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Singing Lessons


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Singing Lessons


TAKING VOICE LESSONS

Every voice is completely unique, so your vocal lesson will tailored exactly to your own needs.

We work with our students to:

  • Reduce vocal strain and relieve tension

  • Increase strength, power, tone and range

  • Improve flexibility and movement - e.g. for licks and runs)

  • Improve the emotion and delivery of your singing

We tailor the lesson to exactly what you and your voice needs. We do NOT use the same generic warm-up routines for everyone. This means the exercises in your lesson works quickest for you, right now, which ensures your progress is as fast as possible.

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We work with you to help you develop your voice in the same way a personal trainer might to help you get fit. Within each vocal lesson, you strengthen the muscle memory of your voice (and the vocal muscles), so you can produce a better, more reliable sound.


Children's Lessons

Please check with your teacher about lessons for younger children.  Vocal technique is quite an advanced subject by its nature and can be unsuitable to some children.  Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  


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Our Method


Our Teaching Method & Proper Voice Production

Our Method


Our Teaching Method & Proper Voice Production

The vocal method we use helps to connect the different registers of the voice.

This means that the voice is able to transition smoothly from lowest to the highest note, rather than break, crack or strain (the most common and frustrating problems), which gives you the freedom to sing how you want to.

To achieve this control, a voice must have two main elements in place:

  1. The vocal cords must be able to able to come together and vibrate and adjust in pitch properly throughout the entire range.

  2. The larynx (or voice-box) must remain in a predominantly neutral or stable position. This position helps prevent any unwanted squeezing from the swallowing muscles, which would otherwise reduce the amount vocal cords can vibrate and change pitch. (It would be like driving with the brakes on!)

When these two factors are present, you will have more control over your voice.  It feels relaxed, engaged, connected through the register transitions from bottom to top, powerful, flexible, and it has a clearer and fuller sound.  The Italians call this 'chiaro-scuro' (light-dark); the voice has brightness and depth at the same time.


PROPER VOCAL FUNCTION 

Vibrating cords

Basically, if the vocal cords are allowed to vibrate together in a flow of air they make sound. 

For good singing, this vibration must happen without the squeezing effect of the swallowing muscles.  If this squeeze happens, it pulls the larynx up and stops the vocal cords from vibrating and adjusting in pitch as easily.  (If you rest your fingers on your Adam's apple (or the front of your throat), you can feel how swallowing raises the larynx.)  Any squeezing causes tension in the throat, which reduces the chance of a producing a clear sound or poor tone and/or poor pitching.

If the cords are NOT squeezed then they can adjust in pitch in a controlled manner with even tone/timbre. 


vocal 'BRIDGES'

The transitioning or movement of resonance from one place to another can be felt as vocal 'bridges' ('passagi' in Italian - i.e. 'passageways' in English).  A bridge is better than a break, as it is better controlled.

As a result of transitioning through a bridge, the resonance produced is felt to ascend up the vocal tract from the chest, into the mouth, behind the soft palate, and into the head. 

This leads to the sound being controlled, even, and connected, from bottom to top - without breaks, cracks, tension or noticeable changes in tone/timbre (unless stylistically desired). 


NOT 'OVER-TRAINED' or boring

Like a well-trained athlete, a healthy voice should be able to do more, for longer periods of time, with more stylistic options available, have more flexibility, more strength, have a more interesting tone, less pain, less wobbly, and ultimately be nicer to listen to. 

Stylistic changes in tone - flips, yodels, falsetto, twang, distortion, etc. - can be added when required. 

Your vocal style should be a collection of your strengths, not your weaknesses.
— John Henny, voice coach, Los Angeles

'twang'

Providing there is no unwanted squeezing, you can raise or 'tilt' the larynx to add twang into a voice.  This helps with projection but also helps the vocal cords adjust in pitch. 

(NB - Laryngeal tilt is not the same as laryngeal squeeze.)

To give the voice a stronger, fuller-sounding tone (as well as just twang), the larynx should be lowered back to a neutral position, with the tilt remaining but not the high larynx.  And never any squeeze.