Hey everyone, this is sort of a follow up to a question about vocal range I posted a month ago.
Being a tenor a baritone was never much of an issue until now, when I'm trying to sing a song that may not even be possible. I'm trying to cover Gavin DeGraw's "I Don't Want to Be" in my band, and after yesterday's rehearsal I'm afraid I may have been too optimistic.
I'm able to sing the song in entirety up until the outro, where he does all those soaring belts. I actually hit those high notes once, at home. It goes up to a high C I think. In practice it was another story. Having to play guitar simultaneously, having a bad quality mic and PA, having the band playing behind me, all factors in reducing the ease required to sing to my full potential. Forget about playing it live; I've decided to scrap it from our gig on Saturday.
My question is, does the fact that I managed to hit that high C (just barely) mean I could potentially sing those belts in the end of the song? Granted I did it with a combination of head voice and falsetto, so I don't foresee doing it easily. Or do those high notes fall under the category of the unusable part of my range? Just to give you an idea, G4-A4 is already belting territory for me, and notes like B4 or C4 are very shaky and unreliable. Plus they come out sounding very thin, without all that soaring power Degraw has.
Would love to hear some opinions. If it's doable perhaps someone could recommend some new exercises. I do vocal exercises regularly. They help to open up my voice, allowing it to resonate, and they increase my range and ease. With a couple I do go up quite high, but I consider it to be stretching more than anything. I don't regularly use the upper limits, which come out almost as a squeak when I'm doing exercises.