Vocal Tips For K pop Fans #4: How To Sing High Notes

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160 thoughts on “Vocal Tips For K pop Fans #4: How To Sing High Notes

  1. So I try to do the nasal thing and I get what you mean but I just can’t escape from the chest lol. The yawn thing helps me but I just gotta get used to it. Do you think I add to much weight on my voice? Do I do something with my larynx? I know I lower my l larynx with my low notes. It spreads in my family lol. Even though no one really like singing in my family except me and kind of my dad I notice we all use way to much chest. Except my sister! She does not like singing but one time I heard her singing in the morning and she’s a lot better than me!
    Also Ahmin you got some range! I bet that B5 in your range is mix because you are really amazing. But OMG that note at 8:04! Wow I did not know you could go that high. How high can you mix up to? You’re an amazing baritone…

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    1. You don’t add too much chest, from what I hear you basically don’t mix at all and you just try to pull chest full on. It’s not that you lower your larynx, it’s just you’re using too much of the chest muscles. You do also lower your larynx in the low notes yes lol I did not mix the notes up there haha around 8:04 it was all in my head voice actually, thank you haha but I really can’t mix above G#4 consistently, I can mix A4 and Bb4, but it’s hard for me

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      1. MIND BLOWN!!! Wait that was head voice! Still amazing though. MIND BLOWN about mixing lol. So I just don’t mix well makes a lot of sense because I sound like Christina Agulira, an old person being strangled by cat and IceJJfish on crack all put together lol. Why did you have to show me IceJJfish?OMG! You runied my life again! LOL, the illuminati then IceJJfish. I don’t know what to excpet from you. Wait maybe you are IceJJfish and your in the illuminati. Ahmin=5 letters Matheus=7 letters 5+7=12 You have 2 eyes so 12/2=6 You used to be an above average vocalist which is 3 level. 6 shows up 3 times= 666 OMG AHMIN IS PART OF THE ILLUMINATI! WE GOTTA RUN AWAY FOR OUR LIVES!!! MIND BLOWN!!!

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      2. Yeah I was just mask placing my head voice lol it’s a thing I do, it’s pretty normal haha LOL wow u really did that math so perfectly, im speechless.. lol

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      3. Thank you for commenting on my mad math skills lol I see people do this on YouTube all the time OMG I’m part of the illuminati! My middle name is Noelle=6 letters my first name is Ava=3 letters OMG 6 APPEARING 3 TIMES=666 I’M PART OF THE ILLUMINATI. ILLUMINATI COMFIRMED. THE TRUTH IS EVERYONE IS IN THE ILLUMINATI!

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  2. For the third exercise, do we have to keep using mix or can we fall to head voice when it gets too high? I’m guessing the first one.

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  3. I find myself concentrating on consciously controlling the muscles required for breath support. Is it normal to need to think about it when beginning? And as muscle memory develops, will it become more automatic? Since breathing is like a basic fundamental of singing, I should be thinking about doing it properly during these exercises, too, right?

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    1. It is completely normal and I’d even recommend it quite a bit actually. It will also definitely become more automatic. Yes all your questions’ answers are “yes” haha

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      1. Right, sorry about all the yes answers, lol. I’ve been doing some outside research on my own, and sometimes I just feel like I need a little reassurance that I’m not wrong. Thanks!

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    2. I used to sing through my nose. Now, after almost a year of practicing the lifted palate, it seems like I have forgotten how to do that. Even when I have nasal congestion, my voice still sounds normal, except when there’s nasal consonant. 😀

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  4. I came across the word “onset” while reading your analyses and I don’t think I understand it properly/ Can you please explain? Is it an attack on a vowel, or the way you begin singing a note?

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    1. Oh sure of course. Onsets are basically stylistic techniques used to create different sounds in singing. From what I learned, there are 4 types of vocal onsets, balanced, airy, hard attack and creak. Creak is basically where you have a bit of a vocal fry at the beginning of the note, like how Britney Spear sings, hard attack is kind of a harsh pushed sound used a lot in rock, airy is just airy and balanced is a normal, relaxed, even sound, without too much nor too little vocal cord connection.

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  5. Could you tell me how this is? https://soundcloud.com/user40640577/ok4

    The quality isn’t amazing cause I recorded it on my phone, but here’s a different version in case the first one’s sound is too messed up; it ends kind of abruptly though: https://soundcloud.com/user40640577/voice-071

    Am I lowering my larynx on the “nal” part, and am I mixing here? Is it really heady? I realize it’s only like a G#4 or something, but things above that start to feel a bit high for me and I’d like to make sure I’m not doing developing some damaging habit just in case. I’d of course appreciate any other comments as well. Thanks in advance!

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    1. Actually, this is funny. Sometimes people send me like 3 min audios and there’s just so much going on that I’m not sure exactly what to say, for some reason with your 15 sec recordings I know exactly what to say haha So first of all, sustained note, you were very unsteady with your airflow. You were letting very uneven puffs of air at once so your tone wasn’t really done with a vibrato, you really weren’t sustaining the note with a straight tone either. Practice the breathing exercises and making sure your voice comes from there. Do a tssssss exercise and make sure u watch how the air comes out and try to control it so that it’s even and steady.

