My name is Roane. I live in Belgium
I've been on the program for about a year now, and I'm amazed by the great things it has allready brought me( and I feel it's just a beginning...)
I've had a long training before taking on Ken's program... but mostly lost a lot of time...
I'm a bass-baritone. I was trained to sing opera. Entered the "Conservatoire Royal Superieur de Musique" at age 18. Was told I had the most promising opera voice. Earned a "second price" in opera class after two years... Then things started going wrong. I was having issues with my singing and didn't get any good advice or valuable help from my teachers at the time. And after two more years, I was expelled from the conservatoire, and was told I didn't have the voice suited for the job...
I was sure they were wrong.
Beeing very passionate and obstinate, I started working with an Italian Tenor in private lessons. (The only good teacher I've had in many years!...) Slowly erasing the rubbish I had learned before, and growing my voice in a way I felt was good for me. The fundamentals of his teaching were: "clear natural sound"( which is unfortunately never taught anymore in opera classes today ), open throat exercices with the tongue way out of the mouth, and saying the only way to grow a voice, even for soft sound, is to slowly grow a strong robust "well sustained" sound first. It's been the Fundamentals of my method ever since. I came back to the superior school a year later!,.. got through the "entering auditions"( before many of the teachers who fired me a year earlier),.. and after two more years earned a second price in "classical concert singing" class. But still working aside with my private teacher, and I was more and more aware of the incompetence of the teachers in the school, and so left before getting a degree, too disgusted and tired of losing my time. My father did not support me anymore since then, and I had to earn a living. I've been doing many different jobs, allways part-time, to give me time to train my voice and live my passion. I've been going to international masterclasses every year for many many years, trained as a counter-tenor for a year and a half( as I had become a part-time singing teacher and wished to be able to demonstrate, even to my female soprano students). All along it's been a permanent research to develop my voice, as well, and as far, as it possibly can. I trained to sing musicals, and jazz and pop(which I was always told would blow my opera voice). It never did... I was obstinate and allways thought: "I don't see why learning to play soccer would make me become a worse swimmer if I learn to do t well.
I've been teaching singing now for many years. Still have a lot to learn and gathering every possible new discovery that can get me to improve, or help my students improve.
When I heard Ken's singing, I thought: "Holy sh..., That's something new! None of my teachers ever tought me to work through my break (occuring around G4), or that a low baritone could erase the break and sing bright and rock over the second passage. Is this guy serious when he says he can show me how to do it?
When I heard Ken say in his tutorials the exact same things I had learned from "the only good teacher I'd had", I thought: "Looks like here's "at last" another vocal coach who knows what he's talking about!... and obviously knows much more!..."
After 2 weeks on Ken's method, no more break! Stayed on volume one for another month cause I was still having little issues with the "ee" vowelI and wanted to get things really right before moving on. Worked on volume 2 for 4 months. I've now been for about 6 months on volume 3. It made me realize I still had some weakenesses and tensions I had to get rid of.
My singing never improved as fast as this year!
As for my register, I thought the method would maybe make me gain a few high notes...
Well,.. I was able to reach F5 before KTVA... It still is my limit after a year...
And it's fine...
But now I'm leaning more and more into the sound in the mixed register, singing belted songs higher with ease... And what most suprised me: My bass-baritone opera voice developed wonderfully! I didn't only gain strength and ease in the high register, the many "little tensions" beeing slowly removed and my muscles getting stronger. But that strengthening and "healthier singing" made me develop my "Strohbass register"( underneath F4) greatly! I am now able, almost every day, to reach A1 after a few warm-ups . ( I never reached lower than D2 before taking on the program). And without losing any high notes!
Today I am happy to say "My best opera teacher ever is a heavy rock singer!"
I've been wandering though the forum for a few weeks now. I really haven't been active on it yet. But came across many generous and passionate people, and great discussions I want to jump into, and in which I feel "I too" have a lot to share that might help others...
I felt like introducing myself first,.. and hope I didn't bother you too much with my "too long" message.
Looking forward to join in!