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It’s that simple. A technique that limits what you can do with your voice is not a technique – it’s an excuse for limitations. It’s a useful as tits on a bull.

I’ve been around a while. Back in my early days in the smallish town I grew up in there was little variety offered in the way of vocal technique. I grew up taking classical lessons and being told that I needed to stay in my head voice throughout my entire range.

It didn’t work out so well when I wanted to sing things other than arias. My lower register was a mess. When I turned 40 (yes, twice as old as many of you) I discovered there was another way. 18 years later (yes, now almost as old as the Almighty) I am advocating for vocal technique that is true to how the voice works scientifically and teaching methods that are focused on YOUR needs and YOUR singing. Ultimately, those two things will be pivotal in freeing you to express your story through song.

I want you to discover ways to make sounds and sing that allow you to sing absolutely any style you want. With input from a skilled, science and learning theory based vocal coach, you will have the opportunity to master your style and voice and not have it master you.

But here’s the rub: Not all vocal coaches deeply understand how the voice really works; not all vocal coaches understand how people learn. You have to find one who does both so that you can get what you need versus what the vocal coach feels (s)he needs to give you.

Lisa Haupert (Guest Author)