Bonus Lecture: The importance of breath support.
"it was really helpful. After finishing this course, i feel like a new person way more confident when talking to people." --D.D., Udemy student
"This approach of Mr. Ramesha is the complete opposite of what I used to do with my voice. If you really want to experience something new, then take this course. You won´t regret it. It took me a while before I decided to enroll in this course but I´m very happy that I had the opportunity to experience something new with this approach." --M.H., Udemy student.
"Fantastic! This is not a typical public speaking course. It is aimed at awareness and control of the sound of your voice. The benefits are instant and will last a lifetime. Thank you for the invaluable information." --O.B., Udemy student
Bonus Lecture uploaded today: What is vocal placement and why is it important for speaking.
Important note: I've uploaded 2 bonus lectures. Check them out!
Your voice is your primary tool of communication!
if you want to naturally convey trust, honesty, and integrity through the quality and presence of your voice; If you want to speak without getting tired or hoarse; if you want to be a more influential speaker or teacher; if the sound of your voice on recording makes you cringe; if you want to learn to communicate with clarity, power, and ease; if you want to become more effective at sharing your message and influencing others positively, this course is for you!
When hearing a recording of themselves, speakers and teachers frequently cringe because they realize that they sound very different from what they imagined!
The voice conveys so much information about who you are. If properly trained, your voice can become a powerful instrument to convey not just words, but the energy, the ideas, and the consciousness behind the words. A strong, resonant voice is confidence-building, commands attention, conveys trust and integrity, and establishes more easily a connection with your audience.
Bad habits and age are stressful to the voice. Over the years, it tends to crack more often and to sound thinner, weaker, and more shallow. The organs that produce the voice are muscles, and like any other muscle, they need to be kept in good shape in order to work properly. This course will show you how.
Voice training can turn a weak, thin, cracking voice into a powerful communication tool. A misplaced voice inhibits, instead of enhancing, your ability to convey effectively content and ideas. Besides making it easier and more natural to use the voice, proper vocal training develops your sound and resonance, which translates into the ability to communicate on a deeper level.
In this course you will learn the techniques to make your voice into a strong and reliable instrument to express your thoughts and feelings with clarity and conviction. The confidence that will come as a result, will make it easier for you to “get out of yourself” and connect with your audience on a deeper level. This synergy will help you feel that you and your audience are on the same side, taking away any sense of stress and building a subtle bridge between you and them.
The course consists of video files with guided vocal exercises covering the main aspects and challenges of voice production. The videos will guide you through the practice of the exercises, giving you special instructions, reminders, and addressing the most common issues students often run into.
You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback by sending me a message on Udemy.
Take action now! Every few minutes you’re delaying you’re not expressing your full potential as a speaker.
“I am pretty new to teaching, so sometimes I find it difficult to handle a classroom full of students. More so on Thursdays, when I teach seven lessons almost back to back. I usually end each week with a hoarse and aching throat. Ramesha gave me an exercise to help me learn talking from my diaphragm and with resonance in my head, so that I would not strain my voice. When next I tried it I could hear my voice sound different; it was lower, and producing it was less effort. The first time was difficult for me to maintain, I had to consciously think about my belly moving and my throat position, and every time I raised my voice I lost it and had to start all over again, but it was worth it. Aside from the lack of strain, each time I spoke that way, I felt that my energy was more centered and I was in better control of it. The result was not only a better use of the voice, but also a more pleasant teaching experience.” — O. L., Tel Aviv, Israel
"Ramesha makes voice classes fun, interesting, and inspiring. He is a great example of what he teaches. His voice is so resonant and uplifting." --M. J., Seattle WA
"Ramesha can impart vocal training in an interesting and fun way, and makes everyone feel they can apply the principles and make improvements." --K. D. Newbury OH
Buy this course now and start speaking with confidence and ease!
In this section you will learn how to produce a full sound and why it is important to your vocal development.
