly.
This recording was made through the built-in computer microphone and the quality is only so-so. I have ordered a soundblaster sound card for my laptop that should allow me to both play and record simultaneously from the sound card, thus eliminating the noise you get by recording from the built-in computer microphone. It should result in significant improvement in the quality of the recordings: better balance, clarity and consistency.
Have a listen:
Self-evaluation: Roger Love in his book "Set Your Voice Free" talks about commanding your middle voice, and indicates it's tricky to get just the right sound. I think my voice in this recording needs to be brought down just a bit more towards chest voice. Right now it is a tad too much in the direction of head voice. I am not talking about changing the key, I am talking about changing the timbre: a slightly lower voice (but in the same key) would add warmth and resonance. I will work on it.
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