Matt Ramsey Assessment – Grasp Your Voice Singing Course

When I first saw Matt Ramsey teach singing on Youtube, he immediately caught my attention as an online voice teacher.

With the vast amount of online voice teachers on Youtube, you really have to stand out in some ways for me to watch you for more than 10 seconds. And Matt certainly did that for me!

Usually, when I see someone that young teaching voice, my stereotypical and ADHD mind would “suggest” to me that rookie is just another online voice teacher trying to make some bucks with his shallow understanding of the voice. But that’s totally not the case for Matt Ramsey. 

My first impression of Matt was that he is very confident teaching singing in front of the camera – not the cocky kind of confidence, but he makes you feel that you are in good hands because he knows this great craft of singing and how to teach it.

When I finally looked into his complete vocal training program Master Your Voice, I was blown away by the quality of this singing program produced by a young voice teacher.

In this Matt Ramsey review, I will take you on a rare in-depth look into his Master Your Voice singing course.

Matt Ramsey’s Master Your Voice Review Summary

Product: Description: A complete training program produced by voice teacher Matt Ramsey that includes training on all the essential technical areas of singing. Price: $500 USDBest for:

Serious singers who are determined to take their voices to the next level.Singers of all levels.Product Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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Recommended: Yes

Who is Matt Ramsey? Is He a Legit Voice Teacher? Let’s find out…

Matt Ramsey is a voice teacher who founded the Ramsey Voice Studio in Austin, Texas.

Like me and so many of us who love to sing, Matt went through a period of vocal struggles when he started singing professionally during which his voice would be completely gone by the end of every performance.

Now, if you’re new at this, the experience of vocal struggles makes great voice teachers. I have experienced that first hand.

Generally, you don’t want a voice teacher who is a gifted singer, because they have no idea what you are going through as a voice student right now.

Matt Ramsey later became a certified voice teacher in Speech Level Singing, Institute of Vocal Advancement(IVA), and a member of the National Associations of Teachers of Singing(NATS).

Talk about certifications of vocal training, not just for singing, but for teaching voice which is another set of skills.

Matt Ramsey – A Master Communicator of Vocal Technique!

Other than the impressive voice teaching credentials under his belt, I think the biggest strength of Matt Ramsey is his communication skills.

Matt is a master in communicating those abstract vocal concepts, break them down into simple terms, and deliver them to his students so they could understand.

The way Matt Ramsey teaches in his vocal lessons is really sometimes voice teachers could all model after.

His attitude is warm and compassionate, his vocal method is solid and extremely effective, and his delivery is extremely clear and comprehensive.

If you are looking for a voice teacher or vocal training program, you need to remember that being great at singing does not equal being great at teaching. Nope!

But, for Matt Ramsey, I have to say that this is the type of voice teacher you want – supportive, technical, knowledgeable, and passionate!

An Inside Look into the awesome Master Your Voice singing course!

Enough is said about voice teacher Matt Ramsey himself. Let’s take an actual look at what’s inside the program. 

This complete singing course covers almost everything you need to master your vocal technique.

The training curriculum is very extensive with 10 major training modules that includes numerous video lectures and audio training tracks on topics like vocal warmup, breath control, vocal agility, vocal power, belting, and many others.

One of the biggest strengths of this training curriculum is that the vocal method is heavily based on muscle coordination and vocal balance. In other words, it’s safe…and very effective!

If you follow the training routines Matt is guiding you through in the course, you will be building solid foundation for your singing skills.

How do I know? I went through the same school of vocal training for 6 years. Trust me, I know!

1. Introduction

Matt Ramsey introduces the course curriculum and explains how to best use this complete vocal training course.

2. Warming Up

Matt Ramsey teaches the correct way of doing the popular Lip Trills and Straw exercises. Students will be learning all the detailed nuances of these very common but often misunderstood vocal warmup.   

3. Breath Control

Matt teaches the correct breathing technique for singing, which is low breathing, and takes the students through various breathing exercises necessary for effective singing.

4. Vocal Tone

Vocal training that builds the solid and full vocal tones in the middle and lower range of the voice. In this module, Matt introduces how to use vocal exercises to practice a real song, taking the students one step closer to song application. 

5. Vocal Agility

Matt unlocks the top notes of the vocal range with head voice training through the use of effective vocal exercises. Students will learn how to sing high notes by relieving vocal strain and adding relaxation to the vocal muscles.

6. Hitting High Notes with Power

After the high notes are freed up, this training module builds power into the upper range of the voice through more aggressive vocal exercises. Matt also teaches you how to master popular songs by Jeff Buckley and Adele. 

7. Belting

After the last 2 training modules on high notes, Matt takes you further into Belting, which is even more aggressive and powerful vocal tone, without losing vocal balance and coordinaiton.

8. Singing without Strain

After the Belting training modules, Matt further trains your voice to sing without excess strain, solidifying the full voice tone of your entire vocal range.

9. Vocal Effects

Matt takes the students through extensive legato and vibrato training, which is the most essential part of articulation and interpretation of songs. This module also includes advanced crescendo exercises.

10. Your Complete Vocal Warmup

This is very special module in which Matt concludes the entire training program with a completely vocal warmup training for both male and female singers. Matt takes you through an extensive 30-minute warmup routine for you to practice every day for consistent vocal progress.

What I’m really glad to see is the extensive Belt training that this course provides, which is something that’s been neglected by so many voice teachers from Speech Level Singing for many years, but not this one right here.

Matt Ramsey is taking students through an entire module of intensive Belt training after he lays the solid technical foundation in the first 6 modules.

If you’re not familiar with Belting – it can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Just recently I messed around with belting for a while and my throat started to hurt for weeks because I was experimenting going too heavy with my voice.

But, in this Master Your Voice singing course, you are receiving safe, effective, and at the same time, intensive Belt training, which I think is great, because Belt is such an important vocal tone that all singers should study and develop. 

Okay…What I don’t like about Master Your Voice

However much I happen to like a singing product I’m reviewing, I usually also present some of the negative things that I see, so you can have a balanced view and make a better decision on whether or not to invest in this singing program.

I must say it is extremely difficult for this singing course, but I will try…

First, there’s not too much training on style development for singers in this program. It is understandable because “technique first, style later” is the correct order of vocal training.

Also, style development is such a huge topic that needs to have an entire training course developed for itself. 

One thing I really like about Master Your Voice is that Matt includes video lessons in module 4-9 that teaches you how to sing popular songs by Rihanna, Shawn Mendes, James Arthur, Sarah McLachlan, Jeff Buckley, Adele, Audioslave, Beyonce, Sam Smith, Pink, and John Legend, by teaching you what technique to use to tackle the difficult passages in those songs.

Second, the price could be high for people who are looking for more “casual” vocal training. I asked Matt Ramsey over email why he sets the price at $500.

He was kind enough to reply that he designed this course for singers who are serious about taking their voices to the next level.

For someone who has spent so much money on vocal training, I personally think that not singing course is too expensive as long as it gets you results.

And after reviewing this course, I can honestly say that Matt Ramsey’s Master Your Voice will do just that!!!

The Pros and Cons at a glance…

This has been a very thorough review on Master Your Voice. Let me sum it up with giving you all the Pros and Cons at a glance:

Pros

10 extensive training modules on essential vocal issues.Most safe, reliable, and effective vocal methodology.More than 60 HD video lessons and audio training tracks.Taught by master voice teacher Matt Ramsey himself.Designed for serious singers determined to take their voices to the next level.Lifetime access.Payment plans available.30-Day “5-Note” Gain Guarantee.Cons

Not much style development training.Price can be high for people who are not as serious.Finally, My Conclusion about Master Your Voice…

Should you invest in Matt Ramsey’s Singing Course Master Your Voice? That would be a hard question to answer. It really depends on your situation.

If you are determined to train your voice and became a great singer, then YES, THIS IS THE SINGING COURSE FOR YOU!!!

Believe me – if you are willing to make this important investment to train your voice, you will USE IT and get most results out of this course!!! Because…you give your best effort to make every penny count.

On the other hand, if you are just singing for fun and want to see if you could get a quick fix, then no – this singing course is not for you! It’s too much to invest for just a fun hobby.

If you have any questions, comment below. I’ll be happy to discuss with you!

To great singing,

Rex

Singdaptive Overview – The Vocal Coaching “Flix”

(Updated: 5/18/2021)

I have reviewed many online singing programs over the years – I thought I have seen them all! But this time, I am surprised by what I’m seeing on this very unique and innovative vocal training platform Singdaptive.

I didn’t think something like this is possible until I took a thorough look at this singing program. It is definitely one of the most versatile and all-rounded vocal training programs out there.

What’s amazing about Singdaptive is the collection of all-star voice teachers and vocal trainers that provide their expertise in every major areas of singing – solo, choral, improvisation, musical theaters, vocal health, recording, interpretation, stage training…You name it. It’s all there!

Enough with me rambling. I will now take you through this in-depth review of the one-and-only vocal training platform Singdaptive!

Singdaptive Review Summary

Product: SingdaptiveDescription: This is an online vocal training platform developed by four top professionals of singing, vocal education and vocal technology, providing the most well-round training for singers around the world. Price: US$40/69/120 for 2/4/12-month unlimited accessBest for: Beginning to Intermediate level singersProduct Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Recommended: Yes

Master Voice Teachers Teaching on the Same Platform – Amazing!!!

The one thing that shocks me about this vocal training platform is the number of master voice teachers that are teaching here – Mark Baxter, Kerri Ho, Emily Braden, Juliet Russell…just to name a few!

These aren’t just some voice teachers off the street trying to make a living by teaching voice. The caliber of training, artistry, and professionalism provided on the platform is exceptional!

Don’t believe me? Listen to one of the master voice teachers Emily Braden sing:

There are a total of 17 top vocal professionals coming together on this platform to provide their expertise for your vocal training. 

How Singdaptive got all these teachers to teach on their platform is really beyond me. It never occurred to me that this was possible!

Out of all these master teachers, they have produced lessons and training that covers more than 200 vocal topics and the content list is still growing on a regular basis.

