What Is The Best Singing Course? [Which Vocal Method Works]
Which Vocal Training Program is best for you? With so many options, methods and opinions out there, where exactly should you invest your time (and money) to make the most impressive gains and improvement as a singer?
The real question is - what vocal techniques do you really need to learn, and how do you get them?
A quick search on YouTube nets literally MILLIONS of results for "how to sing better", so we need to streamline your exact needs as a singer a little bit. Are you a beginner? Have you been a self taught singer for 30 years? Are you experiencing strain and tension? Do you have a deep voice?
These questions will help you streamline the results for the best singing course for your needs. It's not about who's best, or who's better than everyone else, or who has the flashiest videos; it's really about the approach that is right for your needs as a singer, not the marketing prowess of the top YouTube channels.
What I'm NOT going to do is list the top 5 vocal methods out there and pull apart the others while talking up how my own Foundation Vocal Method is "better" than the rest; that's type of thing is just BS and won't help you find the best singing course for your needs. I personally think there that there really are a ton of great vocal methods out there and fantastic teachers that specialise in your exact niche and needs - so let's work out which vocal method works best for you.
Instead of putting down the rest, you can make your own comparisons with the simple but effective checklist I'm about to share with you. You can pick any vocal method out there and run through this list of questions to learn whether they are the best singing course for your needs as a singer.
Let's pick any vocal method you like and ask these simple questions to find the answer;
- Do you like their actual singing voice?
- Do they actually teach you anything practical, or do they just wow you with hype?
- Can they actually explain the techniques, or do they just say random things like "Sing like a dying cat", "Paddle like a duck", "Hold your breath", "Smile Wide" etc.?
- Do they teach the Four Vocal Fundamentals, or are they peddling a supposed "secret"?
- Does it all seem too-good-to-be-true, or is the approach relatable and straight forward?
- Are they wasting your time with Reaction Videos to get followers and revenue from your time?
- Do they make a definition between pharyngeal vowels and correct articulation and speech vowels and pronunciation, or do they just say "sing like you speak"?
- Do you gel personally with the way they coach?
- Are they just releasing vocal cover after vocal cover without actually explaining why and how they're able to sing these songs?
- Can you contact them/is there a community where you can ask questions and gain help along the way?
These ten questions alone will answer the most important things about their vocal method, and will show you exactly how and why this might (or might not) be the best singing course for you.
As you can see, I've created the Foundation Vocal Method from this mould - I wanted to create a method that was the relatable, practical and straightforward approach that I needed many years ago but simple wasn't available. I have absolutely zero interest in being a "YouTube personality" or any of that marketing BS, I just want to help others sing; so I created the Foundation 101 singing course.
Let me answer those same questions in regards to the Foundation Vocal Method so you can see how this checklist works and then you can try it with any other vocal method out there to see how it stacks up.
1. Do you like their actual singing voice/Can they REALLY sing?
This is obviously subjective, so instead of telling you how great it is to sing with the freedom, power and prowess I now enjoy in spades, here's just a few quick examples of my singing now that I've discovered my vocal foundation using the Foundation Vocal Method - just imagine the amazing voice you too will be able to build with this simple but effective method!
2. Do they actually teach you anything practical, or do they just wow you with hype?
As you'll see, all my online material is incredibly detailed and I'm known as the guy that just "puts it all on the table" and doesn't hold anything back. In fact, I often have my students and followers telling me that I'm too generous and that I need a better business plan if I want to make more money and grow my studio - but I just don't care. I love singing, and I want you to share in the same joy that comes with powerful and effortless singing. Here's a few examples of my approach to coaching/how indepth and straightforward my teaching approach is - what other voice coach out there is actually TEACHING this stuff and showing you how it's done instead of just talking about it and telling you it's "In Their Course" - you can see from the examples below that I'm definitely not a "hype" guy and that I obviously love teaching others and sharing what I've learned;
3. Can they actually explain the techniques, or do they just say random things like "Sing like a dying cat", "Paddle like a duck", "Hold your breath", "Smile Wide" etc.?
You'll see from the videos I just posted that I don't rely on these cliches and misnomers - I explain each concept in a theoretical/physical sense first, and then give you a practical way to achieve and develop it in your own voice. Coaches that use these analogies without any further explanation are probably great singers, or very natural singer - but obviously lack the ability to teach effectively beyond "hey, this worked for me".
