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Whether you are an absolute beginner who has never sang before, an intermediate singer trying to build up self-confidence or a professional singer just wanting technique touch-ups, help with upkeep or song-work, I can help you maximise your vocal potential to enable you to sing with power, freedom and ease in your own, natural, unique voice.

You are NEVER too old to learn how to sing.

Learning about the voice has been my passion for the last 20 years and I am passionate about teaching you to sing the art of modern contemporary vocals (pop, rock, R&B, jazz, reggae, Gospel, blues, folk, etc.) from my experience as a vocal coach, singer and musician by private tuition.

The singing lessons and vocal coaching I offer are professional and specialised, designed to enable you to reach your full vocal potential in the quickest possible time, using safe and natural techniques. I have a number of options available based on your singing goals and experience, ranging from beginners with no experience to advanced levels, both short and long-term options available.

Please contact me to set up a free appointment so we can discuss the various options and your singing goals further and choose the best option for your needs.

I can also help you with specialised vocal coaching where I address specific vocal problems such as register breaks, tonal issues (e.g. a tone that is too nasal), singing out of tune (pitch problems or “tone deafness”), no vocal power, uneven tone, breathiness, small vocal range, vocal strain, no projection, vocal inhibitions or anxiety, self-confidence and much more.

Singing lessons and vocal coaching is offered to anyone from ages 9 and up, at any experience level (both male and female voices) who have a desire to learn how to sing contemporary vocals.

How long does it take to learn to sing?
(Please see article at the bottom of the video above)

It is difficult to put a time frame on how long it will take each person to learn how to sing. It depends on a lot of factors
including at what level of training your voice currently is at and whether or not you have any “bad habits”, inhibitions or vocal problems to overcome.

Depending on your goals and what you would like to achieve with your voice, time frames can range from a few months to a few years. If you have a passion to sing then I would encourage you to GIVE IT A TRY and see if it’s for you!

The level of improvement you will see is directly proportionate to how consistent your practice and lesson attendance is. The
voice progresses in stages as a result of regular (consistent) practice and knowledge on the subject. Just like physical exercise, you will see improvement when you “exercise” regularly – and little to no improvement if you don’t. Vocal improvement can be measured in grades just like other musical

You can stop at the level you choose.

It is important to have a basic understanding of how the voice works, without this many people end up with vocal damage, “cracks and breaks” in the voice, no power, breathing issues, limited singing range, singing out of tune, hoarseness or soreness and a lot of other vocal problems.

Singing should be a pleasurable experience, if your voice becomes hoarse or hurts after singing, you are using incorrect techniques that can cause vocal damage.

What I teach

Singing techniques of contemporary vocal genres

Learning to sing in tune (on pitch) and correcting “tone deafness”
Overcoming anxiety (relaxation)
Breath control and support
Tone and harmonics (timbre)
Variety and expression
Range extension
How the voice works
Detraining bad habits
Vocal stamina, dexterity and flexibility
Emotion/mood, lyrical content and meaning of songs
Correct articulation
Healthy vocal techniques and keeping the voice healthy Practical knowledge and analysing skills
Vocal freedom and control
Building self-confidence
Microphone techniques and live singing
Vocal recordings
and much more.

In addition, I am able to offer advice on music production on digital platforms, song composition and arrangement and writing lyrics for contemporary genres.

I teach the “practical art of singing natural contemporary vocal styles” (not classical styles such as opera). If you would like
to take examinations to grade your voice I can suggest the Trinity Guildhall school of Pop and Rock. I would also highly recommend you take up music theory as a subject if you wish to pursue a career in singing. (I do not teach music theory)

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

What to expect from singing lessons?

Taking singing lessons (with me) will teach you HOW to use your voice to the best of its ability (or to the level you choose). It is a skill you will be learning and just like learning any instrument, it improves the more you use it.

