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Make singing click

5 Modules 15 Chapters 58 Lessons

About this course

The only singing course that hunts for your vocal issues and systematically eliminates these. Working on your voice will become reliable and fun, no longer hit-and-miss.

Course Structure

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4 Chapters

Module 1: No brain, no pain - 4 steps to get happy with your singing

Get rid of hesitation and replace it with an attitude that keeps the air flowing. Replace the wrong kind of self-criticism with a system that makes exercise more fun and productive.

Chapter 1: Let's get started 5 Lessons

For starters: what is your wish?

Why write down what you wish for when it comes to your singing? It will remind you of what you want to achieve. Think about it: what do you really wish to happen?

What I expect of you, what you expect of me

What it comes down to is this: I promise that you can systematically improve your own singing if you pay attention and actually DO my exercises.

Choose a song you love that you can also sing

I help you choose a song that suits your level and will allow you to concentrate on exploring your voice.

What is a good warm-up?

Why warm-up? What is a good warm-up? Some ground rules before we do the actual warm-up.

The basic warm-up

Apply what you learn throughout the course to this warm-up.

Chapter 2: Step 1 - Sing uplanned 4 Lessons

Sing unplanned – intro

Hear for yourself: the difference in sound when you plan and think during your singing, compared to when you just sing.

Feel it – don’t listen!

If it feels right it’s probably good. After some work, compare recordings. Ignore what it sounds like in the process.

Plan the support, not the sound

Quick beginnings. Don't stop to think. Orepare the breath but when it's time to sing - go!

Shoot first ask questions later

If you do something that your body is not used to doing -
it will take time for the body to get used to it

Chapter 3: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? 4 Lessons

Intro: Practice, Practice, Practice

You will find that a lack of motivation is often actually a lack of clarity.
It's easier to practice when you know how, when and on what.

Step 2: How to (not) judge your own singing

The labels good and bad do more harm than good. I introduce the checklist and the scale: an alternative which is more fun and more productive.

Step 3: Make a fool out of yourself

Next time you watch a comedian, notice how they go to the extreme to deliver a message or extract a laugh. It will help you as a singer.

Step 4: The unstuck practice guide

Four principles to make exercise more fun. So you will stay motivated.

Chapter 4: Make a start plan 5 Lessons

Recap: what we have learned so far

What we have learned so far & a reminder why this module is crucial.

Where do I start?

We need focus in our practice, otherwise we're all over the place. But what to start with and how long to focus on that thing?

Drill it into your system

How do you work with a physical trick and drill it into your system?

Overwhelmed? Introducing The Secret of the Machine

Combine two or more technical elements into one image. You learn to multitask without the stress of multitasking.

Tearing up – didn’t see that coming..

In this lesson I want to touch on a touchy subject. The moments when you get uncomfortably emotional about your singing. 

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Module 2: The vocal instrument tour

Surprisingly, most people who start learning how to sing do so without knowing the first thing about how the voice works or what the vocal mechanism looks like. It's shockingly different than what we might think, and all our "intuitive" assumptions are challenged when we learn about the voice.

Is it in the dark?

Why it is important to learn anatomy...

The Vocal Instrument Tour

What the hell is going on inside there? Get intimate with your own instrument, aka your body :)

What could possibly go wrong? Introducing the Sticks in the Wheel

Your air should flow, that's why I compare it to a wheel. Anything that is jammed in the wheel, is like a stick. There are three main stick areas.

Find your biggest enemy

We will figure out in this lesson which is your main stick in the wheel (or enemy). A crucial step, and it's quite interesting to learn about your instrument.

How to make your video

I'll explain how to make a short video of your singing. Not a performance, but for 'examination' purposes. You will mail me the video.

The bright spot generator

It's easier to build on what already works, than to try to solve a massive problem. The bright spot generator takes what works for you and amplifies it.

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Module 3: Remove the sticks from the wheel

We learn how to clear the way for the air to flow freely through the vocal instrument. After identifying your main stick you will learn how to remove it the most effective way for you.

The cords! Close the cords! 4 Lessons

Reminder: Choose your basket of tricks: which chapter to focus on

In this module, you don't have to follow the lessons chronologically. I recommend FOCUS. I'll help you finding which lesson to start with to find your bright spot. 

