Thursday, June 23, 2016

3 Simple Steps to Vocal Training Success with Joett Online

Of late, requests for advice and vocal tutoring online have been on the rise from all over Africa and now, even from North America. Thanks to the helpful articles that I publish on my blog and article directories online—not to mention my YouTube channel which seems to be doing the rounds considerably.

That being said, the purpose of this article is to outline a really simple 3-step-plan to working with me online. And I will explain how, in just a moment.

You may connect with me via WhatsApp, Viber and Skype. However, what with connectivity issues galore, it would be a lot easier to work in vocal training segments that offer you a more long-term solution, with the private vocal coaching online sessions with me being an addition to the foundation you get your end with my help. So here's the plan.

DOWNLOAD THE TRAINING FILES

First I’ll want you to acquire a collection of vocal training exercises to work with, the cost of which is about $97. These files come in male and female ranges, so you are to work with the files suited to your gender. Once you’ve download these files, alert me so I can recommend what exercises you should begin your vocal training with. Now, once you know what to do, send me a recording of the exercises so that I can hear what you’re doing. There’s no point in doing things incorrectly—that way you’ll never get any results. And so I have to check to make sure there are no mistakes with what you’re doing. You MUST download the training files to a computer. They're too large to download to your phone. Download the vocal training files here!

BOOK A PRIVATE SESSION ONLINE

Once you’re chugging along nicely, I’ll want you to book a Private Vocal Training Session with me online, which I will conduct via Skype, WhatsApp or Viber. The call duration will be about 20 minutes per session and for a fee of only $6 per session payable via PayPal. And if you’re based in Tanzania, you can pay TShs 12,000 via Tigo Pesa (See left banner for Tigo Pesa details).

REGULAR FOLLOW-UPS

Training doesn’t end in just one session. If you want your voice to grow and to stay at the top of your game, you must ALWAYS do the exercises on a regular basis. The most important thing is to KNOW what you’re doing, and to seek advice from me on a regular basis—AND to book the private sessions from time to time just to help you along. And so that’s all there is to it. Now that you have my 3 Step Plan to Vocal Training Success, let’s get to work!

You are the instrument, learn to sing like a pro!

JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author "Letters from a Vocal Coach"
Private Singing Lessons
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Why Understanding Your Voice and How it SHOULD Work Is So Important for Singers

What I like about vocal training is that it is a practical business. No amount of theory will do the work—no-matter how detailed—unless you actually get down to doing the work. That being said, paying attention to instruction and listening to demonstration is the key to your success. There’s no point in allowing your mind to drift someplace else whilst you’re training, because chances are you will miss a thing or two. Unless of course you have been training for a while and so you’re already doing the scales with perfect form. This article will aim to show you the importance of understanding your voice, to truly become a great singer.

I’ve met and trained the drifters. Oftentimes, they would come away with nothing because nothing seems to sink in. Yes, vocal training is a practical business but at the end of the day if you’re not even paying attention to practical instruction then what else can you expect.

Here are a couple of details you need to pay particular attention to. You must hear the piano; your voice must respond according to what it hears in order to deliver those notes as it should be; and you must endeavor to understand the correct way of using your voice in tune with the music. Oftentimes I find myself saying, you must get inside the music and that you should avoid trying to simulate the notes you deliver to the piano. Instead, you must deliver them as they should be, with more of an edge sound and power behind the note. A simulated tone is more like trying to sound like the piano but not quite there yet. This sort of tone will allow your voice to fall apart unceremoniously—meaning you’re really failing to hold a note. Aim to deliver your notes with a fuller voice in speech level posture.

In Summary: If you’ve heard the example, try and do it exactly as demonstrated. Don’t go out all guns blazing doing your own thing. Do it exactly as demonstrated. The only reason we do these vocal exercises is to help develop your voice. So stay in line. Make sure your chest voice is connecting to your head voice. That way you’ll develop a well connected speech level posture that’ll bring out your true voice in all its radiant glory. For more helpful articles on singing, make sure you browse and visit this blog regularly.

