A Simple White Girl’s Guide to Vocal Training Methods

A Simple White Girl’s Guide to Vocal Training Methods

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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.

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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.

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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.

JOIN US for DAILY WORSHIP TRAINING 11am PST May 26th-June 4th (M-F)

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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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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?

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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

 

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