Mudcat Café message #228377 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #21415   Message #228377
Posted By: GUEST,Mimosa@work
15-May-00 - 04:53 PM
Thread Name: Hitting the high notes
Subject: RE: Hitting the high notes
As a professional classical singer, I just wanted to add my experience to this discussion. Nothing can subsitute for a good teacher. When I (a baritone) sing duets with a good tenor, sometmes I tend to push my voice instead of supporting properly - as discussed elsewhere in this thread - which will always result in my losing volume, quality and range. I was classified as a baritone at age 12, and at 44 I'm still a baritone, but my range has increased by a fourth on the top and probably a fifth on the bottom. I think if a voice is deteriorating before the singer is 65, there's a problem in technique which will require a good teacher to fix.

Trying to learn to sing by listening to yourself is like trying to improve your playing on an instrument by putting your head inside it. Singers can't haer what they actually sound like, so we have to have someone we can trust tell us.

I suspect that my classical technique keeps me from sounding like a folk musician when I sing folk songs, and my blues with folk harp accompaniment is probably off the wall, but I get good audience response with it, so I won't fault what works for me.