Last night I sent out a voice mail message to my WhatsApp list, talking about what regular voice training actually does to your voice. It helps you develop your voice. This isn't, and never will be, something you do once--or for a short period of time--and then stop for good and expect your voice to hold up no-matter what. It doesn't work like that. If you want to be a singer, just as you would if you wanted to be a marathon runner, you have to keep training to keep your voice 'tuned up like a Ferrari' -- to coin a phrase from Quincy Jones on Michael Jackson.
Ideally, if you're starting out and can spare the time, spend an hour every day just doing the scales. What this does is, it takes your voice through different tones, octaves, harmonic variations and riffs ... so much so that your voice is stretched in so many direction that eventually, that voice becomes an instrument. You can only develop a great singing voice over time and get to maintain it when you keep up with the training. Once a week training is also good. It works perfectly, no doubt about it. As long as you do something. I always say, train the voice and the voice will take care of itself.
And here's a great idea. Sing a few lines into your phone today, and then begin training. After a week, sing the same lines again and compare the two. Chances are, your voice will have improved. Repeat the same process over a period of 4 weeks, recording your voice at the end of each week to monitor your progress. If you're doing the exercises correctly, you'll notice the difference in your singing voice. I've uploaded piano scales to my HulkShare page here. Please download and then get instructions to Alternative Vocal Workouts here.
It pains me to see people struggle with singing when there's absolutely no need to. You can train from home with the help of a vocal coach like myself to guide you on WhatsApp. It really is very easy when you apply yourself. If you'd like me to add you to my WhatsApp group, simply send me a text message on my WhatsApp number (See poster for details). You'll find my audio clip on this topic on my whatsApp group when you join.
As promised, these are 4 demonstration videos on how to do some of the exercises on my WhatsApp vocal training program, for which you may download piano mp3 from my Hulkshare page here. I wanted to give you a visual on this just to give you a little more support. Make sure you use an external device with speakers: like a home theater or a boom box to get the desired effect to train your ear. Please don't do this off your phone. You'll likely sing off key if you do. Have fun and catch you in the next video batch.
Thank you for dropping by. Please remember to download piano scales on mp3 from my Hulkshare page. AND by all means, please do share this blog post! :-)
I had decided, strangely enough, that I was going to close down my studio to the public from February 2015, and only keep a few of my regular clients on my books. The reason being, I've been teaching in Dar es salaam for the past five years now and really felt this calling to move on and do other stuff that interest me. I'm not going to get into that here, but it's all to do with the music business if you must know.
But then I had a change of heart a couple of days ago. I thought, well, why don't I raise my fees to $200 for private lessons? I figured, with rates up, the workload will likely go down, thereby creating a bit more time and space for me to create workable online training modules that could be customized to an individual's needs using WhatsApp as a means to communicate and transmit working files--and that I would offer this service for FREE as my way of giving back to this community. As it is, I'm already reaching out to people nationwide with my Letters from A Vocal Coach newspaper column in Business Times -- published every Friday, so why not extend a more physical approach and service to singers by going online!
The only drawback for the student in this case is that they'll really have to pull their weight on this one. No time for lazing about and procrastinating. They'll have to WORK it! But results are very much attainable--beyond the shadow of a doubt.
SO, here's my offer. Hit me up on WhatsApp and simply SMS me your name to get started. It's really easy, I've already done the pilot with a few people and I know it works. So if you want to give this a go, I'll catch you on the other side!
Speech-level singing is a way of using your voice that allows you to sing freely and clearly anywhere in your range, with all your words clearly understood. Since you are not learning what to sing but rather how to sing, you can apply this technique to any type of music. Although you can study either with or without a teacher, you'll probably progress more easily and faster if you can find a teacher familiar with this method of teaching to guide you. Otherwise, you should be able to study successfully on your own. I assure you, providing you put in some work and stick with the program, you WILL get results by following my instructions here.
Please note, any exercise can be overworked or misused to where it will do you more harm than good. You don't develop your voice by pushing it to its limit. You develop it by gradually conditioning it to work efficiently with a balanced coordination.
I've uploaded a breathing exercise and piano scales to vocal exercises on Hulkshare. Please download for FREE and follow the Alternative Vocal Workout plan published on this blog. I would like as many people to take advantage of this quick training module, so please do feel free to share this blog post!
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