Method & Philosophy: Voice Training
A thought that I’ve expressed quite a bit over my career is that anyone can learn to sing. This has developed over years of my own singing and decades of coaching others. I feel that I have now developed such a unique approach that I virtually get results with each and every client.
Whether I’m working with someone in my studio or vocal lessons online, my intent is the same. At the end of the session that client must know that they now understand more about their voice and they have experienced definite improvement. This is the goal I strive for in each and every session, even if the client has been with me for years.
First, the client must understand that everyone, even established professionals, are nervous or apprehensive at the first session. I explain that the voice is our most personal form of expression and everyone has some degree of judgement of their own voice. This is completely normal and my job is to make the client comfortable and feel safe enough to truly learn and develop.
The first part of the session consists of my explanation of the physiology of the voice, or how we physically create sound. Once the client has a basic understanding of this, then the physical experience of it will make it real and usable for them. I will next begin with vocal exercises. These are all designed to give the client the physical feeling of how they are producing sound, with the goal of increasing range, power, tonal quality and confidence.
It is important that the client understands proper technique as to how to prevent any sort of vocal damage that can occur with improper technique. The very first exercise will tell me the client’s present habits as well as their potential. I then explain this so they have a clear understanding of the work ahead and what to expect. At the end of the exercises, every client experiences a new freedom in their voice and greater understanding.
The next step is to work on a song that the client has chosen. I never tell clients what song or style they should sing as they must work on songs that they love and the style of music that inspires them. This ensures they will truly work on that material. My job as the coach is to have the client be able to sing whatever they desire. At the end of the online voice training session I will give the client very specific areas to work on that we’ve discovered through the session. I record every session, either to CD or online, so they have practice material and can review everything that occurred in the session. I have found this to get proven results and have always said that if all these things do not occur in a session then the client doesn’t pay; ‘Guaranteed results with the first session‘.”