Pitch & Key
This course is for those who:
1) Can't match a note immediately on the first or second go
2) Can't hold a note for a few seconds without wavering off it
3) Can't go from one note to the next without changing key or going off pitch
4) Can't sing a note correctly after adding the lyrics
5) Have been called 'tone deaf' (which really just means you don't know how to match the notes/pitch of the song)
No-one is tone deaf, in the sense that they can't learn. Everyone is able to learn, as long as you have a voice that can speak.
I have designed a training method which gradually builds up your ability to match pitch, and hold that pitch accurately. You will also learn how to match changing pitch, which is really just going from one note to the next accurately.
Pitch and interval matching are the two most basic requirements of singing. They are what make singing different to speaking, and they are what make singing sound musical.
This method takes away the lyrics, and goes one note at a time, in super slow motion and then gradually gets faster. This method is guaranteed to teach you the skill of matching pitch and intervals, which will in turn have you ready to get back to singing songs and sing them much more accurately and beautifully.
All you need to do is practice along with me in these videos, ideally daily for 5 to 20 minutes. In a few weeks to months, your voice will be perfectly in tune, and you will no longer need to use these exercises, and you can start focusing on song based training, and get more out of lessons.
Vibrato is a very difficult skill to learn.
A misconception about vibrato is that it is 'free' and 'natural'. In reality, it is a skill which you have to learn and practice regularly, with focus, in slow motion and then build up speed over months and years.
This is how you develop a smooth sounding vibrato that sounds natural.
Yes, many people are gifted with the ability to do vibrato without outside help, but these people are naturally gifted, so you should not learn from how they do it, because they are ahead of us non-naturals, both in their voice ability to copy and their ear.
For the rest of us, like myself, we need a method to copy vibrato at a variety of speeds and build it up to the speed required in songs.
So I developed this method over years of trial and error, and it is what I used over the years to develop my current vibrato, and still use to continue to get my vibrato smoother.
I guarantee it will help you sound smooth instead of wobbly or like a lamb, and add beauty and variety to your singing, if you practice regularly.
Simply sing along with me in these videos, do it daily or regularly, and you will see gradual progress each time you train and in a few weeks to months, your vibrato will sound more and more beautiful.
The hard part is, not only is it confusing as to how to extend your range, but it also difficult to actually safely do, even when you figure it how to sing higher.
I have made it easy for you here. This is a sing along course, so you all you need to do is sing along with me, as I sing it quietly, then sing it medium to loud, and then get you to sing it alone.
I pace each video at an easy pace, where you get rest/listening breaks between notes, and the quiet to loud method, and low to high method warms up your voice, so you don't hurt yourself by going too hard too soon.
These videos will help you strengthen the current range that you have, while challenging your limits in a gradual way.
Simply start from the beginning and find where your limit is, then base your future training by staring approx 7 or 8 keys below your limit note where you break into falsetto, or crack.
Train up from this point, as you must build the lower notes and comfy higher notes strength in order to create new notes. You can't just create new notes out of thin air :)
It is simply like strengthening your foundations which in turn allows you to add more on top.
I have made it gradual and easy to follow, and you can't fail with this approach. Do it daily or every few days and see how your current range and new notes in your range improves.
I have also included a song based training method example of how to increase your rnage, if you prefer to do it that way, or would like to mix both methods.
Remember that range training is to be done slowly, and gradually. Do not rush, and progress will come each time you train. Rush, and you risk hurting your voice, and having to not practice for a while to let it recover.
Slow and steady, my friend, you will get there.
Learning Long Runs (Theory)
If you are excited when you hear long runs, but have no idea how to learn them, this course is for you.
I spent years trying to figure out how to learn long runs, as there are no teachers, courses or books that I could find that teach runs in incredible detail. Now I feel I have mastered learning long runs in a fun way, and I have made it as easy as possible for you to learn them too.
This course outlines all the steps to take, using an example at every step, with a detailed explanation, using visual note direction charts, piano, and on screen written summaries.
The course is not long in time, but the content is meant to be repeated as you go through the learning process, and is very dense with all the knowledge required.
Included is a chapter on using Amazing Slow Downer (ASD), teaching looping and saving of runs, and invaluable auto increment settings for the ultimate singing practice sessions to master long runs.
Also, if you purchase this course, you are free to ask me questions via email, and I will make additional videos (for free) which will explain anything if I haven't already, to make sure you have the best chance at learning your favourite long runs.
Using Amazing Slow Downer
Learn how to use Amazing Slow Downer, so you are sure to practice with the original singer and get every note and quality of sound 100% right.
High quality slow down functionality means no more guessing what note the singer is singing, and you get to hold the notes at a speed appropriate to your level.
High quality pitch change means you can change the key to fit your voice. So no more singing too high or too low. Finally find the right key with a simple slider
Looping means you can repeat the same part over and over till you get it right. You can also save your loops and access them easily, meaning you can get to practice quicker and literally make your own singing course, instead of wasting time.
I have experimented with many different auto increment settings, and this feature will change the way you practice singing forever. In the PDF I give you all the settings I use and show you how to set them, so that your practice is super productive.
Learning A Whole Song
Do you learn the lyrics to your favourite songs, learn the melody, but still don't sound like the original artist?
Do you find it hard to tell why you don't sound like the artist?
