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September 2, 2014
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Marnell Sample
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So who the heck are ya?
Introduce yourself here! Let's get the ball rolling on this forum.

Tell me more about what your singing goals are, the style you like, links to your music, vocal coaches you've trained with. Anything!
What are the singing problems you are currently facing if any?

What would YOU like to get out of this forum? Do you want to meet more like-minded singers or do you want to just promote yourself or what?
There's no wrong answer!
The more you can tell me the more I can change this place to fit the needs of you all.

September 2, 2014
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Melissa Kathleen
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Hello! I usually am a browser on these kind of forums but I figured I should interact with this one!

Been singing for 15 years, took a 5 year break then decided to get back in it. Have never had a good face to face vocal coach. Seriously, its scary how many bad ones are out there. I've learned more from Phils videos more than any teacher ever taught me. Am a classic rock lover, Freddie Mercury is my idol. I'm part of a two female duo and were currently recording a few songs so will hopefully have something online soon.

I've struggled a lot with tehcnique and always seemed to battle a sore throat. To top it off, add in Tmjd and it makes singing uncomfortable! Hoping to meet some people here who have dealt with the same thing and see what other methods are out there

September 2, 2014
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Melissa Kathleen said

Hello! I usually am a browser on these kind of forums but I figured I should interact with this one!

Been singing for 15 years, took a 5 year break then decided to get back in it. Have never had a good face to face vocal coach. Seriously, its scary how many bad ones are out there. I've learned more from Phils videos more than any teacher ever taught me. Am a classic rock lover, Freddie Mercury is my idol. I'm part of a two female duo and were currently recording a few songs so will hopefully have something online soon.

I've struggled a lot with tehcnique and always seemed to battle a sore throat. To top it off, add in Tmjd and it makes singing uncomfortable! Hoping to meet some people here who have dealt with the same thing and see what other methods are out there

Hi Melissa, awesome to have you here!
Would love to hear your music, feel free to post anything in the "showcase your singing" section: http://thesingershub.com/forum.....r-singing/

As for TMJ, I have helped a few people overcome it with the following:
1. rest your elbows on a desk and hold your chin with the palm of your hands. Place all the weight of your head in your hands.
2. Now open your jaw as far as you can. The resistance against the palms of your hands will cause your head to lift up since you cannot push your elbows through the table. Resist your jaw with your hands very strongly. This causes the right muscles to contract and the unwanted muscles to relax.
3. Do this 5-10 times or as much as you feel comfortable. Do this 3 times a day or whenever you feel. Some people find relief within the next day!
Give it a try and get back to me.

As for the sore throat. Post a thread about your issues (sound clip) and we can help you in there specifically.

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September 2, 2014
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Hey guys, great to be here!

I'm a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and recording engineer. Of all of these skills, singing came the least naturally so I had to get a lot more and better quality training in it than my other musical skills. I'm also a student at Berklee College of Music so my music studies are ongoing there as well.

I am in a few musical projects.
-My solo project has been completely DIY so far (I currently play, sing, record everything, but I plan to expand outside of this in the future) and I make it whatever I want musically and most people are loving what they are hearing! I'll definitely be putting a link to that in my signature. This is the musical project I want to grow with the widest reach I can.

-I'm also a multi-instrumentalist in an experimental duo called El Planador where we do a lot of Animal Collective and They Might Be Giants covers (we just love these bands a LOT!!) as well as a few other covers and originals.

-Lastly I'm in a top 40 cover band called the Wildfire Band, playing bass and singing backups on lots of awesome dance and rock music, gigging out every weekend.

As for vocal training, I've had a whole bunch of teachers, most of them not so great, but I am currently training with Phil and making my best progress with him. Combining all the training I've had, it's about 2 and half years worth.

I still have many vocal areas for improvement (I don't like calling them "problems" lol!) and the most important one for me to conquer right now is definitely singing EE and OO vowels high in full voice with more consistency and ease without having to rely on over-modifying them. It's been a challenge for months but just as I think I'm stuck on it I get a tiny breakthrough and improve on it little by little. There are many many other things I have to work on like how I approach consonants, reducing strain, vibrato, continuing to improve on support, etc. etc. but i KNOW it will all come in time. That's the cool part of training one on one regularly with a great coach - it gives you confidence in your own future!