      Second point wow you’re a girl, I was thinking you were a guy all this time for some odd reason. LOL Anyway so no you did not lower your larynx on the low notes, you sounded just kind of unstable and you weren’t supporting your voice properly, but your low notes have quite a good amount of tone and you seem to be relaxed so I’m glad to hear that. You just need to make the sound more opened, focused in placement and supported.

      Third point, the G3 was okay, the F#3 was okay and the higher note was a G4, it felt like a head voice but it’s not. It’s a heady mix for sure, it’s relaxed and it’s bright. It’s okay if it feels high for you ^ ^ You’ll develop your mix with time. Now try to work on your steadiness and openness.

      Fourth point, on openness, open your mouth. I can hear from your recording that your jaw isn’t dropped low enough, you’re not opening your mouth wide enough. Now I don’t know big of a mouth you’ve got, but always try to open your mouth as much as you can when singing, without bringing tension to your jaw. Also because you sound so small and closed, your voice gets placed in your nose, sadly. So try to open up the mouth and the back of the throat with the soft palate.

      Watch how Shannon and Kelly Clarkson always make sure their mouths are opened and they’re being heard. When you’re singing, don’t you wanna be heard? Then open wide and let your voice out! ^ ^

      Sorry I took so long to reply, btw. Been busy.

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      1. Thanks for this. I don’t even really know a whole song well enough to even send a 3 min clip, so it’s nice the 15s is enough, haha.

        A lot of people actually assume I’m a guy before they know otherwise. Maybe it’s the way I write or something.

        As for the jaw thing, I actually have some problems with TMJ, so I’m always worried about opening my mouth too much, but I’ll make sure to keep that in mind from now on.

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      2. “I don’t even really know a whole song well enough to even send a 3 min clip” LOOOOOL dead Maybe it’s cuz you asked about Hyoshin and I don’t many international Hyoshin fans? lol TMJ? I know what that is, try to just open enough that your voice doesn’t become placed in your nose. I’m sorry to hear.

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      3. Are most international PHS fans guys? Most of them seem to be girls to me, haha.

        Actually, just to clarify, when you say my voice is placed in my nose, is it the same as nasality? Like the sound is coming through my nose, or is it something else? Also, does pinching the nose work to tell if I’m opening up and lifting the soft palate correctly?

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      4. I barely know any to be honest lol it is the same as nasality yes. Yes pinching the nose will tell you, use it more for the vowels, not n/m words

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    1. Sorry it’s usually posted Friday’s, I’ve been really busy but I’ll try to make a video for tomorrow. I’m not sure, she has a very throaty technique..

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      1. Oo..ok..take your time. Sorry for being inconsiderate. Just scared that you wont do these videos anymore. Your videos really help. I can now mix until E5 with better support. Maybe pushed a little bit but no more strains. I like sia’s musics, but her technique is a bit..u know weird.

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    2. Can I state my own comment? LOL.

      I’m a fan of Sia but I noticed that she strains a lot. Her F5s in “Chandelier” are disconnected and somewhat… tight? Meanwhile, the “I’m gonna fly like a bird of the night” part is also so strained.

      Sia has a wonderful voice and great interpreting skills. I hope, though, that she can improve her vocal technique. 🙂

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  6. Loved this video! I’m not really an innately talented singer, but I’ve been working on my vocal technique for around a year now. So far, I’ve been really struggling with high notes (my range is something like C3-F5) and I’m a girl so it’s been really frustrating that even though my range doesn’t go very high, I still can’t sing well in the upper end of my range. I’m going to try improving my high note technique with this video haha!! ^^ Just one question, how should I practice to increase my vocal agility? I just recently reached a point where I can handle some runs now, but I really want to improve them. Thanks so much!

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  7. Ok I commenting here again because the technique I do that lets me reach high notes with ease might be bad or good. So I don’t know what happened because I can now hit F5’s with ease but idk if I’m doing them correctly. Ok so I made a video of some of my high notes that I did recently and I did this to show you if I’m doing them wrong. I strain less which is good but I might be making the note thin. Ok I think I did an A5 or a G5 at 0:28 but I’m not sure. I think I know all the notes I did in this but I want to be sure which notes they are. Ok, I put a bunny covering my faces in the first couple of videos because it looked like I was crazy because my vocal cords were on fire literally. That note at 0:28 took me out I tell ya even though it’s not really a strained sound. Oh can you tell me which notes are good or ok if there are any lol. Don’t be scared, it’s ok. Just remind your self I’m glad I’m not like her

    NOTE: All of these were practices so of course I have some mistakes. Especially in words… I did this because I don’t want to damage my voice if I’m doing damage

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    1. DAAAMN. Is this really because of the video? Because wow, you’ve been definitely practicing it right on some aspects of it! I mean yes you were definitely hitting F5’s, I heard them! I heard the G5 at 0:28! 0:41 you slid up to Eb5! Like before, you couldn’t even properly hit anything above B4 and you were just using chest voice, now you’re pretty much mixing. I need you to lighten up a bit more, support more and relax more. You’re kind of on the right track, but you definitely need to work on support and relaxing. You’re a bit too loud, try not to use volume/air to get the high notes. Your placement isn’t very good because the notes are being brought back in the back of your throat, so try to focus on keeping everything rounder in tone. Your larynx is raising as well, so make sure you keep it from raising. I don’t mind the pitch issues and the word issues, that’s not the biggest problem. My biggest problem 1:23 E5! See now you’ve got high notes lol I’m not going to lie to you, there’s definitely strain in your voice, on all those mixed notes but that’s how it starts. At first there’s some tension, the notes are unstable and you can’t hit them properly, that’s why I need you to be patient and try to be much softer, you’re way too loud right now. Too much chest, bring more head into that mix. It’s a huge improvement. Again my biggest issue with you is your pitch, I don’t really care if you can or can’t hit the high notes properly as long as you can hit the right pitch and be able to control your pitch. Good job, regardless!

