So, what is the vocal technique used in lessons?
To explain the vocal technique we use in lessons, it is important to understand that the voice is an instrument like any other. The voice is also an instrument that everyone has, and that anyone can learn to use. The challenge lies in mastering the voice so that it does what you want on demand, and to do this you need a technique that understands how the voice works, and how to train your voice in such a technique so as to always get the best from your voice.
I continue to study with great vocal pedagogues (experts in vocal technique) from around the world to bring the best to each of my students. I have achieved certification in both SLS (Speech Level Singing) and in IVA (Institute for Vocal Advancement) because I am convinced this gives me the most effective and direct tools to help you become a better singer and to achieve a voice to be incredibly proud of, complete with great range, stamina, and long-lasting vocal health. It has increased my range, tone and vocal health and stamina to great effect and I would love to show you how it can do the same for you.
Who uses this technique?
While I would love to say I invented/discovered this technique, the truth is that I am privileged enough to stand on the shoulders of giants. The Bel Canto approach to singing – used over centuries by great Italian singing masters – was revitalised and rediscovered in the mid-20th Century by Seth Riggs. He has had a hand in generating some of the greatest voices in the last 60 years, such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and the like. While many of these singers had fantastic voices to start with, Seth expanded their ability AND fixed many issues for them even despite their immense ability.
Many teachers have studied with Seth over the years, learning from him and bringing their own unique abilities to bear using what they learned. It has been my great privilege to study with and to continue to study with these coaches, coaches such as Greg Enriquez, Jeffrey Skouson, Spencer Welch, Guy Babusek, Kathy Kennedy, Stephanie Borm-Krueger, and many more.
The core of this technique is unparalleled in its delivery of success, and it is, in my opinion, impossible to overemphasise the effectiveness of this technique.
What does the technique involve?
The technique we use in lessons is built upon the importance of always creating and maintaining balance in the voice, to attain a voice that is ‘connected’ from one part of your range to another with no breaks, jumps or difficult areas. You don’t sing like you speak, but the focus is on attaining that same comfortable, easily produced vocal posture you have when you speak. This means that you don’t ‘reach up’ for high notes or ‘press down’ for low ones, you access them as easily as you would string together a sentence in your native tongue.
Our goal when working with you as a singer, is to train your voice to sing in a free and natural manner, smoothly, from the bottom of our range to the top, with no breaks or sudden changes in quality. Training in this technique gives you access to all dynamics, with tonal clarity and flexibility. Also, training in this technique helps improve your range, endurance, stamina, breath control, resonance, vocal strength and vocal quality across all styles of music without fatigue or damage to the voice.
This might seem utterly incredible, but it actually all starts with a remarkably simple approach to working on the voice, that really only makes sense when you experience it first-hand for yourself… then you really do get it.
Can singing really be that easy?
Well, yes! Singing and vocal technique is not nearly as mysterious as some might lead you to believe. The beauty of this vocal technique is that it is an ‘uncoloured’ technique, that is not predisposed towards any one style, but builds your voice into an instrument that you can apply to whatever you feel drawn to.
I absolutely love this! What this means is that we build your voice like an instrument, using effective vocal technique, so that all the notes are there with the innate tone of your voice, and it is up to you how you use those notes.
I love being a singing teacher, because I literally get to hear students’ voices transform into something amazing right in front of me.
What happens in a lesson?
The first lesson will have an initial consultation in which we identify where you are presently in your musical journey, and look at how to take you forward. We will then dive into tools tailored to deal with tendencies you may have. We will also look at application to song and troubleshoot difficult areas there. We can also look at various types of equipment and the role it plays in your setup.
Structure of lessons will be approximately 50%-70% on giving you the right tools, and the remaining 30-50% on specific application of those tools to achieving your goals. The lessons are, of course, always flexible to suit your evolving skill and goals… and above all, they are always fun!
Here is what you get in lessons with me, that you won’t get with any other teacher in the Nottingham area. Let me tell you what you are guaranteed to get in your first lesson, and every lesson after that…
– a personalised vocal diagnosis in the first 5 minutes of your first lesson, so you know exactly where your voice is at and why on a musical and functional level
– a clear, scientific explanation as to why your voice operates the way it does, with as much or as little detail as you require
– a tailored vocal workout that directly deals with whatever is going on in your voice
– tactically designed exercises that give you maximum benefit for minimum effort for your voice type
– new tailored workouts every lesson based on how your voice advances from previous lessons and workouts
– a constantly growing vocal development plan that is specific to your goals are, that will guide you in your vocal development and keep you on track towards your goals
– time to work on and troubleshoot tricky songs that you want to be able to sing
– open access to my own tips and tricks to help you through the troublesome areas of your voice, and to further your own artistic voice