second bridge trouble - Ab4 to B4

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    Curtis Culley 2 months ago

    Hello, I'm new to the 30-day singer. I've been singing for 4 years and have used other training methods of which iv come across the same problem which is my second bridge and how to work through this area of my voice. I'm in various cover groups and release original music also, i have been working on this area for quite some time and feel stuck. any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

    thank you 

    Curtis

     

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    Camille van Niekerk 2 months ago

    Hi, Curtis!

    Can you describe what you're experiencing? Is there a gap in singable pitches, or are you "breaking" into falsetto there, and want to smooth the transition? I can give better advice if I know what you're feeling and hearing leading up to that range, through it, and above it!

    This is a big topic to cover; I recommend you read through the following. Lots of fantastic info!!

    https://completesingers.com/technique/the-dreaded-passagio/

    https://www.themodernvocalistworld.com/forums/topic/9365-bridging-through-the-2nd-bridge/

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    Curtis Culley 2 months ago

    Thank you for the reply, basically its the transition to my head voice, it just flips or I can bring my chest voice up but it sounds strained. Any advice for this issue would be greatly received. Thank you for the reading I will get to that ASAP.

    Best regards

    Curtis 

     

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    Camille van Niekerk 2 months ago

    Got it! Thank you for the info.

    Our goal is to develop mixed coordination in that range, so that your head voice function gradually starts taking over. If we maintain full chest function and weight, we experience strain and a noticeable "crack" or "flip", like you're describing.  

    I'd suggest you work on 2 things:

    1. Gradually "lightening" and/or "nasalizing" the sound in your high chest voice. I like to use the syllable "NOHN" on a 1358531 pattern. 
    2. Train your head voice function lower than you normally would: start above your passaggio in head voice, and maintain head voice function as you gradually sing lower, over your passaggio, and into your chest voice range. This is just to lay some groundwork for a balance of chest and head function, since you're currently using only chest voice in that high chest range.

     

    Best of luck, Curtis! Please let me know what ends up working for you!

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    Curtis Culley 2 months ago

    thank you i shall work on this :)

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