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Do You Want to Sing Better This Year Than Last Year?

If You Want to Sing, SING!

But beware! Muscles have Memory. Your muscles will memorize what you’re doing—right or wrong. So, I suggest that you do the following::

Make Some Deliberate Plans

Don’t get stuck in the rut of just thinking about and wanting to sing.  You don’t have to know the entire path from where you are to where you want to be, but you do need to take the first step; write down your vocal strengths and weaknesses. “But,” you might say, “I don’t really know what those are.”

By admitting that, you’ve actually taken the first step, and the second step is to get some feedback and evaluation from someone with training. This can be a current or former choir director, a neighbor with some musical/vocal training or even a visit to your local community college music department. You can also schedule a Face to Face Online Training session with me. Let whoever it is know that you are wanting their opinion on how you do with the the basics, or, if you’re more experienced with the more advanced areas of singing.

If You’re A Novice

Get feedback on the basics including the ability to accurately match pitch, rhythm patterns, imitate simple and complex phrases etc. The more advanced areas include how you treat phrasing, diction, dynamics and expression.

If You’re An Experienced Singer

If you know you need to improve your breath management and pitch accuracy you’ve got a good start. Maybe you need to add to that list the ability to smoothly move from lower notes (chest register) to higher ones (head register) smoothly.  Or, are you trying to figure out how to go from just singing a song to really mastering it with full, creative expression.

If You’ve  Started Your List Here Are Some Training Options

Self-Training

If you are a motivated, disciplined person you can accomplish quite a bit yourself assuming that you have good foundations like good posture, breathing and a musical ear. You also need to have had some musical experience be it in a choir or perhaps you’re part of a family who does music together. Your tools should be a good set of vocal training CD’s or videos along with getting feedback from those around you with some experience and training.

Local Voice Teacher/Coach

The key here is to find someone who has had systematic training. Not just someone who happens to be a good singer.  Doing something well, and teaching it are two different things. What works for one may not work for another. That’s why teachers are trained. You also need someone who relates to your age, culture and musical goals at least to some degree.  Sometimes a local college can help with suggestions and their staff might well teach outside of school.

Face to Face Online Training

It just so happens that I am an experienced Vocal Coach myself. And, I have been teaching via online video chat for a while now. We’ve found this to be a powerful tool. I regularly teach students from around the country and even as far as 8 time zones away. Skype, FaceTime, iChat etc are great tools and any webcam system works. Click here for more details.

Get Started Today

Depending on your goals, budget and where you live you can find a way to take the next steps to being a better singer right now. And, I can tell you from personal experience as well as from watching lots of students that using your voice the right way is a lot more satisfying than just getting by.

If you have any questions, submit it via the Ask the Vocal Coach form on this page. I’d love to hear from you.

Save your voice, Teachers!

ATTENTION CLASSROOM TEACHERS, CHOIR DIRECTORS, DRAMA COACHES   

August, September and October can be vocally challenging times for teachers. As your vocal use increases so do some very common challenges like vocal fatigue and even laryngitis. Most of these problems can be completely eliminated by starting to warm-up and workout your voice NOW. Even if you’re not a singer I suggest you begin your day with your vocal check list:

  1. Lift your hands over your head to find your best, upright, balanced posture. Maintain that posture throughout the day with shoulders relaxed, a slightly long back of the neck and shorter front of the neck to keep from “goose necking.”
  2. Do several breathing exercises to remind the respiratory muscles just what they need to be doing.  If convenient, get on the floor on your hands and knees with a straight back.  Then breathe in using a sipping sound and out using a hiss.  Sip sip sip sip hiss hiss hiss hiss etc. Vary the number and speed of sips and hisses to keep it challenging.
  3. Now standing, re-check your posture with hands lifted. Slowly lower the arms while doing the sip/hiss exercises.
  4. Do some simple humming, focusing on the buzzing, vibrating sensations in the face, head and neck.  As you are able to maintain posture, low breathing and buzzing resonance in your “speaker cabinet” your voice will project better with less work leaving you vocally healthy after even a busy week of teaching.

Remember, Vocal Coach has number of proven and fun training CD’s to help you be your best.  Check out this week’s specials.  Doing Vocal Coach exercises in the car on the way to school or work is a great way to prepare for the day. Have questions about your teaching situation? Let me know at chris@vocalcoach.com

 

Serious Singers Need To Stay In The Game

Non-Singing Part Of Your Life Effects Your Singing

Serious singers need to “stay in the game” even in non-singing times. The way you live your daily life heavily impacts your singing voice. Many singers are very surprised at how little they consider their voices during non-singing times. But if you’re a real singer, one who is looking for the most from your instrument you will keep your head in the game all day, every day.  Why? Because all parts of your life are intertwined.

A Sobering Truth

Most serious students-in-training are very focused during their lessons, practices, rehearsals and performances.  But, the minute they leave the training environment they pay little attention to posture, vocal tone quality and speaking diction.

