When To Call It Quits On Learning How To Sing [I Pulled the Plug at $15,000 of Lessons]

I spent over $15,000 on singing lessons:


You’ve hit the wall as a singer.

You’re putting in the hours and training, training, training – and you’re just not seeing any progress.

I hear you; because I was exactly where you are right now ten years ago.

I recently calculated that I had spent over $15,000 on singing lessons and courses in the process of learning how to sing.

It was like a kick to the guts – that’s the cost of a small car, or even a home deposit.

And I just handed it over willy-nilly to voice coach after voice coach with no questions asked.


And take my money they did.

You might even be wondering whether it’s time to pull the plug on this whole singing thing and just get on with your life – which is exactly how I felt a decade ago before I had my first real breakthrough as a singer.

Your first question is probably going to be “what was the breakthrough??” and secondly “when is it time to call it quits on singing?”

The second answer is easy – if you’re heart is really in it, then you never give up; and the voice I now enjoy, and my career as a successful voice teacher with students all around the world is a living, breathing testament to this fact.

But if you’re on the fence, you’re not dedicated, and you’re just doing this whole thing for shits and giggles – then the time to give up is right here, right now; stop wasting both our time.

I know, that’s not what you’re probably used to hearing from voice teachers, and you were probably expecting me to make some wild claim that I’m the greatest in the world, that my course is the only one that works and that I’m going to have you singing at a world class level in 30 days or less.

And none of that is true.

If I’m not right for you, then I’m simply not right for you – no amount of marketing will change that fact, although many others certainly do try, don’t they!

You see, the key to becoming a great singer isn’t to sing with an open throat.

Or vowel modification.

Or placement.

Or cry.

Or twang.

And it certainly isn’t to buy some vocal course, my own course included.

It’s really to be the RIGHT STUDENT at the RIGHT PLACE at the RIGHT TIME.

This was ultimately the answer to your first question about what my big breakthrough really was.

You see, I’d been throwing money at voice teachers and courses with the attitude that I could “buy” a good voice. That there was some magical secret out there that I had to flash the secret code (money) to gain access too.

But time and time again it failed.

Because that’s really not how learning to sing worked.

Now that I’m “here” as a singer and able to sing well beyond even my wildest dreams when I was a beginner all those years ago – I’ve looked back at all the coaching, all the courses that I forked out over $15k for in my early days.

The courses and lessons that didn’t work, that is.

And you know what?

They’re solid.

The advice is great.

My notes from 20 years ago are actually pretty similar to the notes I use as a professional singer and voice teacher now.

It really WAS all there in front of me.

But I wasn’t the right student, and I wasn’t at the right place, and it wasn’t the right time.

Until I was the right student at the right place at the right time.

Let me explain and put this in perspective for you.

I get loads and loads of students, comments and emails from people who are walking dictionaries of Wikipedia quotes;

Formants. Laryngeal Tilt. Pharnygeal Contraction. The sphenoid. Blah Blah Blah.

I’ve even had people try to “argue” with me about this kind of stuff on YouTube and Facebook.

But these people basically share one common issue;

They can’t actually sing.

What I was doing with money in my early days, they’re doing with cold hard science.

Parroting facts and figures from methods that might technically be ‘right’ – but are wholly wrong for them as students.


Because they’re the wrong student at the wrong place at the wrong time.

These clinical approaches simply aren’t working for them, but they’re trying to fit it to their voices like a square peg in a round hole – basically, it’s never going to fit.

There’s probably a round peg out there ready to slot right in with that kinda stuff, and that’s great – but trying to force yourself into that rabbit hole is really the #1 thing holding you back as a singer.

It’s been proven time and again that my approach works.

But you have to be the right kind of student.

It has to be the right time for you to take your voice to the next level.

And you really have to be in the right place to take those important baby steps that it takes to build a spectacular singing voice.

Some of you are there, and some of you aren’t – it’s a fact of life.

For many years, I just wasn’t there.

By no fault of my own, by no fault of my teachers, and by no fault of the courses I bought – it really wouldn’t have mattered whether I had the greatest coach in the world, or even the greatest voice in the world; I just wasn’t ready.

I now look back at all of the science behind singing and I’m like “oh yeah, totally!” – but that road just wasn’t the one that got me here; but I’ve found there’s a happy middle ground between the ruthlessly technical, and the slightly more esoteric aspects of singing that make the whole process something truly magic – the times when singing feels free, fluid, powerful and effortless.

So let me show you one of the very FIRST things that I was taught when I finally met the right coach – or more importantly, I became the right kind of student;

It’s SUPER simple, right? But incredibly powerful when you get it right.

At the end of the day, the voice is largely involuntary in a muscular sense – you can’t just “flex” your left vocal fold, or the CT muscle; but you CAN use tonal intent to take total control of your singing voice in every facet required to be a dynamite singer who destroys stages and wows audiences night after night.

But you’ve gotta step up and “be there” as a student willing to dive head first into the melee and take your own voice by the balls, so to speak; and master your own instrument.

I believe so much in this process of simply being “the right student” that I’ve actually made a name for myself as a voice teacher who just gives everything away for free.

Yep, you heard me – I just throw everything out there and let everyone have every single trick, tip and technique I have up my sleeve as a pro singer and voice teacher.

Because after all, this powerful information in the wrong hands is like dust; it’ll fall through their hands and they’ll just get back on that YouTube loop of video after video after video; or in my case, throwing money left right and centre trying to ‘buy’ a good voice – when the secret to all great singing was really in their own hands from the very start, they just didn’t see it.

So I’m going to do exactly that, give you All my training materials, all in one place – for free.

#1 – Mastering The Art of Singing

This guide is amazing.

Seriously 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.

Add your details below to receive the Mastering The Art of Singing, Vowel Modification Cheat Sheet and Vocal Quick Start guides and an invitation to my special Vowel Modification Q&A Training Session.

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