You do NOT have a ‘PITCH PROBLEM’-what’s really going on

In this episode of The Voice Club’s Free Vocal Training Tuesdays, Master vocal coach Kim Snyder shows you how other singing teachers note train for better pitch and how it actually makes singing notes harder.

  • Why over 95% of vocal education makes singers worse. 

  • Why you should never try to sound as good as a recording.

  • And how your voice really decides what note to make.

  • Find out what no one else teaches: what your voice actually needs to automatically hit the right note EVERY time in ANY song.

 

STOP taking singing lessons.  Instead, DIY singing lessons by understanding what your voice requires to uncover its potential.

Tell me what you want to learn next!

 

Set a reminder to join us live Tuesdays at 11am PST & get free, proven answers from a master vocal coach & vocal repair expert.

Free vocal training livestream show: random song fix: “Hallelujah”

 

How do you sing one of the most popular cover songs ever & sound better than ever?

I’ll show you how 2 singers could’ve INSTANTLY sung this song better & exactly what kept them from doing it.

I’ll also tell you the scientific proof behind what makes a singer-& how to know just how good you can get.

Plus, a sneak peak at what our weekly training Tuesdays will teach you: I’m going to blow the lid off of why you’re wasting your money by taking singing lessons anywhere!

 

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Special Viral Considerations for Singers

Special Viral Considerations for Singers

You’re getting a lot of viral advice right now. 

But did you know that SINGERS need to take special considerations during viral outbreaks that other people don’t?

BEFORE YOU CANCEL an opportunity to sing, read the steps you need to take to measure your risk and boost your immunity.

 

SINGERS AND CONTANGONS

I’ve had the ‘opportunity’ to be traveling and performing during every major viral outbreak in my lifetime, so I get how scary it can be to be wondering just how ‘safe’ you are sometimes.

I’ve also had the ‘opportunity’ to have been a severely immuno-compromised person many times during my recoveries from nearly fatal septic shock.

(I actually wanted to make a video for you on this but…I’ve caught something weird that’s kept me in bed for days.  No worries…it’s not Covid19.)

 

I have to say, I’m a lot more of a ‘germaphobe’ than I ever was before,

But all of that has given me the opportunity to ask medical specialist and medically certified holistic medical professionals the inside questions about how to keep my immune system as healthy as possible and still be able to do what I love…”get out there and…sing!”


And that’s what I’m going to share with you now.

THE 4 BIGGIES THAT MAKE SINGERS SICK

 

It’s not viruses.

It’s not even dirty hands (believe it or not).

And, chances are, you’re probably ignoring most, if not all four right now.

 

On the whole, singers are pretty good at doing the list of things you’re hearing about ten times a day now.

But there are FOUR we tend to forget about that really put our anatomy at RISK, even after all that ‘distancing’ and ‘hand-washing’. 

 

1. Dehydration

This is the MOST ESSENTIAL body need that singers don’t think about.

 

Water is to the body what gas is to your car.

If you’re going to drive through a storm, one of the first things you check before you leave is if you have enough gas to make it.

 

SINGERS EXPELL EXTRA MOISTURE WITH EVERY NOTE

So take that ‘8 glasses a day’ guideline (which, by the way has been revised in recent years to up to 12), and consider your increased hydration needs for every rehearsal, run-through or performance you have coming up.

 

A HEALTHY SINGER SHOULD BE DRINKING CLOSER TO 15+ CUPS A DAY DURING ANY MONTH YOU’RE SINGING.

But it can take the body up to TWO WEEKS to get hydrated. 

And with the exception of training athletes or people who heavily work out, the rest of us tend to be dehydrated all the time.

 

BUT TAKING THOSE FLU ‘PRECAUTIONS’ ARE ACTUALLY MAKING IT WORSE!

 

Consider how much moisture your skin loses every time you use an ALCOLHOL WIPE.

Add to that the fact that when we are feeling stressed our bodies need even MORE water to function properly.

Then add on the hydration needs of SINGING…

 

You get the picture.

 

 

THE best thing you can do starting right now is to drink water constantly.

TIP: *add a little lemon juice (which neutralizes once ingested) to help acid reflux and ‘throat gunk’.

 

2. Stress

These are stressful times.

But if you’re honest, you were probably stressed before you found out there was a pandemic, right?

So, now your body is SUPER stressed.

 

If you’re preparing to sing, you’ve got the natural added stress that comes with that. 

In fact, singers rarely consider just how much stress their bodies are under just from memorizing, performing deadlines, nerves and the rest of the physical challenges singing brings.

DON’T IGNORE the compounding effect that each source of stress has on your immune system.

Lucky for you, SINGING has acutally been proven to reduce stress….so singing more when you don’t HAVE too is really a good thing!

 

 

 

3. Lack of self-care

 

If you weren’t thinking about your health before, you are now.

 

General self-care is the difference between singers who can handle touring and those who…can’t.

Misusing their vocal anatomy is the #1 reason their voice dies prematurely… but ignoring simple self-care WILL cause you to sound worse than you really are.

We have to ‘feed the machine’ if we expect it to work for us.

A BODY WITHOUT ENOUGH REST, NUTRITION & HYDRATION CANNOT POWER YOUR BEST SINGING VOICE

In order to sound it’s best, your voice and your body need:

  • REST (more is always better)
  • CALM (which singing for fun is proven to enhance)
  • NUTRITION (now is a great time to revisit how you fuel your body)

 

 

4. ALCOHOL

Just like alcohol wipes dry the body’s outside (the epidermis) leaving it at risk for more damage and infection, alcohol on the inside of the body strips essential body systems of moisture; including the vocal anatomy.

