Wow, not only am I the most active current member, but I seem to be the only one with anything to say these days.
I hope everyone had a great Valentine's weekend and spent lots of quality time with their loved ones.
I took it a little easy.
For some strange reason I think I over-practiced. I haven't strained my voice at all by shouting, yelling or screaming. Also didn't use my metal voice at all. Perhaps all that trying to hit nice notes in Sygyt did it.
I never quite hit the "O Canada" melody, actually. Well, the tune was there, but the fundamental note beneath it all was so unsteady that once recorded, you could really hear how badly it wandered up and down the scale, sometimes two or three times within a given phrase. Sometimes even while holding an overtone. It's a lot harder than it seems, I suppose.
I guess this will be a project for the far future or for another style altogether, like WOS Stuart Hinds' way, lol. Perhaps with 'regulated' fundamentals one could do the melody a little nicer, plus the harmonious parts wouldn't sound so off-key.
It's apparently a big issue at this time for me. I am getting better in technique, no doubt. But I don't have the kind of hearing I need to stay 'level', I think. I am talking about that sort of ability to hear a specific note (say, 440 Hz A) when played next to an F, and still be able to discern that it's an A when you hear it next to a D later.
I lose track of the fundamental in relation to the overtones, so I drift around, making the whole "song" useless.
I tried singing along to songs on headset or speakers, but I find my fundamentals drowned out by the song and I can't hear it. I am not at the point yet where I can tell that I'm on key just by chest feeling or vibes on my tongue.
Long story short, I managed to practice forming notes so much, I somehow got my soft palate swollen. For two days all the Sygyt I could muster would be a slight timbre modulation on my Xorekteer.
Couldn't get overtones on that either, just chest voice. Kargyraa worked fine, though, which is puzzling me a little bit. No idea how this came about, but it's better now, so...
I am not deterred, though. I can cheat. I can sing with an ostinato line, for example. Any decent sequencer can program a steady note, sorta like a metronome, only for pitch.
I find I 'drift' the ladder a bit during Kargyraa as well, but it's a LOT easier to hold that if I concentrate.
So I guess where I'm at is this:
singing a tune - no
singing part of a tune - yes
demonstrating technique - yes
adding flourishes - yes
holding steady notes - no
I still haven't bothered learning any of the Tuvian words to the songs either, I had a feeling I shan't have to just yet, until I get more discipline.
I can hit a wonderful ringing, true Sygyt, not just that overtone stuff everyone keeps mistaking it for. My previous attempts at recording this resulted in exactly jack squat, just sounds like someone trying Khoomei without Xorekteer (!!!) So you hear 75% fundamental, and then a bunch of off-key fluting, way in the distance. Made me rethink my plan of attack...
I sat back down and got me self more familiar with the basic chest voice, again. Couple of days of reinforcing this training really made a difference.
I am doing vocal range exercises in Xorekteer and Kargyraa to define, expand and strengthen my range. I am doing breathing exercises for diaphragm control and longness of breath.
And poof! Today I tried some Sygyt just to see if my palate had un-swollen itself and I got a clear, bird-like note. Then again, lower fundamental, a wonderfully clear, strong note with somewhat of a cricket-like quality to it, slightly hollow, too, just sweet. The funny thing is, I am forming the overtones in a completely different fashion this time. Tongue-blade behind the teeth, almost touching across the palate, base down, jaw forward and down, throat medium-tightly constricted. This is not what I did before, and THAT didn't work, so, I think I got the hang of it.
Now I HAVE to work on steady notes and try to make sure I don't overdo it again, so every second time I want to sing, I don't now.
More soon, hopefully I can tape some of the notes I been getting...
"well, at least you don't have to listen to me..."
I am not a pro and don't know crap. Any advice given is my sole opinion and must not be taken seriously. Doing so may result in injury, shame or death from boredom.