What does it mean to have a full voice? The voice is full when you can produce sounds that are not "airy", because the vocal cords close properly, so no air can leak through them. With the right exercises, you can teach the various muscles of the throat to work together to make your sound full, round, and smooth.
When your voice is full, speaking becomes easier because you're able to "optimize" your breath, achieving the same results with less effort.
Why is it important, as a speaker, to expand your vocal range? There are two main reasons:
1. Many speakers have the harmful tendency to speak in the lowest portion of their range, pushing their voice down in pitch to give it more authority. In the long run this can be harmful to your voice, leading to injuries caused by abusing the vocal cords.
2. Nothing can put listeners to sleep quite as effectively as when someone is talking in a monotone. Expanding your range will enliven your talk, making it easier to express a wide variety of ideas, moods, and feelings.
Breath is the motor of the voice. Many people fail to engage the diaphragm when they breathe, resulting in shallow breaths and limited oxygen intake. Bad postural habits, stress, and anxiety...all tend to interfere with deep, diaphragmatic breathing.
In this lecture you will learn new breathing habits, which will make speaking--especially for long periods of time--easier and much more enjoyable.
Good breath support is one of the keys to the health and longevity of your voice.
One of the greatest favors you can do for yourself as a speaker is to increase your vocal resonance.
The voice becomes more resonant when you’re able to use your upper body as a sounding board, making the voice louder, deeper, more interesting and beautiful.
In this video you'll learn how to combine fullness, diaphragmatic breathing, and resonance.
In this lecture we will practice speaking together, and you will learn how all these pieces fit into the picture.
In addition to regular vocal training, I strongly recommend that every speaker take the time to warm up their voice before a speaking engagement, especially if it will be a long one. Think of your voice the same way athletes think of their muscles. No runner would start a marathon without warming up, so why would you?
Here's a short and simple routine that you can practice before giving a talk--it can even be done in the car on your way to the venue.
Ramesha Nani was six years old when he started classical guitar lessons at the Scuola di musica Colombo in Lugano, Switzerland. He began studying the violin in middle school, receiving his Diploma in violin performance from the Music Conservatory in Como, Italy.
After becoming disillusioned with music performance as a career, he turned to teaching music in middle school, quickly discovering that he had a gift for relating to students and opening their eyes to the wonders of sound.
During this time he started singing with rock bands. However, he felt the need to increase the range and flexibility of his voice; and so he began taking singing lessons from renowned Swiss-Italian soprano, Giovanna Zaugg-Casella. In the seven years that he worked with Madame Zaugg-Casella, Ramesha discovered a versatile tenor voice that he can apply to many different musical styles, as well as a thorough knowledge of how the voice works.
Ramesha met his wife, Bhagavati, when they performed together at Ananda Assisi and moved with her to the United States in 2006 in order to participate more fully in the music ministry of Ananda. Ramesha is in demand as a vocal instructor; in addition to in-person lessons, he teaches online to students throughout the world.
From 2010 to 2013 Ramesha lived in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to teaching voice, he still plays violin and guitar as part of his music ministry with his wife, Bhagavati Nani. They both are part of the singing quartet "The Joy Singers", whose mission is to share positive, uplifting music. He's also a member of the NAMTA, the North American Music Teachers Association.
In 2013 he moved back to Ananda Village, in Nevada City, CA to help lead Ananda Music worldwide.
“Ramesha has helped me to develop as a singer. He has supported me and continuously encouraged me, without which I might not have been able to uncover the joy of singing. He believed in me even when I did not. I could not have made as much progress as I have without Ramesha's practical guidance." -- I.K., Nevada City, CA
“I first met Ramesha when I was living at Ananda for a couple months. The first time I heard his voice I was mesmerized. Having taken voice lessons for about 7-8 years previously and missing singing, I jumped at the opportunity when he announced he was teaching voice. His technique of teaching is superb and I am very pleased with the results!!! I look forward to learning more from him in the future." -- L.K., Tucson, AZ