If you’re currently under stress (&, if you’re watching the news, you are), and if you’re already naturally dehydrated (chances are high that you are). then adding ANY amount of alcohol right now is going to give your immune system an even harder mountain to climb.

 

As a rule, drinking alcohol within 24hrs of singing will keep your body (& your voice) from being able to do your best.

Plus, in times of increased stress, if your self-care is not at a maximum, any amount of alcohol puts your voice at increased risk for DAMAGE.

 

If I were even a casual singer and I planned to sing at all during this viral outbreak I would take all alcohol off the menu for the time being.

This is also my guideline for touring singers and heavy use voices (musical theater, upcoming concerts, worship singers).

SINGERS & THE VIRAL CYCLE

  • Singing is safe during a virus as long as:
    • You are healthy (no fever)
    • You boost your immunity through vigilant self-care,
    • You are informed about what to look out for & how to protect yourself

 

  • Cleaning products marked by the FDA as ‘affective against flu’ have elements that have been known to interrupt a virus’ life cycle & keep it from replicating.  They don’t actually kill it.  Only use products recommended by your doctor or well-known medical institutions.

 

  • Your best defense is a good offense:
    • REST (listening to music is a great way to reduce stress by keeping your brain busy & is medically proven to
    • CALM (singing is proven to release the ‘chill’ hormone)
    • EXTRA HYDRATION (anything without caffeine or sodium counts but water is the best) AVOID SODIUM (even in nasal sprays unless used minimally)
    • GOOD NUTRITION (soups are a great way to get in more fluids + essential nutrients)

 

  • LISTEN TO YOUR VOICE:
      • Voice cracking more? Suspect dehydration & lack of self-care
      • Don’t feel like getting up to sing? Suspect anxiety and lack of rest (boost self-care)
      • Voice unusually tired? Suspect lack of self-care.

 

  • LISTEN TO YOUR BODY:
    • Feel ‘germaphobic’? Suspect your anxiety AND your skin: don’t forget to moisturize every time you use alcohol wipes!
    • Anxiety getting to you?  SING!  SINGING IS PROVEN TO RELEASE HORMONES THAT REDUCE ANXIETY
    • Feeling unusually tired even though you’re healthy? Suspect STRESS and lack of self-care.

 

SING FOR YOUR HEALTH

Singing is a Health Booster

  • Singing is an anti-anxiety drug:  It releases oxytocin, the hormone responsible for relieving anxiety and depression
  • Singing is a happy drug: It releases endorphins, the ‘feel good’ hormone
  • Singing lowers stress: It releases cortisol, the hormone that lowers stress
  • Singing boost immunity: it increases brain chemicals that help the body be more resilient
  • Singing improves sleep: the combined physiological effects singing has on multiple body systems enables sleep to be more restful and more reparative to the body.

 

Singing to Others Helps Them Too

  • It’s the oldest ‘tribe-connecting’ activity in history for a reason: we thrive on knowing we’re in this together
  • It’s a great way to help others to literally feel better (see medical benefits above)
  • You can help reduce other people’s stress & maybe even make them laugh (on purpose, right?)

Don’t stop singing!

 

Becoming a Power Team:What your worship leader wished you knew

What makes a great worship team?

I’ll explain
• HOW we create a great BLEND
• a professional singers look at what a LEAD SINGER and a BACKUP SINGER really are
• a Vocal Quick Win TIp to CHECK YOUR BLEND,  and
• how to use this series to revolutionize your worship team…even if you’re the only singer who wants to.

Team work, Blending, and being a professional level singing team member, in this episode of the 2020 Worship Singer Training Series from vocal coach Kim Snyder /The Voice Club.

 

 

 

WATCH THE ENTIRE SERIES HERE

Make worship better and more fulfilling through this live worship workshop for singers:

Episode 1: Naked Worship-the private worship that revolutionized my view of public worship

Episode 2: Confidence – how to avoid worship fails with proven steps for true confidence, shaky notes and nerves on the platform (Holy Holy Holy hymn)

Episode 3: Connection – bringing new life into corporate worship: 6 step professional singers plan to make the most impact in every song

Episode 4: Vocal Control – why notes fall apart or start weak & how to get and control vibrato at any age that creates a beautiful blend

Episode 5: Vocal Power – Singing strong without pain, the difference between volume and power, the #1 power note killer, 2 powerful strain stoppers (Way Maker)

Episode 6: Becoming a Power Team – the roles of leader, lead and background singer and what you’ll never hear at a worship conference, & defining expectations as a singer

How to Sing Worship with Vocal Power|Way Maker: What your worship leader wished you knew

How do you sing with power on a worship team without pain or strain?

How to do you do that ‘airy’ ‘breathy’ thing?

ONE of those is killing your voice and CAUSING the problems you discover.

I tell you how to start removing the top 2 things that cause vocal damage in worship singers.

In this series of LIVE free worship vocal training videos for worship singers, I’m sharing what you WON’T hear at a worship conference, because almost no one has discovered what I did after my voice was medically ended twice and I was left to figure out how my voice really works on my own.

This time, you’ll discover why it can hurt to sing with power and 2 powerful strain stoppers to start using right away!

