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Mark David Williams - Ask the Vocal Coach

How Long Does It Take to Achieve My Best Voice?

Your Question

Once you start the vocal exercises on daily basis, how many days, months or years will it take to reach your your best of the best voice? And also what period to reach your permanent voice which you might not need any serious training again.
Justin

Answer

It’s my experience that one never stops growing vocally. There is always something to learn, someone to glean something from, and something to challenge yourself on.

I know that may be a stock ‘teacher’ answer, but it actually is true. Music is constantly evolving and there is always something new. Even just from a physical point of view, every individual develops differently. The male voice for instance is still maturing well into the twenties and even early thirties.

How Long Will It Take to Achieve My Best?

Really, the best and simplest answer I can give you is this: The harder you work, the less time it will take. It is hard work and it is hard to work in a correct and in a healthy way.

So to answer your question about how many days, months will it take to reach your best—that is difficult to predict—but with proper practice it’s sooner than later.

When Do I Stop Training?

There is always something to learn, someone to glean from, and something to challenge yourself on


And when will you not need serious training? That is a good question. I studied seriously from high school through shortly after college and then would have ‘check-ups’. I was a committed student of voice and maintained the things I learned very well, which is what led me to want to share what I know and have experienced through the years.

So I stopped ‘seriously’ training after about 8 years. But, I learned to record and watch and listen to myself and be a good critic of my own voice. Still, I have always needed support and help from a trained ear that is not my own. When I need a checkup, run into challenges—or when I had viral laryngitis, Chris Beatty helps me get my voice back on track.

It’s so important to have that relationship where you can go to your teacher and say, “Hey, I need a tune-up?” or “Something isn’t feeling or sounding right.” I don’t think a singer actually ever ‘perfects’ the voice in every aspect.

We Can Be Your Vocal Coach

Wherever you are in your vocal training, we can equip and encourage you to be your best. And bring you there in the quickest, most efficient way possible. If you are committed to singing, you will need a good balance of self directed learning with good resources and professional training.

Vocal Coach will give true and honest feedback and help you through a challenging vocal time or get you on the right track. Sometimes a call back to foundational singing is all a singer needs—breathe, stand upright, watch your jaw and head movement. Sometimes we face specific challenges unique to our own voice.

I know that’s a long answer to your question, but this is truly the best answer I can give. Keep on singing!

Vocal Coach's Pick: Daily Workout Voice

How to Use Vocal Coach Daily Workout

Question

Hi, I have the daily workout on mp3 but I seem to have missed how you recommend us to use it. Do we need to go through all the exercises or do we just pick the ones we like? Or do we hope to build up to the full 70 minutes eventually? Thanks

Answer

Practice is about quality time, not the number of exercises you sing

Thanks for your question, Lorenzo. As you probably know, Vocal Coach offers a number of teaching tools to help you build your singing skills. Tools like Complete Breathing, Tone, Warm-Up, Expanding Your Range and Diction teach specific topics with applied exercises. We also have the Daily Workouts and Ultimate Choir Warm-ups which are just exercises with great orchestrated accompaniment.

When using the Daily Workouts here are some thoughts:

  1. It’s all about quality time, not the number of exercises you sing in any particular session.
  2. Always prepare yourself so you are focused. Think through as well as sing the exercises.
  3. Before you sing a note check posture (lifting arms to ceiling) and do a few sip/hiss breathing exercises.
  4. As you sing, evaluate what you are physically feeling. Are you maintaining posture? Is the head staying centered over the shoulders and not sticking out or up for higher notes? Are you opening your mouth making it easy to pronounce the exercises? Can you feel the vibrating resonance in face and head?
  5. You can sing as much or as little as you like, but plan on at least 15 minutes of well sung exercises to even start warming up the voice. If you’re feeling good and doing well, take it as far as you want.
  6. Any time you start to feel vocal fatigue, STOP. Evaluate what’s going on making needed corrections. Then either move on or pause and regroup.
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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As Your Voice Ages

As Your Voice Ages

Your Question

This week, Delia Asks;

My voice has gotten deeper as I age. What kind of exercise can I do to help maintain my key

My Answer

Thanks for your question, Delia. It’s true that the voice does tend to get lower as we age, and there’s a reason: Just as most of our body systems get less efficient and a bit sloppy, so can the voice. But, the good news is that if you take the right approach, and are willing to do a little work, you can stabilize the voice for years of good singing.

Here Are Some Common Issues:

  • Posture: We get lazy, crooked and less efficient as we age. This effects our breathing, vocal resonance and overall energy and stamina. The right principles and exercises can reverse this problem.
  • Breathing: If the posture is less efficient the breathing surely will be, and this impacts us in all areas. The right principles and exercises can reverse this problem, too.

Once you address the above two areas you can start working on other foundations like the sound/tone of your voice, diction, vocal warmups and more.

Vocal Coach training materials address all of these areas and are fun to use as well as very systematic and interactive, not to mention a great value. You can begin either with just the Complete Breathing CD or download, or get a more comprehensive set like Vocal Coach Singer which also includes Complete Breathing. After you have worked with these materials you may also choose to purchase an Online vocal coaching session. We would love to help you out via Skype or FaceTime. We can see and hear each other and have a very productive, personal training session.