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Vocal FAQ

Will I lose my current voice as soon as I begin vocal training?

Vocal training should strengthen your voice – helping you achieve your desired results by demonstrating methods of which can help eliminate the root causes of any vocal problems you have without changing the distinct sound of your voice.

The issue is not about losing your voice when you start training, it is more about whether your “current” voice is your voice to begin with, or simply a voice that you “put on” to sound a certain way or like somebody else. While in the proper hands, such vocal adaptations do have their uses, more often than not it is the cause of vocal “restrictions” for many. What most people are not aware of is that you can sing in your speaking voice, and still be able to accommodate a wide range of genres without any pain or constrictions.

 

Vocal training should help you find the centre of your voice, exercise control (technically) and paint it in many different sounds (vocal colours and volume). Good vocal training will help you gain more of and out of your voice rather than lose it.

Can vocal training help with any style of music I sing?

Yes. Vocal is training for a singer is very much like putting hours in the gym or on the field for athletes – no matter what the sport, the physical training of the body (or the muscles, in the case of a singer) is necessary to keep the body in good shape to perform well every single time. Consistency is the key to any profession, and vocal training will help you achieve this consistency in your vocal delivery, whatever the genre. Like athletes, depending on the sport, there are specific areas of the body which they train more than most. Similiarly, depending on the genre or style of music you sing, after covering the basics, there will probably be parts of your voice you would focus and exercise more on.

What kind of contemporary vocal techniques can I expect from your vocal training?

Every person has a different kind of voice (tone, range & ability) and they also have different goals in how they want to sing and sound like. Our approach with our students is to help them bring out their fullest vocal potential and achieve these goals. Our vocal syllabus and techniques were derived from studying various contemporary vocal methods from several teachers from various backgrounds (including Philippines, Holland, London & Africa), the personal experiences of our vocal trainers of having undergone many ‘breaking’ vocal methods, and their collective performing experiences in theatre as well as music gigs. Collectively, we have a deeper understanding of how the voice works, and how vocal training should be conducted to make it easily imparted onto someone else.

How soon can I expect changes in my voice after taking vocal lessons?

The ability to achieve different sounds (in terms of tone & vocal effects), when taught correctly, can take place almost immediately. However, to be able to access this ability whenever you want often takes time as your vocal cords are muscles – and like very other muscle in your body, it takes time to develop muscle memory before it becomes second nature to you.

For some who have been working these muscles for a longer time in their desired direction, vocal control and more “permanent” change can be noticeable in a matter of weeks to months. For others, it may take months to years. This varies with individuals, and like athletes, every vocalist has to work hard and correctly (with the right regime) to maintain a flexible and healthy voice. Having a vocal trainer will help you adhere to the proper regime and draw you closer to achieving your goals. However, after every session you have with your vocal trainer, you should go home with a feeling that you have learnt something new, reached a deeper level of understanding mentally as well as physically (in your voice and body).

My vocal abilities is inconsistent. Sometimes I am able sing really well, whereas other times my voice just can't "click". Is it just a matter of confidence?

While confidence can do a lot for you in singing, pure guts without flexibility cannot deliver consistency. Consistency is what you want to have in controlling your voice – you should be able to sing to the best of your abilities at any given time. Nervousness and anxiety can cause restrictions, but this is where with vocal training, having done its work in your voice, can kick in and give you the control you need to ground your voice as you perform. Nevertheless, experience in performing (or singing in front of other people) and vocal training always work hand-in-hand to make you a more consistent singer.

People say I have a small voice, can I potentially sing like any of the Divas? (or, people say I have too big a voice, can I ever sing softly and sweetly like pop vocalists?)

Yes, to all of the above….and you CAN do it comfortably with proper vocal training. No voice is restricted to being just “small” or “big”. While voices do have inherent characteristics which effect the brightness and darkness of their tones, being able to project or retain your voice, change the colour and apply sound effects (like breathiness, vibrato, growls & etc) is possible with any healthy voice.

While I want to hit those high notes like the radio-play artistes do it, I don't want to sound like an opera singer. Will vocal training help?

Yes, this is what contemporary vocal methods are about. Being able to sing all the high and low notes within your vocal range while sounding like yourself (or what we call ‘contemporary’) rather than classical.

Will vocal training help with my vocal range or is it just something I have to be born with?

While there are those who are more gifted in singing, just as there are individuals who are more gifted in certain things, good vocal training will help you discover your full vocal range and access it. Not everyone is given the exact same vocal range or tone, all our vocal cords are different as well as our vocal tracts – but that’s the beauty of every voice. While most songs only span across 2 octaves, it is a very satisfying feeling to be able to access your full vocal range because it gives you more options in making every song your own.

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