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      1. Thanks~ umm this was just practice and I didn’t really know the songs then but of course I have gotten better with the pitch and stuff in those songs. So I want you to understand that. Yeah at times I can be VERY loud yeah I’m trying to stop that but it’s so hard. Like when people of high notes they think of big loud full notes but it’s really not like that! Lol at least those were very high notes and I don’t think anyone should except me to do a resosant G5 and F5. I mean for my age and even the average person that’s crazy!

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  8. Could you give me names of lyric tenors and full lyric sopranos in K-pop? In these voice types I only know D.O. and Sohyang.

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    1. Lyric or full lyric tenors? Lyric tenors, most Kpop main and lead vocalists are lyric tenors. Some are full lyric, like park hyo shin and The One. As for full lyric sopranos they’re Eunji, Yeonji, Solji possibly, Jea possibly, Sohyang, Ock Joo Hyun, Lee Young Hyun and that’s all I can think of. D.O. Is a light lyric tenor.

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      1. I was told he is one, I also was slightly confused, his voice is bright but it’s also big in size. I’m not really sure to be honest.

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      2. I thought there’s a leggero tenor then a light lyric tenor then a lyric tenor then a full lyric tenor. I was wrong for a long time. Thank you guys so much.

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      3. Basically it’s Lyric which is divided into light lyric and full lyric, leggiero may have a lighter voice but you can only be truly called a leggiero if you’re skilled enough to be one.

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  9. I have question about whistle register. (I hope you know a lot about the mechanism of that register).

    As you can see, there’s a Filipina singer who hits a very high note, and many are saying it’s a whistle register. I believe, though, that it’s a falsetto note (or strained/disconnected head tone) since there’s no resonance. However, there’s a dude there who contradicted it, saying it’s a super head tone, hence considered whistle tone. I’m sure that I’ve read somewhere here that Sohyang’s A6 is a head tone, not whistle, which makes me believe that the dude’s statement is not correct.

    What do you think?

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    1. I think someone has asked me about this before and I listened to it before, for sure I’ve seen this guy before so I don’t know if she is the girl I’m remembering. Oh wait, nope, I haven’t seen this girl specifically. It was a tight falsetto, for sure. It wasn’t floaty and whistley enough to sound like a whistle register. Maybe it was a strained head voice the second time she did it. I believe then, for sure, this isn’t a whistle register.

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  10. At 2:19 she was singing words with whistle register(?). I looked at her mouth and it did not seem like she was squeaking. I would like to know that it’s singing or not.

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  11. My lowest note is around D3-E3 if i goes falsetto the highest (mean above that i’m squezeed) is F5. I tried to sing exo’s song (high note without falsetto) i still can handle it but i know it’s strained. Is it my skill that is lack or i naturally can’t reach that note ? I just think that i was born with low voice lol

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    1. Well, F5 is a high note. So it’s probably just a lack of skill. D3/E3 is quite low especially if you are a Soprano, but I can’t really can’t tell if you’re a Mezzo Soprano or Soprano(if you’re a girl) unless I hear you singing.

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      1. I’m a girl , i joined the choir few years ago (already quit) and they placed me on Alto. What song can i sing so you can discover my voice type / my weakness ? ._. Thx so much

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      2. Oh, I see. Well, if you were placed in Alto this normally means you have trouble going above E5/F5 in head voice. Just because you were placed in Alto doesn’t mean you aren’t a Soprano. Choir sections are normally based on Range+Ease than true vocal typing. Well, you don’t really have to sing a specific as much as you have to sing A song. If that makes sense. If you know IU Good Day you could sing up until the chorus or just the whole song if you want.

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  12. Hi! Could I get your answer for my problem? I’m so curious about my voice type or range. I’m not a singer, just curious. I’m female. My range is C3 to C5, can go higher but not comfortable. Am I a contralto? Thank you

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  13. https://soundcloud.com/user40640577/syl2
    Could you tell me how the C#5 at 2:09 is? Is it still mix? Is it nasal? just how is it in general I suppose.

    The rest of the song is in a sort of comfortable range, but if you have time and feel like listening to it, I’d appreciate any other comments as well.

    Thanks in advance!

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  14. Ahmin, I always forgot to ask this >_<

    How did Daesung add vibrato in his D6 in his video? It sounds so smooth that I thought first it's a head voice, not an enforced falsetto.

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    1. He just added a fake vibration of the vocal cords. Actually it could be just a very pushed head voice, thinned out and strained with a forced vibrato.

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      1. Well it’s strained because it sounds pushed, overly loud (as in, he could only hit that note by being loud, without being to control the volume and the air pressure) and very yelled. It’s not like a chest-voice yelled kind of note, but it is a controlled yell basically.

