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Lessons 2018-05-17T09:33:35+01:00

Beginners Voice Training

Common Vocal Faults

  • Singing with tension and strain
    Have you ever tried to sing a song and not been able to reach the higher notes? This happens when the vocal folds are being used incorrectly. Understanding how the voice actually works will eliminate tension and allow you to sing high notes with ease. Vocal strain occurs when the vocal folds are being blasted with too much air or not holding together because of too little air. You will learn the optimum amount of air flow to allow the vocal folds to remain relaxed and allow you to reach those high notes.

  • Having a restricted range
    Once a knowledge of the different registers (chest/middle/head voice) is taught and how to transition smoothly through them, vocal range is easily increased.
    Breathy voice and/or hard voice
    Understanding how the vocal folds react to breath will improve the texture and tone of your voice.

  • Vocal breaks and cracks
    These occur when the vocal folds are overloaded with too much air. Understanding how to control the airflow will smooth out any breaks.

  • Lack of confidence
    As soon as you start understanding how your voice works and being able to control what comes out of your mouth, your confidence will increase no end. There will be no holding you back!

 

All these issues and more will be addressed in your lessons. Scales and exercises will be specifically designed to suit your individual needs.
All lessons are recorded and e-mailed to you so you can continue your practice at home.

The first half of your lesson will be spent working on weaknesses within your voice that are specific to you. I can easily diagnose these and design scales and exercises that will start you on the right road to strengthening these areas. You will be provided with scales and instructions to continue your practice at home and all lessons are recorded and emailed to you so you can listen to your progression. Lessons can take place either in my studio in Chelmsford, Essex or via Skype wherever you are in the world.

Technical Knowledge

How Can It Help?

Many professional performers sing without a clear concept of how the voice works; I did it for years. Singing intuitively is possible but it has it’s limitations. When problems are encountered, the natural tendency is to try harder when actually the solution may well be the opposite. I will help you have a basic understanding of:

  • The Vocal Folds
  • How do they work? What happens when we sing from low to high? How can you treat them carefully so they will last you a lifetime
  • Breathing
  • How do we breathe to allow the vocal folds to be in balance with the breath flow and not crack or flip
  • How do we negotiate the vocal registers? What are they?
  • Harmonics and formants. What are they and why do they matter?

These are just a few examples of your study. You only need a small amount of knowledge to make a difference. The rest is practice and repetition to create new muscle memory.

Vocal Health

Singing live night after night can be exhausting. Keeping your voice ‘fit’ and trained like an athlete is essential to ensure a long career. I can provide you with the knowledge and exercises to help you look after your biggest asset as a performer.

Musical Theatre Voice Training

What To Expect In A Lesson

  • To develop the individual voice by increasing range, enhancing resonance and eliminating tension.
  • Provide an understanding of the different qualities needed for Musical Theatre (Twang, belt, legit etc)
  • To help the performer confidently adopt different characteristics and know how to express the narrative content of the song
  • Technical analysis of your voice based on proven vocal research
  • Design and application of exercises individual to your vocal needs
  • Performance observation and appropriate critique
  • Advanced dynamic development for experienced performers
  • Confidence and strength building for less experienced performers

Rock & Pop Voice Training

What To Expect In A Lesson

  • To develop the individual voice whilst keeping the characteristics of the artist
  • Analysis of any bad habits that may have accumulated and the knowledge and exercises to regain balance and ease to the voice
  • The ability to increase range and dynamic versatility to experiment with colour and expressiveness which can help an artist develop and enhance their own songwriting
  • Technical analysis of your voice based on proven vocal research
  • Design and application of exercises individual to your vocal needs
  • Advanced development for experienced performers
  • Confidence and strength building for less experienced performers