KEN TAMPLIN VOCAL ACADEMY REVIEWS - DOES IT REALLY WORK?
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You can't put a price on progression, and with Ken Tamplin, progression is what you get. Easily one of the best investments of my life.
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
Unequivocally, I can tell you that Ken's training beats anything I've seen hands down.
Ken is a complete master of the craft, a master of instructing others (these do NOT go hand-in-hand!) and he doesn't hold information back.
Do you know that many teachers string students along, doling out minimal information to try to get the most money out them? I was once even told by one teacher that her instructor taught her the 'fine art' of milking clients!
Ken does not do this, he doesn't have to do this because, unlike 95% of vocal coaches out there, he isn't lacking in knowledge of the voice. On the contrary, if anything he can give you so much information that you have to work to keep up.
When I first started working with Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy I was also working with a producer of 25 gold records and an Emmy award. In the first 6 weeks I did 3 hours of training everyday 6 days a week. Yea, I LOVE training . At the end of the 6 weeks the producer told me I had "defied the laws of physics" with the advances made.
I go sing a 3 hour rehearsal with my band - and 'difficult' material - and often do exercises afterwards if I don't feel I got a really good workout.
I'm a vocal powerhouse now and this was only possible with Ken's training. Thank you maestro Tamplin!
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!
What I've gained in the last months:
+I can perform more songs per day without developing tension (last week I performed for more then 4 hours on one day - and the next day I was still in a good singing condition)
I'm planning to take private lessons in the future, because it's important for me to learn from someone, who has really singed / toured himself playing in a hard rock band.
So thanks again and keep up the good work!
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!
I am absolutely new to singing and been with the program for 12months to date. I started off as a 'natural' baritone (F4 highest note) and am now way up above male high C and doing exercises into the the soprano range (A5). I have cemented the foundations of proper singing. I have stretched my chest voice beyond anything i could ever image. I have smoothed my bridge between my chest and head voice, and next is stretching my head voice in both directions.
What won me over is;
1. KTVA provides a clear roadmap from beginner to professional
2. KTVA identifies the problem spots and provides the tools/keys to unlock these doors
3. KTVA is founded in Belcanto - techniques that are centuries of years old
4. KTVA extends Belcanto beyond classical teachings, for modern/rock music and all other styles
5. KTVA's forum is full of experienced people who are always on hand to answer your questions and provide help/direction/assistance
6. KTVA just makes sense
It is the best money i have ever spent on anything.
Hand on heart.
Joseph (Melbourne Australia)
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...Matt Sargent: Ken I wasted nearly 6 years diligently following a program based on speech level (mentioning no names) only to end up with less range, vocal problems and nearly giving up. This if I remember rightly promises stress free singing and increase your range by an octave, but ultimately left me with even more stress than when I first started lol. Maybe I was doing it wrong I dunno, but just glad I stumbled across your program about a year ago or I think I would have given up by now! Eternally grateful Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy: Hi Matt Sargent, Sorry you had to go through that. I had to go through the exact same thing for about 8 years. I now know the truth and am trying to share it with as many people as will listen. I will also be doing an expose' about "tips". There is no such thing. There are no short cuts. No octaves in 6 "easy" lessons.This too is a lie. It's hard work with the right information. But once it is accomplished, it is beyond worth it!
This is a message from someone who is fairly new to the KTVA. I have to say that this has been the best investment I have made, in terms of vocal training.
In the past 18 months I have been dissapointed with courses and private vocal training I have received. I finally took the plunge just before Xmas and bought volume 1 which I practiced everyday and found my voice had improved after a month and now I am on vol 2 and doing a combination of the diva and dudes exercises which is helping me get balance, intensity, stamina in my voice which I never had before.
I say, go for it since it is well worth it but you need to put the work in to see the difference.
Remember: Fortune favours the brave!!
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!
It really is.
Time and time again I'll be going through the audio workouts and it feels like Ken is actually in the room with me. He know when tension is creeping in ,he knows when the struggles appear and he just knows how your voice is working at that exact given moment.
The guidance is phenomenal it really is.
So I've been on the course for almost a year now and I still prefer doing the audio workouts alongside Ken.I'd still rather be certain that im doing it correctly.
I have however condensed the workouts in each volume missing out certain speaking parts but everything is still there in order so it's all good.
Recently I went back to the early workouts because I was feeling that I wasn't quite getting volume 3 as perfect as I wanted.
So I went back and did volumes 1 and 2 back to back.Decided that I would do this for a while.Then I went and started to do volume 2 twice and sometimes 3 times a day.
Been keeping this going for about 6 weeks.