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  15. Thank you for all the awesome videos and analysis ^^ I was wondering if for your next video you’d consider doing something on vocal types? Like what’s the difference between light, full, spinto (some words I remember seeing on your analysis’s). Also I was wondering, what determines if you’re a soprano, tenor etc? Is it just your highest/lowest note or would it be possible to be, say, a mezzo that has a wide range or something and can sing comfortably into the soprano range?

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    1. I have had a request on that and although I’d love to, I’m afraid at this point in time I do not possesses the right amount of knowledge to make a video about voice fachs. That’s a complex subject when it comes to contemporary singing, tenor-soprano-bass-contralto-baritone-mezzo yes I can explain the differences on those, now for specific voice fachs, it would take me too long to explain and I don’t have enough knowledge in that specific area. So I could do one for general voices, not specific ones.

      No, range is not what determines your fach, but instead your natural range, like where your voice natural sits comfortably, shines naturally and has the best quality in tone. So let’s say for an example, Mariah Carey and Beyonce, Mariah Carey can go as low as F#2 or even lower, Beyonce around A2/Bb2. Even then, Beyonce is still a mezzo and Mariah a soprano, because the quality of their voices is different. Beyonce has a darker heavier voice, Mariah has a lighter one. Mariah’s high mix voice sounds much brighter than Beyonce’s, and the area of their ranges where their voices shine the best are different. Whereas Mariah shines a lot on A3+ (Even though she has a good lower range for a Soprano), Beyonce’s C3 area is much thicker, fuller and more present in tone. So let’s say someone like a tenor for an example, many tenors can mix F5, that doesn’t mean they’re Sopranos. Their tones don’t shine the same way because their voices naturally shine lower than a woman’s voice. So it’s the range that you naturally speak in, where your voice shines the most AND where your bridges are, meaning where your voice naturally switches into mixed voice and into head voice. So a light lyric tenor, they switch from chest to mix on Eb4 and then to head voice (of course they can mix higher) on G4/G#4, whereas for a lyric baritone, the first bridge is B3 and the second one is Eb4. Now a baritone, like, I can hit E2, Eb2 and D2, but so can Chen of EXO. He can hit E2, but his voice sounds much less colorful and comfortable in the second octave than mine, whereas I sound natural and more like that’s where my voice naturally lies even though we can hit the same notes. So a mezzo with good technique could sing in a Soprano’s range comfortably, but that doesn’t mean that it’d be where her voice shines the best. Kinda makes sense?

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      1. I think I’m a baritone my range is G2-F3-F5. I used a vocal tuning app tho not a piano. I can’t really mix high. I’d probably sing ballad or pop music. I was thinking of Henry’s “I Would”. But idk if thats good for a beginner.

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      2. F3? You can’t go higher than F3 in your chest voice? I would isn’t necessarily a hard song, it’s pretty but it is high if you identify as a baritone..

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      3. Vocal tuners can sometimes be off so that F3 might have actually been a F4 and the tuner just made a error. Henry is a Tenor that sings like a Tenor which sits higher than a Baritone, so I don’t recommend that. E

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  16. Would you consider Perrie Edward’s (Little Mix) little solo part here good? Like is she straining her high note? Just for an example of what would be considered hitting a high note without strain vs with.

    Studio

    Live

    Thank you in advance and I love this blog so much ❤

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    1. Usually people like to ask about mixed notes, belts so I was expecting something like that haha not head voice. What I can hear is that the vibrato is a bit shaky, unstable and uneven.. her tone seems to get thinner and her larynx seems high on that head voice note, but her placement isn’t bad. I do believe I’d say this both in studio and live is strained, not terrible strain but the larynx seems high, there’s a bit of airiness coming through the vocal cords as well. The note is a B5 btw. Thank you btw!!

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    1. She is somewhat flat and she’s pushing a lot through her throat, but it’s not like she doesn’t have the range for it, she just needs to work on her support and openness, she’s just kind of nasal and tight yeah.

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      1. thank you for your answer
        but I forgot to mention something ^^’ this is a boy(22 years old I might add ) XD
        whenever he goes above B4 his voice gets this color , which is very interesting ,, when he sings between E4-B4 it’s like an androgynous / neautral tone… you might say it is either a boy or a girl …easily confusing … but notes lower than Eb3 sound like many would call “manly” I guess
        was he flat as in ..he sang the notes a semitone lower? trough better support pitch would be more acurate , right ?

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      2. That’s…a guy? Oh… well that explains why it’s tight and flat because that’s high, like D5 and E5 high. No he didn’t sing a semitone lower, he was…I don’t think he actually hit the E5. Yes better breath support will help with pitch.

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  17. Just a quick question about this whole mixing thing . . . when I try to sing in a mixed voice and touch the sides of my nose, I feel some vibrations there. Is that supposed to happen or am I being nasal? And while I’m here (lol more than “a quick question”), how do you identify is someone is nasal or singing from their throat? Thanks in advance!

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    1. Like your nostrils? No you shouldn’t feel vibrations in your nostrils when you’re singing in opened vowels, if you do then it means you’re nasal yes. Singing from their throat is something you have to get used to, it’s hard to explain how to hear it. It’s just about the quality of tone, if it sounds full and round, or if it sounds like a coarse kind of flat tone. Nasality is just about the whiny quality in someone’s tone, you listen for an overly bright, closed and whiny sound, as if they were sick. These things are easier to show than to explain lol

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      1. So if you don’t feel vibrations in your nostrils does it definitely mean you are not singing through your nose? Or could you still be singing through your nose despite not feeling vibrations?