 

 

ENTIRE SERIES HERE

Make worship better and more fulfilling through this live worship workshop for singers:

Episode 1: Naked Worship-the private worship that revolutionized my view of public worship

Episode 2: Confidence – how to avoid worship fails with proven steps for true confidence, shaky notes and nerves on the platform (Holy Holy Holy hymn)

Episode 3: Connection – bringing new life into corporate worship: 6 step professional singers plan to make the most impact in every song

Episode 4: Vocal Control – why notes fall apart or start weak & how to get and control vibrato at any age that creates a beautiful blend

Episode 5: Vocal Power – Singing strong without pain, the difference between volume and power, the #1 power note killer, 2 powerful strain stoppers (Way Maker)

Episode 6: Becoming a Power Team – the roles of leader, lead and background singer and what you’ll never hear at a worship conference, & defining expectations as a singer

Vocal Control-Reliable Notes & Vibrato: What your worship leader wished you knew

Vibrato too much? Don’t have one? Been told you’re too old to be on worship team?

I’ll show you how to make every note solid….and gain control of the vibrato in this episode of the 2020 Worship Singer Training Series from vocal coach Kim Snyder /The Voice Club.

Learn:
⁃ WHY notes fall apart
⁃ HOW the voice creates vibrato
⁃ WHY it doesn’t show up – or takes over
⁃ & a Quick Win Vocal Tip to start stabilizing BOTH notes and vibrato

WALKTHROUGH ‘What a Beautiful Name it Is” to put it into action right now!

ENTIRE SERIES HERE

Make worship better and more fulfilling through this live worship workshop for singers:

Episode 1: Naked Worship-the private worship that revolutionized my view of public worship

Episode 2: Confidence – how to avoid worship fails with proven steps for true confidence, shaky notes and nerves on the platform (Holy Holy Holy hymn)

Episode 3: Connection – bringing new life into corporate worship: 6 step professional singers plan to make the most impact in every song

Episode 4: Vocal Control – why notes fall apart or start weak & how to get and control vibrato at any age that creates a beautiful blend

Episode 5: Vocal Power – Singing strong without pain, the difference between volume and power, the #1 power note killer, 2 powerful strain stoppers (Way Maker)

Episode 6: Becoming a Power Team – the roles of leader, lead and background singer and what you’ll never hear at a worship conference, & defining expectations as a singer

How to Sing God Bless America – avoiding voice cracks and bad notes

 

How do you sing God Bless America ‘better, faster’?

Master vocal coach Kim Snyder from The Voice Club walks you through the song, word by word, unveiling high level tips to make it sound better than ever.

Learn the story behind this patriotic favorite and how a song written during the rise of Nazi Germany is more relevant today than ever before.

Find the perfect key, sing with power, never run out of breath and add the X-factor that very few singers ever do.

Learn to sing this old classic, initially revived by Celine Dion after 9/11 and make it the most powerful national anthem ever.

MORE PATRIOTIC SONG TIPS:

The Star Spangled Banner (The National Anthem) Live vocal session:

How to Sing Patriot Songs ‘better-faster’ SERIES:

God Bless America
America the Beautiful
God Bless the USA
My Country Tis of Thee

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What Your Worship Leader Wishes You Knew About…FREEDOM on stage

 

 

In this series of LIVE free worship vocal training videos for worship singers, I’m sharing
how to functionally ‘choose your lamb for the offering of worship’ with step by step plans to move from ‘worship robot’ to removing the obstacles to communicating your walk with God through every song.

Plus: my 7-STEP PRO SONG PREP PLAN to learn songs more efficiently and move beyond to ministry faster.

 

 

ENTIRE SERIES HERE

Make worship better and more fulfilling through this live worship workshop for singers:

Episode 1: Naked Worship-the private worship that revolutionized my view of public worship

Episode 2: Confidence – how to avoid worship fails with proven steps for true confidence, shaky notes and nerves on the platform (Holy Holy Holy hymn)

Episode 3: Connection – bringing new life into corporate worship: 6 step professional singers plan to make the most impact in every song

Episode 4: Vocal Control – why notes fall apart or start weak & how to get and control vibrato at any age that creates a beautiful blend

Episode 5: Vocal Power – Singing strong without pain, the difference between volume and power, the #1 power note killer, 2 powerful strain stoppers (Way Maker)

Episode 6: Becoming a Power Team – the roles of leader, lead and background singer and what you’ll never hear at a worship conference, & defining expectations as a singer

Confidence on Stage: What your worship leader wishes you knew

 

Singers want confidence on stage.

It’s also at the top of your worship leaders list

Find out:
• which 2 performing stars suffer from extreme stage fright
• learn the 4 essential elements to real confidence and
• 4 things you’re probably doing that are making it harder.

In this series of LIVE free worship vocal training videos for worship singers, I’m sharing why feeling good on stage is so hard and how quickly you can move from distracted worship to being free to worship on your team.

 

ENTIRE SERIES HERE

Make worship better and more fulfilling through this live worship workshop for singers:

• Episode 1: Naked Worship – the private worship that revolutionized my view of public worship
• Episode 2: Confidence – how to avoid worship fails with proven steps for true confidence, shaky notes and nerves on the platform (Holy Holy Holy hymn)
• Episode 3: Connection – bringing new life into corporate worship: 6 step professional singers plan to make the most impact in every song
• Episode 4: Vocal Control – why notes fall apart or start weak & how to get and control vibrato at any age that creates a beautiful blend
• Episode 5: Vocal Power – Singing strong without pain, the difference between volume and power, the #1 power note killer, 2 powerful strain stoppers (Way Maker)
• Episode 6: Becoming a Power Team – the roles of leader, lead and background singer and what you’ll never hear at a worship conference, & defining expectations as a singer

What your worship leader wished you knew about: Naked Worship

2020 Worship Singer Training Series from vocal coach Kim Snyder /The Voice Club.

In the first in this series of LIVE free worship vocal training videos for worship singers, I’m sharing what worship leaders are most concerned about now that their singers have been social distanced from church for so long…

…and what they wish singers would come back knowing after the Coronavirus Pandemic event.

