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Tips and Pointers for New Students

KevinGremKevinGrem Posts: 90
If you're a brand new student to this singing program, I'd like to offer some simple and effective pieces of advice that may help you along your way. I've been using the program for over a year, and I'd like to offer some help based on what I've learned in my experience using this course.

Ken's teaching style makes heavy use of learning by repetition. He really hammers the points home, again and again, throughout the course. There are things you will hear him say from day 1 that he will continue to keep reminding you about as you move through the program. So my advice here is, if you're watching the videos and doing the lessons and don't understand something at first, don't fret or worry. Ken will be sure to elaborate on those points again and again. There were a lot of things that were not clear to me in the beginning, such as vowel modifications, that became clear at a later point in the program. If you get stuck somewhere, my advice would be to just continue past it, because it will definitely become clearer at a later point. I'm not saying you should rush though, but I am saying that you don't need to get hung up on any one thing. You'll get it if you just keep going.

With that in mind, one of the biggest lessons, if not THE biggest lesson in the program, is the idea to constantly eliminate stress and tension as you sing. If you always remember to do the exercises lightly, YOU CAN'T FAIL. What you will find happen as you go through the lessons is your will grow ON ITS OWN. Just have patience. You need only to sit back and relax, and have fun with it! Just ALLOW things to happen. They will come. So long as you do the exercises while relaxed, there really is no wrong way to go about it.

Secondly, bear in mind that Ken comes from the school of hard rock. What is hard rock singing all about? Hard rock is all about developing higher vocals. So expect to be singing higher and higher and higher. If you're not into that idea, then you need to get into it. For me, the band that really turned me on to high singing was Judas Priest. Ever since I got into them, I have loved and appreciated similar styles of music that employ high pitched vocals. If you need some recommendations on where to start with them, shoot me a personal message and I'd be more than happy to help you out.

Thirdly and finally, the purpose of these vocal workouts is to build and develop your technique. In doing so, most of the exercises will not sound very good to your neighbors. If you live with roommates, expect them to criticize your singing and tell you that you sound like crap. The vocal exercises are not SUPPOSED to sound pretty. They are supposed to help you build the proper vocal methods and muscles so that when you actually go to sing for real that you will completely silence all their ignorant criticisms and show them who really is boss. Just always keep in mind that non-musicians tend to be completely clueless as to what you're doing and what it all means. And in extreme cases they might even try to bully you and put down your personal character. DON'T LET IT DISCOURAGE YOU. I know what it's like. You will find naysayers and critics everywhere you go in life. They are not worth one second of your time. If you need help dealing with these types of people I am here to help.

So let's summarize...here are my 3 pieces of advice for successfully getting through Ken Tamplin's course:

1. Allow your voice to grow NATURALLY, and constantly resist the temptation to strain.
2. Learn to appreciate classic hard rock and heavy metal.
3. Don't let anyone stop you from pursuing your dreams.



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  • KevinGremKevinGrem Posts: 90
    edited May 25 Vote Up1Vote Down
    There's one point of clarity I want to make in regards to my first piece of advice, as I wouldn't want to steer anyone in the wrong direction. After all, I'm not the one who designed this vocal program, I'm a just a student and these are pointers that have helped me get through the program. Singing at a professional will no doubt require you to apply stress and physical exertion, and you can't expect develop strong, powerful vocals if you never push yourself. My main point is that when you train you should not strain beyond what is comfortable for you. It is true that you can't possibly damage your voice if always remain perfectly relaxed, but also, you do need to eventually learn how to apply pressure in order grow your voice. Remember these are workouts, similar to physical exercise you might do in the gym. The voice is a muscle and it grows over time. The idea is to begin lightly, and slowly add weight over time. Just like you would in the gym.

    Some vocal instructors have advocated for complete "stress free" singing, and Ken has said that this is misguiding and untrue.
  • I think most people would like to increase their range, and their improve their ability to sing songs in a higher register. For females, I would think this wouldn't be as much of an issue. But for most males, it requires some training.

    I've always found it interesting how the singer who nails the high notes is almost universally cheered and applauded by the audience. Why? Because it's impressive, and it's difficult to learn how to do. Our normal talking register is so low, that when we hear the human voice stretch way up beyond that it makes us go "WOW!".
  • So true. Every month that passes, I notice how much easier bridging is and also improvement in tone.
  • Not everyone likes high-pitched voices; I guess it's too over the top for some people. I personally love and can enjoy anyone who sings high though. As long as they carry a melody it's perfectly fine for me.
  • Soooo, I posted a comment here and now it has disappeared?
  • Yes, I saw your comment earlier. You said something like you needed to hear this and found it encouraging.

    I don't know where your comment is now.

    That's odd.
  • viniciusoliveiraviniciusoliveira Posts: 205
    edited May 22 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Bear in mind that Ken comes from the school of hard rock. What is hard rock singing all about? Hard rock is all about developing higher vocals. So expect to be singing higher and higher and higher.

    Exactly what I was looking for.
  • viniciusoliveiraviniciusoliveira Posts: 205
    edited May 25 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Still, singers with a very high voice aren't regular at all (Anthony Green,Geddy Lee). I bet it takes even more time to sing with a really boyish voice like that... most people don't seem to enjoy it though :D
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