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      2. Yeah I mean yeah. If you’re feeling no vibrations in your nose at all, maybe just around it then no sound is projecting through your nose. So therefore you should not sound nasal, you may sound whiny but that comes from throat openness or lack thereof and a bright mix.

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      3. Ah, thanks for your quick reply. I meant like the nose bridge area, not the nostrils. Is that still nasal as well?

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      4. (Yeah it’s the bone). Thank you so much for being patient answering my questions. I’ve been following this blog for quite a while and it has helped my singing improve. I hope you and all the other analysts keep doing what you do. Best of luck in future endeavors 🙂

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  18. Thank you so much for all the videos that you post! They really give some good pointers as to hitting high notes.

    I understand it, but I don’t really get it. Like, I get the concept of yawning, lifting soft palate, having a stable larynx, and resonating in the mask. However, I can’t put it into practice.

    Like, I tried yawning, visualizing, every helpful method to lift my soft palate, but as soon as I said anything other than a big ‘AH’, the tongue and palate reunited.

    For the larynx, are there any tips on keeping it stable? I noticed that even in the notes I am very comfortable and relaxed in, my larynx goes up along with the pitch. Is there a way to keep it stable?

    (IDK, to put this all into words is kinda tough. I don’t really know how I’m actually sounding or whether I’m progressing and doing it correctly. )

    If you need an audio file with my voice (you probably won’t, but just in case because some other people asked me when I asked questions), I will attach it. (be careful though- it can kill people)

    Thank You for keeping up the good work, and always helping us Kpop fans to be able to sing properly~~~~~

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    1. Your tongue and your palate touch? That shouldn’t happen…ever. If you’re a boy, you can probably feel your larynx. If not, swallow and feel it go up and down with your finger, keep your finger on your larynx and monitor its movement as you sing. If your pitch goes sharp, try not to push too much air. I normally do need an audio file but your questions are very specific so no worries. ^ ^

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  19. (IDK IF MY COMMENT MADE IT IN, & IM ADDING A LITTLE MORE DETAIL)
    hey look! It’s the first comment of 2016!!!!!!!!!

    AAAaaaannnnyways, is there a thing where you overly raise your soft palate, or is it just an ‘as long as it’s raised’ thing? I’m kinda concerned here, because for my soft palate, I can never keep it up. It always reunites with my tongue right when I sing something other than the yawn-like sounding ‘AH’. Is there a solution to this? Is there any method or trick to consistently keep it up? Oh, and is singing every note with a soft palate good, or just mixed voice/high notes? Thank YOu!

    If I ever have any more probelms, I will ask you. ( sorry if I’m being really annoying (o , o)

    Thank You and have a nice day!

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    1. Your comment did make it haha, it was like pending approval that’s all. It is possible to have tension your soft palate, but that’s very rare. Have you tried imagining you have a halls or mint in your mouth and feeling the coldness in the back of your throat? If not, breathe in with a nice dropped jaw and a relaxed manner. Allow yourself to feel coldness in the back of your throat from the air you’re inhaling and keep that sensation and shape of your throat when you allow sound to come out. ^ ^

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  20. Hello! I have been searching, practicing, and trying my best on how to lower the larynx. Do you have any tips, examples, etc. ?
    I tried to get as much info from books, but I don’t know how to approach the lowering, how it feels, and how to maintain it. I just don’t know how to control the larynx/throat in general…

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      1. Like, whenever I try to sing, I touch my larynx to see if it goes up as the note gets higher. It does. So, I’m wondering how to keep it neutral? I’m using my diaphragm and most things that books, videos, etc tell me but I can’t seem to keep my larynx neutral. Do you have any tips to be able to neutralize the larynx?

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      2. Yawn, force your larynx down so that it kind of pushes itself down as it’s used to going up and the result will be it getting on a more neutral position.

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  21. Hi Ahmin,

    I wonder if you could listen to this ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhyuPjkp0uM ) and give me some feedback. I’m so sorry. You must be busy :< It's absolutely fine if you don't want to listen ^^ and you can stop halfway too if I'm hurting your ears TT_TT I'm pretty bad. XD

    Thank you so much! I'm so overwhelmed with the amount of effort you put into this page!! ^^ Such great work!!!!

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    1. Hi dear, sorry I make comments unapproved so that I don’t forget to reply to them later anymore. It’s a new thing I’ve been doing. So I saw that you posted the comment 3 times, don’t worry. I was going to get to it. It was just up for moderation. ^ ^ This is the last pending comment I have to answer so I’m glad lol
      First of all, you sound cute. You just seem so so shy. You need to come out of your shell more, you have a nice cute voice. You’re using a lot more air than tone in your singing, 0:32 you lowered your larynx on the lower note. You need more support, to get out of your shell, you need confidence. More volume, be daring. You are not supporting enough, you need to work more on your breath support. You don’t have bad pitch, you have a general sense of pitch, it’s just you tend to sound weak due to the airiness. You changed key when you went to the chorus of the song, but the funny thing is that you did it on purpose. You don’t have a bad ear for pitch because when you changed key, you changed ONLY in the chorus cause you knew it was too high and so you stayed in the new key throughout the chorus. Good job on that, most people would have issues finding their new key center. Overall, you have a lot of potential but you just need to challenge yourself to not be shy. Work on breathing and tone, let your tone come out. ^ ^

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      1. Thank you so much for the reply!!!!! ^^ Also sorry for bombarding you with cmts :

        I’m a bit sad. I can’t believe even my singing effort reflects my shyness XD I will try harder ^^ Thank you for the encouragement!

