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Hello from Phoenix Arizona
I just ordered Ken's DVD/CD bundle and am looking forward to learning from his guidance and the wisdom of the KTVA forum members.
I've been singing and playing (started as a guitarist first also) in bands since the 80's ("hair bands like Warrant & Poison", "80's prog metal like Maiden, Queensryche, Dream Theater", "70's prog rock like Rush, Boston, and Journey", 80's new wave like Duran Duran, INXS, Police and Oingo Boingo, and recently 90's+ alternative contemporary pop/rock like Barenaked Ladies, and Gin Blossoms)
I put out a CD around 2001 of a Progressive Pop/Rock style, but learned my vocals needed to be better to be taken seriously, so I started taking vocal lessons by buying Mark Baxter's "Singer's Tool Box" over ten years ago, and also took about 6 or 7 private lessons from him via VHS tape (since the internet wasn't set up for skype and doing live internet lessons), then recorded several songs for a Queensryche'ish rock opera and was able to hit all my notes, and turned my tunes into "TAXI" around the 2004 time in hopes of getting a bite.... nothing but rejection (with comments like, "hey, if this were the 80's you'd be on the radio", or "nobody cares about hairbands anymore"
So I gave up on being a rockstar and just played for fun in cover bands around the Phoenix area. I bought Brett Mannings "Singing for success" used on ebay, price was fair, and I didn't know of any other products out with good references. Some of the warm ups seemed good at relaxing and warming up my vocal chords, but man is that stuff boring to get through, and just seemed to have "too much" stuff that, overall, wasn't helping me out. More recently I've seen Brett on youtube and his TV appearances, and to put it as nicely as possible... just haven't connected with him.
I also took private lessons form a classically trained opera singer in the hopes of building my voice to be strong enough to handle surviving through multiple gigs and not being hoarse, but stopped after about 6 months or so due to the financial cost, and time limitations. To be honest, the weekly sessions, were helping, and my band mates commented on how much better I was sounding, but I'd still get tired/hoarse after doing the few Journey and AC/DC tunes we covered.
It's been about 4yrs since I stopped playing and gigging (wanting to spend more time with my kids, and family/work related priorities), but I've had a hankering for getting back into getting myself back into shape for playing live again in the next few years. I wasn't planning on getting anything at this stage, but was encouraged through Ken's youtube vids, and responsiveness on the internet.
I want Ken and his team to know that his online youtube vids, and his cool, laid back style, (not too mention good sense of humor wrt the tosh clip) had me buying into Ken, and is the reason I purchased the bundle. Would love to have an opportunity to meet Ken if I'm ever near Costa Mesa, he seems like a real decent dude. The marketing is pretty bold, and all over the place, and I "get it", you have to get the word out about your product... but I suspect there are skeptics who might see it as promising too much, or too good to be true (perhaps I was in that category), and yes, Ken shows himself really singing, and he answered one of my comments about him having a rare gift of being able to mimic other voices (from Johnny Cash, to 80's wailers, to thick heavy belters like James Hetfeild and Daughtry), to where he explained his humble beginnings.
But to be honest, I still feel like he was born with a gift that allows his ability to go so low and high with tremendous control of tone and sound. It just took him awhile to discover and develop his ability, and base this opinion on the results shown from you tube vids from students (which are good, but not Ken Tamplin level). No disrespect intended to the singers who have a lot of guts to post their lessons on the internet for anyone to view, there is a lot of good stuff out there, but from the ones I've seen, it looks like their faces are contorted in such discomfort towards singing some of the 1st tenor / alto type songs (men & women). They are hitting the pitches, but at times look like they are pushing it, and are not showing the relaxed feeling that I think an audience wants to see.
Perhaps I'm way off on this, and am hoping to be proven wrong; but I've also had the same problem when singing Journey or Skidrow to where I'm told the notes were there, but it was uncomfortable to watch me sing them.
I've put my money where my mouth is, so I'm looking forward towards learning from the KTVL community.