In this episode we tackle :

  • The #1 thing worship leaders wished their singers knew along with
  • Why worship team singers quit: the stages, and
  • Why confidence can derail even the most authentic worship singers.

 

 

ENTIRE SERIES HERE

Make worship better and more fulfilling through this live worship workshop for singers:

  • Episode 1: Naked Worship – the private worship that revolutionized my view of public worship
  • Episode 2: Confidence – how to avoid worship fails with proven steps for true confidence, shaky notes and nerves on the platform (Holy Holy Holy hymn)
  • Episode 3: Connection – bringing new life into corporate worship: 6 step professional singers plan to make the most impact in every song
  • Episode 4: Vocal Control – why notes fall apart or start weak & how to get and control vibrato at any age that creates a beautiful blend
  • Episode 5: Vocal Power – Singing strong without pain, the difference between volume and power, the #1 power note killer, 2 powerful strain stoppers (Way Maker)
  • Episode 6: Becoming a Power Team – the roles of leader, lead and background singer and what you’ll never hear at a worship conference, & defining expectations as a singer

Vocal Coach picks the best Coronavirus Parodies + what makes singers MORE contagious!

Pandemic parodies are popping up everywhere. We’re ranking the BEST coronavirus songs on YouTube to lighten the mood during covid19. Quick Win vocal tips to sing better instantly and win over any crowd…even during a catastrophe from professional vocal coach Kim Snyder. https://thevoiceclub.com

Looking for the best Disney parodies? That BeeGee’s parody everyone’s talking about. In this episode, here funny parodies of I will survive, under the sea, my sharona, staying alive and some great originals. Not just another compilation, this is The Voice Club’s 2020 Pandemic Parody Awards Show

This time we feature The Kiffness (Father and Son), Knox by Night – Jolene (Quarantine), The Holderness Family, Chloe Longford – All Day Long, Outlaw – Quarantine, Raul Irabien (Queen Parody), and Lucas Smith (link to his charity here: Doctors Without Borders – https://www.msf.org/donate )

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What are you singing while you’re stuck at home??

Top Coronavirus Parody Songs – award nominated covid 19 funny videos & a winner

Pandemic parodies are popping up everywhere. We’re ranking the BEST coronavirus songs on YouTube to lighten the mood during covid19. Quick Win vocal tips to sing better instantly and win over any crowd…even during a catastrophe from professional vocal coach Kim Snyder. https://thevoiceclub.com

Looking for the best Disney parodies? That BeeGee’s parody everyone’s talking about. In this episode, here funny parodies of I will survive, under the sea, my sharona, staying alive and some great originals. Not just another compilation, this is The Voice Club’s 2020 Pandemic Parody Awards Show

This time we feature Mark O’Dea’s Under the Sea (In Quarantine), , Neil Hopkins’ I Will Survive, Tennessee Builds This Covid Quarantine , Prairie Joe’s My Sharona (Goodbye Carona), Brent McCollough’s Staying Inside (staying alive), Sam Chaplin’s Come On Eileen (Covid19) & the screaming music teachers one note pandemic parody.

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Singing Sick-4 Biggies that bring vocal strain, shaky voice and vocal damage

Singing Sick-4 Biggies that bring vocal strain, shaky voice and vocal damage

Are You Making Your Voice Sick(er)?

How do you sing sick?

Most singers do 4 things that make their voices crack, add fatigue and keep your voice from sounding its best.

Find out what they are in this vocal training video from master vocal coach Kim Snyder from The Voice Club’s Sing Better Faster Method.

Topics include, vocal health, hydration, stress, how alcohol affects the voice and more.

How can a guy sing 3+ octaves?

How can a guy sing 3+ octaves?

IN THIS VOCAL QUICK WIN VIDEO

  • It IS possible for guys to access those high notes you thought were gone after puberty
  • I’ll show you the only 2 ways that have ever been proven to do it
  • And after the video, read below to continue the training

You’re not the only one who lost up to half of your vocal range

Both boys and girls tend to lose access to some notes during and after puberty.  But the guys have always had it the worst.

But what if you didn’t have to lose all those high notes?

 

There are 2 ways for any guy to KEEP them

(You’re really not gonna like the 1st one)

 

What’s the 2nd way?

It’s by becoming the vocal equivalent of an athlete.

It has NOTHING to do with your vocal cords

Ever since we first discovered that we had vocal cords we think everything we sing is because of them.

But the real work – the engine behind the machine, is vocal muscle.

And vocal muscle functions no differently than any other muscle you go to the gym to train.

 

Just one tiny, itty-bitty problem.

 

Unlike the number of gyms nearby, until the past few years NO ONE had access to a real, proven ‘vocal-gym’: what medical science has known for decades the voice needs to recapture those lost notes.

 

So are they everywhere now?

Sorry. 

If they were, I wouldn’t be doing what I do.

 

Less than 8% of the entire body of vocal education includes a proven scientific process to put the voice back where it was before stopped accessing those notes.

And….let’s just say that, even as a professional singer…it ain’t easy to come by

…or afford.

 

How the 2nd way works

Let’s take it from what medical specialists who study the singing voice have proven:

When a male or female voice sings 3+ octaves, two groups of vocal muscles trade off like a bicep and tricep.

