Free Your Voice!
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Free Your Voice!

The key to effortless singing.
5.0 (1 rating)
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8 students enrolled
Created by Amy Box
Last updated 3/2017
English
Current price: $10 Original price: $50 Discount: 80% off
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Sing using the correct technique. Engaging breath support and freeing up tension to sing effortlessly and with power. Students will finish the course feeling empowered and confident in their singing ability.
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Requirements
  • Students won't need any special materials or software for this course but they must be prepared to practise the exercises shown in their own time.
Description

You’ll learn techniques to help you:

  • Sing with more power
  • Sing with ease
  • Sing with confidence!
  • Use what you learn to apply to ANY SONG
  • Increase your breath capacity
  • Improve your tone
  • Release tension
  • Get rid of stage fright
  • Save TIME – 1 course instead of numerous singing lessons
This course if for you if:
  • You enjoy singing and you’d like to improve
  • You’re ready to learn and prepared to practise (little and often)
  • You would LOVE to feel more confident (Free Your Voice is packed with easy techniques for an immediate improvement)
  • You want to get more strength in your voice and sing without strain

“It works!! After 20 years of not having the confidence to sing in front of ANYONE (I now feel silly saying that!), I completely can. I can glide through those tough notes without having to stop singing, I can sing louder and prouder, and the breathing exercises soon became natural.” - Free Your Voice student.

Who is the target audience?
  • The ideal student for this course is someone aged 18+ who likes to sing but is at a beginner level. They may have had one or two lessons previously or none at all.
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Curriculum For This Course
13 Lectures
01:44:34
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Module One - Breath
5 Lectures 43:06

Hello and WELCOME!

Here’s a bit more information about the course and what you need to do to get the most from it.

Preview 03:56

Let’s talk about breathing. Where do we breath for singing?

In this first lesson we’re going to talk about the difference between breathing for speaking and breathing for singing, and why it’s so important to get it right.

Don’t get stressed about this guys, and don’t overthink it. Overthinking can cause tension which we don’t want for singing.

Struggling to find the right place to breathe? Lie down on your back and relax. Let your breathing regulate and focus on where the breath is going.

Preview 06:34

Now we know how we should be breathing for singing, let’s give it a go. This is a great exercise to practise every day (yes – every day!). You’ll engage the right support and increase your stamina and breath capacity each time you practise.

If you find you’re getting a little light headed during this exercise – don’t panic. Your body isn’t used to breathing so deeply and taking in so much oxygen for an extended time. As you practise this, your body will adjust to the new levels of oxygen and you won’t feel so light headed.

Don’t forget to keep a glass of water handy and sit down if you need to.

Breathing Homework!
11:25

Now you’ve practised breathing for singing, you know what that sensation is and you know how to practise at home – let’s connect it to some actual singing.

Now we’re going to try lip trills. They’re MAGIC. Honestly – if you do no other exercise but lip trills you’ll still hear a difference in your voice.

The lip trill uses a very small amount of the vocal cord but it requires you to activate the breath (and support it properly).

If you can’t seem to get the lip trilling, try pushing your cheeks in and forward to stick out your lips, or try rolling the tongue at the same time!

The Magic Lip Trill
11:02

Now we’ve done the lip trill, let’s actually sing on a nice, open aaahh vowel.

Here’s what you need to focus on:

  • Don’t push the sound, let your supporting breath gently push the sound out.
  • We’re not trying to make a pretty sound – don’t even think about your tone. Just support the sound.
  • This should be effortless – support it from your abdominals but don’t push, strain, force or pinch the sound from your throat. At all.

You can do it!

Supported, Open, Relaxed AH
10:09
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Resonance
5 Lectures 36:28

Let’s talk about resonance! What on earth is it? Why is it important for singing? What’s it got to do with guitars?

Creating a big open space is ideal for optimum vocal resonance.

The key to this rich, open tone? Lifting your soft palate!

What is Resonance?
07:41

Now let’s apply that lifted soft palate to the AAH exercise. Remember we’re not worrying about our tone here – just supporting the sound and creating a nice, open space.

