I had been singing for many years. From school days (mainly in pantomimes ect.) then vocaled in a few rock/punk bands.In that time I had a few vocal lessons and some limited guidance..thats about it. I had not sung at all for at least 10 years then decided to vocal again, I found that I could hold a few notes but really struggled with range and was just not hitting anything, I started searching (online) for some advice and so forth. I then (after listening to quite a few coaches) came across Ken Tamplin.
I thought I'd heard of him, and after a bit of research realized who he was. Now, this is not just anyone. This guy is an accomplished performer and star (not to mention one of the top vocalists around) I then listened to his speach on vocal coaching (which made all the sence in the world) and then listened to his demos and coaching styles. I could not believe what this man was offering. To be coached by Ken Tamplin himself was an absolute NO BRAINER. I then thought these lessons/courses would cost a fortune. I was amazed to find that they are very affordable to the point were I thought there must be some 'catch' to it. The content. the support and all the extra bits and pieces that get thrown in as part of the deal is practically for nothing. Now that is just the service. Does the "Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy" lessons get results? All I can say is that my biggest regret is that I did not discover Ken Tamplin many, many years ago!!!.....People this is NOT JUST vocal coaching....I have also grown as a musician big time!
Just remember, that learning how to sing is just the same as learning how to play the guitar or drums (I play drums too). Practice, practice and more practice. Oh. and of course THE CORRECT COACHING. I have posted many vocal demos in the KTVA forum and they have ALL been analized professionally and accuratly by by my friend Bob and Ken himself....this service alone is just brilliant man! I have learned more about he voice (not just singing) in the time I have been fortunate enough to be on this course than in ALL the previous years combined by a country mile!...like Ken says 'he is giving away diamonds and many, many years of experience man!' not to mention what I refer to as 'real world appications'.
If you want to sing properly and well the "Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy" is the ONLY way to go...as for the rest, well, they are just poor imitations and down right pretty useless in my opinion. As I mentioned earlier, I wished I had discovered Ken many years ago. Oh well, better late than never. One more thing. My friends, ex band members and even some people who dont even like me can testify to the fact that I am a MUCH BETTER vocalist than I ever was. I suppose the proof is in the pudding...Sorry, I mean the SINGING!
Tom Aitken (devoted student and KTVA fan)...Cheers
Just another personal testimony in addition to the many others thus far... There are many different approaches out there to singing and I have sampled a few through a few different coaches. The huge differentiating factor with Ken is that he can literally sing anything as he demonstrates on his you tube postings. If you move through his volumes and practice daily you will improve beyond what you thought possible. I highly recommend that you also compliment this with personal skype lessons as well so that you know you are doing things correctly. Practice doesn't always make perfect but perfect practice does! When I started with Ken I could sqeak out a B4 on my best day. Now I can hit B5 and everything in between feels pretty easy. Basically, to sum things up, if you are really serious about singing, then you need a serious coach with a proven plan. Ken Tamplin and his program are the real deal. Hope this helps!
It’s been just over a year since I first found KTVA and
after doing some online research decided to take a leap of faith and purchased
all pre-recorded lessons that included a beginner, intermediate and the masters
vocal training routines. I’ve been practicing on a regular basis ever since,
often every day, but sometimes with breaks due to travelling and other
commitments. Before, taking this course, I haven’t had much vocal training, but
did take some lessons with a professional opera singer. Although the opera
coach was telling me that if I develop my voice with his training then I can
sing anything, I didn’t really find this to be the case. Instead my voice started
to sound just like in opera. At the time I was also doing some gigs singing
some Russian pop and ballads, so I found the opera sound to be rather inappropriate
and the techniques that I’ve learn hard to apply. E was my highest note, and that’s
only on a good day. And my vocals at the time were extremely inconsistent,
particularly with my voice often going hoarse.
So, that’s when I found Ken’s
system, and things started to change. I must say that after a year of regular
practice my singing mechanics have changed completely. I’ve learned a lot about
the voice, and the techniques required to open up the range and to be able to
hit those high notes time after time. It seems that the way I was singing
before was simply completely wrong. I have now an amazing system of coordinates,
so to speak, which enables me to understand how the sound is produced and
before I open my mouth I know what technique to apply in order to produce a certain
result, and interestingly enough is that this technique is often the opposite
to what I was trying to do in the past. Indeed, I believe that singing is
rather much more complex and challenging task especially if you are trying to
perfect it, than what I thought it to be in the beginning. But being with KTVA I
really feel like I’ve got a solid system which did wonders to my range, helped
me to establish my voice which often works quite mechanically now like some kind
of a machine.
