Case Study #7 is a high school student from Canada who has been studying voice with me for at least 3 years. I can see the surprise in your eyes already. Yes, this pupil has trained with me once a week, every week—with the exception of the holidays and vacation time—for a number of years and continues to come to my studio for voice lessons once a week. She’s covered my Beginners 1 & 2 programs, Intermediate, Advanced, Pro & Pro 2, and is now on my maintenance program—namely the Pro Club. I’ve been itching to tell you this, especially, after someone (a local record producer) recently asked me why “some” local pupils tend to drop out of training after a few lessons (he must’ve heard this in the grapevine). An interesting question, don’t you think? Now let me explain a few truths about vocal training and why some people find it difficult to stay committed.
Finance! Yes, one of the main reasons pupils find it a challenge to stay committed to voice training is because it costs a considerable amount of money to hire a vocal coach. In Europe you’ll pay a vocal coach up to $100 an hour. I charge nowhere near those rates. This is Africa for crying out loud! The second reason is twofold. Either they simply procrastinate; or they really don’t have much talent and have come to realize that for themselves. And now I want to talk a little bit about the solution to both problems.
If your only problem is procrastination—well, that can be fixed. Surround yourself with regular reminders of what you want to achieve as a singer; listen to great music as often as you can to nudge you into submission; and allot a specific time to train your voice. If you drive—trust me, your car is a brilliant place to do your exercises whilst stuck in traffic with little more than a vocal training CD plugged in. Just do a little work every time you have a chance, and it’ll gradually become a habit.
I like to duplicate myself by providing an aftercare service with my Learn to Sing with Joett Vocal Training CD Booster Program… which I hand out to all of my students attending private lessons. And to my online pupils whom I train free of charge via WhatsApp, recorded studio session files and exercises uploaded to my Hulkshare page come really handy. That being said, it takes a lot of determination to go it alone, but if you stay focused you will succeed. Now let’s take a closer look at what you can expect from Case Study #7. The main exercises that everybody starting out with voice training should do are the Lip Rolls (listen to tape #7a), Nay Nay (listen to tape #7b), Na Na (listen to tape #7c), and Wee (listen to tape # 7d). In all of these tapes, Case Study #7 performs the exercises with an evenly connected tone through the female range. Listening to these tapes will help you understand better what training your voice with correct form is about.
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