Bohemian Vocal Studio’s Foundation 101 singing course will show you how to set up a rock-solid foundation for your voice using powerful singing techniques like support, vowel tuning, blending resonance and so much more. Learning how to sing is easy when all the information is all in one place.
The truth is, I spent many years myself trying to learn how to sing and spent thousands of dollars on my own voice, only to get the same old information repackaged time and again with a new buzz word or under another name. This is how Bohemian Vocal Studio was started, as a one-stop resource for singers who are SERIOUS about their voices, and those that have tried everything else out there but feel like there is just something ‘missing’ from many contemporary singing approaches.
We all have unique voices, and hence, the approach that we all need to develop our voices is likely going to be a little different to other singers. Think about it, if you take five different singers with five different voices types, different accents and different levels of experience as singers and all gave them the same instruction, such as singing the word “Game”, you’re actually going to get five very different results. The American in the bunch will likely get it fairly close to correct with the natural resonant space that occurs in their speaking voice, the Australian in the bunch will sing through his or her nose and generally struggle with a glottal onset, a Frenchman will also have a similar struggle, the Germans and Swedes will no doubt use their own unique ‘extra’ vowels in this word and experience strain in the larynx and so forth – not to mention all the differences that occurs between every voice type and males and females. This is why I have created Foundation 101, to give everyone the same powerful foundation designed for their unique voice, to be used along with personalised coaching here at Bohemian Vocal Studio, or in companion to your current teacher or vocal course. My no-frills approach to teaching has seen BVS grow significantly over the past few years as many singers and vocal students get tired of all the marketing and ‘secrets’ out there and seek out a more real and practical approach to singing.
Lets talk about what you’ll learn in Bohemian Vocal Studio’s Foundation 101 singing course.
What You Will Learn In This Online Singing Course
Foundation 101 is designed with both complete beginners and established singers in mind – all the information is there, but thankfully I still remember how difficult it was to understand many vocal techniques out there when I myself was a beginner so don’t resort to jargon that many won’t understand, while also providing you with all the information and tips that many others will make you pay big-bucks for.
Foundation in singing includes the obvious things like posture, breathing and resonance – but I’ll also show you how to form your vowels properly, bridge your registers and blend chest and head voice, modify your vowels, sing consonants, place your frequencies and so much more, lets break it down into each lesson.
The obvious first steps you’ll learn in our Foundations 101 online singing course is the basics like posture and breathing. Posture is especially important in singing as it allows you to create breath support as your breathing mechanism strengthens. Without a strong posture, your ribs will collapse as you ascend or hold a phrase and you will lose support. Support in singing is simply a fancy word for balancing airflow and air pressure, a supported tone is skewed towards air pressure, and an unsupported tone leans towards air flow instead. By setting you up with a healthy posture and helping you engage the diaphragm effectively, the first order of the Foundations 101 online singing course is to create the ‘concrete base’ of your voice so that the walls and roof of your technique (tone and range) will stay strong and supported even as you start to increase your octave range.
Vowels are especially important in any online singing course, but unfortunately as I personally experienced many years ago with many online singing courses, every accent is different, so teachers that use their own pronunciation to give word references for things like vowel shaping and vowel modification really do little to help their students and really put themselves up on a pedestal of knowledge and ability that few others will ever reach. Having a broad Australian accent myself, I really do understand the true importance of actually understanding HOW to sing a vowel sound, not just telling people to “Sing this word” or “Sing that word” when no doubt your accent varies wildly to mine, not to mention your voice type. Vowels in singing aren’t necessarily created in the same manner as when you speak – this is why I mentioned an American accent vs many other accents earlier. Think about all the various accents and voices out there throughout the world, the idea that you should “sing like you speak” really makes little sense when you realise that we all speak differently and use our vocal mechanism in different ways. Vowels in singing are actually shaped by the back of the tongue while matching your resonant space to each vowel sound and the pitch and range you are singing – and while you often pronounce your vowels at the front in speech, your vowels generally occur in the resonant space at the back of the head when you sing.
Vowels are a key part to my vocal approach here at Bohemian Vocal Studio, and the singing course Foundation 101 we’ve set up for you will show you exactly how to sing your vowel sounds, along with introducing you to my unique approach to vowel modification.
Vowel modification is one of those “secret” vocal techniques that many voice gurus package up in expensive singing courses as the “key” or “secret” to singing well, but in all honesty, a good classical teacher will show you how to sing with vowel modification in the first 5 or 10 minutes of a lesson with them. Vowel modification is a tricky subject for many due to a luck of understanding about how vowels are formed (remember, singing and speech aren’t the same thing!) and how resonant space alters the character of each of your vowel sounds – instead of ‘pronouncing’ your vowels differently as you ascend through each of your register breaks, instead the true process of vowel modification is to keep the vowel shape pure while altering the tonal and frequency character of each sound by alterations in the vocal tract itself.
Mix Voice and Middle Voice are another “secret” often packaged up in expensive courses and touted as the ‘key’ to great singing, when in fact mix voice is a natural process in the voice that results from a blend of resonance in the middle of your range. At the end of the day, chest and head voice are simply two forms of resonance, and can be connected simply by focusing both areas of resonance at the same time as you ascend through the mid section of your voice.
Mix voice is another key aspect to my teaching and singing approach, especially having a low baritone voice type myself. Learning how to connect chest and head voice has absolutely changed my life as a singer, and mix voice has been the tool that has allowed me to do so with ease.
Vocal onsets were especially important for me as a budding singer due to my low baritone voice and Australian accent. While other accents and voice types generally find the concept of balancing onsets a little easier, when you do learn how to coordinate your airflow and vocal fold closure into an instantly occurring and strain free resonant sound, your voice will open up in so many ways you won’t know what to do with all that new resonance and new range (actually, you WILL know what to do with it – sing!). A vocal onset is literally “The Onset” of your resonance, the way that your singing tone begins. While many singers release air before they sing, or completely close of their airway by “holding their breath” before they sing, the only truly healthy vocal onset, and the one that will give you access to endless power and range is known as a balanced onset or a simultaneous onset, where airflow and vocal chord closure happen at the very same moment. Balanced onsets took many years of training in my voice, so I’ve put extra effort and care into streamlining the process of balancing your onsets here in this singing course.
Foundations 101 is a great place to start for any singer, whether you are a seasoned professional or even a complete beginner. Bohemian Vocal Studio has coached touring professionals and complete beginners alike and reaches students all around the globe to simplify the once-frustrating process of learning how to sing. After all, singing should be easy, joyous and practical – just like this singing course!
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Kegan DeBoheme is Bohemian Vocal Studio’s resident vocal coach and voice expert. He teaches professional singing and voice technique to students all around the world and enjoys providing tutorials like this one on how to improve your voice.