You are the instrument, learn to sing like a pro!

JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author "Letters from a Vocal Coach"
Private Singing Lessons
BUY Online Singing Lessons Course

Friday, June 17, 2016

How to Find Quick Solutions to Vocal Fatigue from Incorrect Use

Aside from the perils of incorrect use of voice when you sing, does your voice get tired and worn out even during regular speech? Are you sensing that your vocal chords are a bit corroded and that you’re sounding horse and you desire to stop speaking altogether to save your voice? This article is not specifically for singers. It applies to a far wider audience and I’m sure you will learn a thing or two.

It happens to the best of us at times, when the voice is simply tired and could use a break. When you’re sensing the onset of vocal fatigue—for whatever reason—the best remedy is to drop a few octaves when you speak, as it does provide a great amount of comfort and relief. You should also take a thousand milligrams of effervescent vitamin C with a glass of water per day, to help neutralize the strain and pain in your voice. After a few days you’ll likely feel a lot better and your voice will begin to return to normal.

That being said, finding out the cause of your vocal pain and strain is most important for the long term health of perhaps one of your body’s most important organs—your voice. People fall into all sorts of situations that bring on incorrect vocal management, so what’s key is to find a more permanent solution. And this will surprise you. You don’t have to be an aspiring singer to go for voice lessons. Politicians, public speakers, radio and TV presenters, MCs, telemarketers and business people alike could all benefit immensely from vocal training to correct the way in which they use their voice, for their own wellbeing and prosperity in their careers.

In Summary: if it so much as hurts when you talk, then something is definitely wrong in the way you use your voice. All manner of professionals who depend on their voice to advance in their careers will find how beneficial a bit of vocal training can be in helping them achieve their dreams. It only takes a few lessons for one to discover the difference it makes to your voice. So the next time you’re experiencing such irritating symptoms, consider voice training if your life and career depend on it. Should you be interested in finding out more on this topic, there are plenty of resources and professional advice available on this blog. So spend a little time to browse.

You are the instrument, learn to sing like a pro!

JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author "Letters from a Vocal Coach"
Private Singing Lessons
BUY Online Singing Lessons Course

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Why You Mustn’t Take Singing Lessons to Simply 'Prove Yourself' to Anybody

Indeed, quite an off the beaten track topic this is, but I’ve been inspired to write this article because I know it can help a lot of people come to terms with how important it is to take up singing lessons not to prove themselves to anybody, but to do it for themselves. Some particular cases emanating from my studio have made me realize how a self inflicted burden such as this can affect a pupil. So let me explain the thought processes that run through such an individual’s mind, and how that affects their performance and concentration in class.

The crux of the matter is, one taking up singing lessons to prove to someone else or a group of people that they have the potential to become good singers, instead of that being a source of motivation to achieve what they signed up for, it tends to lay a huge burden upon them that constantly distracts them from focusing. Through the lesson, I have observed, that I repeat myself on countless occasions. The pupil, I find to be eternally self conscious and lacks the confidence to perform well. When I dig into the probable cause of this, I find that there’s someone or some people waiting to see HOW they fair. Now this puts a lot of pressure on them to deliver because they’re constantly worried about failure. And the end result is they DO fail miserably because they’re way too distracted to concentrate on learning. It becomes a state of constant fear and panic. Not a pretty sight. If anything, it is very annoying.

So here’s the deal. You want to learn to sing? Do it for YOU. Do not get into this to prove anything whatsoever to anyone in your circle of friends or elsewhere. (In any case, why would anyone want to do that?) If you hadn’t read this article you wouldn’t have discovered that it actually works against you. You’d be better off not taking singing lessons at all. Wouldn’t you agree? The ideal student of voice is one that wants to do it to improve their voice for THEM rather than for anybody else. And this type of student steps into class looking forward to the lesson and enjoying the therapeutic qualities of the lesson. Just the other day, one of students said to me “I really feel relaxed when I come here. This is a form of therapy. And looking out the window, your garden is so beautiful it adds to the calm.” So there you have it! If you want to enjoy your singing lessons AND come away with something, take a more relaxed approach. The less outside pressure you impose upon yourself the better. So be sure to leave your burden at the door, and enjoy the lesson.