Does your voice crack, wobble, shake, go off key, seem confused, can't keep up or can't pronounce lyrics clearly?
I have the remedy.
This course shows you exactly what you need to work on to master a song in it's entirety.
Songs are all made up of a few singing elements. They include pitch and rhythm on lyrics, vibrato, runs, low notes, high notes, falsetto, falsetto blend, volume and pronunciation.
You may have heard of these elements, but you are not sure how to work on them.
You might have been told you need to do scales and practice particular vowels. This is the traditional method for classically trained people.
Now that we have advances in technology, there are newer, more effective ways to train.
Instead of training with a piano or with scales and arpeggios mp3s, you will exclusively train with your favourite artist's voice. Their voice and only their voice will be your teacher.
I have devised a method which shows you how to tackle every singing element that occurs in your favourite song. All you need to do is practice along with videos.
These videos will not only teach you the skills using the song example I have chosen, but will also teach you the method that you can use to approach learning any song you choose. That is what is invaluable about this course.
No more guessing how to practice, or uncertainty whether you are actually getting better when practicing. No more boring scales and arpeggios and breathing exercises that aren't getting you closer to the sound of your favourite artists.
Time to learn your favourite song with a song based method.
The method is really simple. It works by allowing you to really focus on the every single note the singer is doing, and spend a few minutes getting it right, before moving on. This allows you to gradually build your accuracy in each of the singing elements.
You will see progress every time you practice. Yes, clear small progress every 5 to 20 minutes of practice. This is not a joke. This method is extremely powerful. I am not exaggerating. In a matter of weeks, months or years, depending on your current level, your vocals will transform and sound similar to your favourite artists, with consistent practice of the methods contained in these videos.
RnB Runs Level 1
Runs are so difficult to learn, mainly because they are so blazingly fast. In my quest to learn runs, I became obsessed as they are exciting and provide interesting additions to a melody, as well as being a part of a complex melody.
This level 1 course is designed to teach you the common runs that occur in rnb/pop and is limited to 3 to 6 note runs, so that you build this foundation ability before moving onto runs with more notes.
What makes this course unique is that the runs are real runs from a real rnb singer, with the runs pulled directly from the artist's, Karim Hayek, songs. They were not designed for this course or made on a piano or midi track or over made up chords. They are real runs created in the heat of the moment by a skilled singer, and are a part of the amazing songs written by Karim Hayek (these songs are available on this site).
The key to learning runs is starting super slow, so slow in fact that you sing each note for at least a second. This makes the note easier to comprehend for your ear (pitch training) as well as easier to execute for your voice.
The act of singing the notes super slow also improves your ability to memorise notes and how they feel in your voice (vocal and brain muscle memory). Then gradually going faster, in small changes of speed of about 15%, trains your ear to hear runs at faster speeds, and trains your voice to sing runs at faster speeds.
Training runs not only improves your ability to sing exciting runs, but also improves your pitch accuracy and timing for the rest of a song (and any other song for that matter), as you are able to more clearly hear what notes you are aiming for, with your improved ear, as well as hit those notes more accurately, with your improved vocal muscle memory. So runs training actually acts as an enjoyable way to learn to sing better overall (as pitch accuracy is the major deciding factor of your overall tone and musicality).
All you have to do is press play and sing-a-long with these videos, and watch them for the rhythm (timing). Do this daily, or every time you choose to train, for 5 to 20 minutes.
I have given you the runs in my voice, super slow, then with Karim's voice on Amazing Slow Downer assisted by my voice, and then with Karim's voice alone on Amazing Slow Downer. These three stages will ensure you memorise the run, and gradually over time achieve the speed of the run, with regular practice.
Also, I have added practice mp3s at 4 key speeds, 25, 50, 75 and 100%. These are so you can focus on one speed at a time, as opposed to singing at gradually increasing speeds like in the videos. Mixing both these methods ensures you don't miss any important details, and you have more options in the way you practice for your current skill level. I use both methods and I recommend you do too.
If you have any questions or need further help, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will make updates to the course or recommend a check up lesson.
RnB Runs Level 2
This level 2 course is designed to teach you the common runs that occur in rnb/pop and is limited to 6 to 9 note runs, so that you build on top of your level 1 ability and take it a step higher with a few more notes.
RnB Runs Level 3
This level 3 course is designed to teach you the common runs that occur in rnb/pop and is limited to 10 to 14 note runs, so that you build on top of your level 2 ability by taking it a step higher with a few more notes.
I wasn't born a natural singer. I watched as my naturally talented siblings learnt at incredible speed, and wondered why I was having so much trouble improving at vibrato, runs, pitch and rhythm.
I turned my passion for music, into a passion for learning. Slowly over 15 years, through trial and error, ups and down of progress and plateaus, I finally came to a place where I learnt how to transform myself as quick as possible and in a fun way, and created a way to share this with others, so they can do the same, without the need to see a teacher every week, as I didn't and neither do you.
Here I hope to provide you with unique resources, and ask of you only a dedication to practice 10 minutes or more a day, a hunger to learn, and maybe a checkup every now and then with me, to correct any errors and help with weak spots, if needed.
It has been incredibly fun learning, and continuing to learn, and I hope you join me, and learn my easy to follow step by step approach to becoming an advanced singer/guitarist/songwriter.