The other area of abuse is the lack of attention and discipline in the areas of eating, exercise and rest. High school and college age singers in particular seem to live life to the fullest and try and squeeze in some vocal disciplines “as needed.”  And guest what? If you’re a casual singer there is nothing wrong with that.  You can’t focus on all things all the time.  But know that the way you schedule and use your time shows your real priorities.  If you are set on making your voice the best, most consistent instrument it can be, you need to put in the work and pay the price.

Put In the Work

The mental and physical work required to become an excellent singer are substantial. You not only have to develop the voice, you have to become more knowledgable in the things of music.

Pay The Price

Developing any skill to the point of excellence requires sacrifice in the areas of time, energy and often, finances.  Many times it’s not inconvenient or easy.  This is true for academics, sports and, not surprisingly, singing.  That’s just the way most things work.

Start Where You’re Planted

Begin, by taking full advantage of the people and situations around you.  If you’re in school that means get in every singing group you can, whether school or church to develop your ear and musical disciplines.  Even if that’s not the style you are heading for it can still help lay the foundations of ear training, tone, blend and the mechanics of posture, breathing and diction. If you’re a bit older look for local community college classes or personal training.  Larger churches may have Fine Arts departments with training available. You might be surprised at the level of teaching available in your community.

Other Options

Somewhere along the way you may want to invest in training materials from Vocal Coach. For many, this may even be where you start, but I wanted to make sure your eyes were open to all the options available to you.

 Need Feedback Along The Way?

Throughout the process, whether working on foundations or getting a song ready for performance or recording Vocal Coach is here with our Online two-way coachingCheck the web site for details.

 Summary: Get In The Game and Stay In The Game.

Don’t just think about.  Don’t just dream about it. If you really, really want to sing in public, and do it well then do the work.  Pay the price.  Make the sacrifice.  Get the training.  Then carry what you’re learning into your daily life.

 

If you have questions for vocal coach Chris Beatty just email chris@vocalcoach.com

What Is The Lip-Trill or Bubble Exercise? & Dallas area, here we come.

THE LIP-TRILL MYSTERY SOLVED (with Audio Demonstration)! 

Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding one of the most powerful vocal exercises any singer or speaker can do: THE LIP-TRILL, BUBBLE or MOTOR exercise.

Before you listen to the audio link below prepare your mind with these thoughts:

1. The lip-trill is done naturally by all babies and toddlers. Yes, YOU did it when you were younger!

2. It brings an awareness of the many parts of the face and head that are involved when you speak and sing.

3. It is the safest way to venture into your highest notes without straining or pushing.

4. It helps the body produce the right lubrication for the leading edges of the vocal folds.

5. It serves as a natural decongestant since it helps vibrate loose any thick mucus in the sinuses and nasal passages.

6. This exercise is so freeing you may literally open up entire new areas of your voice.

How important is the Lip-Trill? I have all my students sing their songs on the lip-trill sound to discover how the song SHOULD FEEL when they sing it.

CLICK HERE: Lip Trill Demo by Vocal Coach Chris Beatty

 

 

DO YOU LIVE ANYWHERE NEAR DALLAS/PLANO?

Has Your Voice Had A Tune-Up Lately?

Join us Saturday, November 12 from 9:00-Noon for a live, interactive Vocal Coach Workshop.

  • LIMITED TO 15 STUDENTS.
  • LIVE VIDEO FEED BETWEEN CHRIS BEATTY IN THE VOCAL COACH STUDIO IN TN & YOU IN THE VOICE KITCHEN STUDIO IN PLANO.
  • A WONDERFUL AND INEXPENSIVE WAY TO GET THE PERSONAL ATTENTION YOU NEED TO BE YOUR BEST.

Please click here for more details and to sign up: Vocal Coach Workshop at the Voice Kitchen, Dallas.

The voice Kitchen is located at:   7005 Chase Oaks Blvd., Suite 250, Plano, TX 75025

Have Questions?  Just call Jill at 469-383-8885


RESPONSE by Phil Wickham (Vocal Coach Review)

Over the years I have been given more CD’s to listen to than I can count.  Some have good vocals, some have a few good songs and some have arrangements that work for those songs and that singer.  But, most don’t have all those elements working all at the same time.  I was recently asked to review a project that might just challenge and change your life.
RESPONSE by Phil Wickham has all the right elements.  He is one of those rare singers who never gets in the way of the message, and that’s not easy.  His voice is clear.  He says what he wants to say without padding the lyrics.  He just gets it done.
Here’s my review:
“In RESPONSE this extraordinarily gifted psalmist has, once again, captured my heart and spirit.  Starting with the proclamation, “You made a way for me,” in THE VICTORY to the closing cry of, ” Let us see all that You are,” in HEAVEN we are taken on a journey of challenge and change. In the middle is SUN AND MOON, an intimate and sobering wakeup call to reevaluate where we are, adjust and commit anew to the King of Kings.  Heaven Fall Down isn’t just songs; it’s an experience from one who clearly works at his relationship with God as hard as he does at his craft. A life-changer for all who hear.”
For those of you currently developing your songwriting and vocal skills, Phil is a great example of both.  Not too much; not too little; just right.
Let me know your thoughts on RESPONSE, and check out other Reviews on this blog under “Product Reviews.”
Chris@vocalcoach.com