Welcome to The Voice Connection Sound Off; a forum for users of books like Raise Your Voice, Melody to Madness, The Ultimate Breathing Workout, and Unleash Your Creative Mindset, as well as a place for Vendera Vocal Academy members to interact.

This message board was created so that singers could come together and "sound off" to help support each other during vocal development and the creative process of unleashing the creative spark that occurs when writing and producing music. Currently, myself and vocal coaches Ben Valen, Ray West, and Ryan Wall are here to respond periodicially to your questions, with new vocal coaches coming soon. But, feel free to help each other too:)

This board is here for you to ask questions about my and my fellow coach's books, videos, and MP3 programs, as well as offer others help with our vocal techniques. You may also post videos of yourself and your band to share your music and ask for critiques.

Please refrain from negative comments, profanities, spamming, and inappropriate criticisms of vocal methodologies, vocal coaches, and singers. All negative posts will be deleted and subject to banning without question. I will not respond to negative posts, because, as Mark Twain once said, “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” With that said, positive criticism is welcome because that is how you'll grow as a singer during the training process.

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Technique application

I have been working on the exercises(sirens and transcending), not mastered but getting them, and I am at a loss of how they are to be applied in an actual performance context. I am definitely improving at the exercises themselves, but feel sort of like " I can do this new 3 leaf clover tongue trick(random example), is there anything can I do with it?" When I start to strain in the higher notes when I am learning a new song, am I to "transcend" backwards slightly up towards head voice and then eventually that sound produced there gets better with the exercise practice? I listen mainly to bands like the strokes and KOL and am suspicious I don't have a major need for much head voice (not singing Maroon 5.) I might be missing the point here. I enjoy the book! Just trying to figure out how to apply it! Any insight would be most appreciated! - Mike

Exercises so far.

Re: Technique application

These teach us that force is not always necessary to achieve volume and texture, they are also quite literally an exercise for the chord to build strength. The Sirens work with bridging the different resonant chambers (aka - head voice to chest voice) whereas the transcending tones - if done properly help with volume strength.

From the audio you provided you are doing the TT properly - I wouldn't hold the falsetto for as long as you did - but still, you begin in falsetto and bring the chords together while increasing "push" and volume. You also want to make sure with the TT's that your starting pitch and ending pitch are the same.
Your sirens however are incorrect - you are starting right, but ending in Falsetto - keep it in full voice, or "fully connected tone" otherwise you're missing the whole point if the exercise. Be soft volume wise if you have to, but keep the chords connected, it should not be breathy. Also work on mastering one direction before compounding the exercises, otherwise you'll have to break bad habits/relearn with all of them. If Octave Sirens are too difficult then work up in 3rds or 5ths until you are comfortable; Then work up to the octaves and double octave sirens.

Re: Technique application

Any vocal exercise is meant to build a strong foundation to your singing. They breakdown the different steps in actual singing to focus on certain aspects like developing support, tone, placement, range, projection, etc… When we sing a song, everything is happening at the same time and we loose control. That is why it is preferable to work on things seperately and slowly increase the difficulty levels. You may not want to use your head voice now but if I were you I would still work on developing it for future purposes.