The Open AH
05:18

TENSION IS THE ENEMY OF SINGING!

Life is hard. We hold tension in many parts of our body, often without realising. This is bad news for singing, my friends.

Before we get on to some exercises for relieving tension, I’ve got a big tip which will help your singing…

Tension
05:23

In this lesson I’m giving you some weird and wonderful exercises to help you get rid of tension.

If you notice you’re starting to strain as you sing STOP, do one of these exercises, take a breather and start again. The key to effortless singing is an absence of tension

Tension Exercises
09:54

Let’s see how we get on applying that relaxed state to some singing.

As always – we’re not focusing on a nice vocal tone here – we want to see how well we can coordinate a use of the vocal cord with elimination of any tension.

We wouldn’t usually sing like this of course, but once you can find the sensation of the melting face it will be easier to spot tension as you sing, and get rid of it.

The Dumb Sound
08:12
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Cracking the mindset
3 Lectures 25:00

Think about your favourite artist. Were they born with their talent? Probably not!

Time to stop comparing yourself to singers who’ve most likely had years of training and practise to grow and develop their vocal skill.

You are brilliant. And you’re doing a great job.

BONUS HOMEWORK TASK

WRITE DOWN ONE THING YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR SINGING. MAYBE YOU’RE GOOD AT FINDING HARMONIES. PERHAPS YOU HAVE A GOOD VOCAL RANGE. MAYBE YOUR TONE IS SMOOTH AND SWEET OR YOU CAN DO POP RUNS LIKE A PRO.

WRITE IT DOWN, PIN IT UP AND LET’S CELEBRATE OUR GOOD QUALITIES!

The myth of the natural talent
09:00

Here’s a great strategy for your practise time:

Breath Activation Exercise (5 mins)

Vocal Warm Up/Development – Lip Trills (5 mins)

Skills growth (specific technique exercises) (5-10 minutes)

Song Work (5-10 minutes)

REMEMBER – AT EACH STAGE YOU CAN STOP. JUST BREATH ACTIVATION IS BETTER THAN NOTHING AT ALL. BUT DON’T SKIP AHEAD BEFORE COMPLETING ALL THE PREVIOUS SECTIONS.

Little and often, practise makes perfect. It’s true!

Keep going and you’ll make great progress I just know it

Practise Makes Perfect
09:18

Friend, I am so proud. You’ve come a long way! Thank you for choosing me to help you with your singing journey.

Take a look at Courageous Singing Academy where we spend 12 weeks working on things like smoothing out the break, strengthening head voice, belting, performance skills and tons more!

Happy singing 

A Final Goodbye
06:42
About the Instructor
Amy Box
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Vocal Coach

I help aspiring singers to get the most potential from their voices by eliminating tension and teaching solid technique to help them to use their voice powerfully and effortlessly.

I am passionate about singing. It's good for your mind and your body, your self confidence, your health and so much more. Singing can be a fun hobby, a therapy, a way of expressing oneself and a great way to relax.

Why am I different to every other singing teacher?

I INCORPORATE VISUALISATIONS TO MY TEACHING
Many singers, and indeed many creatives, are visual learners. The problem with singing is that our instruments are invisible. They're inside our bodies and therefore more difficult to manipulate. I use something called visual cuing - I give my students pictures and images to imagine while they sing, which helps the technique to stick in their minds and therefore translate to their voices much faster.

I'M DOWN TO EARTH AND MAKE MY TEACHING FUN
When we're smiling and feeling positive we pick things up faster and we work harder. I always aim to make my lessons fun to help my students relax and try new things without feeling intimidated.

I ENCOURAGE EACH STUDENT TO FIND THEIR OWN STYLE
I'll help a student to find their vocal range and increase it, but I won't label them a soprano, alto, tenor or bass. Everybody has a range and style where they sing most comfortably and naturally, but our voices are incredibly amazing and complex and limiting ourselves to one style or range can restrict our growth and progress as singers.


*I also have a degree in Musical Theatre, a higher certificate in Contemporary Vocal Teaching and over 20 years experience performing on stage and singing professionally.