The home of our voice – the larynx

See what the larynx looks like and how it functions. 

Healthy versus unhealthy use of the vocal cords

Why it's better to use your full, airless voice

The vocal cord closer trilogy

3 ways to close the cords: stop the air, make the glottal stop, make a speaky/squeaky noise.

The mouth area 4 Lessons

The Tongue Stick

Three tricks with your tongue to hunt for your bright spot if the mouth area is your stick in the wheel.  

The Jaw Stick

The jaw is the Number One stick for most people. Let's try which tricks works best for you to remove tension.

 

The NG Jaw and another bonus trick

This lesson will explain the 'machine' of the NG jaw and why I use it whenever I need to refer to the mouth area stick.

The Consonant Stick

Three tricks. See which one works best to make consonants less of a stick in your wheel.

Neck & shoulders area 4 Lessons

The Neck Stick

Let’s see how the neck is threatening to choke itself, and how can we prevent that from happening.

The Throat Stick

In this lesson we will work on how to release throat tension, in three tricks.

The Shoulder Stick

Three tricks to fix my personal headmaster of sticks: in the shoulder area.

The Chest Stick

This stick gets unnoticed too often, as it's not the first issue voice teachers spot first. Check out the three tricks to solve chest muscle issues.

The diaphragm area 4 Lessons

The vocal cords – what are they doing in this chapter?

You can have all the diaphragm control you want: without closed vocal cords it'll be like full gas on neutral...

The diaphragm stick

The three tricks to get rid of sticks in your diaphragm area.

The rib cage stick

Three tricks to remove your rib cage issue. Which works best for you?

The abdomen stick

The abdominal area - the belly - is directly related to the behavior of the diaphragm and the ribs. It will enable a good breath OR prevent it.

General posture tips + bonus stick 3 Lessons

The importance of good posture

Now that you've removed one or more sticks, let's aline your instrument by getting a good posture.

Basic Alexander technique

In this lesson I’ll show you Alexander technique and will explain why it’s so important for singers.

Bonus stick: the hip joint

When your hip is free, you not only sing better, but walk around with a smile.

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Module 4: Enhance your voice

Here we get down to business - what we all want: louder, higher, lower, steadier, prettier singing.

Breath Support can be a b*#%ch 2 Lessons

Why doesn’t everyone agree about support?!

I'm not here to claim authority on the confusing topic of breath support. The number of definitions / instructions on support almost exceed the number of singers in the world. Instead, I'll untangle the different terms teachers use and will try to create some order in the chaos.

Louder, longer, healthier

I'll show you some 'machines' that will improve your support: for longer, louder, healthier notes. PLUS: you can send me a video of you singing again.

The club of people who want better range 3 Lessons

The CPO (Chief Pitch Officer)

What makes the pitch high or low and why we should forget about trying to control the melody

Apply stick removal: enable your range to expand

When you make way for the voice and repeat and do more of the same action throughout the range - you will be more comfortable in the extreme ends of the range.

The Compensation policy

On high notes think downward, on low notes think up.

Bonus: What would you do if I sang out of tune? 2 Lessons

Reminder of the CPO

What makes the pitch and why we should forget about controlling it, and prioritize enabling the voice.

First aid kit for pitch problems

A story about how I fixed 'Betty's' out of tune singing and the first aid kit I developed from there.

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Module 5: Now what?

the practice diagram: did you like it? if not: checklist. exercises for each item on checklist

Handy and necessary tools for home 2 Lessons

Magic mirror

The importance of working with a mirror: it will do wonders.

The 3 perks of filming/recording yourself

Start filming obsessively: it will be a game changer.

Combine the course with real life lessons 2 Lessons

Why this course does not undermine your teacher

This course is about positive mentality, structure and new habits. It complements real life lessons.

Don't have a teacher? Ask me questions

I'll be really glad to answer questions in the comment section. 

Bonus: How to get yourself on stage 4 Lessons

Go on stage before you are ready!

Don't postpone going on stage. It's another mode of practice w you can't do alone.

Make your own demos and concerts

Don't wait for others to hire you: go DIY !

Auditioning

Start auditions before you feel ready! Also, view auditions like one night stands...

Your final task

One more thing I ask you to do...

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