A few words on technique and singing
I believe there is really only one singing technique, one way in which the voice works like it’s supposed to, free from tensions and limitations. But there are plenty of methods to teach it.
Over the years I found that vocal training works best when it isn’t characterized by a standard approach that is one and the same for every student. No two students are the same and no two voices are the same. Voices aren’t even the same from one day to the next! That’s why I always put the student and his or her goals at the center of the lesson, and I customize the training for the voice I have in front of me at that moment.
What I teach is based on the 17th and 18th Century principles of the Old Italian School of Singing, also known as Bel Canto (beautiful singing). Don’t confuse the term Bel Canto with opera. Bel Canto refers to a good and natural singing technique. Nowadays this is known as Mix, or Mixed Voice singing technique.
What makes a good technique is the ability to adapt to any style of singing. With a good technique, you can sing any style. Even opera. Good vocal technique allows you to sing with ease from the bottom to the top of your voice, mixing (blending) top and bottom so there are no breaks or sudden changes of tone quality.
Symptoms of a voice that isn’t well balanced (mixed) are: inability to sing high notes, breathiness or lack of power, breaks, strain, vocal fatigue.
Whereas with a balanced voice your range (amount of notes you are able to sing) expands, your breath control improves, the tone is consistent from low to high, the words you sing are clearer and we can understand you better!
Why do you need vocal technique?
See it like this: if you are only able to sing a high note yelling, there isn’t much freedom to experiment or express different emotions when you are singing. You can only express the insecurity that comes with not knowing whether you are going to hit the note or not. But if you can sing a high note in many different ways because you have good technique, then you can also express different emotions.
Technique is only a tool to get you somewhere. The choice is always yours to change the way you sing based on the style of the song and the way you feel at that given moment. But it should always be a choice, not a limitation.
My teaching style
There are as many teaching styles out there as there are teachers. Many teachers say things like “Use the diaphragm!” “More support!” “Put it in the mask!”, and those phrases might work with an experienced singer who already knows what good singing feels like. But for a beginner those expressions can be really confusing. They were for me too when I took my first lesson. I felt like I didn’t have any skill, while everybody else seemed to get it.
It was only later that I realized what I needed wasn’t a list of descriptions of what singing feels like. I needed exercises tailored to my voice so I could experience those sensations myself.
This is how I teach. By creating specific exercises, I get the students to experience the change in their voices, instead of telling them what that change should feel like. I don’t tell students to “use more support”; I give them an exercise to make it happen and expect the result. This is a “cause and effect” teaching style.
Do you want more from your voice?
I am here to help you reach your goals. That’s why I will get you singing from the very first lesson. Each lesson will be specifically tailored to YOU and your needs and goals. No lessons based only on breathing “until you learn how to support the voice”. No lengthy scientific talks (unless you ask for them). I want to hear your voice. I want to hear you sing beautifully. What about you?
Free your voice. Learn to use your mixed voice today!
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