COMMON QUESTIONS

You should have the ability to sing from the bottom to the extreme top of your vocal range, with a smooth, controlled, even feel to your voice. Also, you need to eliminate any "breaks" in your voice, where you "flip" or sing in different sounding voices in your lower and upper ranges.

You should keep the same comfortable feel in your voice that you have when you speak, so you don't try to "reach" for high notes, or try to push out high notes. As this balance is produced in your voice, you are able to sing with greater power throughout your entire range, without strain, and without wearing out your voice.

Absolutely! In fact, many singers find that bad habits in their speaking voices are putting undue stress and strain on the way they sing. You cannot improve your singing voice without the benefit of also improving the natural ease and fullness of your speaking voice. This is why so many executives needing help with their professional speaking voices study this approach with me.

Immediately. Good vocal technique should involve no strain in the production of tone anywhere in your range. A teacher must quickly begin to vocalize you right on up and down through your extreme ranges to ensure that you don't get "stuck" in any one part of your range.

Immediately. Good vocal technique should involve no strain in the production of tone anywhere in your range. A teacher must quickly begin to vocalize you right on up and down through your extreme ranges to ensure that you don't get "stuck" in any one part of your range.

Yes! When your are talking at a comfortable conversation level, without interference from the muscles in your neck, throat or jaw, you are also on the road to a powerful, full, free singing voice.

Yes. In fact, some of my local students study via Skype even though they could easily come to the studio in person. They like the convenience of taking the lesson at home, and they can still get a recorded version of the lesson so they can practice what we did in the lesson. There are those who prefer in-studio lessons. It's just a personal preference. Give it a try!

The discs and downloads were made to be highly effective, helping you "train yourself" to sing with greater freedom, range, power and control. Of course it's even more helpful to work with someone who really knows how to teach this technique. Studying privately, even occasionally, can keep you on the most direct path to meeting your goals while working through the program material.

Purchasing a download starts just like purchasing the discs, but at the end of the transaction, you are given a link to click. When you click the link, the vocal training material automatically downloads (in the form up a .zip file) to your computer's download folder. Open up the .zip file and you can immediately get started with your training!

Absolutely! If the training material doesn't help you, then I don't want your money! Here is the info from the page on the guarantee:

"The training material works… I personally guarantee it!

Put in some regular practice time with the material, and I know you'll excel.

You have up to 6 full months to work with the program. If your voice doesn't improve a lot, and you're not happy with the material, return it and I'll give you a full refund. It's that simple!"

(The only refund exception is for any personal private or group lesson time included in any package, but that's it.)

First of all, the guarantee definitely includes any and all training material included with any purchase. Lesson time included with any package is not considered training material. (Training material includes any discs, downloads or online access.) Any lesson time included with a purchased program package will be deducted from the refund amount at the current lesson rate. I've got a full 48 hour cancelation policy, so just let me know ahead of that so we can reschedule if we need to.

That being said, I'm confident you're going to going to find the program exciting and powerful. Getting you to the next level is my goal and the focus of the programs I developed.

Be sure you are choosing a teacher who understands and can demonstrate a superior vocal technique. A voice technique teacher is vitally important because without the technical ability to sing flexibly and clearly in all parts of your range, you are going to run into vocal limitations or even worse, vocal damage.

A good voice technique teacher is hard to find. Just because a teacher can play the piano while you follow along, you are not necessarily learning to sing, any better. Also, if the teacher tends to just holler out instructions like "support the tone", "sing from your diaphragm", "lift your soft pallet", and "open you mouth", you know you are likely dealing with a poor teacher. If you don't feel your vocal range, tone, and control improving within a few lessons, then work with a better teacher who will help you attain your goals faster.

Many teachers have poor vocal technique, or they may have nice voices but are rarely successful at showing others how to achieve easily produced vocal power, range, and control. Before studying with a teacher, give them a "tryout". Ask them to demonstrate their vocal ability, showing you how they sing from the very bottom to the extreme top of their range without strain, or changing from one vocal quality to another at any point.

Many (dare I say, most?) voice teachers do not truly understand and primarily concentrate on teaching vocal technique. Though many try, they often do more to confuse students than to help them. Again, if you don't find a teacher that shows you the way to a more comfortable use of your voice, with more strength and range within just a few lessons, then find another teacher to work with.

For a teacher who understands the voice, and who knows how to get results for his or her students, gender doesn't matter one way or the other. In other words, there is no advantage to studying with your own gender if they can't teach both genders extremely and equally well.

Opera is a style of music; it isn't a method of teaching. More important than the singing of any style, including opera, is the ability of a teacher to vocalize a singing student through their entire range, without breaks or strain. Once the voice is free, a teacher should bring a student through ANY style of music the student wishes to do.

The word "opera" tends to inspire confidence in students that may well be unfounded. Find a teacher who can help you find your best voice and let you soar within that style. Opera isn't a "better" way to learn singing, any more than other styles.

The answer to this question is simple: Any singer wanting to improve his or her singing voice should take voice lessons. Certainly this would include about every singer, but there might be a couple of reasons why some singers should not take voice lessons, and they are:

1) if you don't have the time or the inclination to practice, and 2) if you don't have patience and an open mind because what you learn may be very different from the way you are used to feeling yourself sing.

Patience is necessary because what goes into your thought processes must eventually work its way into your voice. This takes time and a focused determination, but you will absolutely improve tremendously if you work with the right teacher.

As a beginner, you can benefit the most from proper vocal instruction and be hurt the most, possibly to the point of forever ruining your singing voice or love of singing, from a poor voice teacher. Keep in mind, it's much easier to learn a good singing technique from the start than it is to improve a bad singing habit that is fully developed and ingrained.

If you aren't willing to stay focused with an instructor that is right for you then don't take any lessons until you're ready to commit to it. Also, DO NOT accept vocal technique tips from anyone, including relatives, friends, etc., even if they have good voices - they will almost certainly hurt your voice, even though they are well intentioned.

Why to I say that?

Being a good singer doesn't mean you know how to teach. Often, singers who can sing very well are asked for tips. Over time, those singers may even start giving unsolicited advice. Eventually they may even take lessons and become voice teachers. Well, as an analogy, someone might be a great car driver and tinker around with the engine a bit, but that doesn't mean I want them to build my car!

Many of the worst voice teachers I've seen even have advanced college degrees in singing!

Everyone has their own way of thinking and feeling their way through their singing. A great voice teacher knows how to "build the voice from the ground up" AND can teach you to use that voice with amazing skill and agility.