The voice is an amazing instrument, capable of making many varied and wonderful sounds.
Clearly, opera singers do not sound like pop singers. They're using their voices differently, setting up the 'mechanism' in a way that sounds authentic for the type of music they're singing.
The question is: can the same singer sing both opera AND pop? The answer is yes - if you know how! By learning to control the various components of your voice, you can learn to combine them in various 'recipes' - each one appropriate to an individual style or genre of music.
But too often singers and singing teachers tend to get stuck in one style only. That's how they were trained, and that's all they know how to do. Have you ever wanted to sing theatre songs, but found yourself working on a Victorian ballad for a grade exam? Or wanted to sing Opera but been encouraged to use a mic and PA?
The great advantage of Estill Voice Training™ is that it can explain exactly what happens in the voice when singing in different styles. By learning to control the various components of the voice, Estill-trained singers can 'mix' these components in various ways, giving a number of startlingly different sounds. Imagine a singer being able to switch from Pop to Theatre to Opera - completely at will and with total freedom. It can be a revelation if you've been traditionally trained. But it's 'bread and butter' to an Estill singer!
Estill teachers believe that all non-abusive voice qualities are equally valid - there's no aesthetic bias, no thinking that only one way of singing is 'right'. Whatever styles or genres you choose to sing in, Estill will give you the skills to do it properly - without tension or undue strain and with total confidence.
If you want to put together a recital with Classical arias, Theatre songs, Jazz standards and Pop ballads, Estill Voice Training™ will show you how.
As a Certified Master teacher of Estill Voice Training™, Andy Follin can answer all your questions on singing and give you the necessary skills to sing any song, in any repertoire - properly, safely and with the minimum of risk.
Andy is a professional vocal coach, not a school teacher, pianist or singer giving a few singing lessons in their spare time. Unlike a lot of voice teachers, Andy does not insist on long-term tuition, where students have to attend regular lessons, repeating the same exercises until their voice improves. You can attend as often as you like, but there's no compulsion to attend every week or every fortnight. In fact, many students only book sessions every 4 to 6 weeks.
Estill Voice Training™ is known for producing quick results. Quite often, Andy finds that long-standing problems can be fixed in the first few lessons. At your first session, Andy will give you an assessment of your abilities and draw up a plan that ensures you get to where you want to be, as quickly as possible.
If you're ready to take your voice to the next level, book a lesson with Andy today (see bottom of page).
Andy runs his studio from St Helens, so is ideally located for students in the Liverpool, Merseyside, Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire areas. Please check out the separate pages for students from Liverpool, Merseyside, Warrington, Widnes / Runcorn, Wigan, Cheshire, Lancashire and North Wales.
For those unable to travel to the studio, or who are based overeseas, Andy is also happy to teach online via Zoom. During the 2020 lockdown, Andy was able to continue teaching in this way to provide full service to his clientele. For more information on the equipment needed for an effective Zoom lesson, please check out the Online Lessons page.
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