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      2. Our singing often reflects who we are and our confidence level will greatly affect our singing, the more confidence you have, the more easily you’ll be able to showcase your voice. ^ ^

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  22. I don’t really feel buzzing in the face area when doing that exersice at 6:30 (the mmm… one), I feel buzzing like on the hard palate(?), so I am wondering if I do anything wrong. (But later when I do the exersice at 7:30(the neinei… one), I do feel a buzzing on the nose which is so different from the buzzing at 6:30.)
    Thank you very much~

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    1. The one on nae is more in the nose, the one at 6:30 is supposed to be more in your mouth. Your goal is to have a very forward sound that does not come out of your nose.

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  23. So this video is more about improving the mix, as opposed to accessing/strengthening the head voice? Or would these exercises be good for developing the head voice too? I think I have used head voice, but if I have I know it’s not consistent so I’m wondering what kind of exercise would be best for working on that.

    Related to that, if I am singing a higher note and I am able to change its dynamics, does that mean it is head voice? I watched the video on vocal registers three times now, and I’m still having trouble differentiating between head voice and falsetto.

    Also I second a video on improving agility lol

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    1. Yes, I will write exactly head voice when I get to it haha It can help you develop some muscles necessary for your head voice as well actually. It may mean it’s head voice, though it may not mean that it’s supported.

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    1. Mhmm hi hi! No that’s no problem, did you watch the vocal tips video #1? Because breath support is addressed there and I just wanna make sure if that wasn’t enough. If it wasn’t, could you explain further on what I should address for this video on breath support alone?

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    1. I like it how you started to get more comfortable as you kept singing, so you started to project slightly better and your pitch got better too. Your Korean sounds pretty good btw, are you Korean-American? 0:09 you went slightly flat on the G#3, but the note was projected well. 0:24ish the Bb4, 0:45 C5 as well, you tend to push too harshly with your throat and you push too much pressure on the upper part of your throat, sort of around where the back of your tongue is. I don’t really hear issues with tongue tension, I just hear a lot of tightness in your throat. Try to sing these higher notes without pushing so much volume and sing it in a very soft volume throughout, while trying to mix and not use head voice for those higher notes. It will be tough at first, but the more you get used to singing in a lighter mix, the easier it gets to simply add volume as opposed to only being able to rely on tightness in your throat to get these notes out. Try to sing softly while maintaining proper support throughout actually, cause then you’ll rely on your vocal cords more and less on your throat since at times your pitch would go slightly off. Also by soft, I do not mean airy so make sure you don’t become too airy when you sing, okay? I like how you produce tone right now, it’s pretty clean and that’s good. ^ ^ I like your voice btw.

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      1. Thank you~ Yes, I am Korean American~
        I was wondering how to mix? I was wondering where exactly to place my voice so that it could mix properly and I could sing high notes with straining or anything. Thank you so much for taking your time, btw~

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      2. Try to think of a forward feeling, right below your nose, above your lips, around that area of your face. When you hum, you should feel strong vibrations in that area of your face, so try to open your mouth, get the sound out of your nose and project from that are still. One thing that helps is putting your upper lips over your gums as if you are making a stanky face and then feel as the sound “lifts” into that area of your face as well. Try to do this with 5 note scales with medium volume, don’t get louder as you sing higher.

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  24. I’ll watch again, and if i have any doubt can i ask you again?
    Can you help me with a exercise to find my head voice, because i can’t sing in a connected head voice, just with an airy falsetto.
    thank you for replying me

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    1. Oh right I need to make a video about head voice. Of course you can ask again. Se você quiser e preferir falar em Português, pode falar também que eu respondo sem problema.

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  25. Hello! I was wondering a few things.
    So, I just started voice lessons, and my vocal teacher told me not to think about chest voice, head voice, but think that I have one voice. He was telling me to use my mixed voice.
    However, I just can’t seem to understand what my mixed voice is. Like, whenever I vocalize, he focuses a lot on the notes where I use my head voice and as I sing them, he tells me to bring to sound forward and follow the air instead of the sound.
    And like, I’m wondering how exactly mixed voice sounds.

    Thank You!

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    1. I agree with how he thinks but so what can I do for you exactly? Mixed voice is the higher part of your voice where you’re not fully in chest voice but not quite in head voice either. It will feel closer to chest voice for most untrained singers as pulling chest is a common habit.

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  26. hello!! erm how can i improve my pitch in terms of like intervals?? i find quick interval jumps like up a 4th or 5th are hard to execute for me without being slightly sharp or flat. Is there any way to improve this??

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    1. There’s no real secret to it, the way to work on this is maintaining your throat shape the same and sitting in front of a piano and playing intervals and working to sing them right away. It just takes practice.