In short, they don’t just teach you how to sing – that’s a given, but how to perform, record, look after your voice from a medical point of view, sing choral music, put together a stage production, even how to do your own make-ups!!!

Obviously, in a review like this, I can’t show you every course there is. But, to sum it up…you get everything you need for training as a singer!

An Even Closer Examination of the Individual Lessons…

Okay, you get the big picture of what you’re getting on Singdaptive, which is pretty awesome already, huh?

Now I want to take you on a closer look at the individual lessons offered on the platform and examine the quality of the training material.

When you have picked the course you would like to take, you will enter into a lesson description page where you will introduced to the lesson objectives, highlights, and actions to take for the lesson.

As you start the actual training, you will notice that video lesson is very high-quality and professionally produced.

Now, I have been criticized that I judge the quality of a singing program on the video quality and aesthetics of the site too much. Let me explain why this is important.

In this day and age, it is extremely important how you present the training visually to the students. Are you willing to look at an online video lesson that’s Standard Definition instead of HD and 4:3 instead of 16:9? 

The video production quality will affect how much the students will get out of the training. Plain and simple! Fortunately, you won’t have that problem on Singdaptive:

After you have taken the lesson, you will be asked to complete a quiz and action steps. Depending on the topic of the lesson, the actions will come in written form or audio practice tracks.

So, this is not just a video training that you watch and feel good about. YOU NEED TO DO! The more you take action according to the lesson, the more you will benefit from the training. After all, singing is the physical act of making sounds, not a cognitive activity.

What about the quality of instructions?

Yes, the most important thing in a singing program is the actual content and instruction given to the students. Just how good are the methodology and training presented by the instructors?

I must admit – this is really difficult to judge, because the issue over the “correctness” and effectiveness of vocal methodologies has been argued fiercely on the Internet (Actually, throughout singing history).

As a professional singer and vocal coach, what I can really say is…different methods do work for different singers. I know that sounds like a cope-out on a very serious question, but that is the truth!

As vocal coaches, nobody has all the answers. Just like what master teacher John Henny says, we are all “wrong” in some areas that we don’t know about.

What I can tell you about Singdaptive is that the instructors are all accomplished in the professional area of vocal training. It is safe to say that they have much to offer for your vocal training, and most of what they are teaching is very beneficial to your development as a singer.

Fortunately, with Singdaptive, you are not stuck with one particular voice teacher, which is the case with most online singing programs. If you don’t like or agree with one teacher, there are 16 other voice teahcers, each with their multiple courses, to learn from.

This is truly one of the biggest strengths of this vocal training platform!

Innovative Personal Evaluation on Your Singing Progress

For online singing programs like this, the common weakness would be the lack of personal evaluation for students. But, Singdaptive is doing something that surprised me – Personal evaluation for students’ progress.

There is a survey or evaluation section called Singer Path where you are asked answer questions related to your current condition as a singer. At first, the questions are general, like what level do you expect to reach as a singer, how often do you perform, etc.

In the beginning, I thought “blah, blah, blah, corny…” However, the survey questions go further, deeper, and more sophisticated as I was taking it. I really had to dig deep into myself as a singer to answer some of those question. 

By the time, I finished the survey with more than 40 questions, I was presented one whole web page of personal evaluation report. It analyzed the my true value, interest, and focus as a singer and designed a training approach and professional advice to further my training as a singer. 

To be honest, I was really impressive with how this SingerPath survery system is designed! It gives you very personal feedback.

What I Don’t Like about Singdaptive…Here it is…

Not much…honestly.

If I really have to nitpick at the risk of being unfair, there are probably one or two things I can discuss here…

1. Not every teacher is good with teaching in front of the camera.

This is normal.

Teaching in-person and in front of the camera are 2 totally different things. All of them are master teachers, but not all of them are comfortable teaching to students they cannot see through a camera. 

I’m sure the teachers have carefully planned out every lesson, but I suspect that some of the lessons are not scripted word-for-word, which is very important if you’re not too experienced teaching with camera on you.

It’s great to be spontaneous at different spots in the video lessons, but not everyone can execute that very smoothly, unless you’re the most experienced online master teacher like Robert Lunte who does not need a script because he’s done this for a long time.  

2. Lack of personal feedback on the students’ voice.

Obviously, that’s the strength of 1-on-1 voice lessons in which student gets feedback from the voice teacher directly. That is the quickest way to make adjustments and progress.

For an online singing program like this, it is still possible to evaluate the students’ voices through video and audio recordings sent to the platform. The instructors could then give their feedback with a video or audio recording.

👉Important Update

I’m so pleased to see that Singdaptive has upgraded their training platform to include an essential feature that provides one-on-one personal feedback – Exchangely.

Exchangely is a form of vocal training in which you will interact with the vocal instructor you have chosen on the platform through video exchanges.

This is how Exchangely works:

Choose your vocal instructor.Record a video of you singing, asking questions, and sharing personal thoughts.Send the video to your instructor.The instructor responds with a video providing personal guidance, vocal exercises, tasks for you to complete, and Singdaptive premium lessons. Watch this video introduction of Exchangely:

Each Exchangely “session” includes 3+ video exchanges with your personal instructors, 4+ premium lessons, and 10 tasks for you to complete.

One Exchangely “session” is not cheap, but the frequent video interaction, personal instruction, and tasks for you are enough to last you for weeks of training.

This is definitely the future of online vocal training, because students will not be satisfied with just watching training lessons and practicing with exercise track on their own.

Learning is most effective with quality feedback, especially from world-class instructors, and Singdaptive is really taking their vocal training program to a whole new level.

3. Extremely low price.

You might think, “how could that be a weakness?” In my humble opinion, it definitely is.

For instance, setting the price at $40 for unlimited access to the entire training platform sends the message to potential students that the content is not that valuable, and they don’t really have to take the program too seriously.

Let’s face it – the students might not get the full benefit of this wonderful singing program, because…it’s too cheap!

This is human nature – “If you pay (more), you will pay attention!”

For me personally, I pay more than $400 USD per month on weekly voice lessons, if anyone wants to know. Here the proof:

The Pros and Cons of Singdaptive at a glance

Having present to you the strengths and weaknesses of this very unqiue singing program, let’s take a look at the Pros and Cons of Singdaptive:

Pros

All-star voice teachers and trainers.SingerPath offering personal training evaluation.High-quality video lessons.More than 200 vocal training topics covered.Constantly growing training content list.Most affordable price.Cons

Not every teacher is comfortable with the camera.Lack of personal feedback on the students’ voices.Price set too low which could result in lack of motivation for students.Finally, My Conclusion…Should you invest in Singdaptive?

Yes…and I say that with a sigh, because I know paying $40 for full access, you might not take it seriously.

As a voice teacher, I think Singdaptive is selling themselves way too short. Just think about it – where can you find such an extended list of master voice teachers teaching you at the same platform? You don’t even have that at traditional music schools – not at that scale!

Please, if you are seriously about training your voice and becoming a great singer, take advantage of this training program without losing your motivation. 

If you do join Singdaptive, please don’t take it for granted. Practice, practice, practice!

In all honesty, Singdaptive is innovative in bringing together world-class instructors to give you the most well-rounded, high-quality vocal training. 

There are improvements to be made, but I think this is definitely a very unique and effective online training platform for singers.

Your singing pal,

Rex

Important Vocal Coaching for Newbies – Constructing a robust voice!

Do you secretly love singing but don’t know where and how to start?

Are you frustrated with singing that you just concluded that you just don’t have “the voice”(whatever that means)? If you are what I just described, please read this very important post.

I have been singing all my life and have struggled with my voice for about 20 years. At age 45, my voice is finally getting to my ideal level – hitting a solid tenor high C with full voice!

Fortunately, for you, you don’t have to take as long as I did.

Why? Because today, I’m going to show you how to avoid the mistakes I’ve made and save you years of confusion with training the singing voice.

You ready? Let’s learn about the the most essential vocal training for beginners.

Some Myth-Busting about Singing!

​Here are some of the myths about singing that I would like to bust for you:

1. Singing is about having a great voice.

Not all great singers have a great voice to start with. You don’t really know what kind of singing voice you have until you build one. Yes, you need to literally build a good voice for singing.

Once you develop those singing muscles to be strong and flexible, you will start sounding good.

2. You are stuck with the vocal range you have now.

No, that is a total lie. Through effective vocal training, your voice will become stronger. 

You will be able to hit higher notes and even sing lower, because you have built the right muscles for singing. I personally have gained notes I never thought possible through vocal training.

The problem is – most people, even voice teachers, don’t know how to build a strong voice without straining. But, you just need to know, there is a way to do it!

no matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.

Carol S. Dweck, Mindset

3. If you can’t sing, it’s because you’re not talented.

No, that’s another big fat lie about singing that I resent the most. I don’t know how many potential good singers have bought into the talent myth that made them stop singing.

For me, talent is not some inherent ability to sing great without any training. My definition of talent is being fortunate enough to be introduced to a great voice teacher or a great methodology.

4. You don’t need vocal training.

No, every singer needs vocal training. What you really don’t need is BAD vocal training.

Vocal training CAN change your voice, either in a good or bad way. What you need is finding the right training method for your voice. It will make a whole world of difference in your singing. 

I still remember how I sounded in my first few years of training. In fact, I don’t have to remember – I have the recording from more than 20 years ago. I sound totally different now – in a good way!

How do I start training my voice for singing?

Now, I will reveal to you the most important things you need to do to starting building a good voice. 

1. Pay attention to your speaking voice.

Every person has their own way of producing the speaking voice. It does carry over to singing, because singing and speaking both originate from the same place – the vocal folds.

If someone want to argue about talents for singing, then the speaking habit does affect the singing voice.

If you sound lazy and raspy when you speak, try to raise the pitches of your voice slightly higher, just slightly. It will lift the weight off your vocal folds and relax your straining muscles more.

2. Breath low into the abdominal area (Inhale).

Just to clarify, you can’t really breath air into your stomach, but you should feel like it’s going there. 

The diaphragm located below your lungs are flattened, giving the lungs more space to carry the air you inhale without unnecessary tension.

