Category: A Singer’s Life

Ask the Vocal Coach - Chris Beatty

What if I have a Bad Voice?

This week, we have a question from Justin, who is not sure about the quality of his voice but wants to sing. Do you worry that your voice may not be good enough to be a singer? Read More to see how I answer this common concern.

Your Question

How can you learn to sing when you think you have a “bad” or “non-singing” voice? I feel like I have that voice, and when I try to sing, it sounds bad to say the least. Do you have any advice?

Answer

You don’t have to be the worlds greatest singer to enjoy singing. But, it can be frustrating to feel like your voice won’t do what you want it to do.

I don’t know what your vocal potential is, but I do know how to find out. I would suggest we do a 15 minute Vocal Assessment Online using Skype or FaceTime. That way I can test your pitch accuracy and see if you have a good ear. I can also comment on your basic sound.

You don’t have to be the worlds greatest singer to enjoy singing

There are some people who simply don’t have a good ear-brain-larynx connection. 95% of the time however, if someone has trouble with pitch or tone, it’s just because they never developed the necessary skills. I’ll be completely honest in giving you my feedback. And assuming you are with the majority, I will prescribe for you a menu of lessons, products and exercises to get set you on the right path to singing your personal best.

I think everyone with a voice (that’s all of us) should experience the joy of singing. That becomes a lot more fun when you’re doing your best. So, if you would like to find out where you stand and how to get to the next level, schedule a Voice Assessment today.

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Stress Takes Its Toll on Your Voice

If you are going through a difficult time in life – guess what? So is your voice.

Consider this: The voice is connected to the Central Nervous System. This system regulates the function of our internal organs such as blood pressure, heart rate, digestion, and more. Recognizing this can be very helpful in understanding what is going on with your voice.

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Vocal Coach Mark David Williams

Staying Vocally in Shape on the Road

This week we have a question about staying vocally in shape while touring and singing every night. That’s certainly tough, but a well condition vocal athlete is equipped to handle it.

Your Question

Mark, I know you are a touring artist as well as teacher and I’ve seen your group Tenore on YouTube and Facebook. What are some of the things you do to maintain your voice? And what kind of warming up do you do before a concert?

Answer

Great questions. It’s all about really owning the foundations like posture, breathing, and knowing your natural sound.

On the road it is so important to get the rest needed for the body and the voice. It’s also vital to stay hydrated both on and off the stage. I always warm up with the lip trill and scales usually on an Ah vowel. I make sure I warm up past the highest note I have to sing in concert.

It’s so important to walk out on stage with confidence in what you are about to do and know that you can do it. An athlete would never enter a game without having stretched and physically ‘warmed up’ the body. So it is with the voice. Treat it well and it will treat you well.

I personally use my Vocal Coach CDs to help on the road as well as at home. I always recommend starting with Vocal Coach Complete Breathing, Tone and Warm-Up. It’s a good idea to check in with your vocal teacher on a regular basis as well. If you’re interested, we have personal Online sessions with me available using Skype or FaceTime. That lets me give you feedback and direction to keep you on track. You can buy any of these at our online store.

Hope to see some of you Online soon!

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Training Changes your Direction

We are so pleased with how our new training packages are working out. I have seen several singers do almost a 180 in their singing and performance abilities. It’s one of the most exciting things I get to experience as a coach!

Two Recent Examples

Christen has a big competition coming up, and while she has a great ear and a pleasing tone quality (sound), she lacked pitch control and the ability to really express and sell the song. Half a dozen lessons one MP3 download later and she’s turned it around! How? Focused attention and doing what her coach told her. She had the drive and passion and we had the technical knowledge and a way to communicate it. It’s not rocket science. Just a small investment of time and money with the right training.

Jake leads a group of singers weekly. He is a great guitarist and has lots of good high school choral training, but has not trained as a soloist and leader. After several months the control and understanding of vocal sound just “clicked.” The result is a guitarist who is now a legitimate lead singer and understands his own voice. He keeps Vocal Coach warm-ups on his iPhone. He’s ready. If there’s trouble down the road he’ll know how to get out of it. So exciting!

Both of these singers were inspired. They had a reason to want to do it right. What they lacked was the technical preparation. Is this you? Are you inspired to sing but don’t have the technical skills? Make a plan. Save the time and resource and get it done. You won’t be sorry.

If you’re ready to take the next step, check out our Online Training Packages. All you need is FaceTime or Skype and the desire to go to the next level. Please let us know if you have questions.