When it comes to vocal technique, I have taken what I have learned from the study of 17th and 18th century principles of vocal pedagogy – bel canto which means “beautiful singing” – modernized it for what is required of singers in our world today, and the results are fantastic! Every style of singing is so different and understanding how to navigate through those different nuances as a singer can be challenging. Having the right ‘home-base’ tools will help support you so that you are able to sing powerfully and prevent vocal injury AND still sing in the genre of your choice. I can also give you some advice on what repertoire would be suitable for your voice and what your range and vocal possibilities could be.
The philosophy of the technique that I teach is to train voices to sing in a free and natural manner, smoothly, from the bottom of the range to the top with no breaks or sudden changes in quality. Training in this technique gives the singer access to all dynamics, with tonal clarity and flexibility. Also, training in this technique helps improve a singer’s range, endurance, stamina, breath management, resonance, vocal strength and vocal quality across all styles of music without fatigue or damage to the voice. These results are accomplished by training the singer to find a balance between airflow and intrinsic muscular resistance, all within a resting laryngeal posture. In other words, singing should be effortless and powerful, but without strain. Your singing should be natural and free with an expressive quality. There should be an evenness to your tone from bottom to top. So the technique you train in will help you to achieve vocal balance from the bottom of your range to the top and even expand your range.
Each lesson is catered to what your needs are as a vocalist. In your first session with me, it is so important for us to assess the voice. I will ask you a few questions to get an idea of what you are looking to achieve vocally. But I will also ask you to sing a scale so I can hear your voice as it is.
Step 1: Assessment: I assess your voice and see what direction we need to take you in for training.
Step 2: Vocal Warm-up: Vocal warm-ups best suited for your voice, including SOVT work.
Step 3: Vocal Development: We then will focus on balancing your voice by giving you specific technical tools, vowel consonant combinations and scales. Working on your “mix” voice and transition to higher notes. Expanding your range. etc. This is all in the technique portion of the lesson.
Step 4: Application: During the later part of the lesson, we look at song phrases and apply technical tools to help you sing your songs better. Need help choosing repertoire, I can give you suggestions. Always best to start with songs you LOVE to sing, or if you are a songwriter, bring in your songs!
Performance and styling: Once you get to a certain level with your proficiency as a singer, and you have been practicing your vocal technique, the focus then becomes about performance. How can you keep your balance as your head out on stage to perform. How can you maintain your voice for a long tour etc.