Now, I didn’t use to breathe this way for many years, but my new voice teacher Jaime convinced me about the important of breathing low. It gave me tremendous vocal freedom and even extension in my full voice range.

3. Bear down on the abdominal muscles when you sing (Exhale).

Traditionally, there are 3 ways to breathe for singing or any kind of vocal production – with the abdominal muscles, breathe out, breathe in, or bear down. 

Let me just tell you – the most effective way is to bear down, kind of like you’re going to the bathroom. What that does is it will draw back the air in the lungs so that air does not rush out causing extra tension on the vocal folds.

Listen to renowned vocal coach Jaime Vendera explain how to breathe and support:

4. Feel the buzz at the roof of your mouth when you sing.

When you feel the buzz at the roof of your mouth, that means you are producing sound in the most optimal way – your vocal muscles are balanced with the amount of airflow going through them.

5. Start building the vocal muscles.

Try to strengthen your voice by strengthening your falsetto voice first. (In case you don’t know what falsetto is, think Bee Gees and Prince, that’s the voice.)

You need to strengthen the falsetto voice to a point that it’s clean, focused, and not airy, and then transition to strengthening the full voice. This is how to start building power and range.

This is probably the most difficult part of vocal training. You might need a vocal coach to guide you through this. Or, you might be in danger of hurting your voice. 

6. Practice transitioning from chest voice to head voice

Chest voice is where you talk, and head voice is the higher range where you feel the resonance more in the head.

There is a break in-between chest and head voice. You need to balance your voice as you transition from chest to head voice.

The easy way to do this is to lighten up the voice as you ascend in pitch in order to connect to the higher and softer head voice.

This can be a rather tricky maneuver to beginners to practice. If you need more instructions and training to learn how to transition between chest and head, I recommend you check out the 30 Day Singer training course designed for beginners. 

Unleash Your True Potential through Training

Imagine stunning your friends with your singing in one of your gatherings so that they discovered the other side of you that they knew about – the Singer in you!

Imagine singing at your church one day so that you can give your most beautiful offering to the One above.

Imagine singing a solo in your local choir wowing not just your audience, but your fellow choir members as well.

Or even better, imagine singing on stage with raving fans adoring the voice the voice that’s coming out of your mouth.

Why am I saying these things to you? Because it’s all possible through good vocal training, and I need you to believe that!!!

You can drastically improve your singing under the right instruction and training program.

Finally, my best advice to you…

Train your voice, even if you’re a beginner or you think you just can carry a tune. That can all change through vocal training.

Invest time, money, and effort to train your voice. 

Don’t have time to practice? How about 20 minutes a day? 

Don’t have the money? There are online singing course at the most incredibly low price.

(I pay $400 per month for voice lessons. You can get the best online vocal training for less than a tenth of what I pay.)

Don’t want to put in the effort to train? Then you need to re-think if you truly want to become a singer. Good Vocal training can do wonders to your voice, but you need to work, or else nothing will happen.

Ready to start training and take your voice to a new level?

Click HERE to see my top recommended vocal course for beginners.

If you have any questions, comment below. I’ll be happy to discuss with you.

All the best to your singing,

Rex

Vocal Nebula Assessment – Watch out for Paralysis By Evaluation

I have reviewed quite a couple of online singing courses out there, and I must say – I have never seen one quite like Vocal Nebula created by voice teacher Joe Naab. 

In short, I have mixed feelings about this very unique singing course. Because as a voice teacher, Joe Naab really opened my eyes with his vast knowledge of singing history and vocal methodology.

On the other hand, I’m afraid that the way he presented this vocal “training” program would not be an effective one for the training of aspiring singers. 

In this Vocal Nebula review, we will take an in-depth look at was is offered in this singing course, and I will also give you my honest opinion and professional analysis about the quality of this vocal training product.

Vocal Nebula Review Summary

Product: Vocal NebulaFounder: Joe NaabDescription: This is an online singing program produced by voice teacher Joe Naab. This training program covers all the essential aspects of vocal training including voice builder, strengthening “breath engine”, voice shaping, and many more.Price: US$150 or 6 payments of $30Best for: Experienced singersProduct Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars

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Recommended: No

Who is Joe Naab? Can he really sing?

While there’s not much information on the Internet about Joe Naab – the founder of Vocal Nebula, I did learned that he has a background in Accounting and Finances and has been an entrepreneur for more than 12 years.

Joe does have a Youtube channel for teaching singing and demonstrating techniques through his own singing. My utmost respect to voice teachers who have the courage to sing for their students.

Let’s hear a little bit of Joe Naab’s own singing:

Not too bad for a voice teacher!

I say that with a taste of humor because of the number of voice teachers who cannot really sing. It’s not even funny!

From the limited knowledge I have of Joe’s background and the demo of his singing, I can tell that this is a man with a passion for the art of singing!

Making a transition from Finances and Accounting to voice-teaching is something that takes zeal and enthusiasm for this art that we love so dearly.

In terms of the study of vocology, vocal history, and vocal methodology, Joe is very knowledgeable and learned.

It is fascinating the information he is presenting in this singing course. 

Need to know theory to sing well? No…

Most voice teachers, including myself, don’t know what Joe knows about the history and methodology of singing. But, there’s a reason for this – you don’t need to know all these to be effective as a voice teacher or singer.

In fact, I do not encourage singers to learn about theory and vocal science in the beginning of their training, because you just don’t want to think too much when you sing on stage!

The only voice teacher I know that has successfully presented practical vocal science for singers to easily apply to their singing is master teacher John Henny.

Singing is about sensation – how your body feels when you are singing correctly. That’s all we really need to build a great singing voice.

Now, you can be analytical when you are teaching singers, but you don’t want students to be the same way. I’m afraid that’s what students might experience with Vocal Nebula.

What’s Inside Vocal Nebula?

When you log into the training platform of Vocal Nebula, you will see 4 main courses covering the major areas of vocal training that covers the concept of voice building, breath training, vocal production, vowel shaping, etc.

Inside each main courses, there are different training modules that contain video lessons with Joe Naab lecturing and demonstrating his methods.

The lesson content and materials presented in the modules are very extensive. Joe explains his methods very thoroughly…and a little bit too thorough and detailed including the sensation of the vocal exercises, historical quotes from great(dead) singers from the past, vocal science, etc.

Other than Joe’s very extensive lectures and lessons, there is a very user-friendly audio playlist of vocal scales for students to practice with.

These audio tracks are very easy to follow and tailored for, not just male and female singers, but low, middle, and high voices. 

I have seen many online singing courses over the years. Not many training platforms have audio playlist for students’ vocal practice as complete and detailed as the one on Vocal Nebula.

Is the Vocal Method being taught correct?

The vocal methods being taught at Vocal Nebula are mostly safe and correct, such as the concept of Voice Building – some voice teachers don’t believe you need to actually build a voice in a singer, training how to breathe for singing, and the adjusting the vowels and resonant spaces. 

Something that most voice teachers and singers don’t do is READ about singing – something Joe obviously does very extensively.

I actually admire Joe about that. After all, the great singing traditions from the past are past down in writing. Enrico Caruso, Luisa Tetrazzini, William Vennard, and many other great singers and teachers all wrote books to educate singers about the art of singing. 

The problem is – it is very hard to learn how to sing from reading, especially from reading old literature from the past. (They did write differently back then, which makes it harder to understand.)

I read books and articles about singing, but just enough to get me the answers I need for singing.

What I don’t like about Vocal Nebula

1. Too much talking about singing.

Joe reminds me of my music professor Matt back in college. Matt talks too much about singing and theory in our voice lessons.

I still remember standing through our voice lessons thinking, “When are we going to sing?” This maestro talked and sang more than I did in our lessons.

In order to write a fair review, I had to really force myself to sit through and watch every lesson on Vocal Nebula.

Let me tell you- it gets really boring after a couple of lessons, and there are a lot of lessons here.

2. Ineffective vocal training.

I feel really bad about pointing this out, but it’s true. The voice teacher is supposed to be a trainer guiding the singer through vocal exercises and challenging them to practice consistently.

The same holds true with online singing courses as well. Although you cannot see the students, you can do your best to guide the students through the exercises. 

The point is – singing is a physical activity or sport, not a cognitive one. 

There’s nothing wrong with what is being taught on Vocal Nebula. I just think the “training style” is not an effective one.

It’s like learning how to play golf by reading a book or sitting through lectures.

For singing, you really need to learn by doing!

3. Unscripted lessons.

It is safe to concluded that most of the lessons are not scripted, which I believe is very important for a course like this, especially if you’re not too experienced teaching singing in front of the camera.

Scripting lessons is essential for quality control. Without scripts, you’re just improvising with a lesson outline. The teachers might be rambling, and the lessons might become very draggy.

Brett Manning originally wrote 400 pages of lesson scripts for the production of the Singing Success program. If Brett Manning had to do it, we voice teachers should learn from him.

The Pros and Cons of Vocal Nebula

I have presented my main analysis and critique of this singing program. I respect Joe Naab for his knowledge and passion for the art of singing. 

Pros

The instructor is knowledgeable in vocology and singing history.Safe and sound vocal methodology.Complete audio playlist provided for singing.Good for experienced singers/teachers interested in the science and theory of singing.Cons

Too much talking about singing.Ineffective vocal training.Unscripted lessons a little bit draggy at times.Conclusion

I believe there’s hard work and great effort involved in the production of this singing course, and I salute Joe Naab for that. However, there’s improvement to be made to the training curriculum.

I’m afraid this course is, at best, good for experienced singers or voice teachers interested in the physiology, science, and history of singing.

If you just want to train your voice, or if you just want to “do it,” this course is probably NOT for you.

In conclusion, I do not recommend this singing course for beginners or even intermediate singers.

If you have any question, comment below. I’ll be happy to discuss with you.

Happy singing,

Rex 

What I take into consideration Gary Catona and his Voice Builder program

I first encountered Gary Catona’s work about roughly 10 years ago, and I was immediately intrigued by what this man has to offer to the vocal training world.

