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My name is Niels, I'm 16 years old and I'm from the Netherlands. I've had Raise Your Voice for about 3 months now, read it several times, been religiously doing the Isolation Exercises, and I've got a couple of questions.
First off, even though I know terminology isn't the most important thing, I feel as though it would help me tremendously if I knew the following. Jaime refers to head voice as the upper part of your register. Does this mean that head voice is always full voice?
Secondly, I've been keeping track of my progress through the isolation exercises, and I can't quite get my range to progress. My range as of now, is C2 to E4 in chest voice. (Falsetto goes to E5 usually)
However this E4 I can only keep up for about 1 second, and not very technically correct. Therefore, I've lately only been doing the TT's and the Sirens up to a D4. I can however use an E4 while singing most of the time, in particular the song starlight by slash, but it's still quite challenging.
My problem is I can't seem to get my full voice to go any higher without straining. I suspect the problem lies in using to much air, or too much volume. So if anyone could suggest a way to make this work better for me, that would be really awesome.
Another question I have on this matter is, that if I transcend tones at an E4, shouldn't I technically use my headvoice for these notes, contrary to the picture in RYV showing the resonance going down into your chest when going to full voice? Shouldn't I just get the full voice to just expand inside of my head?
Would be really great if someone would clarify some if not all of this for me.
Come on guys, please help me out a bit here? Pretty please?
Ok so I've been taken some time to think about your reply.
First off all thank you very much for writing all that down for me!
I've been still been having trouble getting past D4 without straining, or getting overly loud. Wether this is due to wrong breath support or bad placement I'm not sure, it just doesn't work for me yet. But I'll continue on practising.
I will definitely try the messa di voice exercise. And I hope it helps me get the high notes down. Thanks again!
Sorry I haven't been in here much. Will start replying more, but Skullsplitter knows his stuff. It takes time to build those muscles, so hang in there. And the head voice term to me just means your higher range. It can be falsetto, mixed, or full voice in your upper register.
Thanks for replying Jaime! It means a lot! Managed a breathy F4 yesterday so with practice there might be hope for me.
I've seen people gain that F4 in a day, others in a week, others in a month, and others in a year. There is no shortcut to getting there. It's simple muscle training. Take your time, do NOT give up, be diligent, and you will improve:)
Ok, so after a few days of practicing the F4 is starting to become less elusive. But I have another burning question:
Is it possible to extend my falsetto range at all as well? So far I can only go up to about an F5 in falsetto. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I'm probably a bass as my lowest note is a C2
Yes you can extend your falsetto range. All it takes is time.
But I wanna be a rockstar now! XD
Thanks for all the advice everyone I'm sticking at it.