Monday, March 23, 2020

Corona Pandemic Self-Isolation: Virtual Singing Lessons Worldwide

If you are cooped up at home in self-isolation due to the corona virus outbreak around the world and you’re running out of ideas for keeping yourself occupied, then you will find that you can perhaps spend a bit of that spare time learning to sing with an online voice coach on Skype.

This article will aim to open up an idea for an extracurricular activity you may want to consider for keeping yourself occupied AND entertained during the dreaded COVID19 pandemic that has spread across the planet and brought about an all new social distancing phenomenon.

So, assuming you want to learn to sing, and given the current situation with economies around the globe, the first thing you’ll want to consider is the cost associated with hiring a voice coach.

How much is this going to cost? 

It's far less than you'd expect.

To get an idea of the quality of service to be expected on this platform and the incredibly affordable rate this service is offered to you, please check out the embedded video clip below.

I’ve written a couple of articles on this topic before. This is how you can get stuck right in to find out a bit more about my Personalized Vocal Coaching on Skype for Europe and North America; and you can also pick-up information on How to Set-up for Voice Lessons with a Coach on Skype.

If you’ve been wondering what else to do to keep yourself occupied and entertained during the corona virus outbreak, my hyperlinked articles placed in this blog post will talk you through getting started with voice lessons with a professional vocal coach on Skype. Now the following is how to book your online voice lessons with JOETT.


We accept payment by Credit, Debit Cards and PayPal via the Nam Radio platform, and we’ll discuss the details of the training programs when you get in touch with me.

You are the Instrument, Learn to Sing Like a pro!

JOETT – Voice Coach & Author:
101 Letters from a Vocal Coach

Friday, March 6, 2020

Diary of a Voice Coach, a Quick Reflection on Previous Articles

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I haven’t blogged in a while and I myself cannot believe it’s been this long, crazy how time flies.

I suppose I needed the break too. I must’ve gotten tired writing, I’ve been doing this for so many years.

I remember the time when I had a weekly newspaper column and deadlines to meet. Well, the good thing about that is I was finally able to write enough content to publish my book 101 Letters from a Vocal Coach.

Back in October last year I blogged about a crowd-funding event I’d started up on Fundly. There’s been no activity whatsoever and I haven’t raised a dime thus far. Maybe I need to get stuck back in with promoting that. Who knows what’ll come out of this, but it would be nice if people joined me to promote the link. It is the only way I can raise funds to help others. I cannot do it on my own. I simply don’t have the resources.

Voice coaching online via Skype is something I’ve been putting in a bit of time with of late, and I’ve been gradually refining the service. I like the look of it now, far better. Just a couple of days ago I updated my Skype blog post, where you’ll find that I’ve added a bit more detail on how best to set-up for voice lessons via Skype.

My 12-minute vocal warm-up, which links back to Tumblr where I have embedded mp3, has had a few more files added to it for the Swahili speaking crowd. I might republish this content in English.

I hope you've enjoyed my first article of 2020. Stay well and talk to you soon.

You are the Instrument, Learn to Sing Like a Pro!

JOETT - Vocal Coach & Author:
101 Letters from a Vocal Coach

Sunday, December 1, 2019

The Simplest Ever, Steps to Placing Your Tone in the Mask

If you’ve been reading my articles or perhaps you’ve read my book, you will by now be familiar with what singing in the mask is all about.

This short article will offer tips on why a resonant voice is so important for singers, and it begins with the art of placing your tone in the mask in voice training so that it resonates; extends your vocal range; and adds timbre and color to your tone.

And you’re going to be surprised to discover just how easy it is to develop a beautifully unique tonee, because already, you ARE unique—well, everybody’s voice is unique because our skulls are all unique… even in the case of identical twins, there is always a slight difference in the shape and size of the skull.

Why is the skull significant? 

Because the voice resonates in the head and this is what creates a sound that is especially unique to every individual on the planet. To properly harness and develop this unique sound as a singer, the way to go about it is to master Speech Level Singing Technique.

There’s nothing complicated about this. It is just a combination of vocal exercises that will help to connect your bottom, middle and upper harmonic qualities in order to develop one strong and dynamic voice. I think that is the simplest way of putting this.