Now to be honest it wasn't that I was struggling with volume 3 really it was that I just wanted a little bit more foundation in there so that I could tackle volume 3 with a bit more ease so as a preference I didn't mind going back to previous volumes.
I feel it's not always about having to get through to the end you know.
I am at the moment running through volumes 2 ,sometimes twice, and then a run through of volume 3 and what a difference.
My main point here is that KTVA course just seems to keep on giving and it's been a complete joy.
I used to find even the thought of scales boring but not anymore.
I actually look forward to the workouts,they are incredible and if I miss a day I feel really gutted because of the daily improvements on my voice.
I don't want to miss a day man.
Never underestimate the power of these volumes. Each one serves the other so don't be afraid to go back.
By going back you sometimes are moving on.
Well that's how I feel anyways.
It's a wonderful experience learning more and more about the voice and what it can do and I thank god I found this course.
Ken's demos on YouTube are always top notch aswell and they always leave me with a big smile on my face. So good.
I can still honestly say it's the best money I've ever spent on myself.
All the best
And of course... good singing to you all.
Now I'm away to sing a song..
Going back to previously completed lessons for reviews always reveals new nuances that make even more sense with the knowledge gained from six months or a year's practice and implementation.
I've been working the KTVA program for a few years now, and had my best singing night EVER last night. I knocked 'em dead! I amazed myself at the freedom I had to go for notes that came into my head. I went where I wanted to go vocally, and jaws were dropping all around the club, song after song. And this was during last set of a five-hour gig... fresh as a daisy... and I'm no spring chicken, either.
Wayne is absolutely right when he says this is the gift that keeps on giving and giving and giving... If you are looking to improve your voice, to gain freedom from hoarseness, to sing notes you thought would NEVER come from your voice, It is THE BEST THING you will EVER do for yourself, the BEST GIFT you will ever give yourself.
Don't wait... I fooled around for a whole year, after seeing Ken on YouTube, before I bought the program. I lost a whole year of vocal progress. I count that as a lost year, now that I know what I know now... I tried ALL of those other vocal courses. I spent YEARS on them. They didn't work. This one does.
Do it today. Get started NOW. Your voice will grow and keep on growing, for as long as you work Ken's program. Every day you move on a little further.
Always great to hear stories like this.
It's true though I'd have been struggling with doing the long gigs myself because my technique was so bad in the past.
Nowadays I can sing a 3 hour set and feel better at the end than I did at the start.
Still blows my mind.
That's a selling point for this course alone.
It's flipping mega
Since starting the program several weeks ago, my range, tone, stamina, and pitch have improved considerably. It's also just a lot easier to sing and to blend well with others. I'm a guitarist and have accompanied other vocalists for long enough that some people still don't know that I sing. Recently, I was working with a true tenor. There was one phrase that he was having trouble singing without straining. As a baritone, I was able to sing the entire song (including that phrase) with no trouble or strain whatsoever.
So to answer the original question, YES!! Absolutely it does work! In my case, there was considerable improvement in the very beginning. Since then, the improvement has been steady. There are weeks in which it feels like I have hit a plateau. Then, suddenly, there is another improvement. Just give it your best, be consistent, and actively look for areas of needed improvement, and you will get better!
Does KTVA work? Absolutely.
Rob (50 yrs young)
Everything a singer ever needed to know, including compression, distortion, proper breath support and what it does, proper head voice, falsetto, vibrato, mid-range, expanding chest, Mixed Voice, proper procedure to get mixed voice(Only source i have ever found that does this) Mask, Navigating Consonants, vocal health, how to record, how to prepare for live performance, Tone, textures, styles and so much more. Set out in an easy to understand work flow. This course is sometimes labelled as a Heavy Rock Vocal course... and it is. It teaches things other courses and certainly teacher's are scared to teach. It teaches the extremes but what isn't really advertised as much is that if you listen to the vids and the cd's is that you learn to sing softer and less athletic styles as well. In fact you are encouraged constantly to work the exercises in both a lighter voice and a heavier chestier tone once you develop the necessary technique and 'Buffness' This course works if you put the time in. The full course is designed is for those who want to become professional singers. I have been at it for about 7-8months and can belt out a B4 in full chest consistently and can hit an A5 In head voice on a good day. I haven't started the last portion of the course because i believe in order to get the full benefit of what is being offered here, One probably needs about 12-18 weeks for Vol. 1 and 2 each and about 4 months (and beyond as this becomes a pre gig ritual and can almost completely eliminate off nights) on Vol.3 before moving onto head voice. There is also a ton of Content on the forums including webinars and in Depth tutorials with live students from the foundations of Awesome singing to Advanced concepts. KTVA works. Period. End of Story. Maybe some of the other DIY courses do as well to some degree but nowhere near as quickly, as completely or as effectively. This course will grow your voice for years. This is the Equivalent of getting Rock guitar lessons off Steve Vai or Tennis lessons off Roger Federer. Perfect Technique and you can do whatever you want with it. Now with Audio sample. I couldn't even hit the chorus to Under the Bridge in January 2014 and was also told by Previous Voice teachers i was a low Bari and Would be stuck Crooning the rest of my life. This audio was recorded about 8 months in. https://soundcloud.com/treeterearnsowtoing
Save yourself literally years of vocal instruction, time and money. Buy this course. It makes all other vocal instruction obsolete. All killer, no filler. Do the work, do what Ken says and take all the guess work out of how to build a killer vocal apparatus.