Some months ago I’ve stopped doing gigs, concentrating on writing
and recording my own songs. Recently, I’ve decided to have a go on one of my
more challenging songs that I used to sing, and surprisingly it was not
challenging at all, so I’ve continued through my entire old repertoire (about
15 songs) and sang all of them in one go – my voice was fine when I finished
and I could go again if needed.
I’ve produced few records in the past year, and as I go, my sound engineer is always
surprised with how much my vocals have improved. Last time he said, that if it’s
going to go same way, then I’ll have to record all my songs again, just because
I’m so much better now. I can take almost any song now, and I really mean any, and
try to have a go at it, and most of the time rather successfully. I know I still
have a long way to go, and it’s due to the fact that singing is not just
opening your mouth, but it’s to do with a lot of work, just like in anything,
and to reach a level close to perfection will take heaps of dedication, but at
least I know I’m in good hands. Just a note about online lessons that helped me
a great deal. Ken is really good in noticing what you need and what you are not
doing right. He immediately points you in the right direction and as a result everything
just starts to make more sense. It’s rather amazing and I didn’t really realise what can be done
via a webcam. So I highly recommend these. KTVA is great and Ken is a talented vocal
coach and a great guy!
I've been a drummer in bands since before most of you were born. When I was about 50-something, I decided that I wanted to be something more than just a wanna-be background vocalist. I could sing some, but certainly not good enough to be a lead vocalist in public performances.
I started purchasing just about every singing method that is or has been available on the planet. I've spent THOUSANDS of dollars on vocal methods, done the exercises, read the books, watched the videos, etc...
I learned SOMETHING from just about all of them. Sometimes I learned that I just wasted my money.
I probably spent over ten years with various vocal methods, and over that time I PRACTICED A LOT, and I did improve my voice some. Still, none of those lessons gave me the breakthroughs I was wanting, the breakthroughs that could help me to develop my voice enough to become a competent LEAD SINGER in the bands I was playing in. I wanted to be able to BELT out my favorite Rock Songs, but so far absolutely NONE of the training I had come across could even come close to that. They all claimed they could, but NONE really did ANYTHING to teach you to ROCK OUT!
I read everything I could find on the internet. How the voice works. Classical methods. Anatomy. Physics. Acoustics.
One night I was googling Open Throat Singing, and Belting. This guy I'd never heard of was demonstrating a belting, wailing, 3 1/2 octave siren that sounded like Robert Plant back in the good old days. I listened to some more demos. I realized that this person was singing songs EXACTLY LIKE I WANTED TO LEARN TO DO!!!
It was Ken Tamplin. I listened to his story of how he had spent a fortune on lessons from the best-known vocal teachers on Earth, spending every cent he had and using every ounce of energy to work out, over a thirty-year period.
Right then and there I knew that I had found what I had been looking for myself. This guy was the real deal, and he was going to show me how to do it. Not just show me a few tricks and keep me on the hook. He was going to show how to get the sound I wanted and build my voice so that I could sing like that too. He wasn't going to just talk about it. He was going to show me how. I would have to do the work. He had learned the pathway to great singing and was going to lead me, and anyone else that cared enough to come along, on a wonderful journey towards a powerful, versatile voice.
I am here to tell you that Ken's methods WORK. Plain and Simple, it WORKS. It's not overnight, although you will immediately notice changes and growth in your voice that are just a hint of what will eventually happen. He shows you how to do it, and you have to put in the work to build your voice... and it WILL GROW. Your progress will be directly proportional to the time, effort, and focus you apply to Ken's methods.
Ken's methods are not just applicable to Belting and Wailing, but there is NOBODY OUT THERE teaching belting and wailing like KEN. KTVA methods are also applicable to Jazz, R n' B, Musical Theater, Country AND Western, Soul, and You Name It!
My only regret about KTVA is that I waited so long to find it, and then to purchase his program. I was struggling with monthly finances and waited to save the money. Common disasters like car trouble would drain my savings. I kept putting off purchasing because I felt that I couldn't "afford" to spend "that much money". I finally just bought it, and guess what? I still had the same money issues, but NOW I had KTVA and my voice began to GROW! I cheated myself out of several month's vocal growth by procrastinating for a wealthier day that would never arrive. I only wish now that I had gone ahead and purchased Ken's program the day I found it. No magical money tree has appeared in my backyard, so there was no point in waiting. I would be that much further down the road on my vocal journey if I had just jumped in as soon as I found Ken's program!
