Sunday, November 22, 2009
Vocal Instruction Gimmicks: Vocal Lessons Online, Via Phone, CD and DVD – What Are They Worth?
I am bombarded on an every day basis with people requesting online vocal lessons, instruction via telephone, CD/DVD based courses or even asked to send them a “magic pill”! They truly believe that the above list of items will solve all of their vocal problems. Just like the emails touting Weight Loss pills and inheritances from millionaires in Nigeria fill our Email Inboxes, if it sounds too far fetched to be true, then it most likely is. Though my claim to fame is accelerated vocal development and sometimes people are curious as to how results can be achieved in such a short period of time, the truth is that I offer a genuine and scientifically researched methodology that works. But, needless to say, it does require face-to-face interaction. The problem with online, phone and CD/DVD lessons is that they are not interactive, so nobody can control whether or not the person is doing the correct thing or provide any feedback. Moreover, when I instruct an artist I have to watch for his body position, his head position and his mouth shape position to say the least, not to mention that at the same time I am providing them with nothing less than very tedious syllable upon syllable instruction. Often our energies are engaged between each other, almost like we are connected by the umbilical chord. You cannot achieve this interactive and internal/external communication unless you are in each other’s presence. Granted, you probably could learn how to play guitar in a very rudimentary fashion via a CD or DVD because tangibly you have a set of strings to touch and you can just copy what you see. Nobody can touch the inside of your throat, let alone yourself. Therefore, I created a method which allows via a certain manipulation of the certain body parts to call out the sound in its entirety out of the physical body. I would never be able to commodify it in a general sense, as each person is unique and different and, therefore, the approach to each person has to be unique and different as well, however, still within the parameters of the Vocal Science technique. So the question is, “Is it worth it to do anything else?”