Check out some of my vocals here https://youtu.be/mXUEq_tXInM
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Hi everyone, I'd like to put my story forward.
I am a guitar player first and foremost. I was never comfortable with my singing voice. I was always nervous and self-concious about it. I decided to bite the bullet and get some singing lessons to help with my employability as a professional musician.
I bought Ken's course and started working through it. I took a webcam lesson with Ken to make sure I was doing everything correctly. He is a very easy guy to get along with. He made me feel at ease straight away and helped put me on the right track. This is a testament to Ken as a person. He has some pretty damn good singers in his client list, but the fact that he took an hour out of his day to help a beginner like me, was fantastic and very encouraging.
When I first started I was barely able to hit any note above the Bass/Baritone range, without having to go into falsetto. (This actually helped me develop my falsetto) After working through just VOLUME 1 of Ken's course (there are 3) I was able to hit A4 (A above middle C) in chest voice, no problems.!!
I have been able to get some work with a Beatles tribute band playing the part of Paul McCartney. As well as being a natural lefty and learning his bass lines, I've had to learn his lead lines and his harmonies. Without Ken's course, I wouldn't be able to do it.
For those of you who don't know, McCartney's vocals in the Beatles and Wings, sit consistently in what we call the 'Passagio' or the passageway between chest voice and head voice. This is a spot where we usually don't hang around (sing consistently) in, but McCartney does this, so it's imperative that you build a strong chest voice to hit those high notes.. otherwise you'll start to Yodel haha.
I did a gig the other day and got great feedback on my vocals from the MC of the function and from the sound guy, who has worked with some big names here in Australia. Put simply, Ken's course has given me the confidence to get up on stage and sing.
If you are still undecided, think about this... Ken has a student that represented her country in the Eurovision song contest... If that is not a strong enough endorsement on Ken's teaching technique and he as a vocal coach/mentor then I don't know what is.
Good luck and good singing to ya!
I originally came from a program called Sing with Freedom from a vocal coach named Per Bristow. Now Per is a very nice fella but he makes a lot of misleading claims and I believed some of those claims.
I did Per's program for a year straight, and I was not able to do much. Strength wise I never learned very much of anything. Firstly he doesn't believe in breath support and doesn't teach us any vowels but suggests that you already know perfect vowels. I was a beginner and he said it was perfect for beginners that is one of the lies. His methods were bit unorthodox compared to anything else I learned before. I originally thought that was a special thing I'm happy that there are people who are thinking different, but sometimes you get it completely wrong. The only thing he truly focuses on relaxing the muscles. Now that is not a terrible thing, muscles being relaxed is great but not having the strength or ability to do anymore is not so great. The only thing I have learned truly is the physiology of the voice and singing in general and performance tips. Which is what it his program should really be called.
When I came to Ken Tamplin's program in 1-2 days I now can sing those crazy notes that I couldn't sing because I believed that you shouldn't care about support or not have any support. I noticed that I also had a lot more tension than I thought. The thing with Per's program is that muscle relaxation is key. I spent a year relaxing the muscles. However, in one just day of Ken Templin's program, all of my muscle tension was gone like I have never seen before.
With Per's program, it was divided in months and was also based on a subscription monthly payment plan. Ken warned about these type of coaches before now I see why. These are things to learn from however and I will thank Per for helping me to relax my muscles.
I only started yesterday and look forward to singing with so much more strength than ever before. I am truly amazed and cannot wait to perform with these new methods and see how they work.
A word of warning I leave to you, be careful who you trust especially vocal coaches.
I'm embarrassed to say that I also wasted money on Per Bristow's product. It was so bad that I'm actually ashamed to say that I paid good money for it and got essentially nothing. He did tell me to relax. That's about it.
Oh, yeah, and he said to not worry about singing bad notes or sounding bad. I believe he said "Give yourself permission" to sing bad notes or something like that. Like the audience at a concert or a nightclub is going to "give me permission" to sing out-of-key and make a fool of myself.