You are the instrument, learn to sing like a pro!

JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author "Letters from a Vocal Coach"
Private Singing Lessons
BUY Online Singing Lessons Course

Monday, May 30, 2016

How to Use the Edition 2 Learn to Sing with Joett Vocal Training CD

When I first released my vocal training CD in 2013, it was intended for the mass market—so that anybody who wanted to quickly get their vocals in order—this was their ticket, so to speak. However, over time I realized Tanzania wasn’t quite ready for this. Sales were not as I had expected, and with the few that did purchase this product, it appeared even fewer actually used the product. And so I decided to swipe it off the shelf, so that it was no-longer available to the general public, and instead, I made it available for free, but ONLY to pupils signing up for my studio vocal training sessions, off of which I would give specific homework assignments. And so I figured I had put it to better use. It had now become the bonus product one gets for signing up for my 10 hour program, with which they also got the training booklet I usually hand out to my students.

Gradually, things began to change. After launching my online vocal training pro bono service on WhatsApp, I began to receive requests for the CD. But it was still off the shelf, and so I wasn’t selling. Well, until now. When I have decided to put the product back on the market... only this time, with this article, I am handing out specific instructions on how to get QUICK RESULTS with my Edition 2 Learn to Sing with Joett audio product.

HOW TO USE THE CD

Before you even attempt the vowel and lyrical exercises, only do the Alternative Warm-up, Alternative Arpeggios, Alternative Octaves, Alternative Chromatic Scales and the Alternative Descending Scales with the lip rolls (or bubbles), and the hum. Do this regularly, at least four times a week, and after a month, your voice should be ready to attempt the same exercises with the vowels and the lyrical runs without splatting or recruiting your outer larynx muscles... otherwise known as pulling up your chest voice or SHOUTING. I will explain why this is the best course of action for optimal results.

By lip rolling and humming the scales, your voice will develop a straight line connection between your chest, middle and head voice. When you later attempt training with the vowels and the lyrics, you should automatically fall into the same connected tone as you did in your preparation phase—with the lip rolls and humming—but you must not discontinue the lip rolls and humming. Only add to it the vowels and the lyrics. And always remember to do your breathing exercise first, before you begin your scales. To place an order for the Edition 2 Learn to Sing with Joett Vocal Training CD... which comes with a FREE 30-Minute Voice Assessment with Professional Advice, please give me a call or send me a text message.

You are the instrument, learn to sing like a pro!

JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author "Letters from a Vocal Coach"
Private Singing Lessons
BUY Online Singing Lessons Course

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Mayunga Living His Airtel Trace Music Star Dream As 2015 Winner!

Mayunga Andrew Nalimi is nibbling on the upper crust of fame and success.

In 2015 he snatched the Airtel TRACE Music Star competition and his career and life have been set on a fast track to continental and global domination.

His second single, “Please Don’t Go Away”, hits the airwaves this week and will surely make a dent on the charts. It features a sample of the melody of “Mbube”, composed by Solomon Linda from South Africa in 1939, one of the most popular songs to ever come out of Africa, adapted for global audiences as “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”.

The sensational Tanzanian talent was tutored and mentored by the Grammy Award nominated US and Senegalese born superstar, Akon as part of the prize package.  His first single “Nice Couple” was unleashed on unsuspecting music audiences last year with his intoxicating and unique sound. The video for the track was shot in Orlando East, Soweto in South Africa.

"Mayunga has an interesting voice and sound that is uniquely his. He is poised for greater things in music. It has been an honour for me to hone and tone him in preparation for a long career," comments Akon.

From as early as just five years old, Mayunga who comes from the town of Morogoro in Eastern Tanzania, showed great interest in music, singing aloud and interrupting conversations. This developed into a passion that he has relentlessly pursued over the years, always seeking an opportunity to take to the stage and captivate audiences with his remarkable singing talents.