Vocal surgeons who specialize in work with singers call this a ‘natural voice’…literally because it’s the capability 98% of us are born with.

(& you’d have a doctors note if you weren’t)

 

If all of the vocal muscles are strong, flexible and coordinated the result is minimum of 3 octaves.

We’re talking about being able to sing soft OR strong without pain or strain on EVERY SINGLE NOTE for 3 octaves!

 

But just like if you went to the gym and only trained parts of muscle groups, inadequate vocal training just can’t cut it.

So to make up for what can’t happen, they all teach a mix of man-made rules that manipulate the voice to try to add something to it.

It’s like having one weak leg, but trying to balance out your body weight by walking with your opposite arm out holding a barbell all day.

You’d get closer to balanced, but it would cause more problems than it solves in the long run.

 

Unfortunately that’s what happens to the vast majority of singers.

Why did so many guys in 70’s bands hit notes almost no one can now?

Great question!

When one singer charts with a sound that’s new or different, the mad rush is on to sound just like them.

But just like inadequate vocal training, singers who try to copy another sound have to manipulate their voices to even get close.

And any kind of manipulation in the vocal anatomy is just like a loose wrench in the machine.

Even when it results in a similar sound, it usually comes at the cost of new strain, missing notes, loss of some ability or, most often with singing high: losing your gorgeous booming bottom notes.

But don’t some singers just ‘do it’ naturally?

Yes!

And guess what vocal surgeons find when they look into the vocal process in singers who DO:

…nobody screwed up their natural voice!

 

And with so many of us wanting to not just reach more notes but actually sound just like someone with a different set of vocal cords, that is becoming more and more rare.

How to keep it if you got it – & get it if you don’t

If you currently sing 3+ octaves and every note feels good – LOOK OUT!

Never forget that guessing at how to do anything with the voice is never any more successful than the 1st guy who tried to deadlift without being in shape or having a spotter.

 

If you don’t know how to KEEP that range, you’ll go the way of so many singers who find it gone and have no clue why.

In our upcoming training series I’m going deep into how to be your own vocal advocate – how to know what to believe for yourself, and how to protect that golden voice. (Get on the waitlist to get dates/times once we announce them)

 

Don’t have that kind of range yet?

The best thing you can do is to stop listening to ALL singing advice until you know how to tell the good from the bad.

Knowing that is the most important thing singers need to know.

 

In the upcoming training GAME CHANGER I’m going to show you what my extremely rare vocal education taught me that no one else knows – why no one is telling you – and how to be put back in charge of protecting and perfecting your own voice.

Get on the waitlist for free webinar and training here.

THE #1 WAY TO TELL…

if any note you sing is ‘balanced’

 

When the vocal muscles are able to do what they were created to do this will happen on all 3+ octaves of your natural range.

(It’s in there!) 

 

The first step is to get familiar with what it FEELS like when the vocal machine is doing it right.

If a note is ALL THREE of these:

  • EASY – free of any strain, pain or overt effort (feels effortless)
  • SOLID – you can go soft to strong without any change in the ease of the feel (feels stable), and
  • FLEXIBLE – you can hold a note – go into vibrato (or any styling tool) and back without any change in the ease or solidity of the note (feels like it wants to party)

THAT’S what true ‘vocal balance’ feels like!

 

 

Can you imagine feeling THAT on 3+ octaves?!

It’s not a pipe dream. 

You just need to know someone who really knows how to show you the way back & will give you the tools to own it for yourself.

 

Ready for a GAME CHANGER? Click below to find out when this training is available. 

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Ban Boring Worship-2 pro tools to create dynamic worship plus “What a Beautiful Name” walkthrough

Ban Boring Worship-2 pro tools to create dynamic worship plus “What a Beautiful Name” walkthrough

IN THIS VIDEO

  • What the music industry knows about you that uniquely qualifies you to make your worship music better (seriously!)

 

  • I’ll confess what really happens when singers/musicians are paid to play at church & what you have in common

 

  • Why ‘singing it like the mp3’ is bad advice

 

  • Learn 2 powerful professional tools to make a massive difference- even if you’re the only one who does it

How do you sing a song your so tired of?

After our 10th move, my husband and I were recently back to ‘church shopping’.  Which, admittedly, is a little weird for singers, musicians, pastors..and vocal coaches..

But it was a humbling reminder of some the mistakes I’ve made in worship teams past. (I guess I got two messages for every service.)

It’s so easy to judge from the seats but it’s another story to be the one on the platform singing that song you never really liked for what seems like the hundredth time in one team rotation.

It was like God shouldered me with a wink as He reminded me of the worship rehearsal where He changed my view of singing in the church forever.

I’ll tell you what I learned about authentic worship, being a great team singer and a better worship leader in this video.

Does God really like my worship?

You don’t have to be a worship leader to make a big difference in the quality of your teams worship. (but there are bonus tips in here for you if you are).

But even if you have ‘the title’ (& a bevy of worship conference lanyards) we will always have the tendency to get distracted and…dare we say…bored…with some of our worship songs…or sets.

It’s only human.

The problem is, when we let it get the best of us we miss an incredible opportunity to be used by God. 

We don’t have to.

I’m gonna share the worship rehearsal that God used to change my entire view of how I approach singing in the church. 

It was a huge wake-up call.

 

What bad cover bands and many worship teams have in common

If it weren’t enough to fighting our humanity, living in this time in history brings additional barriers to authentic worship that we’re not even aware of.