Special Vocal Exercises

Included with my book, you’ll find my vocal exercises Joett Vocal Drills Volumes 1-7. Better yet, I’d be more than happy to give you a FREE voice assessment via WhatsApp. (You’ll find my WhatsApp number in the banner above).

In the meantime, if you’d like to get started FREE straight away, stream some of my vocal exercises included in my article How to Get a Complete Vocal Warm-Up in Just 12 Minutes.

If you like this article, please be so kind as to share on your social media using the links below. And you can book private voice lessons with me here!

You are the Instrument, Learn to Sing Like a Pro!

JOETT - Voice Coach & Author
101 Letters from a Vocal Coach

Unahitaji Mazoezi ya Sauti? Download Joett Vocal Drills Vol. 1-7!

Kama ungependa ku-download mazoezi yangu ya sauti (Joett Vocal Drills Vol 1-7) na imekushinda kupitia Mkito, basi kupitia blog langu la Tumblr unaweza ku-stream Zoezi la Pumzi na Joett Vocal Drills Vol. 1, Joett Vocal Drills Vol. 2, Joett Vocal Drills Vol. 3, Joett Vocal Drills Vol. 4.
  1. Kwa maelekezo zaidi kuhusu mazoezi ya sauti bofya hapa!
  2. Kwa ratiba ya mazoezi bofya hapa!
  3. Kwa mazoezi ya ziada bofya hapa!
  4. Uimbaji Bora: Maswali na Majibu bofya hapa!
  5. Kujiunga na Group la WhatsApp bofya hapa!
  6. Kwa madarasa ya ana kwa ana bofya hapa!
  7. Kwa maelekezo ya ku-login Mkito na akaunti yako ya Google angalia video hapa chini!

Huduma ya Ziada (Bure)

Ukihitaji kuhakiki kama unayafanya mazoezi kifasaha, jirekodi ukifanya haya mazoezi alafu tuma mazoezi yako kwangu kwa njia ya WhatsApp. Mifano ya mazoezi haya utayakuta kwenye Facebook page yangu hapa!

Video zifuatazo ni safari ya Japhy Ross katika kujifunza kuimba na JOETT

Uimbaji wa Japhy Ross kabla ya Mazoezi ya Sauti 

Uimbaji wa Japhy Ross Baada ya Masaa 10 ya Mazoezi 

Uimbaji wa Japhy Ross baada ya Miezi 10 ya Mazoezi 

Makala Zifuatazo ni Muhimu Kusoma (bofya links)

Msaada wa Mafunzo ya Sauti na JOETT WhatsApp na Telegram
Je, Binadamu Anaimbia Tumboni? Jua Ule Ukweli Wenyewe Halisi
Jifunze Kuimba na Joett Darasani na Online: Muongozo na Utaratibu
Jifunze Kuimba: Umuhimu wa Kuelewa Madhumuni Ya Mazoezi
Jifunze Kuimba: Tatizo La Pumzi na Jinsi Ya Kulitatua
Kujifunza Kuimba Kwa Kupiga Makelele Hakusaidii Lolote
Jifunze Kuimba na Joett Vol. 1: Madhumuni ya Lip Rolls
Je, Utajuaje Kama Unakosea Katika Mazoezi Ya Sauti ?
Jiunge na Darasa Moja La Kukusaidia Ukae Sawa na Mazoezi Ya Sauti

Nawatakia mafanikio mema!

JOETT - Mwalimu wa Sauti

Saturday, November 23, 2019

How to Set-up for Voice Lessons with a Coach on Skype

How to Set-up for Skype Voice Lessons with Joett

  1. I'll need your email address to send you some working files.
  2. You'll require two devices: a mobile phone and laptop or PC
  3. Download Skype to your phone and laptop or PC. 
  4. Add my Skype ID 'tojona' so we can talk for free Skype to Skype.
  5. To playback the sound files I send you, one of your devices, say--your laptop, needs to be connected to external speakers... like bluetooth speakers or home theater. 
  6. When you come on the Skype call make sure everything is ready: i.e. your music system is setup and the sound files are ready for use. Also ensure your email is connected for easy delivery of additional working files to your inbox during the session. During the call, in addition to playing single-note-cues on piano, I'll be recording a series of short piano scales which I will deliver in Skype chat window. 
  7. Finding it hard to figure this out? Don't worry, we can do a trial run session.