I would like this forum to be a place where we can discuss vocal technique and style as serious, passionate singers (and vocalists in general - it might be cool to get some screamers/rappers/public speakers etc involved!) who are out there DOING it (or aspire to be) rather than armchair theorists playing around with weird sounds and really not learning anything. That was me several years ago so I know it happens, but I just don't think it's ultimately helpful for anyone. Nowadays I see too many vocal forums plagued with those self-taught students at that phase just distributing incorrect information to absolute beginners. And then the teachers come bring in brilliant information but it seems to always go to waste because the students receiving it don't seem to be emotionally hooked on actually singing yet.

I often don't feel I fit in on vocal forums because they somehow end up with that big gap between the teacher and students, with a shortage of intermediate singers like myself who have gotten somewhere but are still looking to improve further. The "like-minded singers" as you say, that I'd love to chat with. But I'm sure singers of other skill levels feel the same way so I would be thrilled if we could fill the gaps and get a nice blend of vocalists of ALL skill levels in here!

Besides that, I would enjoy getting into the idea of being healthy as a person and how that impacts us as vocalists. For instance, I like to run a few miles every day and I feel this greatly increases the quality of my life and singing. It seems we already have a section of the forum for that kind of stuff Smile

Cheers to an awesome forum in the making,
Owen

September 2, 2014
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Hello there,

I have discovered singing four years ago when a friend Grabbed his guitar, did some blues, and sung, and it feels really great to sing along.
I somehow knew, though, that i always wanted to sing but never really got serious about it. I started training on a daily basis two years ago.
My aim is not just to become a good singer, but to become a great singer who can reach Professional level. I am still a bit unclear about the exact genre i want to do but i feel an attraction for rock music, as my teenage years were influenced by bands such as The Doors, Pink Floyds, or Deep Purple. I have also extensively listened to heavy metal or even heavier types of bands.

This uncertainty is not an issue for the moment though because all the singers I like share something in common : powerful vocals with high range and versatility. Rich and warm in the mid/lower range and big and intense in the high range. On top of my singer list, i would say Dio and Ian Gillan, but there are so many others.
Regarding my singing experience, i have started with a method which is aimed to expand and reinforce the head voice for about 9 monthes. On the short run, i benefited from it because i was able to bridge smoothly from chest to head voice. After several monthes, i was feeling like reaching a plateau though. I had a very strong reinforced falsetto which sounded good while i was singing in my very high range with all the reverb and effects, but appart from doing power metal screams, i couldn't sing the way i wanted in the actual tenor range ( A4 - C5).

Seven monthes ago, i made two important décisions. I left the hard rock band in which i had been for a year and i started taking lessons with Phil. The first decision was difficult because our band was just starting to get big and to gather a solid fanbase. But artistically, i couldn't find myself anymore in it, i felt still like searching what i wanted exactly to do as a musician. The second decision was to try a different approach in singing technique and i decided to take lessons with Phil.

These to décisions made my progress skyrocket. Being free from tiring live performances (and a lifestyle of booze and after-shows parties) and having a new teacher with a new perspective was really beneficial. I feel like i need to study more, sing better, and be clearer with what i want to do before building a project involving other people.

Building my voice and developping my artistic skills has become a very important part of my life. I wish i did it before but well... you can't change what is done. What I want to do out of it in the future is still unknown. For the moment, training one or two hours a day is enough to maintain great benefits and develop other skills and interests.

What i am waiting from a forum like this is to have a selected and active community of experienced singers and teachers who can share their knowledge and give me honest advice about my singing. The fact that Phil invited me is also an important point, because i am studying with him and I doubt he would invite any random singing guru you can find on the net. Another reason to register is that I feel that i have been training enough to start recording some songs and post them.

Well thats it! I will post soon in the singing section :-)

September 2, 2014
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Hi everyone!

My name is Ian. I'm a singer, screamer and guitarist, specializing in heavy/ugly/angry/sad/weird music.
I'm a veteran screamer. I've been playing this type of music since youth, and have a grasp on false-fold voice distortion.
I'm very happy to have been invited to this community, and look forward to discussing voice with people of like passion.