My first impression about this man was that this is not an ordinary voice teacher.

In fact, he calls himself a voice builder instead of voice teacher or vocal coach, which is the first time I was introduced to the concept of Voice building.

Also, I thought this man was pretty old school vocal gentleman who really reminds of voice teachers from the old Italian singing school.

He dresses nicely in suit jacket but often wearing classic jeans to go with it, which adds a little modern feels to his old school gentleman style.

In this post I would like to share with you some of my general thoughts about Gary Catona’s work and what he is bringing to the vocal training world.

What is Voice building? Why does it matter?

I didn’t use to believe you have to build a voice for singing.

Being trained in the Mix school (or SLS), I was taught to work with the voice that we already have and try to maximize it and beautify it by adjusting the vocal tract.

Gary Catona was the first one who introduced the concept of Voice-Building to me through his work – the Voice Builder app and e-book A Revolution in Singing.

Voice building implies that the singing voice is an instrument that has to be built, sometimes from scratch.

The fact that everyone is born with a voice to speak with doesn’t cut it for professional singing.

You need to build those vocal muscles in order to sing, kind of like a runner building the leg muscles to run and compete on the track.

Have a weak voice? Maybe you need to build your voice…

Over the years of me teaching students, I didn’t quite understand why some students, a lot of them female Asian singers, are not able to sing with power and edge. 

No matter how I try to “mix” and adjust their voices, the most they could do is sing just a little bit louder during the lesson with all the vocal tricks I was throwing at them. 

However, my work with them was ineffective overall. Their voices did not grow a bit in the long run.

After experiencing what Gary Catona called Voice Building myself, I understood that some voices are weak because the vocal muscles are weak.

Even if you have a pretty decent voice already, imagine how your voice could grow if you start your own voice building program.

What’s cool about Gary Catona’s Training System

Gary Catona has developed his own very unique training system and put out products that could help singers who are interested in voice building.

I have bought and trained with his vocal training app Voice Builder years ago and thought it was a rather interesting experience.

The app is designed with detailed and intricate visual aids of a human face showing you the facial expression for you to mimic while practice the exercise to build your voice.

Personally, I feel kind of weird to be following the app to practice my voice, because I’m a singer that need to understand the details behind to trust and do the practice.

Gary Catona does a have a vocal training DVD Ultimate Voice Builder I have yet to try. I’ll share with you my thoughts on it once I do find the time to check it out.

Fortunately, the App and the DVD are very affordably priced for most of us.

I did finish reading his 400-page ebook A Revolution in Singing, and I was fascinated with his understand and knowledge of vocal pedagogy and singing history, mostly from the Italian tradition that dates all the way back to the Schola Cantorum back in the middle ages and the Castrato singers.

I only read about those in my graduate studies in music school and have never heard modern voice teachers and vocal coaches talk about them. Gary is the first one.  

Of course, being knowledgeable about vocal history and science doesn’t necessarily make someone a great voice teacher.

Singing is really about sensation on the singer’s part. As long as you can get the feeling while you sing, you’re good to go!

What I don’t like about Gary’s Training system…

You notice that Gary’s ebook is titled A Revolution in Singing.

Whenever I hear the word Revolution or Innovative, I will take more caution, maybe raise a red flag.

The main reason is that singing is not a new art form. The most effective singing methods have all been developed. We just have to find them.

Gary Catona has developed his own vocal training system – The Catona method, designed for voice-building.

I love the fact that Gary promoting and helping people with voice building. 

It’s just that building a voice is not that easy.

You really need a good trainer to guide you through the voice building process, or it might be a little dangerous to do it on your own.

While Gary’s vocal products are great, he really doesn’t have his own complete online training course like Singing Success or The Four Pillars of Singing, in which students are trained very extensively in a detailed fashion at an affordable one-time purchase.

It’s obvious that Gary’s main focus in his career is teaching in-person lessons. 

A lot of his clients are big name celebrities, which means he is really expensive.

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A couple of years ago, he told me over email that his rate was $250 per voice building session.

How many of us can afford that?

My overall conclusion about Gary Catona’s Vocal Training

It’s great…but most of us can’t study with Gary privately.

The most we can afford is buying his Voice Builder training app and DVD, but I think it’s going to be really hard to train your own voice with just that.

It’s probably going to be like trying to become a bodybuilder by reading a book or watching a DVD.

So, I love Gary’s teaching on Voice building. I think it’s a very legit concept and approach.

But, I wished Gary would put out a complete training program like Robert Lunte’s online singing course, so more people will benefit from his teachings.

Anyway, that’s all I have for Gary Catona! Leave a comment if you have anything you want to discuss.

Happy Singing,

Rex

Learn how to Hit Excessive Notes When Singing

I want to talk a little about hitting high notes in full voice or belting high notes.

I never thought I’d ever write this post about hitting high notes.

I have been trained to Mix or in the SLS tradition for many years, and I was taught to mix or transition to head voice in order to hit the high notes.

I’m 45 years old and have been singing professionally for 15 years. And today, I am very sure when I say this about singing high notes…

In pop singing for male/female and classical singing for male, singers should hit high notes in full voice, no mixing or switching to head voice.

In essence, Mix or head voice is nothing more than a fuller falsetto – it is not full voice, real voice, belt voice, or whatever you want to call it.

Why So Much Confusion about how to hit high notes?

There was kind of a movement in the late 20 century with vocal training that builds the mixed voice for the singers to sing everything. 

The mixed voice has the vocal quality that is not as intense as full voice, and not as weak as falsetto.

The key leader of that vocal movement is arguably the founder of Speech Level Singing(SLS) – Seth Riggs.

From my observation, the reason why SLS gained popularity was that traditional vocal training stopped producing voices that able to hit high notes without straining in full voice.

Many singers who are disappointed with wasted years and money with traditional vocal training adopted the mixed voice approach to singing.

However, the fact that traditional vocal training stopped producing great voices didn’t mean that the overall approach is wrong – the problems lie in the details and intricacy of training routines.

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Countless singers who made the switch to Mix singing are hitting high notes with this “heady” and softer Mix voice, which is still different than full voice (chest voice, modal voice, or whatever you want to call it.)

So, what now? What is the right way to hit high notes?

The answer is training the full voice like how it was done traditionally, just do it correctly. 

There is a way to hit a high C without switching – I can do it now after training with a master teacher who doesn’t mix.

You don’t have to mix to hit the notes – although you can, as mix is a kind of vocal quality for stylistic choices, but you don’t have to.

Right now, there are basically 2 major singing schools teaching the opposite methodology – those from the SLS school and those that trains the full voice like the traditional school.

If you want to train your voice to hit high notes in full voice, you shouldn’t study with a Mix or SLS singing teacher.

Check out my top recommended online training program here to build a stronger voice to hit high notes:

My Confession about Mix singing and vocal training

2020 is a big year for me as a singer as I decided to take a major pivot in my vocal training.

I switched from Mix singing to full voice training, and I’m seeing great results.

I’m able to sing major tenor arias like Nessun Dorma and La Donna e Mobile.

These are songs I could not finish singing prior to this year, because I could not hit the high notes in full operatic voice.

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But, now I can, which speaks volumes as to the better approach to train my high notes.

I feel really bad for saying this, but SLS and Mix could not get me to sing those big songs, and I trained my Mix properly for about 6 years with the help of a master teacher.

This teaches me, “Never underestimate how wrong you can be!”

I’m 45 years old and have been training my voice for over 27 years.

I’m still training my voice and always will be. How about you?

Recommended:  Essential Vocal Training for Beginners – Building a strong voice!

Happy singing,

Rex

The Hidden Fact About Singing Combined Voice and Constructing Full Voice

Recently, I have been fascinated by the concept of Voice building.

I know as a veteran singer and professional voice teacher, it sounds really weird for me to say.

But I sang Mix(mixed voice) for many years – when you sing Mix, you are trying to coordinate and balance the vocal muscles to get the most out of your voice.

It’s actually quite fascinating how you can use the least amount of effort to produce the most amount of power and tone quality, just by tweaking the vowels and airflow.

That’s the strength of Mix, but the problem is you have to have a decent voice to start with.

If you have a weak voice, which a lot of people do because of advanced audio technology, you can only get so much out of your voice with the Mix technique, because the muscular strength is not there.

Why You Need to be a Vocal Athlete

Not just for singing, but for speaking and talking as well.

You need to build a strong voice in order to be more convincing and authoritative in whatever you do. Trust me, your voice makes a big difference!

I didn’t use to believe this when I first heard Robert Lunte’s promotional motto for his online course The Four Pillars of Singing – “We train Vocal Athletes!”

Robert Lunte is an expert in vocal strength building!

I didn’t think singers are athletes that need to workout their muscle to get them stronger. 

At most, I would compare singers to golfers who are very coordinated and balanced when they swing. 

Of course, I was ignorant to the fact that Tiger Woods and other golfers do heavy weight training in order to get a stronger swing.

I believed in Mix wholeheartedly, and I was singing pretty well with my Mix which gave me power and control with my voice. 

But there was a problem – I didn’t gain one note of range extension with this technique. 

I’m talking about singing a high C in Full voice, not Mix – I just could NOT ever do it!

This year, I finally decided to start my voice building program to workout my voice.

Guess what – I quickly gained 2 notes with my full voice (B4 and High C) in the first month!

After 27 years of vocal training, I had an epiphany – the voice is an instrument that has to be built by YOU personally!

After the instrument is built, it is very easy to use with a little technique in mind – the rest is left for you to sing your heart out FREELY!

Recommended reading:  What is Full Voice? Your Key to Successful Singing!

The only way to sing high notes is Mix? Not really…

Because, for some reasons, traditional voice teachers were failing to produce strong voices and superior singers by the end of the last century.

In the 1990s, I had a voice teacher so bad that he added so much weight and tension to my voice that I lost all my natural notes with my full voice.

That’s why I starting singing Mix – I thought that the only to sing high notes in by singing Mix.

The truth is there is a way to hit high notes with full voice. 

The problem is not many singers or voice teachers know how to do that correctly and effectively, which usually end up with the singers yelling their guts out on the high notes.