My book 101 Letters from a Vocal Coach contains over a hundred articles and tips for singers, and is available in paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Lulu. Also included is my complete voice training audio product Joett Vocal Drills Vol. 1-7.

Prefer an eBook?

You'll find it on Lulu, here!

So the next time your vocals aren't delivering the notes as they should, you'll find tons of info on my blog and in my book.

You are the Instrument, Learn to Sing Like a Pro!

JOETT - Vocal Coach & Author:

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Africa Launches Newest Community Outreach Project for Singers

In recent months, a sixteen year-old boy named Tshiamo from South Africa, after finding me online, reached out for help .

In order for me to do a voice assessment, he sang a couple of lines from the John Legend song All Of Me, it wasn’t impressive, but I saw a lot of potential in his voice. He only needed the training.

He said that he really wanted to be a good singer. It was his dream, he said, but he couldn’t afford my fees. I went on to ask him what voice coaches in South Africa generally charged and he said they charged around US$35 an hour and that his mother simply couldn’t afford that. Mind you, I was asking for far less.

And so I offered to train him on pro bono via Skype. He couldn’t believe it. He sent me a voice note just to thank me (very sweet) and I could feel the emotion and excitement in his voice. He was SO elated!

It is this sort of reaction that spurs me on to keep helping people who’ve got the talent but cannot afford to hire a voice coach. The boy from South Africa came on board with a once-a-week Skype sessions schedule and his transformation is incredible. Everybody around him has noticed the difference in his voice, including all of his schoolmates and teachers. In fact, he is now regularly asked to sing solo at assembly in school.

This is just one of the many success stories from youngsters who’ve greatly benefited from my unconditional help and support. I do it for the love of helping others, but I know I can do even better with YOUR support.

And here’s how you can help.

I have just created a fundraiser project on crowd-funding platform Fundly, Hashtagged #VocalsQuickFixAfrica, and the aim is to raise money that will go towards providing private one-one-one voice lessons to young people in Africa, coupled with hosting Masterclass sessions in major cities across the African continent. Needless to say, donations will go towards covering logistical expenses and learning material.

Feeling a little generous?

Please click the Donate button below and kindly share this blog post with all your friends and colleagues. I thank you for your kindness.

JOETT – Voice Coach & Author
101 Letters from a Vocal Coach

Monday, October 7, 2019

How to Access the Mixed Voice, Explained in Layman Terms

If you’ve read my article How to Get a Complete Vocal Warm-Up in Just 12 Minutes you will already have an idea as regards perhaps the easiest and fastest way to get started with a regular voice training program.

Recently, someone in my Telegram group, Joett Voice Studio, wanted to know how to access the mixed voice.

And so today I want to talk a little bit about the mixed voice.

My response to my online student’s question was pretty simple... and it reads as follows.

It’s really about working on erasing that middle register, where usually the untrained voice will disconnect, to create one voice. But of course you have your lower, middle and upper registers but we’re just trying to create that seamless transition and connect them better.

And so, in my vocal warm-up exercises you will cover the mixed voice area of your range again and again and in so many different runs, that eventually you will strengthen that particular area and the transition through your mixed voice will become seamless.

Want to get started? S-t-r-e-a-m FREE voice training audio tapes, here!

My book 101 Letters from a Vocal Coach contains over a hundred articles and tips for singers, and is available in paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Lulu.

Prefer an eBook?

You'll find it on Lulu, here!

It also includes my complete voice training audio product Joett Vocal Drills Vol. 1-7.

So the next time your vocals aren't delivering the notes as they should, you know where to find the quickest yet most complete vocal warm-up exercises combo anywhere on the internet right here.

You are the Instrument, Learn to Sing Like a Pro!

JOETT - Vocal Coach & Author:
101 Letters from a Vocal Coach