But my passion is not limited to screaming, no no! I've been singing "clean" on the side for many years just for fun, but have recently found myself in a position that requires it professionally. So after discovering his videos on Youtube, and perusing http://www.grow-the-voice.com I hooked up with Mr. Moufarrege and have been working his plan for me for close to 6 months now. I've come a long way since day one. Phil's guidance, along with my practice and study, have been instrumental in building and developing my "clean" voice. To boot, we're beginning to get into a bit of distortion via glottal compression, which is a sound that has eluded me for years. Big thanks to Phil for assisting in my development.

I'd also like to take a moment to thank both Phil, and Marnell Sample, for posting their informative videos. Smile

"There is still a future with music, because people want music." - MJK

September 2, 2014
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Phil Moufarrege
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Great to have you all here. Thanks for sharing your stories!

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September 3, 2014
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Ugi
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Hey my singing companions

I'm Ugi, 24 years old and from Switzerland.

I'm playing in two bands, a symphonic power metal band and an Irish Folk band. In both bands I play a few instruments and I am the main vocalist.

When I was 21 I had a few singing lessons with a teacher who basically told me that my full voice range ends with a G4 (which was a huge struggle to sing already). Then at the end of 2012 I heard the term "mixed voice" for the first time and finally saw a way to expand my range so I can sing as full and high as all my favourite singers. "Unfortunately" I ended up with Speech Level Singing and the Singing Success program - which is great to break some bad habits like pulling your larynx up and release some tension. I did practice the lip rolls, the nays, the mums and everything for over a year. I think my overall tone improved a bit and I was now able to have a connected voice ... but here it comes: In a very weak, rather airy and not full way at all which was unusable for the stuff I wanted to thing. And I conditioned my chest voice to feel strained around a C4 ...

I worked with several SLS teachers, some of them good, some of them rather counter-productive. The frustration built up until I saw a video by Phil when browsing youtube for some newer vids on Mixed Voice. And the way he explained things just made soo much more sense. I dropped all the Singing Success dogmas and started taking lessons with him.

My progress has been excellent and I learned more from him in one lesson than in half a year of pure Brett Manning-like Speech Level Singing lessons (and daily practice).

I'm really looking forward to be able to sing how I always wanted to sing and I'm more than thankful for having found Phil Kiss

And I'm looking forward to participating here :)

"The separate self is not an entity; it is an activity: the activity of thinking and feeling that our essential nature of pure Awareness shares the limits and the destiny of the body and mind." - Rupert Spira

September 3, 2014
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Hello everyone!

My name is Mikael (swedish version of Michael) and I am as you might have guessed swedish :)
I am 27 years old and I work as a civil engineer. When I'm at home I like to sing and play guitar among other things, like going to the gym, running, playing games and hanging out with friends and family.

I've listened to progressive metal since I was about 8 years old (used to want a Dream Theater tatoo :P) but am mostly into "good music" these days, which is my own cross-genre genre of just anything I happen to like.

I am currently in the hard tutelage of singer Pai Mei (read Mr Felipe Carvalho xD) and I would describe myself an beginner/intermediate singer. I started a cover band just for fun with two of my old high school friends about 1 year back and this coming October we have our first gig which is really exciting.

Also, nice to see some familiar faces from The Modern Vocalist, hey to everyone.

If anyone wants to chat about singing or music or whatever you can reach me here, or on skype where I'm mikehandsome1 (or Mikehandsome1, can't remember).

Cheers everyone and nice seeing this being built up :)

September 3, 2014
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Hi!

I'm a singer and voice teacher from Sao Paulo - Brazil.

Hope to have a place to have good discussions, learn and hear other singers, as well as show my work and get feedback about it.

Love the proposal and the idea having content driven for singers and students instead of a product.

Pai Mei? Hahaha Long live Tarantino!

Felipe

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September 3, 2014
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Nice to have you here Felipe! I really like the quality of your work and your singing

September 3, 2014
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Welcome everyone! Thanks for adding in your information. We're definitely looking to make this forum a very unique place. This will be "our playground". Smile

September 4, 2014
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Hi, my name is Justin Chew. I'm 14 years old and I have been on intensive vocal training for the past month with an amazing vocal coach!