I have personally experienced this year the strength and power I am building into my voice at 45 years of age.

I have been singing my whole life and thought I have reached the full potential of my voice.

But it’s happening!

My voice is changing…for the better!!!

Build a voice – start your training this way…

Start by building a good falsetto voice. I’m serious.

Most people have weak falsetto that airy and floaty. We don’t want that in your voice.

Train your falsetto muscles until it is strong enough produce a sound that is clean and focused with no “airyness” whatsoever.

You start by doing falsetto exercise at a tiny volume to get the “wind” out and make it very focused.

Falsetto – only edges of vocal folds are touching, very easy to blow excess air through.

Once you do that, you can then transition to full voice to train the muscles at the fullest level.

Why is falsetto training so important? Because it is the foundation of voice building.

If you can’t sing good falsetto, you cannot sing good full voice, plain and simple!

When you can get the notes in good falsetto (clean, focused, no airyness), you can then get the notes in full voice.

Another secret about voice building is – any notes you can sing in falsetto, you can train it to sing in full voice!

Don’t believe me – the heavy metal guys are hitting high notes in the female range every single day!

Listen to Jim Gillette from the metal band Nitro: 

It’s absolutely possible! I’m experiencing range extension right now in my journey of voice building!

Mix or Voice building? My Conclusion…

I loved Mix. I really did, because it did wonders to my voice, and it can with your voice as well.

I’m just sharing with you the results I get with voice building recently – My voice is reaching new heights!

After 27 years of vocal training, I realized that I have not even reach half of my vocal potential, which is extremely exciting!

I never thought I’d be saying this – I’m going to do voice building for the rest of my life.

Mix has done wonders to my voice for many years, and now, I’m into the voice building stage of my vocal training path.

When you want to start your vocal training, here are the two opposite approaches you have to choose – Mix(SLS) or Voice building?

Most voice teachers and singing programs fall into these 2 major categories of vocal methodology. 

You need to make your choice which approach is best for you, because different methods work for different singers.

If you don’t know how to choose, well…try both, and see which ones work best for you!

Recommended:  Sign up for Robert Lunte’s FREE 8-part singing course to build your voice

If you want to further discuss this topic or need course recommendation, comment below.

Happy singing,

Rex

Easy methods to Sing Vibrato – 3 Most Vital Suggestions You’ll Ever Want!

I like to keep things really simple, because that’s really how people learn the fastest, including myself.

I did think about writing a post about “50 Tips and Exercises to develop a vibrato.”

But I thought, other than it being a really cool title and post to rank on Google, it’s not going to help anybody.

All you need is one or two simple tricks to practice and develop a vibrato or any other singing skills.

So, I’ve decided to write about what really matters when it comes to developing vibrato.

I don’t want to tell you any fluff, because the truth is it’s really simple!

After I share with you how to sing vibrato with the 3 most important tips, the rest is just hard work to develop this singing skill.

Why is Vibrato Important for Singing?

Before I share my top 3 tips for developing a Vibrato, please bear with me as I explain to you why vibrato is important for your singing.

I know that for some forms of pop and rock singing, vibrato is probably not used as much as other musical styles.

But, you should still develop it even if you don’t have to use it as often in your songs. 

Reason #1 – Vibrato is a natural musical expression

Aesthetically, it sounds great and most natural to hear at the end of a musical phrase. 

Even for rock and metal guys, those who are truly master rock vocalists can do vibrato in their singing.

Jon Bon Jovi, one of the most “beautiful” voice for rock and metal, has a very natural vibrato!

In my opinion, having the ability to sing vibrato helps your musical phrasing, even if you don’t use it a lot – you get a feel of how to do phrasing in your songs.

When singers are choppy and have no phrasing while singing, they really don’t sound that good – at least for my ears.

Reason #2 – Vibrato balances the vocal muscles

There is a reason why vibrato happens. 

When the singer is in a balance state while singing, meaning they are using the right amount of air flow and cord closure, vibrato will happen.

Most singers have no vibrato when they are starting out.

I remember I was trying so hard to practice vibrato in high school, because I didn’t have one. 

In the beginning it was unnatural because the muscles are tight and the pulsing is uneven – either too fast or too slow.

After practicing for a period of time, my voice started having vibrato “naturally,” and it sounds good.

When the vibrato is right, that means the muscles are working correctly – not too tight and not too loose.

Robin Trower

Rock Vocalist & Guitarist

“I think the fundamental part of my technique is my vibrato.”

Reason #3 – Vibrato can be used for emotional expressions

Once you mastered vibrato, you will notice that you can control the speed, “wideness,” and intensity of the vibrato.

Thus, vibrato becomes a great tool for emotional expression.

When you are expressing warmth, you use a slightly slower vibrato.

On the other hand, when you are expressing excitement, anger, and other strong emotions, you can use a faster and wider vibrato to enhance the emotional intensity of your singing.

Here it is – The 3 Most Important Tips to Practice Vibrato

I still remember how I started singing with no vibrato and how I practiced to get one eventually, so here it is:

1. Pulsing

This is just the rapid change is vocal dynamic from strong-soft-strong-soft with the diaphragm pumping at a fast frequency.

Imitate how a dog pants – that’s exactly how it feels in the diaphragm when you practice pulsing for vibrato.

Actually, “dog panting” is a breath exercise used by some old-school voice teachers to develop vibrato in their students.

Another way to practice pulsing is to place the fingers of both of your hands on the diaphragm just below the rib cage and jiggle your upper stomach with your hand while your sing a long note.

You will notice your voice will start pulsing, but that’s not vibrato yet.

In order to have a complete vibrato you need to have the second thing…

2. Pitch Fluctuation

This is your voice fluctuating between 2 notes – usually a second or a third apart.

For example, sing AH on middle C(C4) and drop the pitch down to Bb3, and then back up to C.

Do this pitch fluctuation about 6 times slowly at first.

Speed up the pitch fluctuation little by little – the end goal is to do this 6 times per second!

And, you do the pitch fluctuation with pulsing together!

3. Get Complete Vocal training on your voice

For most singers, vibrato happens naturally after they have been singing for a period of time.

When singers receive proper vocal training to build a stronger voice and get fuller control of their voices, they usually can do vibrato at will, even if they are not trained to develop vibrato directly.

In my opinion, this is probably the best way to have a vibrato, because vibrato is a peculiar thing.

Sometimes when you try to have one intentionally, and you focus too much on it, it might sound awkward and unnatural.

The best way to develop a vibrato is to one day have it without you even noticing it.

When I’m trying to say is – let vibrato be the result of good training and great singing. It will sound best this way!

If after a period of vocal training, you still don’t have vibrato, then you can start training it with a more direct approach.

My conclusion about Vibrato

People have different opinions about the development of Vibrato. 

Some voice teachers are vehement about the practice of developing the vibrato directly.

I take more of a moderate and neutral position in this subject.

If a student comes to me wanting to develop vibrato, I will take them through vocal practices #1 and #2 shared in this post without hesitation.

I will do all that I can to help the student develop vibrato, if they express interest or concern about it.

Otherwise, I will take them through standard vocal training, and for most of them, vibrato will happen sooner or later.

If you have anything you want to discuss about Vibrato, please comment below.

Happy Singing,

Rex 

Cheryl Porter Vocal Technique Assessment – Revolutionary and Inspiring!

American Vocal Coach Cheryl Porter has become a YouTube sensation in recent years with over 3 million subscribers, which is unheard of for an online vocal coach. (Singing Success has only 174 K subscribers.)

The interesting thing is that she only has a little over 100 videos on her YouTube channel and half of them are in Italian. Like many classical singers, Cheryl furthered her vocal studies in Italy after graduating from music school and has been singing and teaching there since then.

After looking into some of her work, I can understand why she became such a sensational and popular vocal coach in Italy, U.S., and now in the online world.

I have decided to be the first one to write an online Cheryl Porter Vocal Method review. I have to say I am quite impressed with her work. So, keep reading.

Cheryl Porter Vocal Method Review Summary

Product: Cheryl Porter Vocal Method / Sing Those High Notes Baby!Founder: Cheryl PorterDescription: 2 online vocal training programs developed by International vocal coach, singer, and YouTube sensation Cheryl Porter with her innovative teaching styles and inspirational approach to vocal training. Price: US $199 for both courses Best for: Beginning to Intermediate SingersProduct Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

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Recommended: Yes

Cheryl Porter – The Radiant Personality!

What’s the personality got to do with a vocal coach’s teaching? More than you think.

Vocal coaching is a very private and personal matter. The relationship between a vocal coach and a student can even be as deep as father-and-son, because the vocal coach is not just developing the singer, but also dealing with insecurity, fear, and confidence in a singer.

Almost every student I have had walks into the first lesson with some level of uncertainty and embarrassment. Students need support and encouragement from the vocal coach. It’s a must-have quality of a great vocal coach.

In terms of being inspirational, Cheryl’s definitely got that. Her positive energy and radiant personality make the students feel warm and safe, which is extremely important, because the student is sharing their vulnerability with the teacher.

Is Cheryl Porter’s Singing Method Legit? Does It Work?

I have had many voice teachers and vocal coaches over the last 27 years. Most of them are very encouraging and supportive, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they can teach. 

Fortunately, I do think Cheryl Porter has a very solid vocal methodology. Now, I personally think it’s very distracting when vocal coaches are too hypey and “overly-supportive” when they teach. I prefer to focus on solid vocal instruction and honest feedback.

But as I watched Cheryl Porter teach, I think she is the real deal. Cheryl does a very good job of encouraging students and giving solid instructions at the same time. She can even be vocally demanding while keeping that positive energy towards students.

What is Included In Cheryl Porter’s Singing Courses?

Cheryl Porter has launched 2 vocal training courses online – Cheryl Porter Vocal Method and Hit Those High Notes Baby!

As I am going through the teaching curriculum in these 2 vocal training courses, I am very pleased with what I see. I’m going to review these 2 courses for you together, because they do come in one bundle at a very reasonable price.

