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  • VOCAL TRAINING PROGRAMS   18 members have voted

    1. 1. Which popular training program below that you have used before, would you recommend?


      • TVS - The Four Pillars of Singing
      • Complete Vocal Technique
      • KTVA
      • Breaking The Chains
      • Singing Success
      • Estill (EVTS)
      • Speech Level Singing
      • Other Programs Not Mentioned

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    • Hello Bullyeya, Welcome to our community.  Where are you from? My advise would be to not say that you "absolutely have no talent". Don't do that. Because the fact is, we really don't know how much talent you have or don't have until you actually start training on a regular basis. I will tell you that the odds that you DO have talent are greater then not. That is to say that, most people have some talent or intuition for singing. The most important thing is to find a great teacher and training program and have the commitment to never quit. I'll tell you what. Contact me personally and I will workout a situation for you where you can get some great warm up routines to help you out.
    • I am a 15 year old and have been trying to learn singing for over six months, but with little to no progress. I can't sing in tune with any song. No one in my family, neither from my mother's nor from my father's side, can sing well. Maybe it's something hereditary that prevents me from singing well. Whatever the reason may be, I have absolutely no talent when it comes to singing. So, I want to return to square one. Please suggest a vocal training routine and share some tips.
    • To me this is just called "learning".  A person sings and if he feels a blockage or a sound he doesnt like, he adjust something and keeps trying. Of course the process probably never ends lol. People do this all day every day and never heard of 'vowel modding'   That is why thousands of great singers never had lessons and certainly most have no clue as to the techie side of things. They dont need to....they sing and adjust as they go, relying on their ear and feel. Same as writing, drawing, talking etc.   Some singers are 'consistent'...maybe for example the Sam Cooke types. They have a style and they stick to it. Then you have the David Bowie types who like to do a bit of everything   id put 'vowel modding' like 6 miles behind support, range, dynamics, switching between various coordinations etc
    • If I had the time, I could find you all kinds of examples of vowel modifications (or even intentional word substitutions) from very apparant to virtually undetectable. It might help to do what I learned from Anthony Frisell.  Try to begin to look at vowels as having no relation to speech, but to view them as very specific, throat shapes.  When you sing you are basically a throat shaper, looking to find the most resonant, most free, most tonally accurate throat shape for every note on every vowel..PER YOUR PARTICULAR VOICE.  This is key.  What Joe Lynn Turner modified to may not be what you will or I or Dan or MD might modify to. Sure a lot of singers may get some of them by a natural adjustment, but I assure you a lot of them crafted them or had a vocal coach help them craft them. The more you begin to spot and identify them, the more you'll begin to see what I trying to (hopefully) get you to realize.  You say it's a lot to think about, but you get better and better at knowing how to shape, the more you do it. You will begin to slot into the best vowel or vowel shade, for your voice.  And you also begin to sense a very telling release to the voice that you will just know is right.   You can hear and sense the accuracy, or the ring, or ping or quality of the sound. Now here's the kicker Jon....You CAN sing without any regard to modifying anything and still sound decent, but your voice will feel a blockage or you will hear somethng is just not as tonally accurate, especially if you record yourself.   A great singer will have a very consistent timbre or tone quality throught his whole voice.  He will craft each sung word and "think in" the vowel adjustments, all depending on the word he's singing and the note he has to sing. Take this tune (below) as an example...sing the g4# and B4 notes singing a spoken "take it" at 1:27.  Sense how it feels. Now try it thinking in (not trying to intentionally adjust) just think in a little of "ticket"  Now try it thinking in (not trying to intentionally adjust) just think in a little of "tehket"  Now take note of which one is giving you the best release, a sence of flow or more freedom. This is the kind of thing you have to do with songs that have these little challenges.  Do you see how subtle it can be, but how much better it can be?            
    • I've had several students with this same issue. The best I've found for them is using a stirring straw a few times a day to go through a few sirens and hum through a song. The sounds should be the same whether you hold your nose or not. Plus, there's a lot of push back on the muscles you use. On one hand it stretches them out, but on the other hand it also tell you which muscles you need to relax. If you can do the straw exercises and relax into the push back, then it will help train not to overcompress and pull up on those muscles unless you want to. Here's what they've told me helped them the most: Don't look on youtube for exercises unless you can confirm with a trained vocal instructor you're doing the exercise correct. More often than not, a youtube video does more harm than good. Train. (1) With an instructor who knows their craft and how to help you reach your goals. I'm happy to help. I'm sure there are a lot here who could help. (2) With a solid program like The Four Pillars of Singing, which is linked in the footer of this page. Straw exercises (as described above) Singing "wah" and "weh" in their upper chest range to help dampen the larymx , then they try to maintain the position when singing. Singing "beh" with a hard "B" to force the larynx to dampen, and then trying to maintain the position. "Singing while leaning into an "H" sound, making it more airy, and forcing the glottis to open. Learning to relax into singing in light-mass head voice (your angelic or "mickey mouse" voice), which helps you learn where the pressure of the notes need to move in order to relax and tune the formant properly.
    • Hey everybody, I am relatively new to this site and am still trying work out where certain posts go and such, so I apologize in advance if this is not the correct section but... At the moment I am really struggling with singing as neck/throat tension etc seem to be a big obstacle for me. I have searched all over YouTube trying to find a method I can use to reduce but after trying many of the warmups/stretches, I still feel a tight tug on my muscles when I tried and go out of my comfortable range. So that brings me to the question: Does anybody know an effective method of reducing it? This probably sounds like quite an stupid/basic question but I have minimal experience with trained singing and techniques used professionally. But I am hoping to have lessons after Christmas so that is something to look forward to! I have also been wondering about doing the Rate my Singing thing on this website but I'm that people will think I'm too young as I am in mid-teens. Thank you for reading!