How to Train Your Voice

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Can you train your voice?

I was wondering… Can you train your voice to go high like Vitas and low like opera singers? One day I would like to try. X]

Posted by Meg
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Obviously lessons would NOT do any wonders for people who are tone deaf, but, the ONLY SAFE way to improve properly is to take face-to-face singing lessons with a fully trained vocal teacher! Please do NOT rely on any dodgy web tutorials because that way you can misunderstand things VERY EASILY and develop bad habits, hoarseness, vocal nodules and other nasties IN NO TIME, and even though you would sound good! It is always much wiser to invest a little bit of your money/time to face-to-face lessons rather than wasting the same amount of money (or even more!) to frequent ear-nose-throat specialist visits due to aforementioned problems. If you can't afford vocal lessons, then joining a choir is the only SAFE alternative option.

Always remember to warm up your voice properly, but please know your limits and don't overdo your voice! Remember the diaphragmatic support, do not strain your throat too much! Also, remember good body posture!

Avoid fizzy drinks (burp danger), dairy products (mucus risk), caffeinated products (coffee & tea included, they dry up your throat) and spicy food (irritation risk)! You can consume these things, but NEVER before singing!

Do NOT shout, yell, scream nor otherwise abuse your voice AT ANY TIME! Also, please respect your vocal range; if your teacher says you are, say, an alto, then you ARE an alto. DO NOT try to imitate anyone famous, that will usually give you just bad habits and even damage your throat. You are YOU and your voice is unique, so please learn to cherish that.

Do NOT sing, whisper, shout, yell nor scream if having a sore throat/cold/flu, Also, do speak as little as you can if you have flu/cold/sore throat!

Remember to drink at least 2 litres of room-temperature still water every day, not just during singing days!

Avoid inhaling secondhand smoke!

Oh, just to let you know, even many professional singers DO still take vocal lessons even though they are professionals, including many opera singers.

CVT (Complete Vocal Technique) or Estill Voice Training?

Hi guys,

I really need your support on this. I am from India and have specially come to London to learn western singing and I am going to stay here for next 3 years but I don't know which singing lessons shall I start.
I am a complete beginner.

I understand that all the genres of music can be sung with your voice but you only need to know how to shape your vocal tract to sing opera or musical theatre or popular ones.
As you can see there are many many singers who can sing almost everything. They can sing opera, rock, musical theatre, pop, jazz, country, blues, reggae….bla bla

You see I want to be able to learn to sing everything I want. In a way that I can sing all multiple genres easily and healthily.
And as I researched I found out that the 2 methods (CVT and Estill Voice) help you to sing whatever you want and however you want.


Because I also don't want to lose my original voice.
I mean to say one voice teacher told me that Estill Voice helps you to reproduce the voice of your sound. That means, not producing your original voice but producing any voice you want.
I don't want that..

I want something:
-Which helps me to find my own voice (the true one)
-which helps me to recognize my registers – chest, hear, mixed, whistle, falsetto.
-Later guides me to sing in different styles. Like, telling me how to sing opera or musical theatre, or how to belt or growl.
-Healthy Technique
-Strain free
-And guiding me in a way that I can sing in my own voice whenever I want and I can consciously change my shape to sing opera or musical theater whenever I want..

Sorry to make it long but I need someone's help.
There are so many vocal methods and myths out there but It's confusing me.
It's my deepest wish and my dad has spent alot of money for me to come to london to learn to sing.

Looking forward for your positive comments.

Posted by Sangeet
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You don't say how much other singing experience you have had thus far. However, I don't care WHAT method you pick, you cannot learn how to sing legitimate opera in three years. And that's just opera. You also want to sing EVERYTHING and be able to change your voice at will–I simply don't believe that is possible. You have the voice you have. You can only train the voice you have. There may be some singers that seem to be able to cross genres easily, but I'm willing to bet they probably better at one or two different types of music than the others. Singers who span different styles of music still need to know their voices well enough to pick specific songs that they can sing. If you haven't had a lot of exposure to certain types of music other than catching a glimpse of some television talent show, you may not be able to judge adequately how good someone is singing certain types of music.

No matter how talented and hard-working you are, it's highly unlikely you can spend one day belting and howling and singing opera the next without eventually wrecking your vocal cords.

I am also highly skeptical of any program or any teacher that flat out promises that "ANYONE" can achieve the same result through their methodology because not everyone has the same voice or vocal capabilities.

If you are a beginner at singing (and you may count as experience even any Eastern music you may have been singing), then there will be a lot of work on just basics before you start branching off into types of music. Yes, you can find a voice teacher that can work with you on different styles of singing, but don't knock traditional methods of voice training as old-fashioned and obsolete. Times may have changed, but the human larynx has not.

Going back to opera and to some extent, musical theatre, it's not true that you "only" need to know how to shape your vocal tract to sing this very challenging music. How's your French, Italian, German, Russian, and other languages including English that you would need to know to pronounce accurately and at least understand enough of the language so you can interpret it correctly as well.

The only thing I will agree with is that you should interview your potential teachers very carefully and find one that has a background in the actual physical mechanics and processes that go into singing in a beautiful and healthy way. The teacher should also have some actual singing experience outside of the classroom or academic setting. The teacher should also be able to explain and demonstrate what he or she knows about singing in a way that you can replicate it.

Some other things to consider:
I only list this as information. No matter what "method" you go with–find a real teacher. Don't attempt to train yourself. Even the best information can be useless–if not dangerous–if you misinterpret something and end up practicing your mistakes over and over again. Not only will you not improve, but you could wind up damaging your voice!

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