Have you ever tried to sing and...
We assure you that if you study with us, you can greatly increase your vocal range. Of course, everybody has its own limits, but in general people can have a much larger vocal range than they think they can.
Singing in tune and voice quality
The classic answer to this is: go get yourself some Ear Training.
But often that tuning problem that bothers us so much is not caused by lack of musical education, but by vocal technique difficulties – we don’t want to disregard the importance of Ear Training and Music Theory here, huh?!
When singing in the high registers, for example, you may not reach the notes of that song because you are using of an inadequate vocal posture. And often, when we focus on another aspect of the voice (resonance, for instance) instead of focusing on pitch, our body responds much better and we end up being able to sing that passage of your song in tune.
All these questions relate to the concept of timbre on someone’s voice.
Timbre is the “color” of your voice, all its characteristics, all the adjectives we can give to it.
Our vocal folds work more or less like an electric guitar: without plugging into the amp, the sound is almost non-existent. Our “amplifier” are the resonant cavities of our body (chest, mouth, nose, head, etc.). Just as a guitarist adapts his equipment to the repertoire he is going to play, in our lessons we will find the best vocal posture for a particular style or song.
You will also learn to develop the following relationship: when I am singing “this”, people will hear “that”. That way, we avoid surprises when singing into the microphone. Therefore, the recording of your voice lessons (offered free of charge by us) and recitals (pocket shows) are very important.
Technique, repertoire e style
We don’t have anything against opera – we actually work with singers of this style nowadays, but these questions are not fair!
To understand this, it is essential to differentiate technique and style.
Technique has more to do with vocal aspects (not hitting the notes, tension, discomfort, etc.), and style is more about the musical aspects (phrasing, interpretation, runs, etc).
We could say that Timbre is a two-part concept: when we talk about extreme unbalances, it’s a technical issue; when it’s a slight detail, a matter of style.
It is true that there are few good vocal instructors (especially in Brazil) that work vocal technique aspects without calling for classical music, but the great coaches in the world do that. And the world’s greatest singers, in turn, only study with these great coaches.
Depending on your development as a singer, trying to solve issues related to vocal technique is, usually, our first approach to the lesson and to a certain song; style comes at the end of the lesson (or at the end of a song training), when we have already overcome some basic questions related to that particular song. And most importantly, we are going work on songs that you like! Of course, after we got to know each other for a while, we can make more and more suggestions based on the style(s) you like, taking your voice and your moment of technical development as starting points.
Of course not!
As we said above, we usually detach vocal technique from style aspects. If you are happy with your style, we will only work on vocal technical difficulties that you may be facing.
As the great master Brett Manning says: “Good technique makes style easier”. Instead of working traditionally on the terms right and wrong, we will focus, during our lessons, on balance in your vocal technique. We will explore all the possibilities of voice and you will be informed of the consequences of all the postures that you intend to sing on.
If you find that a certain song in your show calls for a “shout”, then “shout”, but in a way that will harm you as little as possible and, above all, try not to do this for prolonged periods of time. Everyone has screamed at one time in their lives in a moment of anger and we didn’t have to go straight to the hospital for vocal fold surgery.
Other Vocal Coaches and Studios told me...
First of all, if school X said that you will learn to sing in 2 years without listening to you and without knowing your goals, they are deceiving you!
Singing is very different from an instrument. Two beginners may never have the same difficulties or the same “level”, simply because we already use our voice a lot (whether speaking, shouting or even trying to sing). Therefore, here in the studio we work with PRIVATE, ONE-ON-ONE and CUSTOMIZED LESSONS that are much more efficient than lessons in schools. In your first session, we’ll get to know your goals and test your voice. With this piece of information, we will trace the content and also how long we will be at each stage.
That’s not why we like lack of organization: we keep track through our class worksheets and recordings of what we’re working on in your voice and what we still need to be worked on. This planning, of course, can be changed if you have a more urgent appointment, such as a concert, a recording or simply because you are going to sing at the barbecue with your friends next weekend.
Imagine this: you have decided to exercise. Good, right? We will be your personal trainer team! Taking into consideration your body, your goals, your difficulties and facilities, we will train you! This is much more efficient than walking into the gym, paying the monthly fee and simply asking the trainers to prepare your workouts almost randomly, without much follow-up and guidance.
Don’t be fooled by handouts or classroom materials that schools produce, no matter how colorful they are! 🙂
Usually they are very reduced, not efficient and they “reinvent the wheel”. Nowadays we already have physiological exams, a team of speech therapists, ENTs and vocal coaches all over the world who have very serious books on all aspects of the voice. If you are interested in this, we prefer to give you a bibliography and references on YouTube for you to research, rather than producing a handout or cd’s.
Despite that, in general, our classes are geared towards the practical part of singing!
You leave every class with MP3 files of everything you need to practice at home.