#1
I know to breathe from the diaphragm, and I am doing that, but does straining your voice have a particular sound or feeling that would let me know right away, without waiting for the damage to be done, whether I'm straining or not? I realized today that I'm actually able to sing along to several Jeff Buckley songs for the first time (of course the timbre of my voice can't even compare to his, though) and my range seems ridiculously larger than usual. I'm wondering whether I'm straining or have just finally figured out how to use my mixed voice to its fullest potential.

Thanks.
#3
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I know to breathe from the diaphragm, and I am doing that

First and foremost, no you're not. You breathe WITH the diaphragm.
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#4
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First and foremost, no you're not. You breathe WITH the diaphragm.

Bad word choice. My bad.
#5
Just so many people get the two genuinely confused.
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#6
@axemanchris

way to use this thread to promote your website bud :P
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#7
If it hurts you're probably straining...
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#8
Funny, I built the website, as much as anything else, because there is preciously little on Bel Canto *anywhere* on the net. Oh, sure, there are sites that talk about it, but as far as the inhalation of the voice portion of the technique.... practically nothing.

Yes, it promotes my private teaching practice. (which, if I was in that for the money, I'd book more than a single evening of lessons.....), but after answering many of the same questions time and again on singing in the singing thread, it was the best place I could find (er.... make) to answer all those questions.

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I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

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#9
If it feels like you're reaching for a note, you are straining. Any difficulty in singing should be with trying to get a nice coordination, especially when moving over vocal breaks. If there's a note you're having trouble holding as long as another note, you're probably at least straining a little. There should never ever be any pain or discomfort, and if there is, I can guarantee you're doing it wrong.