Hey guys... I'm an instrumentalist (drum/bass/keys) who kinda started as a singer. Ever since I was a kid I used to sing along to everything (which mostly consisted of DMB and the Phantom of the Opera OCR). Everyone told me I was good, but I figured it was typical 'flatter the kid' syndrome.
Anyway, I'm just now (10 years later) deciding that maybe I do have a modicum of talent in this area. The problem I have is that, like all my other instruments (except Keys), I'm pretty much self-taught, and I'm wondering how I can know that I'm approaching it in the right way.
Does it cause pain or discomfort when you sing 'incorrectly' (in the ergonomic sense of the word)? Am I okay as long as I still feel fine after belting out a few?
Having trained a lot with classical type stuff (PotO), I have a lot of long sustains and vibrato. I have problems transitioning from the bottom of my working range (like the A or B under Middle C) to higher up (Above the C above middle C).
Do you know of any good exercises to improve the ability to transition like this?
www.vocalist.org offers loads of good advice on singing technique and exercises. These are a really good starting point, but in the long run -and for the health and safety of your voice- there is nothing better than finding a good vocal coach who specialises in the kind of music you want to sing.
Even if you only take a couple of lessons, a professional opinion on your singing and technique should point you in the right direction!
Hope this helps. Good luck!
I want to take lessons, but I admit to being kind of a wuss at this stage of the game. I'm scared to perform in front of people until I somehow get confirmation that YES, I can sing.
That in mind...
Is it normal to get a 'head rush' kind of buzz from really belting one out? It's kind of like when you hyperventilate for a while... the hands tingle a little and the brain kind of shifts a little. Is this okay or is it improper breathing?