You’re going to be surprised to hear this, but I’ll say it anyway. Michael Jackson, whilst on tour around the world, would have his US based vocal coach Seth Riggs, train him over the telephone to his hotel suite. So if it worked perfectly well for Michael, I’m sure it can be just as powerful and effective for you. However, if you’re completely new to voice training, you’ll need to be aware of the basics before you begin on a singing lessons program over the phone. Michael worked with his vocal coach for 35 years. So they already had a working relationship with private one-on-one sessions, hence continuing that over the phone when he was out travelling and his coach wasn’t available to travel with him, was pretty easy. (Listen to Michael Jackson vocal training over the phone here). So let me show you how this can work for you too.
I wonder if you’ve realized that when it comes to singing, your voice is practically an instrument. It plays no different than you would a piano or guitar. Another way of looking at it—and this will hit you rather hard—we, human beings, were here before the musical instruments. We invented the instruments we play and cleverly modeled them around our very own God given instrument—the voice.
If you’re the kind of person that likes to sing and doesn’t want to contend with traffic to get to singing lessons, then thanks to technology (well, this one’s been around for a while)—the telephone, you too can get all the vocal training you need over the phone with the help of a vocal coach on the other end of the phone. You’ll need a couple of tools to prepare you, however, and that’s what I’m about to explain next.
There are a couple of basic rules. You’ll need to get prepared with a quick breathing exercise before you get on that call to your tutor, in order to save time (Download Breathing Exercise here). Going over some basic scales like arpeggios to gradually warm up the voice in preparation for a more intensive session with your vocal coach, can also be a great help because it will help you sail through your booked session and save you loads of time. Ideally, a 20 minute session with back-to-back scales conducted by your tutor on the piano should suffice, as with long-distance training, your attention span will likely be a little more limited as compared with an in-studio one-on-one private session with a vocal coach. However, please ensure you get a bigger sound your end by connecting your phone to a sound system, like a home theater or boom box. For this to work, you’ll need to bring up those decibels to be on par with the human voice.
So keep it short and sweet, but make sure that you continue to practice with pre-recorded piano scales in your spare time before your next singing lesson. (Download vocal training scales on piano here). It really is that simple!
I'm sure you'll be delighted to hear that from the third week of January 2016, I will be conducting singing lessons over the phone whilst sat at the piano, for students in Tanzania, Africa and the rest of the world. To find out more, and to book your session, please get in touch with me.
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