Our passive exposure to very active ‘music industry’ plays a huge part in what comes between our heart for worship and that microphone.

In this episode, I’m going to take you behind the curtain of the radio and music industries & expose the part they play in making us bored fast.

But no worries!

As it happens, the backside of everything they’ve used us for has caused the entire generation to develop a unique musical expertise.

 And I’ll show you how to put it to use on your worship team and completely change how you communicate the passion you’re up there to share.

 

If I knew as a new worship leader what I know now as a vocal coach

…I would’ve told every singer I worked with this: Even a new singer in a small church can contribute to a worship rehearsal to improve how our music connects with people.

And then I would show them how.

So here it is…for every worship leader and team singer.

BONUS:

The ONLY 2 WAYS to get  that ‘breathy’ ‘airy’ sound in worship without hurting your voice

TWO PROFESSIONAL SINGING TOOLS TO MAKE EVERY SONG UNIQUE

…and anything but boring.

There are two tools I developed out of my professional experience and that hugely convicting experience.

In this video I’ll tell you what they are and show you how to put them in action.

Then I’ll walk you through a badly chosen key of Hillsong’s “What a  Beautiful Name It Is” and show you the process so you can use it faster.

 

All of us can make a bigger difference in our teams. 

 

If this inspires and serves you, pass it on to every worship singer you know so we can all continue to excel.

 

Please let me know what you think and share with me what you’ve done or learned along the way!

 

What do you think?

Should I Quit Singing? Pro singing tips you need to know WHEN (not if) your confidence tanks

Should I Quit Singing? Pro singing tips you need to know WHEN (not if) your confidence tanks

IN THIS VIDEO

  • Learn how to avoid the soul-crushing boomerang
  • Discover new ways to ‘get out there and sing’
  • Hear our super-unique solution to every possible argument you’ve probably ever had for NOT singing.
  • Find out how to move from wishing you were singing to DOing it NOW!

Singing tips no one tells you for when your confidence is tanking

It never feels like it, but every singer feels like quitting if they do it long enough. 

It doesn’t matter how many singing lessons, tips, training, even performing you do.

The truth is that the more we THINK, PRACTICE, DREAM about singing….and if we do that considerable more than we actually SING, will wear on your confidence.

It’s easy for me to tell you to ‘get out there and sing’.  But sometimes, fear and insecurity can KEEP us from seeing the amazing amount of opportunities that are just waiting.

And the more you take, the more you get to experience the JOY of singing.

Sure you’ll still think about what you want to improve.  But that little voice in your head will shrink back into the tiny nag it should be.

 

SINGERS THAT GROW ARE SINGERS WHO ARE OUT SINGING!

STOP asking “am I good enough”!

Think of it this way:

Will I ever be the best singer in the world?

NO

But you CAN do something that literally NO other singer on the planet can do:

Sing with your uniquely created set of vocal cords to make notes with the kind of timber, tone and texture that literally only you can!

So QUIT trying to sound like other singers!

Can some singers sound like other singers?

YES….but….(BIG BUTT)….

  • Why would you want to settle for being a cheap knock-off of someone else?

 

  • In order to make your unique voice sound like someone else’s unique voice, you have to manipulate, many times causing bad habits that lead to vocal damage

 

  • And even if you succeed…what you LOSE in the process is the ability to recognize and develop YOUR unique sound.

“Talent Shows”…AREN’T actually TALENT SHOWS

THEY’RE CASTING CALLS to find certain looks, sounds, etc that fill out a ‘cast’ combination that a show needs to better ratings.

 

Nothing wrong with that.  Really.

As long as you remember (and this is super hard to do) that a rejection is only saying they either already casted a role you’d fit or the’re not casting what you have.

Actors do it every day.  Sure it’s a bummer if you don’t get cast.  And, yes it can feel devastating if you’re sure you were perfect.

But they TELL actors that it’s not the PERSON that isn’t validated, they just weren’t cast for a PART.

It’s time we tell the SINGERS too!

 

What do you think?

Why do I have vocal strain?

Why do I have vocal strain?

IN THIS PODCAST

Vocal strain is the #1 complaint from singers, so it seemed fitting to kick off our podcast by addressing an all to common problem that prevents you from singing or speaking to your full potential.

There is a wealth of bad information about this issue, leading already frustrated singers to believe it might not even fixable.  But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

I hope you find hope based on the science of vocal anatomy in the answer I give to Alyssa’s question.

Alyssa asked:

I’m an aspiring voice actress and singer.  I can hit notes really good sometimes but other times I feel tension in my voice.  Sometimes I get so scared about vocal damage that I get discouraged about doing voice acting and that makes me so sad.  Is it too late for me?

 

And I answered by sharing details about:

  • What actually causes strain, pain and tension in the voice for both singers, speakers and voice talent
  • What few people (that includes teachers, trainers and professors) know about vocal strain
  • How strain, pain, tension and even vocal damage can be reversed for good
  • What your voice will really be like once vocal strain is removed the right way

 

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

 

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6 Singing Lies from TV’s Perfect Harmony

6 Singing Lies from TV’s Perfect Harmony

“The #1 reason you don’t already sing better” was on full display in this season’s new comedy Perfect Harmony.

And I can’t leave you NOT knowing what you should ignore.

So here they are.

EVERYONE asks me what I think of different singers on X-Factor, America’s Got Talent, etc.

And it’s usually a little disappointing when I tell them I don’t watch.

But it’s because i CAN’T watch.  (If you haven’t seen/listened to ‘My Story’ this is really weird to explain)

But because of my extremely ‘unique vocal ‘situation’ I have been left with EMPATHETIC VOICE SYNDROME.

