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does anyone know...

Posted by lori nitzel on Monday, November 26, 2007

1. how to get more air when one sings high notes? 2. the trick to getting through a song without making a couple of mistakes? urgh. lori

6 comments on “does anyone know...”

A Rich Taylor Says:
Monday, November 26, 2007 @6:40:10 AM

1.) just "go for it" on high notes...not sure what you mean by more air.

2.) If you are making the same mistakes,  then try practicing that passage until u can't stand it....if the couple of mistakes are always random there is probably something going on in your head...sometimes people make mistakes near the end,  because they tense up...trying so hard to make it to the end.

Hi Lori!

regards, bud

Guy Says:
Monday, November 26, 2007 @9:12:42 AM

Hi Lori

1: Sometimes you need to work out different breathing spaces in the song, by that I mean finding somewhere in the middle of a line where you can take a breath. They're not always intuitive but you can usually find one. 

2: There's no substitute for practise I'm afraid.


airborne Says:
Monday, November 26, 2007 @10:01:38 AM

Hi. my  son is studying opera at university, he,s allway ,s teling me to sing the with my head voice, what ever that is.and i,ve been singing all my life, but he has got a great voice, so he must know what he,s talking about.  he,s coming home at xmas, i,ll get him to tell you about it on hangout.  all the best.  john

PaulKirby Says:
Monday, November 26, 2007 @12:08:07 PM

I would recommend voice lessons.

PaulKirby Says:
Monday, November 26, 2007 @2:07:10 PM

The long answer would be that it's a long-held belief that as a sung note goes up in pitch, air velocity increases while air volume decreases. Less air moving at a higher speed. The air has to move faster to make the higher vibrations. These are really small differences in air speed, but they exist. We think. We're all wired differently, and for some of us the brain gets the signal that we're out of air when we sing high notes. In a professional capacity, I would prescribe exercises that increased range gradually so the air volume/air velocity trade-off was more gradual.  It could be that you are blowing out too much air when the air velocity goes up.

You're in Madison, and I would think that there are any number of good voice teachers there. Call the UW school of music and mention that you'd like voice lessons. Or, even better, go to the music school and put up a notice that you would like voice lessons, and I'm sure you'll find someone that could help you figure this out.  The point is not to end up sounding like an opera singer, but that you develop body-awareness while singing and a vocabulary with which to discuss it.  Lamperti, one of histories great voice teachers said that the best singing technique is a perfect awareness of the body so that you can be free to make the music that you have inside you.  Coraggio!

superdave2112 Says:
Thursday, December 6, 2007 @9:23:19 AM

Dear Lori,

If you practice the same mistakes over and over, that is what gets printed in your brain.  You have to go back to the trouble spot, play it as slow as it takes to get it right, then play it over, and over, gradually increasing your speed.  I use a metronome.  If I don't, and I'm learning one of those funky Zepp rythem kind of tunes, I play a lot faster on the easy parts, and slower on the "wierd" clawhammer parts(the non bum-ditty stuff).

I'd rather not discuss the singing bit.  We typed about this before.

If you're really cool (and you know you are) you just ride right on through a mistake, like you ment to do it.  Only the other banjo wierdos will notice, and probably not even most of them. 

Your humble servant,

David Loudneback

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