First of all, Cheryl’s training system includes the training of full voice, mixed voice, falsetto, and whistle voice. She uses the terms chest voice, head voice, belt, etc. –  the ideas are similar.

I feared the vocal instructions of female classical singers teaching a head-voice(falsetto) based singing method, because that’s what they use 90% of the time in classical singing. But, Cheryl does not have that problem.

Many of her students in Italy come to her for Gospel and R&B training, which are very full-voice (chest-voice) based styles of singing.

Coming from a rich gospel musical culture growing up in Chicago, Cheryl is no stranger to full voice singing, or belting, and she can sing and teach it as well.

The training curriculum of Cheryl’s online singing courses – Cheryl Porter Singing Method and Sing Those High Notes Baby! are not terribly extensive, but every lesson is – some of them are over 20 mins, which is similar to an in-person private voice lesson with her.

This is the training curriculum for Cheryl Porter Singing Method:

The following is the curriculum for Sing Those High Notes Baby!:

In these 2 courses combined, you will get more than 90 vocal exercises for male and female singers, full backing tracks, one vocal exercise ebook, five songs to practice for your vocal classification, and others. 

What is the Cost? Should I buy?

The price for Cheryl Porter Vocal Method training system is $99 after discount, which is the average price of a full hour traditional voice lesson. What’s so great about online vocal courses is you get to keep it for good after purchase.

Cheryl’s newer course Hit Those High Notes Baby! is priced at $129 with no discount. However, you can get both courses in one bundle at $199. I think that’s a great deal.

If you are interested in Cheryl’s training, I suggest you get both courses together. Honestly, it’s not expensive at all.

The Pros and Cons:

Pros

Fun and motivating. Not boring at all.Very, very reasonably priced. Well-rounded training including Belt, Chest, Mix, Head, and Whistle voice.Proven and effective vocal training system.Cons

Could be too hypey for some people.Might not be suitable for more “analytic” students.My Personal Conclusion…I Like Cheryl as a Vocal Coach!

One thing I should have mentioned earlier in this post is that Cheryl is very innovative in turning vocal exercises into real songs, which solves the “traditional problem” of vocal exercises being boring.

Boring is one of the main reasons singers don’t practice. Cheryl makes students feel like they are singing a very fun song when in reality they are doing a vocal workout. 

Her vocal exercises remind me of the fitness program Tae Bo, if you’re old enough to know what it is. Cheryl even goes so far as to letting students wear boxing gloves while they train, mainly for overcoming fear and emotional hurdles.

I think it’s funny, and I would never do it, but it seems to work for Cheryl’s teaching. Never seen anything like that, but it puts a smile on my face.

Cheryl Porter’s teaching style might not be for everyone. In case you are looking for other choices, here is one of my top recommendations for solid vocal training from more of a scientific approach to learn how to sing. Click HERE.

That’s all I have for Cheryl! Very impressed with her work!

Best wishes,

Rex

100+ Vocal Coaching Ideas: The Final Checklist

If you want to sing better, I will give you the most complete list of vocal tips right here. 

I have listed 111 most effective vocal training tips that I have learned and used in my professional career. 

And you can go through this list and choose the ones that work for you.

If you want to improve your singing, you have come to the right place. 

If you’re ready, let’s dive into this.

Essential Vocal Preparation

Your body is THE instrument for singing.

It is very important that you prepare yourself physically and mentally for singing.

It makes all the difference in the quality of your practices and performances.

1. Listen to Your Favorite Singer

We’re all lazy, so get motivation from your favorite singer.

Use your earphones or play out loud and listen to their songs. 

This helps to inspire you to overcome Resistance to practice.

2. Silence

People are busy and distracted.

It’s hard to get yourself in the right mind frame for practice when you’re thinking about 10 different things.

Design a short routine for 3-5 minutes for meditation, or just plain silence. 

It should eliminate mental distractions and focus your mind for practice.

3. Go to an Isolated Space

Like reading, practicing for singing is an individual activity. 

With people around, you’ll get really self-conscious and distracted.

If you’re at home, go to your room. Professional music practice rooms are the best..

You can even practice in the car.

4. Practice After 11 AM

The body does not fully “wake up” in the morning – at least for me. 

It takes at least a full hour to fully warm up my voice in the morning.

It only takes 5 minutes to warm up my voice after about 11 am.

You can try different times to find out what’s best for you.

5. Get Shoulder and Back Massage

Obviously, when you’re alone, you can’t do this. 

You need to get with a partner or ask someone to do you a favor.

These massages relieve unnecessary stress that would hinder your singing.

6. Release Neck and Throat Tension

Give the back of your neck a rub with your hand, particularly with your thumb.

And you can do the same to your throat area.

This is to relieve unnecessary neck and throat tension that causes the most vocal problems.

7. Stretch Your Body

Do some general body stretch to get the blood flowing in your body.

This is because we often feel sluggish before we start singing, especially in the morning.

Singing is a physical act, and even a sport. Do stretches to wake your body up for singing.

It will make your singing much easier with a body that’s warmed up.

8. Jumping Jacks

After you’ve stretched, you can do some jumping jacks to get the blood flowing even more. 

Do at least 50 jumping jacks, but no more than 100. 

The idea is to do just enough to get your body to optimal condition for singing without tiring you out.

9. Wait 1 Hour after meal

It’s hard to sing with a full stomach because you need to use abdominal muscles for singing.

Wait at least an hour for your body to digest after a meal.

You won’t feel as sluggish and sleepy as you usually do after eating.

10. Decide Goal for the Day

To practice more effectively, decide what you want to achieve before the practice.

It could be to hit a certain high note in full voice, learn the first verse of a song, etc.

Never practice on auto-pilot. You need to engage the mind.

20 Ways to Warm Up Your Voice

Much like a sport, it is very important to warm up the voice before you sing.

Even if you are in a rush, you can still do a quick one-minute warmup. 

This is to optimize your voice before singing and reduce the risk of vocal injury.

11. Sing a song as soft as possible 

Sing every note of a song as soft as possible.

Make sure you are using good technique while singing.

Singing softly will eliminate excess vocal tension while maintaining a focused tone.

12. Do Straw Exercises

Straw exercises are therapeutic and technically beneficial.

Put a straw in a cup with some water in it and phonate through it.

Test different water levels to see what feels good on your voice.

13. Light, but “Focused” Humming

Take a low breath and allow your stomach to puff out.

Apply downward pressure with your stomach while you hum any note.

Feel the buzz in the roof of the mouth and relax the neck muscles.

🎧Listen to it

14. Yawn from High to Low

Make a yawn sound from high pitch to low, much like what you do in a normal yawn.

Yawning opens up your throat in the most relaxing way, maximizing the resonance space without forcing it open.

🎧Listen to it

15. Vocal Fry to Get Blood Flowing

Vocal fry is the “bubbly” lazy sound we have when we wake up in the morning.

It can be used to get the blood flowing to the vocal folds.

Do a clean, “bubbly” vocal fry on an “AH” or a hum on any note. 

Allow the vocal fry to happen instead of forcing it.

🎧Listen to it

16. Use “Unfinished” Sounds to Vocalize

The unfinished sounds include Humming, Z sound, V sound, Lip Bubbles, etc.

These are incomplete sounds that will regulate your airflow.

These are very safe exercises to optimize your voice for singing.

🎧Listen to it

17. Do a lot of Lip Bubble

Lip Bubble is probably the best warm-up exercise ever, in my opinion.

Without getting into vocal science, it is very therapeutic. 

Not only is it great for warmup, it is also used for vocal recovery.

Without getting into vocal science, this exercise balances your vocal muscles to an optimal level for singing. 

Listen to vocal coach Dr. Dan explain how he does lip bubbles:

18. Use Falsetto to Vocalize

Falsetto exercises are often overlooked in vocal training.

Falsetto training sets a great foundation for vocal development.

Make sure the falsetto sound is focused and NOT leaking air.

🎧Listen to it

19. Vocalize a wide vocal range

Doing exercises that cover at least one octave helps with vocal balance.

Vocalize at the same volume through the entire range.

This helps develop vocal control and eliminate unnecessary vocal tension.

🎧Listen to it

20. Cross Vocal Breaks

A vocal break is where you tend to crack, flip, or switch from full voice to falsetto.

Do vocal exercises that practice crossing those breaks smoothly.

When you can cross smoothly, that means you have eliminated excess tension.

🎧Listen to it

21. Vocalize in 5 Major Vowels

Every vowel requires a slightly different muscular coordination to produce.

Make sure you vocalize all 5 major Italian vowels – AH, EH, EE, OH, and OO.

22. Hold Single Notes Out

Do this warmup exercise with Lip Bubbles and Hums.

Pick any note and hold it out at a comfortable volume.

This exercise relaxes and balances your voice. 

🎧Listen to it

23. Monitor Tongue Tension

Ideally, you want to lay the tongue flat, slightly touching the lower teeth.

This is good vocal practice to relax the tongue.

24. Lower Your Larynx

Warming up your voice with a lowered larynx helps eliminate vocal stress.

It feels like you are adding a yawn to your voice.

Do this on an octave AH or OO in a soft volume.

25. Warm Up for 10 Minutes Minimum

While singers do not always warm up, it is very essential vocal practice.

You are not just warming up vocal muscles, but also vocal techniques.

26. Hum in a Sneaky Way

While we are waiting to go on stage, do hums.

Hums cannot be heard easily in an open space.

Perfect for vocal warmup when you don’t have time.

27. Proper Support During Warmup

Treat your vocal warmup like real singing.

Push down or bear down slightly on the stomach while you vocalize.

This is proper support for great vocal production.

28. Find Good Vocal Placement – “The Buzz”

Find a buzz feeling at the roof of your mouth with a hum.

You might feel the buzz more in the nose.

Apply this buzz on EVERYTHING you sing from now on.

29. Breath Low

As you take a breath in, allow the stomach to puff out in a relaxed way.

Do not force the stomach out. Allow.

As you start singing, bear down on the stomach to support.

30. Do Not Skip Warmup

I’ll admit – I used to never warmup. Big mistake!

It’s like running sprints without stretching.