I think he makes a great hypnotist. A good hypnotist can make you think you're a chicken or bark like a dog... or tell you that you sound fine, when you sound terrible.
And yes, WHILE MAKING THE PURCHASE for the advertised rate, they hit me up for an upsell. A video that "most people say really helped them to understand the program better" was only available then. If I clicked away, then it would NEVER BE OFFERED AGAIN. Well, I fell for that, too.
SO my hundred and twenty dollar purchase became a hundred and sixty dollar purchase in a matter of seconds, because I fell for the pressure tactics of the sales funnel.
THEN they sell you the SUBSCRIPTION, which is "very helpful to keep progressing" and that costs even more money, and if you buy into that, you are paying continually...
I learned two things from that experience.
1. Relax while I'm robbing you.
2. There is a sucker born every minute. Me.
I still have his program, but I'm actually embarrassed to watch it. In my opinion, it's terrible. I learned nothing about singing from it, other than there are some really bad programs that charge a lot of money for nothing.
I have a pile of singing programs that I paid a small fortune for. Yes, I bought that other one that is so famous, too. It was a little better than Per's but it really only wasted about 2 1/2 years of my life, making me think it would eventually work if I only kept trying harder. It didn't.
When I bought Ken Tamplin's program, I never had to buy another singing program. I got busy improving my voice like I had been trying to do in the first place.
What I saw was kind of sickening. One of their programs (on mix) was "discounted" on this special sale to $250. They said it was marked down. The other products on that site seemed to be similarly "discounted".
I bought that same program some time ago from them for $125. It looks to me like they actually DOUBLED the price for this big "discount" sale. Oh, yeah, and the program is virtually worthless, too. Smoke and mirrors.
If you buy some of these other programs that charge separately for the basic program, and then again for mix, then again for vibrato, then again for singing in tune, then again for singing harmony, then again to access their videos, then again to get access to their paid singers forums, then again for additional new programs and subscriptions, you will pay around $600 to 800 for their programs. These are the same ones that say KTVA is really "expensive".
2 years later,I begun learning guitar-playing and got just fine at it.
However I tried a vocal class (a demonstrative lessons from that class,let's say) at the same music school on which I was studying how to play the guitar.
That coach said I should sing and clap my fingers at the same in order to improve my muscular/body memory. She also talked about diaphragma and how to use such.
That's all. People who attended her classes for a long time were still improving those 2 aspects.
She and each of her students had very little,near no voice resonance comparing to Ken and his famous pupil Gabriela.
All other vocal tutors I found on YouTube are no match for Ken and Gabriela as well.
Those "student's before and after" videos Ken uploads are outstanding. Plus,he is the ONLY vocal coach (Im aware of) to do this on youtube.
Singing with bigness (call register) and a high yet natural timbre has being my unaccomplished dream for about 8 years. The first time I watched his video lessons on YT my hopes got rebirthed.
Since I begun both my resonance and breath capacity got improved like crazy (One of the reasons I gave up back then was how little resonance my speaking and singing voice had).
When I begun I couldn't reach higher than B3 with chest.
Now,after a very little time of rehearsing,I can hit C4 with chest just fine.
I couldn't sustain a note. I was never on pitch(still working on that). Ive never felt my vocal chords being used(moving) during my singing before. KTVA turns absolute begginers like me into people who know what's going on with their voices.
Btw,Ken never uses too much terms. His "fair and simple" termology as well as instructions are proper specially to get a beginner moving forth instead of giving up.
This is my personal opinion on KTVA.
After a year of trainning, the amount of range I got was very impressive. I got a lot of control upon my voice compared to before. I can honestly say I like my current voice, although its still needing further improviment.
Im happy I made such progress in a little time,instead of losing my time and money with other methods from teachers who nobody knows about.
Ken is a successful singer. Is tought to compete with him. Some other YT singing coaches try their best to make people avoid approaching Ken. That shows how bad they are. They`re dissesperated.
I've tried loads of different teachers, and recently checked out loads of online teachers.
In eleven weeks (towards the end of Volume One) I found my voice - a voice like I've never produced before. I'm only 20% in now, and something magical is happening.
My sense is that Ken Tamplin has worked out a way to combine the best of Bel Canto with the best of contemporary approaches to singing: from R&B to Soul to Rock.
Better still - Ken is straight-up about the 'sweat equity' it takes to transform your voice. It's about making new muscle-memory, and like becoming 'ripped' at the gym, the body requires persistence and regularity in order to re-configure. He reckons 1 year for people like me. I admire that - it's roughly what it took me to learn instruments in the past.