I'm about 3 years into KTVA now, and I thank myself for finally jumping in and beginning a journey that is gong to last the rest of my singing life. Yes, I am STILL GROWING, even after three years, and as long as I continue doing Ken's exercises, workouts, warmups, and programs, there will be no end. KTVA is the BEST PRESENT I'VE EVER BOUGHT FOR MYSELF. I deserved it. I thank myself for taking the plunge every day. I'm thankful that Ken took his 30-year personal struggle to become a great singer and made it available to the public.
I'm more excited about KTVA now than EVER. Ken has continued to update and improve his methods. He continues to produce more teaching videos, and never ceases to amaze.
You can't go wrong with KTVA. It's what you've been searching for. Don't delay. Start Today.
MY KTVA EXPERIENCE.
The most frustrating thing
as a vocalist is limitations, or feeling that you cannot achieve something. I’ve
been singing since I could talk and in the space of about a year and a
half took lessons in Jazz, Classical and Contemporary music. Although each
genre/style was able to provide some sort of insight into the world of singing,
I felt that the time and practice I put in never gave me the results
I was hoping for or expecting. Then I found Ken Tamplin. After researching some
songs on YouTube I came across his channel. Despite the disappointment and
frustration I had experienced in the past I was a little sceptical. I found
that all my past teachers were lovely and fantastic but when it came to
coaching, I felt each teacher only knew or could teach me so much. Having said
that, they were the most encouraging and supportive teachers I knew but I never
felt I was being challenged. After a few years of learning what I could, I
decided that the next coach I found had to be ‘the one’. I was looking for a
coach that could not only point out my flaws, but tell me why I had them and
most importantly HOW to fix them. After much research, watching Ken’s videos
and watching him workshop students of all ages, genres and levels of singing, I
was genuinely interested and felt I had finally found my vocal coach. I
have only been with Ken for about a year and the growth has been phenomenal. I
truly have a new found confidence in myself, my abilities and in my voice.
Despite the earlier days when I thought I could only sing certain genres, I now
feel I can sing anything that I put my mind to. Rock is something I never would
have thought I could sing even though I love it so much. Then comes Ken, a
rocking genius, and shows me the tricks to the trade. I feel that I can never
stop learning and growing as a vocalist and that any challenge I am given will
be achieved with the right attitude, technique and practice. I’ve had my fair
share of hardship, rejections and lack of faith and belief in my ability. I
have been told I’m ear piercing, I don’t have what it takes, I don’t have a
story worthy enough for public display, I have a soulful tone that doesn’t match
with my complexion or simply that I should just stop. Despite all this
negativity I have found an inner strength, with the love from my family,
friends and supporters I’ve pushed forward and, through it all became more
determined to not only prove them wrong, but show myself that no matter what
anyone says, dreams can and will be achieved. I will continue to work hard and
persevere this passion of mine and I believe one day someone from the right
area will believe in me as much as I believe in myself if not more. I can
honestly say, from the bottom of my heart and true folds that Ken has been that
light and inspiration. He has showed me kindness you rarely find in this
industry. Ken has provided constant encouragement, challenged me for the
better, shown me that I am capable of so much more and most of all, has been a
friend and vocal coach I can trust. My voice has been in his hands for a year
now and it has been the best decision I have ever made. With the most humble
and gratifying attitude I say thank you Ken for truly believing in me. I intend
to use all this knowledge to be the best I can be and to help others along
their way. Ken is turning me into ‘MONSTER’ vocalist and I love it. The proof
is in the singing, the proof is in the coach and the results are determined by
the student. Put your heart and soul
into what you love, eat it, breathe it, sleep it and you’ll see results. Hard
work, faith, perseverance, patience and practice is all it takes! I’ve done it,
I’m doing it and you can to!
Tina (aka MysT)
People, if you haven't already done so, click on the link above to Tina Alcorace's YouTube Videos!
She is really an accomplished vocalist. I've been a fan of Tina's since she first logged on to the KTVA forums a couple of years ago and shared some links.
Listen to what she says about KTVA. She knows what she's talking about.
Way to go, @tinaalcorace!
We would love to hear from you more on the forums!
