KevinGoetz
Mute Prophet Guitarist
Join date: Nov 2011
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#1
I'm asking this on behalf of a female singer friend of mine. She's been classified as a mezzo-soprano who lacks training. Vocal lessons are not an option for her financially.

Her chest range is very solid, and she can pull it up to E5 or so with only slight strain. But she has a very minimal grasp of mixed voice, and her head voice is, frankly, pretty atrocious. She wants to sing symphonic metal, and is trying to learn that full, resonant head voice, but doesn't understand how to get rid of that breathy sound that overpowers the tone of her voice.

She's researched every video she could find on Youtube, but none of the exercises seem to go into enough detail on that issue itself. How can she fill out her head voice and get rid of the breathiness?
macashmack
Maskcashmack
Join date: May 2011
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#2
Quote by KevinGoetz
I'm asking this on behalf of a female singer friend of mine. She's been classified as a mezzo-soprano who lacks training. Vocal lessons are not an option for her financially.

Then join the church choir.
Blackst4r
in Gibson we trust
Join date: Apr 2013
284 IQ
#3
Quote by macashmack
Then join the church choir.


+1
that´s honestly some pretty good advice.....even if it´s not her cup of tea it´s really going to do good.
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queenofthenight
Registered User
Join date: Oct 2006
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#4
The church choir advice is spot on. Just be sure it's a good choir director, not some pianist who got stuck leading a choir. Your friend should also look at her lower register. If she's trying to carry too much weight too high, it will screw up the upper register. If she can get her hands on a copy of The Four Voices of Man by Jerome Hines, I highly recommend it. Hines was a prominent opera singer a couple generations ago, and he has a lot of good things to say in that book.

ETA: Breathy usually indicates a lack of support. Look through the vocal exercises sticky to see if there's anything useful there (I've been gone for quite a while and don't remember what's there). If not, or if you want to discuss this more in depth, PM me. And is she really a mezzo? I had a teacher swear up and down I was because that's how I was built, but nope, I'm a soprano with an extended lower register whose high notes took a long time to come in.
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Last edited by queenofthenight at Oct 23, 2013,