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  27. hi pleas can someone give a short analysis to my record I am just beginner I know that I have a really really bad tone and pitchy not well supported but I need to know is there any thing positive or what I can do to iPhone thank a lot Listen to I will always love you (whitney) by 소여므김 #np on #SoundCloud

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    1. I think this is too short and too narrow of a range for me to say anything positive for you. You stayed in the key you chose but honestly speaking you chose a key that’s WAY too high for you to sing comfortably and I’m not exactly sure why you did that. You should’ve picked a key that was more comfortable for you instead of this. I mean you were singing D5’s, with a very closed throat, very tight diction and very small mouth opening. You need to drop your jaw more, open your mouth more and honestly sing in a much lower and more comfortable range. There’s not much I can say, but you should also pick an easier song.

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  28. Hi! I think my friend can support A2 and Ab4s and his head voice sounds really relaxed upwards to F5 or Gb5, he also does a lot of melismas. hes not super fast but it sounds really smooth. I think he’s a tenor (his speaking voice is kind of deep, but his singing is like light, but sometimes he does this musical theatre thing…). He’s got a friend whos definitely a tenor and i think he only supports D3 to D4 but his head voice sounds really whiny and weak so i think its actually a falsetto haha. He does melismas too but theyre not smooth like my friend’s. I like his voice though. he has another friend who has a really sleepy sounding voice and he’s hot and i think hes a baritone cause his voice is really deep when he talks, down around the 2nd octave, and i think his support is G2 to Eb4. How are they all individually?

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      1. Well Joemar is my protegee. lol I mean he’s really got the basics and more down, great lower range, great resonance, beautiful runs, a really nice head voice but Luc and Marco haven’t been trained as well so they lack in terms of support and tone production although I know they’ve been working on their own on those things and improving as well. ^ ^ Are you a fan?

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      2. I’m kind of a fan yeah? I only really know Mar but I support whatever they do! He geeks out about vocal stuff over the mic all the time haha. All I know is that Mar sounds like reeeeeeaaalllly professional but that explains a lot that hes been trained by you! You must be working him hard since he sounds so different and much better from the clip I linked. I think all three are really cool though!

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      3. Over the mic? What do you mean by that? Mar is one of the few people I’d actually give a rating to even though he’s not a “professional” vocalist per se. I’d rate him as like Above Average to Competent honestly.

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      4. Ive never met Mar in person. I only know him through my brother and we occasionally talk about singing over skype and he told me about his group and I got into kpop through that. Really? Wow he’s pretty darn good then!

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  29. Hey Ahmin, for the “buh” exercise (the third one) does it automatically make you go into your mixed voice? I want to make sure that I’m not pulling my chest voice up, but I’m not entirely sure about how a mixed voice is supposed to feel like :s Also, is that C5 you did around the 8:05 mark your mixed voice or your head voice?

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      1. Ahhh okk thanks! ^^ oh, and a few more questions lol (sorry D:)

        1. Does Naeng give you an idea of where you should be placing your sound? And does it help with “singing in the mask”?

        2. Is it true that you’re not singing in your mask, you’re automatically singing through your throat?

        3. I’ve heard someone say that belting is pretty much a really strong, really clear head voice. Is this true?

        And maaaan, that C5… Such power!! I would’ve thought that it was in your mix 😀

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      2. Yes that’s exactly what Naeng is good for. No it is not, you can sing in your chest and your head as well. You can have a strong mask placed head voice, but I wouldn’t call that a belt. Haha yes it’s my way of faking my mix above A4.

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      3. Okk thank you for answering all my questions!!! :DDDD one more thing, ideally, should we always be placing or voice in the mask? Even head voice? 😮

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  30. Hi Ahmin, I don’t think you remember but last year or so I sent you a clip of my singing and you said I was really shy and I sounded really airy. I still am I guess XD Now that I’m done with applying to college XD I just want to ask you again how do I sound and if I sound less airy because it’s something I struggle even with speaking T.T and I love singing! https://youtu.be/dQuSuGclrUA Thank youu so muchh! ♡♡

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    1. Unfortunately I tried to find the audio that you sent me like a year ago but the audio is deleted so I can’t really comment on improvement since I don’t necessarily remember how you sounded. You don’t sound too airy, so I could assume that it could be some sort of improvement. I hear you aspirating and pushing a lot of air, whenever you end any of your lines, I hear a puff of air that comes out which indicates that you’re pushing more air than you’re stretching your vocal cords so I’d advise that you use a better stretch. Try watching my most recent vocal tip video. ^ ^

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  31. Hey Ahmin, you’re videos are amazing dude! Do you think you could listen to my recording and offer some pointers? I’ll apologize for my mediocre singing in advance; the song is 안아줘.
    http://vocaroo.com/i/s1ke63eQdtWR
    Most of the high notes near the beginning is a slightly strained chest voice (I think), and I don’t use falsetto until the second half. Am I using mixed register any where in the recording (or at least close)? What can I work on to achieve mixed? Thanks so much!

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    1. Awww thanks that’s very sweet of you! Dear don’t sell yourself short, you’re not bad at all! You have a nice voice, your low notes aren’t bad either! You definitely sound like a baritone to me. It’s nice that you’re Korean because then singing in Korean for you it’s fine cause you’re singing in a language you speak.

