I SPENT OVER $15,000 ON SINGING LESSONS
[Here's What I Learned]
I recently sat down and worked out exactly how much I've spent over the years on singing lessons, the best singing courses and other methods of learning how to sing. I was pretty shocked when an average total came in at well over $15,000 - and I'd love to share with you exactly what I learned while spending the equivalent of a small car, part of a home deposit or decent collection of top of the line Gibson guitars.
How did I work this out?
Before I share with you what I learned in nearly a decade of singing lessons, let's have a look at how much I really spent while learning how to sing in "the old way" of weekly singing lessons with a local teacher, peppered with a few courses and books etc.
Over the span of around 8 years, I spent anywhere between $20 to $100 for a singing lesson, so we'll average out the cost to around $40 or so, as I didn't make a habit of spending huge sums on lessons - but I wasn't shy of springing for the best when they became available.
$40 per lesson x 4 weeks a month x 12 months a year x 8 years = $15,360
Singing Courses and seminars worth approximately $100 each x 10 = $1,000
Books and CDs etc worth $25 x 10 = $250
Grand Total = Approximately $16,610
Holy wow, I must have been SERIOUS about learning how to sing better, or maybe I just had SERIOUS issues with my voice when I first started learning how to sing.
In hindsight, this was a ridiculous amount of money to spend on something that is ultimately a simple and natural act. and now that I'm quite an accomplished professional singer - I kindof do wonder what exactly I was paying for, when the true answer to great singing really is so simple.
What did $15k of singing lessons teach me, really?
Most of these singing lessons centred around the usual stuff, like support and breathing, resonance, hitting high notes and occasionally some troubleshooting with an actual song or two.
You know what though? I actually learned more in about two weeks with my final teacher than I did in almost a decade of singing lessons with almost as many teachers. You might be wondering exactly what juicy secrets I was taught that turned it all around, what magic form of compression, or cry, or edge that I was shown that allowed me to sing with the natural ease of a well trained Tenor even though I'm naturally quite a low baritone.
Let me tell you the exact secret that he taught me about singing that NO ONE else ever shared with me:
I sucked at the fundamentals.
No, really - I absolutely sucked at the basics.
I had built up an attitude that great singing was all about the advanced stuff - the glottal compression, the modes, the cry, the modification, the twang - when I was an absolute noob at the fundamentals like lip trills, managing airflow, shaping my vowels and balancing my registers.
It was a harsh reality and pretty steep learning curve going from the stock standard weekly singing lessons I was used to, to a singing teacher who would NOT let me sing vowel sounds at all. It was lip trills, N, NG, Hoots and onset - for two full weeks, and if I was serious about keeping him as my teacher, then I wasn't allowed to sing ANY songs until we met again two weeks later.
Initially, I was pretty angry at this arrangement, especially being told he "didn't want me back" until I could sing lip trills the way he wanted me to do them, and those silly N and NG sounds - how boring! I had been singing for nearly TEN YEARS at this point, surely he knew I was ready to know the real secrets to singing like how to sing with glottal compression, cry mode and modified vowels.
What did I have to lose though?
I was kindof at the point where if this final approach didn't work, I was going to give up my dreams of becoming a singer at all and just return to playing guitar in bands instead. So I gave it a go, a SERIOUS go. I spent hours practising lip trills to develop a connection between chest and head voice (even though I absolutely KNEW I could take chest voice higher than he wanted me to), I worked on placement with N and NG (even though I absolutely KNEW my tone was aleady pretty cool) and I worked on hoot sounds (which i hated - who wants to sing like an old classical lady?).
Want to know the darndest thing? I went back to my next lesson a few weeks later, he had me sing a few lines of a song and it was 100% the BEST singing I had ever done in my life - in fact, I had gained range, my tone really was better, and there was absolutely zero strain in my singing which was a HUGE part of what I had been struggling against for almost ten years previously.
What magic was this?
One of the first things he said to me when I returned to this second lesson was "Okay, NOW you're ready to learn how to sing", and he showed me one of the most POWERFUL techniques that no other teacher out there is every going to share with you in this way; Tonal Intent.
The reality of spending over $15k on singing lessons prior to this life changing experience working solely on the fundamentals - is that I had built a total imbalance into my voice, a physical tilt towards weight, strain, tension and force. By returning to the fundamentals, many of the issues I had been experiencing simply melted away, and I was now able to approach the more advanced techniques like forward placement and vowel modification with an open mind and a balanced voice - and by golly they really DID work like a charm.
You see, the secret to great singing isn't advanced techniques, or secrets that a guru can sell you, or special terms or Italian words - the true secret to singing is a rock solid foundation, a firm grasp on the fundamentals and developing balance in your vocal mechanism.
I really don't want you to waste ten years of your life, or $15,000 like I did learning how to sing.
You've even spent ten minutes reading the story about my voice - and how I wasted the equivalent of a small car or house deposit on approaches that simply didn't work for me.
So the least I can do is give you something for your dedication, attention and time you've graced me with.
But I'm going to do one better than just throwing you a bone with some throwaway technique or something about support like you've heard ten billion times before.
I'm going to give you All my training materials, all in one place – for free.
#1 – Mastering The Art of Singing
This guide is amazing.
There’s more technique, training, insight and knowledge in this one little guide than in many paid training courses – and I’m simply giving it to you for free.
#2 – Vocal Quick Start Guide
I get it, there’s a lot of techniques and concepts to learn all at once in the masters guide, so here’s a footnote summary of everything you need to do to get started today, and how to do it.
If you’re confused about how to get started, or you’re having trouble pulling the trigger on a vocal approach, this guide is now your go-to manual for how to become a better singer.
#3 – Vowel Modification Cheat Sheet
This is what you’ve been waiting for – but noone else is ever going to show you.
Modifying your vowels is the key to extending your range in full voice with no vocal breaks, no flipping to head voice, no weakness and no strain – so it makes sense that most vocal coaches keep this powerful information close to their chest and are quite careful about how and who they share this with.
And I’m going to show you exactly how to do it in this vowel modification cheat sheet – again, completely free.
#4 – Invitation to special Vowel Modification Q&A
Phew! You’re really getting the works here.
Along with the incredible training guides I’m sharing with you, I’m also going to go out on a limb and invite you to my special Vowel Modification Q&A Training Session.
If you’ve got questions about how to sing vowels correctly – this Q&A has the answers.
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