4. Do they teach the Four Vocal Fundamentals, or are they peddling a supposed "secret"?
I hate vocal secrets and marketing magic - maybe it's an Aussie thing? We're pretty straight-down-the-line folks here and that kinda thing just doesn't fly down under. The Four Vocal Fundamentals are as follows;
- Height In The Vocal Tract
- Forward Placement
- "All In One Flow"
- Mixed Tonality
These Four Vocal Fundamentals are a key aspect of the Foundation Vocal Approach and are taught as the basic setup stage in the Foundation 101 singing course. Every single concept out there, from vowel modification to compression, edge and cry, distortion and mixed voice all fall under one of these four simple cornerstones of healthy vocal technique. If someone is trying to sell you a vocal method that is "Open Throat" but they teach you to pull chest voice as high as possible, or to smile wide at the mouth - they're not showing you these Four Vocal Fundamentals and the method probably isn't going to be right for you as a singer.
5. Does it all seem too-good-to-be-true, or is the approach relatable and straight forward?
Do I seem larger than life, or just a guy that you'd have a beer with on the weekend while listening to Iron Maiden? My approach is as simple, easy-going and straightforward as I am personally.
6. Are they wasting your time with Reaction Videos to get followers and revenue from your time?
I flat out refuse to do Reaction Videos, no matter how many times I'm told that it's "The Only Way To Build Your Business" - they're not a teaching tool, they aren't helpful; they're just a way to waste your time while building revenue for the channel you're watching.
7. Do they make a definition between pharyngeal vowels and correct articulation and speech vowels and pronunciation, or do they just say "sing like you speak"?
Have you ever heard a broad Australian accent soaring through the high range on the radio? Of course not, because it's not possible. In most accents and languages, speech comes from use of the articulators; the teeth, tip of the tongue, mouth, lips etc. Where in resonant, powerful singing - your vowels are formed in the pharynx by creating and managing resonant space. Singing and Speech are absolutely NOT the same thing, and anyone telling you otherwise is selling you snake oil - speech singing isn't real vocal technique and WILL lead you to strain, tension and potential vocal damage (trust me, this was one of the first methods I ever tried!)
8. Do you gel personally with the way they coach?
Did you learn a thing or two from my coaching videos above? Can you see how straightforward and practical that learning how to sing can be? You might not dig long hair and vintage heavy metal T-shirts like I do, but I'll venture a guess you learned more from those 5-minute videos than you've ever learned about singing from anywhere else - if you're serious about learning to sing, and my approach speaks to you - then I'm absolutely your guy.
9. Are they just releasing vocal cover after vocal cover without actually explaining why and how they're able to sing these songs?
My heart is really in my own original music and actually helping people to sing better; but I've done the odd vocal cover here and there in the past, but only because I love the song and it's something I wanted the challenge to approach, like this cover of Soundgarden's "Room A Thousand Years Wide" which was a total blast:
You'll see that here at Bohemian Vocal Studio and also my YouTube channel that I'm all about helping YOU sing better with practical and effective coaching, not just showing off just how great I can personally sing.
10. Can you contact them/is there a community where you can ask questions and gain help along the way?
Absolutely - my middle name is Mr. Contactable. Something that really irked me about the vocal courses and methods that I bought so many years ago was the fact that I couldn't get in touch with the actual coach that made the approach. Sure, there might have been a forum with other members or something, but if you tried to contact them directly after buying the course, the answer was always "Dude, the answer is in the course".
I really love helping other people sing better, and this is why I've developed the Mixed Voice Singing Group where I help singers develop the Foundation Vocal Method and answer questions and provide video demonstrations personally. The group is closed but welcoming, so there's no judgement or trolling - just great vocal technique and a community of singers that are committed to improving their voices. If you want to ask me a question about singing, you can join the group and I'll answer you personally (along with a few of my more advanced students helping out and giving you some insight into the process in a non biased way too!)
The group is a great way to get followup help and training while you're working through the Foundation 101 and Growth 101 singing courses. You're not alone or out in the dark with this approach because you can ask for help in the group at any time. You can join the Mixed Voice Singing Group Here.
How To Get Started Singing Better
You can use the above checklist to see whether other vocal methods really stack up against the solid A++ the Foundation Vocal Method received, or you can get started right now with this exclusive Mixed Voice Singing Lesson which will show you the exact method that I use to help my own students connect their chest and head voice to created mixed resonance while increasing their range and improving their tone.
You can also get straight into it with the Foundation 101 singing course which will help you;
- Connect chest and head voice
- Sing with mixed resonance
- Create forward placement
- Achieve height in the vocal tract
- Develop all Four Vocal Fundamentals
- Warm up your voice effectively
- Increase your range
- Form your vowels correctly
- Sing with resonance
- Improve your tone
- SO much more!
Do You Have What It Takes?
If you're wondering whether you really have what it takes to become a great singer, this simple vocal quiz will show you exactly how and where to invest your time as a singer to make the most out of your potential as a singer. It's short, incredibly accurate and most singers are totally SHOCKED by the results!