Before, my range was A2-Eb5. With the coaching, my range is now F2-C6. My range expansion came through not only training but pre training email conversations with Phil about the fundamentals of singing

My idols range from Josh Groban to Bruce Dickinson but my ultimate idol is the late, great and amazing Freddie Mercury. His technique may not have been the best but he is by far, the greatest showman, performer, singer and songwriter in the world.

The music i write ranges from Psychedelic rock/metal to Symphonic rock/metal to Electronic rock/metal. About 79 songs by now

My dream? Its far fetched but it is to form a band overseas like in the UK, USA or Australia and be the next Queen, to sell stadiums, to perform to millions of people, bring back hard rock and music that has been lost for nearly 20 to 30 years.

*Crosses fingers Laugh

September 4, 2014
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Hey guys, Wabba here! You can also call me Eric if you like Laugh

I'm fairly active on a few vocal forums like therangeplace and Modern Vocalist forums and some of you may have seen me barge in sporadically from time to time, and I have absolutely no qualms about joining a new one! Laugh Especially one founded by the likes of Phil and Marnell.

Well about a year ago is when I started taking singing seriously and I first purchased Jaime Vendera's Raise Your Voice just to get my feet wet. The book had some great tips and information I still use to this day and if Jaime joined here that would make my day. I finished the book after a month of careful reading and studying and I soon after found Ken Tamplin and took the next step to developing my voice about a few months ago. I'm currently on volume 1 working on bridging w/out an audible speed bump. It's hard to work out every little break but it is getting easier and easier every day and I can DEFINITELY feel the results happening. As far as my influences go, I like all kinds of classic rock/metal/soul vocalists like Ian Gillan, David Coverdale, Robert Plant, Graham Bonnet, Ronnie James Dio, Burton Cummings, Tom Jones, Gino Vannelli, Aretha Franklin, Ann Wilson, and many others, just to name a few Smile

On another note, I just wanted to say that to people like Marnell, Phil, Felipe and others, I was just browsing the Singing Success forum and I could not believe my eyes as some users (you know the ones) kept ridiculing you guys just for supplying a wealth of alternate information and knowledge on how to grow the voice. I personally thank all of you for giving out some great free information and pointers, whether if its "classical talk" or not. There are multiple ways of growing the voice and any beginner like me can benefit from trying out ALL methods and seeing which one resonates the best (like Phil says) with me.

Anyways, I'm thrilled to be here. Nice to meet all of you!

September 4, 2014
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Hey Forum,

My name is Yam, and I am a singer/songwriter from Israel, who also spent his childhood in California. I began singing at fourteen, just by covers and also some of my own songs. As I delved into the subject I became interested in learning the art of singing. I began like many of you, surfing the net for answers on developing range, control and pitch. I began to work with a vocal instructor, but he got me no farther than what I already knew, which was next to nothing. After about two years where I attempted to learn on and off, I found Phil through YouTube, and booked a lesson. With his help I have been able to take singing farther than ever, and am slowly understanding the art, correcting myself and having much more knowledge throughout my training as I am familiarizing myself with both technique and physical sensations of the mix and weight of the voice. I would describe myself as a work in progress. I'm currently working on glottal compression and learning to find correct balance between chest and head.

In addition to singing I play both guitar and drums. Beyond music I have ventured into may other interests, in acting, reading, strength training and other sports such as basketball, surfing, and swimming, and am always open to new philosophies and teachings.

Very happy to be a part of this forum as it is a great way to further learn about our mutual interest, singing, and maybe even more along the way.

September 5, 2014
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Nice to meet you guys!

Eric, about those forums, a bit sad but not unexpected. Don´t worry about it, it´s just a few individuals and I´m sure that just as you were surprised, others may be too. Wink

Felipe Carvalho
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September 6, 2014
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Eric that's why we created this forum. I won't allow that to happen here!

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September 6, 2014
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Martin H
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Hi everybody,

I'm glad to be a member of this new serious vocal forum. :)

I'm a speech-pathology student and musical actor from Denmark. Looking forward to interact with all of you.

September 6, 2014
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Hahahaha Martin love your pic!!!! great to have you here. Is that from one of your new shows?

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September 6, 2014
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Thanks Phill ;)

No it's from a show I did back in 2010 called "The Producers" where I played the character "Roger De Bris".

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