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New Singing Lesson Live on Youtube

Monday, January 6th, 2014

New singing lesson online specifically dealing with glottal attacks and how to work towards preventing them from happening in your singing without intent. I’ve recently been doing videos that were more practice oriented in that there wasn’t a terrible amount of talking and instruction, just a lot of singing. In this video I talk about what a glottal attack is, demonstrate it, and then give you some exercises you can work on. Most male singers should be able to use the video directly, but female vocalists may need to transcribe the exercises in order to be in a comfortable range of their voices. As always, if you would like me to do the exercises in a key that is easier for you, just let me know!

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New Voice Lessons – Free on Youtube

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

I’m a big fan of free things. I mean seriously, who isn’t? Actually, I think I have to take that back. Frequently there are ‘free’ things on the internet that require email addresses, phone numbers, or access to everything you have on Facebook. Other times, there are ‘free’ things that take up more space and or time than they’re worth, like the end table that your Great Aunt insists you take home with you from visiting. I once had a co-worker who must’ve thought I was unable to cook for myself. At the time I was a bachelor, and frequently she would very kindly give me bags of pre-cooked meat. I appreciated the sentiment, but I often didn’t actually eat what she gave me. The one time I did, I definitely regretted it.

But I digress. As a voice teacher, I have this idea that the more people know, the better we’ll all sing, and in some way this pays homage to those who have helped me in the past who required no renumeration. That being said, I often went to them for a few lessons after those freebies, so maybe it all came out in the wash anyway.

I did these four videos to help people warm up their voices before gigs or recording sessions. Whatever really. They are in four categories, low and high male, and low and high female. There should be one that roughly corresponds to your vocal range. Use them on youtube as much as you want, there are no advertisements that I have placed on them, so they should be pretty distraction free. If you find yourself using them a lot though, please consider buying them off of iTunes or wherever you buy your online media.


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New Videos Up Soon!

Friday, September 6th, 2013

As many of you are aware I recently moved to England, and it’s taken me a bit of time to get settled in and back to producing more voice teaching videos. I am happy to announce that I just finished a series of four videos that will be available shortly, for free (as always!) on youtube. It’s a general warm up series that I think is pretty comprehensive. Check back for the release.

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Voice Lesson

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

This youtube tutorial discusses and has exercises to work on developing consistent resonance between all vowel sounds. Part 1 is pitched appropriate for male chest vocals, part 2 can be used as passagio practice for male vocals, or chest voice for female vocals.

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Free Voice Lesson

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

As part of the continuing series of free voice lessons I’m publishing to youtube, I’ve done one discussing a simple vocalisation exercise and how it applies to songs that need work. Enjoy!

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Free Voice Lesson online

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

This is one of those things that I’ve been meaning to do for a long time, and never really found the format for how I wanted to do it. I tried doing audio lessons, briefly, but didn’t really feel like they conveyed all the information I wanted to convey, and they were really labor intensive.

This first lesson is the beginning of a series of concise free lessons that I’ll be posting to youtube. They’re meant to be very to the point with brief descriptions and very focused topics. The Lip Trill is an exercise that gets used extensively by voice teachers to help clients expand their range, track how well they’re managing airflow, and work on musical ideas while saving their voice. It’s my pleasure to kick this off with a tutorial working on it.

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The New Business of Music

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

In my voice teaching practice, I work with many local singer/songwriters to develop their voices, but we invariably talk the business of music from time to time and the many changes that are occurring. One band, a duo, from Marin County in California has taken this truly to heart, and while making music that they themselves love, have been able to achieve what so many musicians look to do, which is make a living making the music they want to make. I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Pomplamoose personally, but this interview gives a great insight into their attitude towards the current situation in the music business. As I’ve told my own clients time and again, with the availability of extremely high quality, inexpensive (relatively) recording equipment and the decentralization of music distribution, there has never been a better time to be an independent artist.

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Voice Lesson Sample with Jeff

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Here is a brief example of a voice lesson taken with Jeff at Rolka Productions
Click to listen to Sample Lesson #1

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