People, if you haven't already done so, click on the link above to Tina Alcorace's YouTube Videos!She is really an accomplished vocalist. I've been a fan of Tina's since she first logged on to the KTVA forums a couple of years ago and shared some links. Listen to what she says about KTVA. She knows what she's talking about.Way to go, @tinaalcorace!We would love to hear from you more on the forums! Bob
Ken Tamplin despite his incredible talent, knowledge, experience and success, I can honestly say that over the year that I have known Ken he is such a humble, giving and generous person and unlike some coaches, is genuinely concerned about your well being, progress and vocal health. I can honestly say that Ken Tamplin has become an amazing friend, mentor and coach and his constant advice and constructive criticism and technique has allowed me to always perform at my best and become even better each day! I am humbled and blessed to have met such an incredible person. I am humbled. He is an example of a person who has believed in me when others did not and has supported me from the beginning on a road that started no where and now is climbing to the top - something I will always remember and be grateful for.
Ken wanted me to share this message with you. It's from someone who wanted to say that it wasn't until they found KTVA that their vocal issues were resolved. Not mentioning any brand-names...
You are telling it like it is! I spent a small fortune on many different, less-expensive brands of online voice lessons before I finally found and purchased the Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy course. In KTVA, I finally found voice lessons that were worth more than what they cost! I was afraid at first that it would be more wasted money, and worried, because they cost a bit more than any of the other online lessons. I was pleased to find out that they were what I had been looking for all along and the rest of the lessons I took weren't even worth the money they had charged. I should have just bought KTVA FIRST!
I was being penny-wise and pound foolish to be afraid of KTVA lessons and the price. It's the best money I've ever spent on myself!
I'm glad you found out that KTVA is the real thing, too!
I have been looking for a coach or singing programme that would enable me to belt for the last three years without success- I found it hard to get past C5. Today it is day 1 of me owning the pro-bundle and I sang G5 in chest voice. I repeat, this is the first day and I haven't done any work outs yet- just applied breath support, open throat and vowel modifications!!!!
I don't need to say more do I?
Awesome, @jenny! Just think what you can look forward to months ahead, or a year from now!!
The knowledge and instruction you get is great initially, but just wait and see what happens when you start actually doing the workouts and applying the techniques over an extended period of time!
This is an awesome thread. It's great to hear how Ken's program has changed so many student's lives for the better!
How about you? Has KTVA improved YOUR VOICE?
If you are reading this with an interest in purchasing KTVA, then you will get an honest opinion of the program from someone who has been doing it for 2.5 years, and who took a personal Skype lesson with Ken.
As a person in a band who was scouring the city for male singers with a high range (and having no luck), I took it upon myself to learn how to sing. I stumbled upon one of Ken's YouTube videos, and after seeing some of his student’s videos online I decided to take the dive and purchase the program. I purchased the 3 volume bundle, and started on Vol. 1, putting in 5 days a week, 1 hour per day of singing with the program, and switched volumes after doing each for 6 months.
I can say with confidence that this program is a phenomenal starting point for someone who has little experience as he guides you through the exercises and gives you a solid vocal workout schedule for strengthening your vocal chords muscle memory.
Your voice will get stronger, and change with time as your range expands. My range has since doubled (actually more than doubled) and with that comes other disciplines one must master & be aware of, like proper diaphragmatic support and vowel modifications, which he teaches. I thought that you had to be born with high vocal range, but I was wrong. You can develop it!
The online forum is a great way to check if you're on track with the exercises if you're unsure of your technique, or have questions about virtually anything related to singing. I have found the forum to be incredibly useful, and the staff moderators are very helpful and quick to respond. Even from sifting through old posts chances are you can find an answer to a question you're looking for.
My Skype lesson with Ken was great, he can answer or help clear up questions about issues you may be encountering if you feel you can't get your answer through the forum. Depending on what you want to work on he will tailor the lesson to you. With me he ran the scales to check if I was modifying my vowels correctly. You will get a recorded version of the lesson afterwards to review things you may have missed. He is a cool dude. I found the Skype lesson to be worth it, as I got a good idea of where I currently stand vocally, and what I need to focus on. I would say get a Skype lesson once you have been doing the program for a little while, as he will probably give you information contained in the volume you are on, but if one on one works best for you then go for it!
KTVA is worth every penny hands down. As someone who had zero singing experience it has given me a great path to follow. I've been able to record 2 albums, played at festivals and have gone on 3 tours across Canada with my band because of it. I still have a lot to learn, and have areas I need to work on, but it's all part of a growing and learning process, which comes with any type of skill development.
I'll post a video below of me singing.
All the best to all of you, and good luck on your vocal journey!