Learning to sing is about YOU. Singing is about the songs you enjoy to sing.
I am a classically trained opera singer, but have always crossed over into pop and music theatre. I like to teach songs in all styles of music. The technique for voice production I use is the basis for singing all styles of music.
I am in process of making a list of SONGS WE SING. I have listed a small selection of what I am presently working on with my pupils on the following page.
Each person is an individual.
Each singer comes from a different point in their development. Some may have vocal problems, or problems pitching notes. These are dealt with, and approached on an individual level.
There are 3 inescapable truths for ALL voices.
A. Warming up the voice is essential.
To start with, Small is indeed beautiful.
B. Keeping the voice supported with the diaphragm is essential.
C. Keeping the voice on speech level is essential. Singing is not shouting.
This will be taught in greater detail at our first lesson.
In a typical lesson we will go through the above basic technique with exercises you will learn for a life time.
Then we will put this technique into the songs you like to sing.
My aim is to find your true VOICE then develope your abilities by SINGING LESSONS and COACHING.
The voice can not be listened to by you the singer, but must felt inside.
A third person‘s ear is needed to listen to your voice, and from that, understand what needs to be done.
Do not try to learn from Youtube or a book, as the metaphors used to illustrate technical points have to be explained in person. I use a range of metaphors according to what the particular student can relate to.
Singing is an inner confidence. Almost like the principals of Yoga in the Buddhist tradition. Breathing in singing is similar, and is good for our health.
Pupils of Voice Lessons Liverpool have learned to hold their notes when they have had difficulty in pitching in tune.
“He who sings scares away his woes.” Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The great Bel Canto singer Pavarotti in his book My World signed for me as shown below..
Pavarotti stated this about singing in his book...
The other most important thing for the beginning singer is to learn to give support from the diaphragm. People think that you sing from the throat, but you actually sing from the throat and the diaphragm working together. It was a few years into my career before I understood how important this was.
When I started serious study, I spent the first six months vocalizing only with vowel sounds. This was not a very interesting way to spend six months, but my teacher, Arrigo Pola, believed it was essential. And he convinced me. Over the years, I have become even more convinced of the importance of this.
THE DEVELOPING VOICE
The voice develops over time.
As a trained athlete builds up their skills.
The technique of singing can be explained only by someone who has the experience of singing themselves. The teacher needs to have a trained ear to locate exactly what is going on. This perception is about changing how vocal production is made by a pupil, it sometimes being a matter of the smallest precision.
It is important to explain TECHNIQUE and STYLE in terms that the student can understand.
WHY GO TO A TEACHER?
- You cannot hear your own voice as you think. A teacher with experience picks up on the smallest defect in voice production.
- No one can learn to sing from a book or the internet, because you must have a third pair of ears to tell you what they hear from you.
- The voice develops over time. If you think you have mastered the voice, then you are wrong. Learning is a life time of enjoyment. Ask any of the greats, and they will tell you that they learn every day. Placido Domingo is the best example of this, and he is still singing in his 70s.
- Singing is different to playing an instrument. We are our instrument. We use words, maybe foreign languages too.
Dame Joan Sutherland signed this book to me.
Pavarotti says that he learnt about breathing and singing support from Joan Sutherland.