You need to warm up your voice. Really.

Even for a quick 3-min warmup, please do it.

Vocal Control and Coordination

Coordination training is using skills to optimize your current voice.

It’s kind of like shooting a basketball – you are training accuracy and efficiency.

You don’t necessarily need more muscles and strength.

You’re learning how to best use your voice.

31. Round Your Vowels

This is a vocal secret taught to me by vocal coach Dean Kaelin.

It naturally amplifies the voice without any extra effort.

Round your vowels by imitating the UH vowel on every vowel you sing.

🎧Listen to it

32. Sing High Notes in Mixed Voice

We all dread cracking those high notes.

You can sing the super high notes in mixed voice, which is basically stronger falsetto. 

It is easier to control than full voice if you can’t quite hit those notes yet in full voice.

You should sing the high mixed voice with good technique – downward support and good placement (the buzz).

🎧Listen to it

33. Use Less Air

You don’t need that much air to sing well.

Apply downward support and vocal placement (buzz).

Try to eliminate “airyness” or husk for better control.

🎧Listen to it

34. Maintain Appropriate Vocal Tension

Apply a medium level of vocal fold closure.

Not too tight like a grunt and not too soft when it’s too airy.

This is efficient vocal production.

🎧Listen to it

35. Balance Airflow vs. Vocal Tension

Maintain consistent vocal quality when you vocalize.

Do not get louder or softer on certain notes.

Do not grunt or get airy on certain notes. 

You should apply a moderate level of vocal tension while maintaining a smooth flow of air through the vocal cords.

36. Practice Messa Di Voce

This is a traditional Italian technique – singing smoothly from SOFT to LOUD, and back to SOFT.

Sing an AH or EH as SOFT as you can.

Gradually increase the volume to LOUD and back to SOFT.

It is actually very difficult to do, but do it slow as it will train your muscles for vocal control.

🎧Listen to it

37. Bridge Vocal Registers

Sing smoothly through different vocal registers at a medium volume.

Make sure you cover the low, middle, and high range of your voice.

🎧Listen to it

38. Strengthen Your Falsetto

Many singers do not know this, but falsetto training is extremely important.

Even if you don’t use falsetto, it is the foundation for full voice training.

If you have a good falsetto, full voice will become much easier to sing.

🎧Listen to it

39. Maintain Consistent Vowel

Just like consistent volume, keeping the same vowel through your range is important.

When an AH starts to sound like tight EH in the upper range, it’s a recipe for vocal stress.

When the vowel changes, the muscles will too (more tension). 

🎧Listen to it

40. Practice Both Loud and Soft Volumes

Practice singing at different dynamics.

After singing at a soft volume, practice singing loud as well.

To be a good singer, you need to be able to sing both loud and soft. 

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41. Practice Technique before Style

This is a common mistake singers make when they learn a song by imitating their favorite singers first.

Practice every note with good technique before you play with style and emotions.

42. Release Excess Vocal Tension While You Vocalize

The most effective way to relax the “wrong muscle” is to use proper technique.

Find the buzz at the roof of the mouth and apply downward abdominal support.

Do not push for volume and power while training for coordination.

Voice Building & Strength Training

Strength training is building muscles for singing.

It’s like bodybuilding or weight training for the voice.

You can literally build a stronger voice, hit higher notes, or sing louder.

We are isolating the vocal muscles and skillfully working them out.

43. Build Vocal Muscles for Singing

People with weak voices can literally build a voice from scratch. 

You can strengthen your voice through Voice Building exercises. 

It’s kind of like bodybuilders building muscles. There are exercises you can use to build your voice.

44. Sing Loud Volume without excess tension

These are mainly full voice exercises where you sing at a loud volume with good technique. 

Remember – good technique means downward abdominal support and good placement (buzz).

45. Use “Stair Stepping” to Build High Notes

Let’s say, you keep cracking at a high A4 note in full voice during practice. You go “downstairs” to hit a G#4, G4, and to an F#4. 

And then, you go upstairs again in half steps, so it look like this:

A4(Crack) ➡️ G#4 ➡️ G4 ➡️ F#4 ➡️ G4 ➡️ G#4 ➡️ A4

The idea is to keep attacking the highest note to build up the muscles.

This is done with good vocal technique, of course. 

Remember – you want to build muscles, not tension.

Listen to how vocal coach Jaime Vendera explains this:

45. Build a Powerful Full Voice Range

Contrary to popular belief, you can train your voice to sing higher in full voice. 

Meaning, you don’t have to switch to falsetto. 

With good vocal strength training, you can sing much higher than you think you could. 

I will be sharing full voice exercises that build high notes. 

So, let’s keep reading.

46. Hold a Note for as long as possible

This is one of the best ways for building vocal muscles. 

Sing a siren on any vowel and hold the top notes for as long as possible.

You can even do this to strengthen the lower notes. 

The key is to use good technique, kind of like lifting weights with good forms. 

If not, you will strengthen the wrong muscles.

47. Extend Your Low Notes

Do a reverse siren to strengthen the low notes in good technique. 

You need to push down on the stomach and feel the buzz in the roof of the mouth.

The low notes will be more focused and loud as you train them.

🎧Listen to it

48. Strengthen Every Note in Your Vocal Range

There is a different set of muscle configuration and coordination for every note in your range.

You should strengthen every note in the low, middle, and high notes through the vocal strengthening exercises.

49. When there is vocal strain, sing soft.

Singers tend to strain when they are trying to sing loud or high. 

When you notice strain, sing a little softer to relieve stress.

For practice, you can sing as soft as possible for a song with good support.

50. Don’t Rush Building High Notes

Build up your high notes with good technique with neck and throat muscles relaxed.

The only muscles we are working on are the vocal muscles.

The goal is to sing high notes without strain. You want beauty and power without excess vocal stress.

51. Shake Your Head from Side to Side

This is a unique vocal stress relief method developed by the great Jaime Vendera.

Shake your head from side to side as if you are saying NO.

You do this to eliminate neck strain while you sing. 

Just to be clear, you do this and vocalize a note at the same time.

Listen to Jaime explain how to do this:

52. Do not blast more air for High Notes

Singing high notes takes a lot less air than you think. 

If you blast too much air on a high note, you might blow your vocal cords out.

The way to do that is to apply downward support and focus the sound with a buzz at the roof of the mouth.

53. Use More Abdominal Support

You will need more abdominal support for strength training.

Bear down on the stomach while you sing.

This controls the airflow and takes the tension off your neck and throat.

You will feel the voice freed up and relaxed. It is the most efficient way for vocal production.

54. Always Sing with Focus

At a loud volume, you should maintain the buzzing feeling at the roof of the mouth.

Sometimes it goes away because of strain. You need to find it.

This is an old pre-Bel Canto technique re-discovered by vocal coach Jaime Vendera.

The BUZZ is a perfect indicator that you are in good vocal balance without excess strain.

55. Practice Every Notes as Perfect as Possible

You need to strive for perfection in practice for the sound you produce.

Meaning – proper abdominal support, no vocal strain, and good placement.

So when you go on stage, you can be as wild and free as you want to be as an artist.

56. Build Strength with Repetitive Octave Sirens

This exercise can be done in either falsetto, mixed, or full voice. 

Sing any vowel on an octave siren repeatedly until you run out of breath.

This is like bench pressing for the vocal muscles. Great for building vocal muscles.

🎧Listen to it

57. Don’t Shy Away from High Notes

Even when you can’t quite hit a high note in full voice, sing it in falsetto or mixed voice.

With good technique, you can slowly add weight to the high note to get it closer to full voice.

58. Sing Songs for Your Training, Not Just Exercises

You need to apply what you do for vocal training in real singing.

The things that you practice also need to be tested while you sing real songs.

After all, the goal of vocal training is to sing songs, not exercises.

Maintaining Good Vocal Health

Your physical body IS the instrument for singing. 

It is essential that you take care of your health as a singer.

You have to work to keep your voice in optimal condition.

Here are the best tips to maintain good vocal health.

Let’s take a look.

59. Keep Your Body Hydrated

This is so important because the vocal folds need to be lubricated with moisture.

It takes roughly an hour for the water you drink to get to the vocal folds.

So, drink water to keep your body hydrated before you sing. Not tea, coffee, or carbonated drinks, but AQUA!!!

60. No Alcohol before Performance

From my experience, refrain from drinking alcohol the night before you sing.

If you have a huge performance, you need to avoid alcohol starting at least a week prior.

You can drink when you don’t have to sing. But overall, alcohol and singing don’t go together. 

61. Reduce Caffeine Intake  

This one is overlooked since coffee is viewed as somewhat healthy. 

However, coffee dehydrates your body and makes your throat dry.

It’s not as bad as alcohol and drugs, but I’d say one cup a day is MAX for performance day.

62. Avoid Spicy Food

Spicy food irritates the vocal folds and creates phlegm, which makes it harder to sing.

Like coffee, avoid spicy food on the day of performance.

63. Avoid Dairy Products

This is also another big one – dairy products.

Dairy products create major phlegm and make the throat feel sticky.

It doesn’t hurt the voice, but it is very annoying and distracting for singing.

64. Adequate Sleep

We might not get a lot of sleep with our busy lifestyles, but for the performance day, you need to sleep.

Your body is THE instrument.

Sleep energizes and conditions it for singing.

65. Daily Vocal Workout 

We all know exercising is good for your physical health.

Vocal Exercising is also important to maintain vocal health.

The voice is produced by muscles, and those muscles need to be exercised.

If you don’t, your voice will get weaker as time passes.

66. No drugs

Period.

67. Avoid Smoking

This goes for second-hand smoke as well.

Smoking dries up the vocal cords and affects your lung capacity.

It is almost the worst thing you can do for your voice.

68. Avoid Vocal Surgery If Possible

Vocal surgery could be dangerous to the voice if not done properly. It is said that Julie Andrews lost her beautiful voice after a failed surgery.

The key is proper vocal production with good vocal technique.

If you develop vocal nodules or polyps, go to a voice specialist for rehab first before considering surgery.