Other courses offer crazy (and fraudulent, in my view) 'learn in one month' offers.
I feel so strongly that Ken has developed something incredible that I believe this should be taught as the new 'orthodoxy' - it's that revolutionary.
But it takes time and patience.
But it works. It really works.
And you gotta admire Ken's enthusiasm for this stuff.
Get onboard, work hard and this method will take you there, no question.
I want to be a rockstar,tour around the world,make arena's full of fans...etc...BUT i'm 19 and i faced a really tought decision and i hope that somebody can help me.I was trying and practicing for more than a year to sing and i was doing it wrong until i watch some of Ken videos and streams for a quite some time.So because i really want to make singing my life should i just buy a course or should i just go for a vocal coach,because he can say to me when i'm doing it wrong and what should i correct??? I know that i can book live session's with Ken but i am not in the situation to do so.Male,tenor who is trying to train his soft palate to stay up to maintain open throat.
I hope that somebody can give me honest help and thanks in advance.
I looked through your posts and see that you are dedicated to learning to sing well. As someone who is obviously willing to put in the time, I think getting Ken’s course is the best thing you can do for yourself. The cost is a very small investment for your career. You can also save what you would spend on the vocal coach for weekly lessons and use that to get some one-on-one with Ken once per volume and still come out way ahead.
For me, I spent a lifetime singing incorrectly and never got anywhere. I wish there had been something like this course when I was 19.
I am urged to add a bit about Ken's manner. I believe his nice attitude, humility and conciousness makes him an absolute star shining among other so-called vocal coaches-experts. He makes you believe that achieving singing is not that hard. Also he is very giving, you learn little pieces from his videos and that is what meks it so tempting. Open many other videos, you will hear lots of analyzes but.. It means nothing for a music enthiusiast when all you hear become so similar. KTVA is tempting because it makes you wander about the content a lot. "That awesome fellow tells that much in free videos; how about the paid system?"
Most of other vocal-somethings makes me feel I am at a concert hall that people around me shuts me up so the one on stage sings and only that sound is heard. On the other hand, KTVA feels like you are in a musical. He sings, she sings, they sing, everyone sings. Very joyful and they seem like they'll welcome you while you join, clap hands, bang head, etc.
Last thing I want to share is the moment I decide to get the full package course. That was the moment that I listened Ken singing Child in Time. Well, the truth is actually in the singing; that humble man with deep knowledge on singing tops Ian Gillen of 70s is the moment.
I started being almost at point of quitting singing. Now I feel better and stronger then ever. Ken's knowledge and generosity with which he gives away all information are unbelievable.
Ken's Academy helped me to learn my strengths and weaknesses, helped me realize that nobody is perfect after all and first of all you have to accept your own voice to know where to go from there.
MIND YOU, INITIAL PROGRESS IS ALWAYS EASY with the right information. That said:
In late January 2022, when I first started watching videos from the speaking course, the top of anything I could produce short of head voice was G3. I had absolutely no control over the sound produced. I could not even start the triads until weeks later and the Volume 1 scales until mid-March. The sound I produced when I first tried a scale was grotesque. But at 47, I know to move slowly and surely.
So now in mid-April, I have more resonance, controlled diaphragmatic breathing (still working on controlling full abdominal support), my speaking tone, which is what I need professionally, has obviously improved, I can get up to C4# while trying to sing in chest (vs G3), I am making my first very low volume bridging exercises.
I do understand that I need at least 1 year of constant exercises to get a singing tone and I am in no hurry as speaking, not singing is what helps pay the bills. Everyone should realize that high achievements ALWAYS involve moments of frustration and plateaus, and going back to fundamentals. It does not matter if it is chemistry, or history, or singing, it is inevitable. So when that happens, remember to paraphrase Ken: progress is not the avoidance of frustration and road blocks but the management of frustration and road blocks, which are inevitable.
So far KTVA has been transformative for me on a personal level since it gave me a realistic hope that eventually I will be able to sing decently, and by that I mean rock, and it has already worked great for me in just 3 months since Baby Step 1. Again, always remember that initial improvement with great information is easy, gotta manage the harder next phase where consistency will be key and a more reasonable, much slower rate of progress will be normal.
Financially, this is hands down the greatest purchase of my life in terms of value: nothing comes remotely close. To be a lifelong fan of rock who never thought would be able to sing one song and to be given realistic hope + the information to get there, methodically, is priceless.
EDIT: btw, humming is incredibly effective for me. Having a distorted nose, I wake up with a dried up throat and humming is king in getting me set up for the day. It is like motor oil to an engine. It feels that it also helps build resonance.