#1
first post.
hi, I've been warming up, practicing regularly since about 4 months everyday for 20-40 mins with sundays off. I ve heard immense improvement in my voice.

The 'good' voice seems to come and go depending upon my habits.

I think i have a portion of my vocal cords which are weak/damaged from improper technique from my teenage years.

My tone also is pretty bad, my edge notes are really shrill, croaky.

long story short. here's me singing if someone could 'diagnose' the problem and 'prescribe' some exercises,warm up routines to target the problem areas? or basically what i should be working on?

https://soundcloud.com/mehvar/the-way-you-make-me-feel-mj
https://soundcloud.com/mehvar/sober-tool-acoustic

I have a harder time singing my own songs:
https://soundcloud.com/mehvar/heron-haze
https://soundcloud.com/mehvar/magik-pell-wicked-charm
https://soundcloud.com/mehvar/violent-lights-acoustic *stuffy nose*
https://soundcloud.com/mehvar/girl-you-know-acoustic *Stuffy nose*

I also have trouble in singing in one voice and try to over compensate with overuse of belting.

Ps: I hate to say this but i also smoke.
#2
Hi damag3d, first off welcome to UG
I've tried to open the links there but even after logging in to Soundcloud they all say cannot be found - have you removed them?

All the same, I've got a lot of singing experience and hope I can give some guidance in general terms.

I think i have a portion of my vocal cords which are weak/damaged from improper technique from my teenage years.

Firstly, what sort of changes have you made to your technique since your teenage years? What do you know about singing technique now?

I also have trouble in singing in one voice and try to over compensate with overuse of belting.

This is a common problem which lots of people encounter when they start singing. You effectively have two voices - a 'head' voice for high notes, and a 'chest' voice for lower ones. They do sound different naturally, and the trick is to make transitions from lower to higher notes sound seamless.

A lot of the time this issue is with supporting your voice properly. When you breathe, your abdomen should expand and contract with each breath rather than your chest. This means your abdominal muscles can better support notes where your voice is weaker. Try tensing your abs on these notes and see if that helps. And if your abs aren't strong enough, do some crunches and planks if you're able, as these exercises are great at strengthening your core muscles which can be really useful for singing.

Ps: I hate to say this but i also smoke

Also while it's not impossible to have a good voice and smoke, it's much more difficult to develop while smoking. Your lung capacity and vocal range are going to be reduced, and your improvements will be slowed. #StandardDisclaimer

I've been singing for most of my life and know a lot of technique etc. If you've got any other questions, please feel free to ask
Last edited by 01Nick1988 at Apr 17, 2014,