69. Increase Vitamin C Intake While Sick

Singers dread getting sick and losing their voices.

Vitamin C is the #1 solution singers and coaches rely on to fight sickness.

When you feel under the weather, take at least 2000mg of vitamin C per day.

70. Exercise to Stay Physically Healthy

Singers need to stay physically healthy and somewhat fit.

It not only helps with singing, but the singer will also feel more confident.

The body is the instrument.

71. Avoid Yelling in a Loud Environment

When we are in a loud environment, we raise our voices without realizing it. 

Avoid pushing your voice to be heard by people.

Yelling wears out the voice. 

72. Speak at a Moderate Volume

The best volume for speaking is a medium volume, not too loud and not too soft.

As long as the voice is clean and focused, you’re good to go.

People will hear you.

73. Use Only Water When Singing

Drink only water when you are singing, preferably warm or hot water with a little steam.

Forget about coffee, coke, or anything else.

Only water.

74. Steam Your Throat

You can use a steamer in the room you’re in. 

If you don’t have one, vocalize in a hot shower, or take a hot bath.

The idea is to steam your throat for hydration. Great for singing!

75. Skip Meal Before Performance

It’s not optimal to eat with a full stomach. 

This is what I do – I skip the meal right before the performance, but I eat fully in the previous meal.

So the eating schedule looks like this: 

Eat a full lunch, no dinner, do the performance, and then eat whatever right after.

76. Sing No More than 2 Hours Straight

2 hours is already pushing the limits of most singers. 

If you are practicing diligently, which is good, do not go pass 2 hours. 

It would be too heavy vocally for most singers, and you might lose your voice.

77. Enjoy Singing

Most people sing because they enjoy it. Keep enjoying it!

I say that because when singers strive for excellence, sometimes they lose the joy of singing.

When you enjoy singing, you usually will sing better.

78. Use Singing Technique for Speaking

This is a secret a lot of non-singers do not know – you can use singing techniques for speaking.

You will have an advantage in your school presentation or any type of public speaking.

You will give an impression of professionalism to your audience, client, or colleagues.

79. Find Ideal Range for Speaking

There is a sweet range for everyone to speak in. You need to find yours.

Some ladies might be speaking too much in the upper range, making the sound shrill.

Some men tend to speak too low and push on the vocal cords too much.

Try lowering or raising your pitch for speaking to find the most efficient and relaxed way to speak.

Choosing Teachers & Singing Methods

Choosing the right teacher and singing method is extremely important.

The fact is – there are very few voice teachers that are good.

You can’t see the instrument, which makes teaching difficult.

Here are the important tips for choosing the right teacher. Let’s dive in.

80. Listen to How the Teacher Sing

Choosing the right teacher is very important.

Listen to how they sound when they sing. Can the teacher sing? If not, you need to move on.

If the teacher CAN sing, you need to evaluate if they CAN teach. If you’re always confused about their instructions, move on.

81. Evaluate the Teacher’s Students

One great way to evaluate the teacher is by listening to several of their students.

You might notice a similar quality. 

See if you like the products that the teacher is producing? 

I once had a teacher whose students all cracked their voices in one joint concert. It happened in later concerts too.

That’s when I knew the teacher’s method was not working. I moved on to another teacher.

82. Ask the Teacher Technical Questions

If the teacher tends to dodge students’ questions, that is a sign that they don’t really have a solid teaching methodology.

Some voice teachers are really teachers. They are singers who are trying to make a living, and so they teach.

I know this is harsh, but students like you need to know that truth.

83. Avoid Teachers with Big Heads

Occasionally, you will find teachers who are cocky and put down other teachers.

You might not want to take lessons from them, because they are usually blinded by their own pride.

The best teachers I’ve met are mostly humble and caring to their students.

84. Choose Teachers who are Helpers

What I mean is vocal coaching is a helping profession.

The teacher is not the star. They should help students shine.

If they want to be stars themselves, they can’t be good teachers.

Their focus is not on you but on themselves.

85. Teachers who are Still Learning

The best teachers I’ve met are constantly learning. They’re not afraid to admit they are wrong on some things.

You want to take lessons from these teachers.

86. Teachers who are Passionate about Teaching

Teaching is different from singing and performing. Teaching is a whole different set of skills that someone needs to learn.

Learn from people who are real teachers, not just singers. You will notice the difference after some lessons from them.

87. Choose a Method that Make Singing Easy

There are so many different methods of singing that say different things.

They can be pretty confusing for the students. You need to find a method that make singing easy for you.

Does the method make high notes easier to sing? Are you still running out of breath?

These are questions you can ask to evaluate the singing method.

88. Try Different Singing Methods

You can try different singing methods and see what works for you.

Learn one method for 3-6 months. If you are not singing better by then, move on to another teacher and method.

89. Train Coordination and Strength

I recommend singing methods that build vocal muscles and strengthen the voice.

Some singing methods only work on muscle coordination, giving you tricks to make singing easier. But, it doesn’t grow the voice.

Look at NBA players. They can be very skilled in their moves and accurate in their shots, but they still work out their muscles to run faster and jump higher.

Skill does not replace strength and muscular development.

90. Don’t be Loyal to One Teacher

Loyalty means nothing if the teacher can’t teach and you are not singing better.

You might also love the teacher’s personality, but are you getting better as a singer?

91. Be Your Own Teacher!

Renowned vocal coach John Henny once said, “All learning is self-teaching.”

The teacher might be the one teaching you, but you need to develop your own artistry and opinion about how to sing.

That’s when a real singer and artist is born out of you.

Style Development & Performance Training

Having great technique is not enough.

The singer is also an artist.

Singers need to develop their own styles and learn how to be a performer.

Let’s take a look at how you can do that.

92. Listen to Singers from Different Styles and Genre

When it comes to style, you should listen to many singers.

Expand your horizon by appreciating different genres and styles, even if you don’t like some of them. 

The idea is to learn from many singers and develop your own singing style.

93. Do Not Imitate

You can never sound exactly like another singer. 

You can take bits and pieces of riffs, licks, sound qualities you like from those singers. 

But in the end, you need to sound like YOU!

94. Take acting classes

Acting helps with your interpretation of songs so, so much.

When you sing, you are actually getting into character.

If you have a chance, take acting classes.

95. Recite Lyrics

This is something that most singers are too lazy to do, including me. But reciting lyrics instead of just singing them helps you own the song.

You want to know the song inside out to perform it. Reciting the lyrics is like knowing your lines in acting.

It makes a whole world of difference in your singing. Try it!

96. Seek Opportunities to Perform

You should find a stage where you can sing. That’s really what singing is about, right?

Whether it is at church worships, community choirs, wedding gigs, parties, or just making YouTube videos, put yourself out there and sing!

You’ll be amazed at how much you will grow as a singer!

97. Embrace Stage Fright

Stage Fright is good. Seriously!

Stage Fright makes you do better.

You get butterflies in your stomach because all the blood is flowing to your brain to make you focus on what you have to do.

If you don’t get nervous, that means you don’t care.

98. Observe Your Audience From the Stage

Be aware of your audience’s reaction when you’re on stage.

Sometimes a little humor in between songs can be a hook to grab their attention, or maybe adding unexpected riffs to your melody gives them some surprise.

If the audience is cold, you need to try different things to save the performance.

If the audience is engaged, you’ll have a much easier time on stage.

99. Know Your Songs before Getting on Stage

You need to really know your songs for your performance. That will help greatly with your confidence on stage. 

Being on stage is already nerve-racking. You don’t need extra mental stress and stage fright because of inadequate preparation.

100. Be Prepared Technically

Another way to have more confidence on stage is to nail your techniques. That takes good training and hard work.

But, if you put in the work, you will get better.

When you know you are good for a fact, you will naturally have confidence on stage.

101. Ignore the Negative Voice in Your Head

While you’re singing on stage, you will hear a negative voice in your head that creates doubts about your ability to nail that song.

Expect that voice, because it will always be there at times. Most importantly, ignore it. 

Say to yourself “I can do it!” in your head.

102. Sing Challenging Songs

You want to sing difficult songs that challenge you as a singer. That’s how you get better.

Obviously, you don’t want to pick songs that are way beyond your singing ability, but just enough to keep you excited and engaged.

If you sing songs that are too easy, you will get bored.

103. Don’t be too Humble on Stage

Nobody wants to see a performer acting all humble on stage.

The audience wants to see a confident singer who is confident and believes in what they are doing.

People want to be inspired by the person on stage.

104. Don’t be Yourself, Be the Performer

Don’t be your normal daily self. 

When you are on stage, you are playing a role – the Performer in you.

You shouldn’t be someone you’re not, but there IS a performer in you. Let the performer come out.

105. Love Your Audience

People are spending their precious time in the audience watching you.

Think about what they need and want, and serve them.

Treat them like friends and families, because a performance is somewhat intimate.

106. Be Personal on Stage

Share something personal on stage. It could be an experience you have or something that’s on your mind recently.

The audience will be curious about what you have to say.

107. Just do it!

When you are scared to sing or perform, just do it.

Ignore the fear or even shame. Just walk on stage and do it.

You will learn and grow just from the experience.

108. Be Dressed for Success

When you are struggling with confidence or stage fright, be dressed for success.

Put on the best-looking costume, make-ups, or hairstyle.

The mentality is this: Even if you don’t sing that well, at least you look good.

That certainly helps in a visual profession like singing and performing.

109. Enjoy the Performance

When you have fun on stage, people will notice and enjoy your performance as well.

That is because we are more authentic when we are having fun.

The audience will appreciate it when you are being honest and true.

110. Emphasize Your Strengths, Hide Your Weaknesses

If you have a great voice, but you suck at speaking, keep your talking in between songs at a minimum.

If you have beautiful high notes, you should use them a lot in your performance.

In a performance, do what sets you apart from others.

111. Don’t be too Perfect

Perfection is boring.

Strive for excellence because you can always go for more.

You can always learn and improve no matter how good you are.

So…Are These Tips Helpful for You?

What do you think about this very long list of vocal tips? 

Did I miss anything?

Is there anything you think should be included or excluded?

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.