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FDP Forum / Sing, Sing, Sing! - Vocalist's Forum / Is it possible...

Gene O.
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NE Ohio

Oct 21st, 2013 04:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

...to regain some of the range that you lost over the years? Or is it just gone forever due to age? I never had much of a range, but I recall being able to get up to a F# or G... maybe even a G#. But now I'm pushing it trying to sustain an E (as in the high E on a guitar).

I've been singing quite a bit of backups the last couple years, but I'm usually forced to take the 3rd harmony part down below the lead vocal, so I haven't really been pushing the range much. I just started up with a trio, and I will have more opportunity to sing a lot more parts, and maybe more middle range parts (if I can hit them), so I'm hoping I can see a little improvement... maybe get up to an F again.

Or is it just one of those unfortunate acts of nature that will put me in the basement forever?

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Suburban Detroit, Mi

Oct 21st, 2013 05:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

T'was a time when I'd be able to hit a Bb ala Roy Orbison. The other night a farewell jam with some friends we pulled out some of the tunes we used to do in 80s/90s. "Driven Out" by The Fixx. Holy Moly, did I ever struggle.

The two things I've noticed affecting range (in myself and others), Alcohol and Tobacco. Even a couple of drinks will do it. Proper hydration (not with alcohol), good monitors and work the mic. Not all those high notes need to come out like Benny Mardones.

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Dec 21st, 2013 11:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think maybe practice is a factor, too. Exercising your vocal chords. I notice if I don't sing much for a while, when I come back my vocal chords are 'tight'. After five or six months of 3-4 hours singing, per week, my range comes back all the way.

The last thing's a little problematic. Sometimes I sing a song a certain way in the beginning, but I have to modify my approach later, when my voice becomes more 'limber'. This happened to me with 7 Nation Army. We did it at the beginning of band formation, and I sang it one way. Later, my voice had changed just enough that I had to change the way I hit the higher notes…it required less falsetto and more normal voicing. I don't know if that makes sense to anyone but me...

Smoking/drinking are big factors, too, for sure.


(This message was last edited by AlanS at 01:32 PM, Dec 21st, 2013)

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Apr 10th, 2015 02:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

There is a vocal practice trick I learned at a vocal seminar a couple years ago.

You simply sing into a straw. Put a straw in your mouth and sing through it.

It forces your diaphragm and throat into the correct position and the more you do it, the quicker your body learns it.

I keep some 3" lengths of straws in the car for this and practice while driving.

This trick extended my range and helped my voice hold out through the night. It also improved my voice. I enjoy my voice now more than I ever did.

And I did know how to breathe correctly before I started using this trick, but it really helped my body learn it better.

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