When a singer does something unhealthy  or anything that keeps them from singing better,

I don’t just see it,

I don’t just hear it

I literally FEEL IT. 

Not just that, but I watch so called ‘coaches’ dumping more problems on singers than they had when they got there. 

Plus, it’s super frustrating to know that singers have no way to really understand what’s really happening.

So in theory, a sitcom about a community choir seemed relatively safe….

But then I thought about YOU watching this show.  And….I just can’t NOT tell you this.

 

Chances are you’ve heard all six of these bad singing tips before. 

You’ve probably tried them all if you’re not still trying to do them all RIGHT NOW.

That’s because they’ve been AROUND longer than any other singing advice.  And unfortunately we’re still regurgitating them DECADES after science proved them wrong.

The TRUTH is that not a SINGLE one has ANY ANATOMICAL impact on making you sing better….in FACT…they create OBSTACLES to KEEP you from singing better in the first place.

Listen to this episode of The Voice Club Podcast to find out what they are….and what you should REALLY do with them.

 

 

What do you think?

Remember that singing dream you ‘got too old’ for?

Too old to be a singer? Think again.

 

I remember the first time I felt that ‘pang’ of “I’m getting too old to be a singer”.

This is embarrassing.

I was 23.

Not only was I way to young to think I was too old, I had already enjoyed almost a decade as a paid professional singer & I STILL thought that!

So if you’ve had it too…I’ve got a plan.

 

 

 

“YOU CAN’T…” IS THE LIE THAT CREEPS IN EARLY AND BURROWS IN TO STAY

If you’re a singer, chance are you’ve already shoved that dream clear to the back corner of your mind where dreams go to die.

Do You Have the ‘Singing Dream’?

 

When you’re younger you might have called it a “dream to be a famous singer”.

For those who dare to rise to start working on it, it comes to you as a dream to “take it to the next level”.  Ironically, this is the stage where many singers give up on their singing dream.

Some of you have dismissed that nagging desire to be a singer so long that you hardly notice it anymore.

But it’s still there, more recognizable as a regret then a dream

“If only I had….”

Why Is It Still There?

Isn’t it interesting that no matter how many years have passed, the dream to sing is still there?

Does it know something we don’t?

What is it waiting for us to do with it?

Having been there myself and having helped other singers navigate ‘the dream’, I offer you this:

The dream to be a singer is not unreachable for you. 

Perhaps you’ve just been led away from it by believing the misconceptions about what being a singer really is. 

It was possible all along.  And still is.

 

How Do You Make an Illusive Dream Come True?

 

Have you asked this question?  Most ‘singing dreamers’ never do.

I want you to know that if you have the dream to be a singer, it’s there for a reason. 

There was not a small town on the prairie in the 1900’s or a small village in the corner of the world today where EVERYONE didn’t/doesn’t just SING…and love it.

 

You don’t have to BECOME a singer:

The act of getting out the and SINGING MAKES you one!

 

It has nothing to do with how old you are.

 

HOW TO RESTART THE DREAM

 

Right where you are.

Stop thinking about what you don’t like about your voice.  TODAY, start looking for what you DO like.

If your dream has been dead awhile, it might take some searching.  But having worked with singers at every age and level I can promise you, IT IS THERE.

NEXT:  Identify ONE thing that you’d like to improve. 

You can’t go in 50 directions at once.  But you CAN go in one.  Choose one, and don’t change it until it moves to your ‘like’ list.

 

 

Now comes the most important part:

 

GET OUT THERE AND SING!

…notice I didn’t say ‘hire me’ (or anyone else) to train your butt off?

There is NO reason to train with ANYone until you recover that little spark you had when you dreamt of singing.

It’s part nerves (or terror), part anticipation and part giddy excitement.

THAT is the seed of the joy singing is meant to bring us.

Why do we WANT to sing?  Because it makes us feel HAPPY!

Singing literally changes so many things in the brain and the body that make us feel better.

As a severe chronic pain patient who has been on the heaviest pain meds known to modern man, I can tell you NONE of them comes close to the indescribably absence I have when I sing.

 

When we just allow ourselves to plug in somewhere…anywhere and just GET SINGING again, you can begin to get the INSTANT payoff that singing brings.

 

BUT if we fill our brain with doubts, fears, and everything else that killed the dream in the first place, the brain is literally interrupted from giving you JOY signals.

How do I get my confidence back?

Confidence comes from:

  1. Doing a thing until we’re comfortable, and,
  2. Improving our skill so we personally have less obstacles to enjoying it.

 

It’s the same for the open mic night karaoke singer as it is for the top touring singers in the world.

 

You can start getting comfortable again by simply singing wherever and whenever it best suits your life.

If your ‘dead dream’ brain still gets in your way, try something you’ve never done before that your brain will find it hard to judge you for based on lack of history:

  • community theater
  • community holiday choirs
  • church choirs
  • worship teams
  • open mic night at a jazz club
  • karaoke with your non-singing friends

Once you get STARTED again, you’ll be in a much better position to decide what kind of singing you want to do going forward:

  • Do you want to record a song for your family?
  • Do you want to record those songs you never took time to finish?
  • Do you want to support an artist by hosting an open house with live music by you? (One of our singers did this as a restart and had great success…and so did the artist!)
  • Do you want to find bands that perform locally or regionally?
  • Do you want to serve as a bigger part of your churches musical worship program?

Once you get singing again, the ideas will come.

 

What about vocal training?

