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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Sore Sinuses


First off thanks for writing such a great book and making the extreme singing videos. I've been wanting some help like this for a long time!
I have a decent singing voice, I've been singing for song writing and recording for about 20+ years on and off. In the past 3 years I've been fronting a band playing my music and my voice has strengthened a lot. I've used Melissa Cross's DVDs and exercises.
I can add low and mid grit well without any vocal issues but I've never managed to work out how to add the high grit. My range is about G2-E5.
I've been doing some of the exercise from the book and trying hard to keep my support and placement right while staying relaxed. I've been doing things like the Transcending tone and sirens and I've had some real breakthrough moments where suddenly my body or head and resonating and the high notes feel effortless and loud :) The issue is in the morning after I sometimes have sinus headache or it just feels sore. Am I pushing to hard? The top of my throat also can feel a little sore.

What are the best exercises to focus on if I want to achieve a Brian Johnson, Axl Rose type high grit?

Thanks for your time.


Re: Sore Sinuses

Hey Chris, keep working on Isolation exercises:) Finally in September I will release Extreme Scream 3, which shows you how to tackle ACDC;)But you want to build up your upper register strength beforehand, thus sticking with the Iso exercises.