“I want to be able to sing higher, and sound stronger, clearer, or more “pop” up there.”
This is a common desire, and one of the hardest things to teach a singer to do using traditional methods.
The answer seldom lies in breathing or placement.
This is where having a better method to train with comes in handy. With the right approach, you can train your voice to go higher and higher, effortlessly, with great tone, and at any volume you’d like.
“I want to stop straining and tiring out my voice.”
This can happen when the vocal cords are slamming together too hard for too long–usually due to things we do to help us hit high notes.
It can also happen when our singing is too breathy.
It can also happen when we use big muscles in our throat and tongue to try to help us hit high notes, and use the tiny muscles that actually adjust pitch best.
Some teachers can help you hit the high notes with less strain, but at the expense of good pop/theatre tone–it doesn’t have to be this way, though.
Using the right technique, you can learn to sing the pitches you want with the tone you want, without strain or damage.
“I want to stop going flat, especially on the high notes.”
This happens when we reach for a high note using the wrong muscles and the vocal cords don’t adjust for the high note the way they need to.
You can reverse this habit and hit the same notes, and even higher notes, in tune (and hold them longer). Again, it comes down to learning effective technique.
“I don’t want to sound so ‘classical’, at least not all the time.”
This mostly boils down to tweaking how you adjust your vocal cords for pitch, and your degree of vocal cord closure, as you sing. Vowels and vibrato are also important factors. You just need the skills to adjust these factors to reflect the style you’re singing.
The technique I teach contains tools to help students learn to make these adjustments quickly and easily. There’s no reason you can’t sing in multiple styles, if your technique is flexible enough to allow you to make the adjustments in a healthy way.
“Isn’t technique just basically ‘breath support’, ‘raise the soft palette’, and ‘place the sound in the right place’?”
Not here. Those phrases may sometimes work, but there are more direct ways of helping singers get results, quickly. We can get right into any questions you have about this; just get in touch or book a lesson!