Sunday, August 22, 2010

Vocal Training: Finding Your True Voice, How Long Will it Take?

I received a call from a prospective student today, and they asked me a very interesting question. They wanted to know if by the end of the course they'd be able to sing. Well, without going into a long, drawn out song and dance over this, I simply replied that it all depended on the individual's ability (and talent!). Excellent question, it has to be said. And I'd like to expound on that in this blog post.

From when I started out vocal coaching in Dar es salaam in December last year, I've signed just over 70 students. But before I sign anybody up, I would have them pop round for a free thirty-minute assessment session where I'd want to hear them sing; after which I would run them through a breathing and vocal training exercise (with the scales) in order to assess where they're at vocally, and to demonstrate how I work. If I think they've got what it takes, I would invite them to sign up for the Beginners 1 Vocal Training Program. That said, during the fifteen hours of training they will receive on the program, I endeavor to help them improve the voice they already have. Thus far, my success rate has been pretty high. I'd say near enough 95% of my students have come away with remarkably better singing voices... and some have been outstanding. When I work my students through cover songs (or songs THEY, or I have written), the idea is to rein them in to apply what they've learned, to song (it works every time). I can help you improve your range, pitch accuracy, flexibility, and, of course, the quality of your voice through proper breathing techniques, but at the end of the day, YOU are the instrument and it's all down to you to make it work. My job is to help you find YOUR true voice and to help you use your God given instrument as best you can. I hope this has answered your question.

I'd like to thank the caller (you know who you are) for inspiring this blog post.




  1. where can we find you, what is your simple email, one that demands no access through bloggs.

  2. Hello Barnabas, thanks for pointing that out. I'll make sure I publish that with every post. It was a pleasure meeting you.