 

You could spend your life in singing lessons and (depending on what you’re being taught and how) never regain the confidence to sing in front of people again.

That’s why I love to send people first to the ACT of singing.  Start the ball rolling again.  You’ll find that after that first initial ‘push’, it really wants to get rolling.

You also really don’t know where your voice is at NOW until you take if for a spin.

That allows YOU the information you need to decided what your first priority (your ONE THING) will be.

 

 

NEXT: Find some qualified training to get over your number one obstacle to the ‘joy’.

(side note: the reason I do this is because the only people I can tentatively recommend aren’t accessible by the majority of the people, so I cannot in good conscious tell you to just look up a local singing teacher.)

Check out the free resources we have available to help make you an informed consumer when it comes to your voice.

 

But just know….anything you think is unfixable is FIXABLE…anything you think is permanent that you don’t like…does NOT have to stay,

Just because you haven’t found someone who can show you how doesn’t mean your voice is incapable.

The level of TRAINING determines IF anything gets fixed, how FAST it get’s fixed and if you understand HOW it happened.

 

If there is any part of you that misses what singing used to mean to you….that’s your wakeup call.

 

Now you know what to do when you wake up!

So get out there and sing!

What do you think?

How do YOU sing The National Anthem? – The Voice Club

Here are some take away tips you can use to start singing (and styling) better…faster!
  • Sing the STORY, not the song
  • Don’t copy what you’ve heard unless & until you’ve asked yourself WHY you’re doing that thing you’ve heard
  • There will always be someone who sings better than you BUT no one can tell a story from your perspective but you
  • Even if you could copy perfectly, why would you want to be a ‘good sound-alike’ when you could be the original?
  • Styling tools (trills, runs, big hold notes, dynamics, power, etc.) are bling without substance  if you don’t why you’re using them
  • Just because someone else does something cool somewhere in a song does not mean that’s the only great thing to do there: find something that highlights YOUR voice.

 

 

A Simple White Girl’s Guide to Vocal Training Methods

IN THIS VIDEO

Maybe you’ve been there: classical singing lessons, learning the rock singing method, the broadway belt, speech level, online singing lessons teaching who-knows-what…

Ever wish someone would just make it simple to tell the difference between what different vocal coaches teach?

ME TOO!

Little did I know that 2 decades, studying them all & spending tens of thousands of dollars would still only result in me having to figure it out for myself.

It’s super important to understand what’s behind what you’re paying to learn.

So in this quick flyover, I’m going to break it down for you.

Every single type of vocal training out there belongs to one of these camps:

The Classical Singing Approach

This began with the first big singing contest and the desire to copy a sound of some singing monks. 

It has since developed into a long list of rules to copy that sound….which as it turns out, sounds nothing like those monks.  go figure.

Because it’s been around the longest, this approach is the most widely taught around the world today.

Rock & Broadway Belt Approaches

By the time recorded music entered the scene, many singers didn’t want to sound like some old monk….or whatever sound the other camp ended up sounding like.

So they did what they knew to do:

They found a singer they liked and tried to copy the sound. 

Then came up with some rules to try to force the most uniquely different voices to copy the sound too.

Not to be outdone (& losing tuition like mad), the classical camp decided they must embrace the new sound singers wanted. 

So they did what they knew to do:

They found a sound singers wanted and used their previous rules to make a new copy of a new sound.

These are the Broadway belters. 

Same approach. 

More contemporary sound than classical

Just not as hip as the Rock belters.

Speech Level Approach

SLS (the most widely known branch) & the rest of speech level advocates were the very first in history to start not with copying a sound but by looking at the medical science of the time (1950’s).

By then doctors knew that singers in all the other camps were having problems and getting damage. 

They already knew it was because the voice is already ‘plug and play’ at birth: that copying any sound puts strain on a voice, many times ending in vocal damage.

Speech Level coaches teach a core group of exercises initially developed with a vocal surgeon in the 1940’s. 

They also introduced the concept of ‘the mix’.

The Voice Club Method

As a working working singer for nearly my entire life, I’ve had the excuse to study every method out there.

Over 95% of the available training is from one of the approaches above.  But I found that when I gained something I wanted I lost something I didn’t want to lose.

And none of them could answer any of the questions I had.

As a professional voice talent who had done the research to develop a training program for commercial voices I knew that copying a voice (or ‘character voices’ in VO lingo) could be terribly damaging to the voice.

I’d already started adapting my VO training for my vocal work since I went from vocal to VO sessions regularly.  It was surprising how much better I was singing.

That’s how I stumbled upon the Speech Level camp.

I eagerly started training, but was bummed to discover that to have access to any answers I had to spend a hefty amount of coin to become a certified coach.

But I really wanted answers.  So I did.

But in the midst of those highly classified master coach training workshops something became glaringly clear:

No one here was going to answer my questions either.

THEY were there to spout complex pedagogical theories…or trying to nod knowingly when they were as lost as me.

I was just looking to grasp on to anything I could simply understand that would help me sing better by my next gig on Friday.

But then something horribly bizarre happened:

 

After suffering two separate medically induced voice-ending conditions I discovered for myself the limits of both anatomical vocal instruction and vocal surgery.

What my vocal anatomy taught me through those dark times not only resulted in completely repairing my voice twice & adding an extra half octave, it completely changed everything I’ve ever believed the voice could do.

Ever since then it’s been my personal mission to share all the answers I found to every singer I can; to education and empower them to take back control of their vocal potential…

…& to learn HOW to protect & perfect the only voice they’ll ever have.

What do you think?

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