It is about learning how your voice works and how to use it so that you can express yourself in the way you want to (for contemporary singing), without being limited by vocal difficulties (such as pitch control or register breaks, etc). This means you would need to spend time getting to know your voice, developing the areas of your voice you don’t normally use (as it impacts the areas you do use), learning to strengthen the entire voice, build up stamina and flexibility, breathing properly and balancing out your tone, etc. 

To do that successfully and efficiently you will need to do vocal exercises. Vocal exercises consist of various techniques from scales to lip trills to making funny sounds with your voice, etc. My lessons involve both exercises and singing, with practice for you to do at home. If you just want to learn to sing around the campfire, the intensity level, type of exercise and amount of practice you do each week may be less than if you want to be a belting superstar like Celine Dion, for example. But, that choice is yours, everyone is CAPABLE of reaching an advanced level if they put in the effort. 

Although anyone CAN learn to sing, not everyone WILL. To take your voice to a higher level you have to put in the work and be willing to practice (vocal exercises) regularly every week to see real improvement. Similar to exercise, if you go to the gym but don’t do the work, you won’t see any improvement...

Practice is necessary to learn any skill WELL. How good you want to be depends on how much time and effort you are willing to put into your craft. That is why it is usually those with passion who persevere. Without a real love for singing, you will find it difficult to “do the work”.

That said, if you do LOVE singing, you will LOVE learning about your voice, nurturing it, finding out what it can do, seeing the differences the exercises make and applying it to your singing. Every new thing you learn will be like a light that goes on, moments of eureka! If you love singing, you will WANT to learn and discover and learning for you will be fun, whereas it would be “work” to someone who doesn’t love singing.

So go out there and get your dream, it is within your reach!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Why take singing lessons?

There is a perception that singing lessons are reserved only for those who can already sing, or for those who have a natural talent for singing or for those who already have a pleasant voice, or only for certain age groups, etc.

That is like saying that going to a gym is reserved for fit people only...........?

If you want to sing but don't know how, then singing lessons are supposed to teach you and that is exactly what my lessons are about.  I teach people HOW to sing, even if you've NEVER had any singing experience.  I teach the skill of singing whether you have a good voice or not and I teach you how to overcome your vocal difficulties by showing you what your voice can do, how it works and giving you the knowledge and tools to be able to use it properly.  These are skills that you can use for life, once you've learnt how to use your voice, you will always have that knowledge.  For those who can already sing, singing lessons are there to perfect that skill and to upkeep your voice, even professional singers take singing lessons for technique touch ups or upkeep.

In the same way you would need to take dance or art lessons to improve your skills in this area, the same is true for singing lessons.  Not everyone has a passion or a desire to want to sing, but for those who do, its an indication that you should pursue it, even if you are met with vocal or other difficulties, they CAN be overcome.  Just think of the many artists out there who you would never have heard, if they decided not to pursue their dreams?  There are many!!

Don't let someone (including yourself) put you off from pursuing your dreams before you have even had a chance to pursue them!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Belting and Singing High

If you want to learn how to sing POWERFUL belts that sound good, feel good and are without strain, or how to sing those soaring ringing HIGH notes with ease and beauty of tone, then you have to learn which areas of your voice are used in the production of those sounds. 
These are "learned techniques" that you'll be able to master with continued practice and correct techniques.
Belting is an advanced technique.  It is not "shouting" and unfortunately a lot of singers shout instead of belt, which causes vocal damage with extended use.  Belting is a technique that should only be attempted when you have discovered your entire range, have learnt to use your instrument and have built up stamina and control.
Belting isn't pushing or forcing chest up or bringing head down, it is learning to sing at high pressure with the correct balance of breath, resonance, placement, focus and other learned techniques under concentrated directed control.
It takes professional singers years to develop powerful voices able to belt and sing high notes with ease and it takes upkeep and continued practice to keep your voice in that condition. 
Be kind to your voice and learn as much as you can about it.  The more you know, the more you will be able to do.