At 18 years of age, Mayunga recorded an inspirational track titled “Break the Rough” -Tanzania knew that he had something different. He describes his singing as "attractive and full of entertainment", adding that he is competitive by nature.

Just like hundreds of thousands of aspiring musicians across the continent, Mayunga turned to the Airtel TRACE Music Star competition to inch himself closer to his dream.

With 2.3 million registered calls and piping 12 other hopefuls in a nail biting finale, Mayunga emerged victorious and today stands as one of Africa's brightest emerging music stars.

He pocketed a lucrative prize package that included a record deal, promotional and mentorship campaigns.

"This has been an opportunity of a lifetime to change my life and support my career. I won't let down everyone who believed in me, there's more I want to offer to the industry," says Mayunga.

This star, inspired by international artists such as Usher, Chris Brown and Tanzanian talents such as Nuru and Eli, is definitely on the rise and his fans will not be dissapointed.

Look out for the broadcast of this year’s finale event with 10 hopeful future African and global stars. Keep watching TRACE Urban for the broadcast dates in June 2016

Melissa John Wins Airtel Trace Music Star Tanzania Competition

Melissa John, a former Bongo Star Search contestant who’d made it into the Top 3 a few years ago, has emerged overall winner Airtel Trace Music Star Season 2 Singing Competition that took place May 20th, 2016.  But what has changed about Melissa’s voice? Once again, as vocal coach to the Top 5 this year, I have a couple of insider tips I’d like to share with you in my blog post this week.

Melissa won the competition hands down, singing the acoustic version of 80s classic My One Temptation by reigning British Queen of Soul Mica Paris. With her prize came a check from Airtel for fifty million shillings and a ticket to represent Tanzania in the Airtel Trace Music Star Grand Finale in Nigeria on June 11th, 2016. Singing the Chaka Khan classic Through the Fire, Nandy Charles—a familiar face in singing competitions, her last being the Techno event that took her to Nigeria to compete for Tanzania—came second and received a check from Airtel for 5 million shillings. Salim Mlindila, who sang the unforgettable This I Promise You by NYSNC took 3rd position and received a check for 2 million shillings. So what do these contestants have in common? They have talent, no doubt about that, but what made a huge difference is that they’d had professional vocal training before the competition.

Melissa kept telling me throughout her ten day training program that she was experiencing her ability to sing improving beyond her wildest dreams. She was hitting notes she’d never hit before, and in such a short space of time. Training specifically tailored to her is what did the trick. I also recorded segments of her lessons on my Dictaphone (as I did the others), which I then gave to her to continue training from home before the next lesson. That is how she completely transformed her voice to the immensely professional vocal she delivered at ATMS.

Nandy has a truly powerful voice, but proper voice training made a world of difference. If only she’d had the training before she went to Techno in Nigeria, I’m sure she would’ve won the Techno competition. Salim is really best suited to the NSYNC song he delivered at the Finale, and with more training I sense the sky truly is the limit for him. It was a pleasure working with all the Top 3 contestants.

Ben Sule, who came fourth, delivered Happy by Pharrell Williams, albeit with a couple hiccups that compelled him to stop-start twice before the third attempt that saw him through the song. His main problem being, despite my relentless attempts to put him on the straight and narrow on this, he delivered his first note on empty—with practically no breath—and that threw his vocal into disarray. I’d warned him on numerous occasions in training, but it just didn’t seem to register with him at all. And so he bungled his performance. I hope this serves as a lesson in itself to all of you. Your first note IS the most important. Breathe, and keep on breathing to deliver your notes. Nicole, who came last, was a complete disaster with the song Crush by Jennifer Paige. But I was expecting this. She’d gotten into the Top 5 by fluke and we couldn’t have her replaced because her name had already been published. And so we, the judges, had made a huge error in judgment in selecting her. Not everyone has the talent to go from zero to hero in 10 hours.

You are the instrument, learn to sing like a pro!

JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author "Letters from a Vocal Coach"
Private Singing Lessons
BUY Online Singing Lessons Course