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'Voice Yoga' vocal instruction

GUEST,John D. Scott 27 Jan 09 - 03:57 PM
GUEST,Indrani Ananda 27 Jan 09 - 06:07 PM
Don Firth 27 Jan 09 - 06:24 PM
katlaughing 27 Jan 09 - 07:06 PM
VirginiaTam 28 Jan 09 - 02:37 PM
katlaughing 28 Jan 09 - 03:00 PM
Don Firth 28 Jan 09 - 07:45 PM
GUEST,John D. Scott 29 Jan 09 - 12:12 AM
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Subject: 'Voice Yoga' vocal instruction
From: GUEST,John D. Scott
Date: 27 Jan 09 - 03:57 PM

Hey everyone,

My name is John D. Scott and I would like to invite each of you to check out my new Voice Yoga program. My program can dramatically improve your singing voice, whether you are a beginner or have advanced vocal training. My ten lesson program will instruct you on the inner workings and layers of proper vocal technique at a fraction of the cost of many popular instructional programs.

I have been a technical vocal instructor for 16 years in the San Francisco Bay area and have trained hundreds of singers using the very same techniques I have incorporated in my videos. Successful students of mine have gone on to the American Idol finals and have sung at the Oscar Awards.

As a preview to my methods and the training I can provide you, please first check out my YouTube channels, featuring some sample videos:

http://www.youtube.com/voiceyoga
http://www.youtube.com/JohnScott551

If you like what you see, check out the Voice Yoga program at http://www.modernvocalist.com or my Voice Yoga blog at http://www.modernvocalist.blogspot.com.

Thanks, I can't wait to hear from you.

JDS
jdsvoice@alamedanet.net

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Learn my exciting new Voice Yoga technique at http://www.modernvocalist.com

Bring your questions, comments, or suggestions to my blog at http://www.modernvocalist.blogspot.com


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Subject: RE: 'Voice Yoga' vocal instruction
From: GUEST,Indrani Ananda
Date: 27 Jan 09 - 06:07 PM

Please tell me how to get the neighbours to go out every day so that I can get some practice in. Who else on here has this trouble?

                                           Indrani


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Subject: RE: 'Voice Yoga' vocal instruction
From: Don Firth
Date: 27 Jan 09 - 06:24 PM

Right here. I live in an apartment building, and I like to keep track of my neighbors comings and goings so I can do my practice when my immediate neighbors in adjacent apartments are out.

First, I don't want to disturb them, and second, I don't want them to think that I'm abusing a buffalo.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: 'Voice Yoga' vocal instruction
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Jan 09 - 07:06 PM

It sounds interesting, JDS. A suggestion, though? Let folks know how much they will be spending before they have to decide their method of payment.


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Subject: RE: 'Voice Yoga' vocal instruction
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 28 Jan 09 - 02:37 PM

I thought it quite lame and pretty much shameful promotion. Is this guy a member of Mudcat?

Also, I don't know any blues or folk singers who want a polished, popped up, Disneyfied voice.

I prefer the edgy, dragged through hedge backwards style of singing.

Re practicing... I live in flats and I ain't shy. I just don't sing or play during unsocial hours.


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Subject: RE: 'Voice Yoga' vocal instruction
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Jan 09 - 03:00 PM

Vtam, did you look at any of the videos? I don't think you'd have to be Disney-fied. From what I can see, it could be helpful in learning better breath control by focussing on certain muscle groups. It may be old hat to a lot of folks and I know we've had a lot of threads about the voice, etc. and we have a few of what I consider our own experts here, but it never hurts to be open to other techniques. It is self-promotion, but at least he was upfront about who he is and what he does. I'd rather that than some one who sneaks in and then goes rampant posting a link every time they sign their name, etc.


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Subject: RE: 'Voice Yoga' vocal instruction
From: Don Firth
Date: 28 Jan 09 - 07:45 PM

I watched (listened to) the videos, and it looks to me like John D. Scott has some pretty good stuff there. I had a couple of years' lessons from a classical voice teacher (retired operatic soprano) and another couple of years with a retired singer and choir director (a bass-baritone, like me), both of whom understood what I was doing and didn't try to turn me into an opera singer, but taught me such things as breath control, placement, keeping the voice mechanism relaxed, et al.

I didn't see anything in Scott's program that contradicted anything I have been taught, and listening to him demonstrate on the videos, he obviously knows how to negotiate the register change from chest to head voice very smoothly.

The only reservation I have about on-line voice lessons or lessons on DVDs in general is that there isn't any way to include the all-important highly sophisticated pair of ears of a good voice teacher to critique how the student sounds. A fair alternative would be to record your practice (on a cassette recorder or digital recorder such as a Zoom H2) and play it back for self-criticism. Better, of course, are the ears of a good teacher, who can hear things that the student might miss.

I'd be interested to read Scott's comments on my comments.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: 'Voice Yoga' vocal instruction
From: GUEST,John D. Scott
Date: 29 Jan 09 - 12:12 AM

Dear Don,

Thank you for your post, and I think you've identified the critical weak link in on line voice instruction. Every singer is different, and watching on line videos will not compare to in studio instruction.

For many singers, however, in person lessons are not an option. My approach to this problem is to have students video themselves on a web cam doing the exercises. I'm happy to evaluate them and make suggestions, as it helps me learn what areas need to be explained better and see what ranges and exercises are most beneficial to the student. The videos I use have a keyboard on the bottom showing the notes being sung, so we obtain an accurate record of how the student is progressing, and we can refer back to specific locations on the video to discuss subtle aspects of tension, body position, and placement.

I enjoy working with students all over the world in this manner, and while it is quite new and under development, I believe it will come into general acceptance as an effective alternative to in studio voice instruction.

-John Scott


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