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Good Teachers Are Seekers

I've studied music in a college setting. I tried to study voice, but I didn't connect because the teacher followed a traditional methodology. It didn't make sense to me. She gave me music that I couldn't easily sing, and it was frustrating. We didn't work on finding my voice. We did touch on support and relaxation. And, I find I need to know why I am doing something. The Western art music world tends to be very dogmatic and locked into its pedagogy (it's way of teaching). It's kind of like how modern physics has designed a better Bassoon that is easier to play and intonate, yet tradition wants to stick with an unwieldy musical bazooka. Tradition can hold you back.

I live in a town with three colleges with voice degree programs, a half hour from a university with a voice degree and two hours from Simpson College which has an opera program. So I am surrounded by vocal instructors. Even at the music stores and from private instructors, I've had a hard time finding someone that could help me connect the mental, physical and emotional parts of singing.

So I turned to books and the internet. I was gifted a book by a guy who could shatter a glass with his voice. He had some good things to say, but he wasn't helping me connect the basics so I could get to his higher techniques (plus he doesn't have many YouTube videos or videos on his site, and everything is an upsell into another product to tell you how to do the thing he talks about but doesn't really teach in the book). I took a detour into Screamland thinking that if you had the support to scream, you'd have the technique to sing too. I did pick up a good exercise to improve my speaking diction and avoid mush mouth, but again I wasn't connecting.

When I was searching YouTube for another vocal instructor's video, it suggested a video by Ken. I was impressed with Ken's singing and how he presented it. I watched more of his videos and found that he was consistent and honest about his approach. He offered enough information in his hours of YouTube videos to give me some basics that I was missing. I decided to purchase How to Sing Better Than Anyone Else Pro Pack.

What is evident in the material is he cares that we learn a foundation and build upon. This foundation doesn't come from him just passing on the tradition and lore of whoever taught him. No, he teaches information based on the answers to questions he sought to answer. His is teaching us rigorously tested ideas born out a need to find a better approach. I can relate to this because the person that taught me tried to teach me classical guitar (I wasn't the best student), also had to create a new approach that overcame the physically detrimental techniques of tradition. He too knew why he was teaching me a technique and could fully support it. He wasn't just passing on a tradition that has worked for everybody else. Both teachers are seekers. You need a seeker to teach you. Not only because they have refined their knowledge but you need to be a seeker too. Having a seeker for a teacher encourages you to be a seeker and a better artist.

Now, I'll admit I did some research before investing in How to Sing.... Almost everything I found was positive. Unfortunately, YouTube also wanted to promote a few spoiled brats going on their little power trips (taking the piss out of things is easy to do but not very impressive). Strangely, one YouTube primadonna drove my purchase of Ken's method. He went off on a technique which Ken had explained in his own videos and offered persuasive supporting evidence. Even the haters prove Ken right that "The Proof is in the singing."

Ken has been gifted with the talent of teaching. He is a seeker who builds his instruction on a foundation of tested and vetted technique. And, you can watch the videos over and over again; try doing that with a half-hour voice lesson. I'm glad that I chose his method.

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  • highmtnhighmtn Posts: 11,079Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro
    Excellent post, @nonsectarianblues!

    You are here for all the right reasons! You've seen through some B.S. and sought out some truth. You are a seeker.

    Seek and ye shall find... or get sidetracked by all of the scam artists and posers!

    You've done your initial homework and found a good path.

    Talk about a seeker! Ken sacrificed every penney he had, in very impoverished conditions as a young man, so he could afford to study with about 30 different vocal coaches, many of them world-renowned, and a great percentage of what he learned was that none of them agreed on much at all, and many had completely opposing views on how to accomplish healthy, robust singing. It took him about 30 years to go through 30 different sources to refine and distill what he has come up with as his own method.

    We get to share in the fruits of the harvest from that incredible odyssey. NOBODY, and I mean NOBODY has gone to such lengths in search of Vocal Truths that Ken has. You can go to this college or that and do you get anything close to what Ken learned? No, you get some book-smart know-it-alls, telling you how simple it all is.

    Music degrees are plentiful. Yes, you put in some time, but Ken did much more and LIVED it. Ken earned his knowledge, by doing without, and by taking theories to the stage and proving or disproving them out. Most local coaches feel threatened by Ken's course. They know that they can't sing like he can, so they try to scare you away from a self-paced course.

    Most colleges now have online versions of courses now, so it gets a little harder to say that you can't learn over the internet.

    We prove you can every day here.

    Welcome!

    Bob
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