Our Vocal Technique Explained

So, what is the vocal technique we use in lessons?

Let’s start with the basics. Firstly, 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 exactly what you want it do, on demand, without fail. This means we need a technique that understands how the voice works and always delivers the best from your voice.

As a voice coach, this is the discipline that I specialise in. I have achieved certification in both SLS (Speech Level Singing) and in IVA (Institute for Vocal Advancement). I have also studied and continue to study regularly every year with many of the great present-day voice experts from all over the globe.

Through having the most direct tools to help you become a better singer, we can build your voice effectively and efficiently. We can build your voice into something to be incredibly proud of, complete with great range, stamina, and long-lasting vocal health. This specific approach has done the same for me and countless singers. I would love to show you how it can do the same for you.

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Who uses this technique?

Singing lessons in Nottingham with Mark JW Graham - Notts #1 Vocal Coach for Singing lessons Nottingham
Mark has achieved certification with both Speech Level Singing (SLS) and with the Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA) during his years of teaching

I have been privileged enough to stand on the shoulders of giants in developing the approach I use in lessons. The Bel Canto approach to singing – used over centuries by great Italian singing masters – was revitalised and rediscovered in the mid-20th Century by the great vocal pedagogue, Seth Riggs. He has had a hand in generating some of the greatest voices in the last 60 years. This includes singers such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, etc, just to name a few.

While many of these singers had fantastic voices to start with, Seth expanded their ability and fixed many issues for them. It’s this approach that has been responsible for a ‘vocal renaissance’ in the last few decades.

It has been my great privilege to study with and to continue to study with many at the forefront of this renaissance. For example, coaches such as Greg Enriquez, Jeffrey Skouson, Spencer Welch, Guy Babusek, Kathy Kennedy, Stephanie Borm-Krueger, and many more.

The core of this approach is unparalleled in its delivery of success. In my opinion, it is impossible to overemphasise the effectiveness of this technique.

What does the technique involve?

Going back to our first point, if the voice is an instrument like any other, we need to build it as such. This means we need to join up every area of the voice to be seamless and smoothly connected, much like any other instrument. This means we can move throughout the full range of our voice easily with no breaks, jumps, flips or troublesome areas that we worry about.

Now, while we don’t sing like we speak, we must always be aiming for that same comfortable conversational approach 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.

The Benefits

This approach leads to a natural improvement of all attributes of your singing. Correct building of the voice naturally improves range, endurance, stamina, breath control, resonance, vocal strength and vocal quality. This then enables the singer to use their voice however they see fit across whatever style of music they choose. Again, this is all 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 well 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.

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. That’s how the technique works in a nutshell. If you want to learn more, you can continue reading via the link below.

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