      You’re singing Eb4’s throughout the chorus, you’re mixing to an extent but it’s very underdeveloped. A little too throaty, then you switched to head voice on the second half indeed. Then when the new chorus came in before you cut off the audio and you were in your falsetto again. I’d say focus on the exercises on the video “how to support” because that will help you better blend your mix while keeping the sound bright but connected. You are kind of singing too light here then you eventually gave up on mixing, which happened cause your muscles lack development. I’d start singing songs slightly lower than this. I believe this is by a baritone right? Was it Kim Dongryul? He tends to belt high for a baritone so I’d go for John Park cause he tends to not go too high but he still does it relatively well.

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      1. Thanks so much for your feedback dude! This is actually by Jung Jun Il, who is also a baritone? Yea I agree the song is a bit high for me haha but the low parts are comfortable. And I was definitely straining for the E4’s, so I’m not sure if a mix was incorporated. Is it right for me to assume that mixed register can’t be purposely discovered, it happens through chance right? How did you discover yours, you sing high notes so smoothly haha.

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      2. Well of course it can be purposely discovered, if not I wouldn’t be able to teach people to sing in this register. Haha

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  32. Ahmin, I’ve been developing mix, and I used to be REALLY chesty (I used to strain on a C4), but I have been applying a headier mix to balance it out, but when I listen to myself sing, it’s slightly heady. Will my mix eventually balance out as I keep doing these exercises?

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  33. Hello. I have been trying to sing high notes but whenever I try, I can’t seem to tell if I am straining to get up there or supporting. Furthermore, I have been trying to work on my mixed voice, but I don’t seem understand where it should resonate. People tell me it should be my nose, but others say differently, and I’m not sure. Third, how do I keep my larynx down while going higher up? I’ve tried changing my sound for my larynx to stay in its place, but it keeps going up with the note. Thank you.

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    1. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t focus enough on breath support which limits people to at times sing in their throats despite developing range.

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  34. Hey I was watching this TV show, and on it, the guy at 34:56 to 35:37 was talking about how to hit high notes. Isn’t this painful to the throat? Just wondering if this was a proven way.

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  35. Hi, Cold you give me a review about my singing this time. I just work on my placement before I singing this. So my voice a little bit tired. I try to humming exercise to get that mask placement as you mention on the video. I now know how to produce vibrato, I try to add some in this singing. On a good day, I can hit F4 with less effort but the thing is my vibrato still sounds really weak so Im afraid thats not a good vibrato & Im afraid that I still cant support. Can you give me some advice to fix it?

    Heres the link : http://www.smule.com/c/767461597_1405762799

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    1. The good news is that your diction is clearly better when singing in your native tongue, 0:47 kind of flat and the Ah vowel could be more opened, you need to drop the jaw more, also 1:00. I feel as though you don’t really allow the voice to mix and you keep it very close to your chest voice as you get higher, so you tend to fall flat and lose projection and freedom. I still hear that you tend to separate your singing a lot, it’s like you’re overly emphasizing each syllable. Have you been practicing exercises? Why don’t you try showing me exercises from vocal tips #8? Practice those, humming is not enough to get you to support.

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      1. Ok. Thank you for your answer. ill work on that too. I actually have been peactic that tips number #8 a lot. Now, I can hit that e4 with less effort. Thanks to that tips. I can relax at least to E4. the thing is that I think I cant place my voice properly so I tried to learn the placement, yeah, I can sing lightly & its would be less effort than the weighty one. I tend to push when i do that chesty. but as a. baritone Im afraid if I sounds light, it would be a high larynx or my placement is wrong (Nose). Like key or yoochun do. i really dont know how to place my voice in mask. And also I still have problem with vibrato. You can hear me practice those tips here : http://www.smule.com/p/767461597_1406500333 what do you think my problem there?

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      2. It’s fine to be light as a baritone, don’t worry about that and you’re not in your nose. Yoochun and Key actually are kind of heavy despite being in their noses. Well to me you’re not singing lightly enough, I wouldn’t sing a 5 note exercise for you and I would rather you stick to one single exercise but I get it’s just a recording for me to get a general idea. Stick to the two note exercise, sing softly. You got louder as you went higher and didn’t drop the jaw and kept the sound in the throat. Open it and direct the sound towards the mouth. Lift the soft palate just a bit more to open up the back of the throat and really monitor your volume a lot more and the breathiness, there’s too much air coming through. It happened more so on the five note exercise, the first one you sang. The pitch wasn’t very precise there too, the fifth note was always quite flat. It’s good that you’re singing more lightly and there’s more of a mix, but you’re still not letting go of your sensations. You have to let them go to embrace new ones!

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  36. Ok thank you for reply, the first one is actually too hihg for me. its C4 to G4 lol. I cant notice the note I sang cuz i dont have keyboard to follow the notes when I record that so I end up singing too high. Yeah, Its around E4 and F4, I begin to tense on those notes, I can feel it. But, Do you think I do it right on lower notes ?

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      1. Can you tell the different between singing lightly with heady mix and lightly with high larynx? i think this is whats confused me a lot when i do the exercise

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  37. Ohhh okay, thank you so much for your ecplanation, its help me so much. I think i now what I did wrong. I think didn’t free up my voice and Ive kind a bit hold it. And it creates a tense, right?

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