Learn to sing from professional vocal coach Roma Waterman.
Over 6500 students worldwide in October 2016. Hundreds of 5 star reviews!
Heres some reviews from students:
"Loving the course!! Very grateful for all the information. It really answers everything and anything and clears any confusion you previously had coming into this course. She has a pleasant voice, valuable tips and easy to follow instructions". Thank you, Roma! Xx Miss Shapiro
"Roma is so GENUINE and I receive such warmth and true desire to be of service to us - her students.Lovely Soul"! Montana
"This course is very comprehensive and fun. Despite me having a great singing voice, I always had a bad habit of singing "throaty" or "pushed". This helped me get rid of these bad habits". Rick
"I have taken at least three online courses to improve my singing. I would like to say that yours are perfect. I really recommend this course to everyone. These exercises really work. Thank you very much for motivation that you give everyone". .Asiye
Do you struggle with finding the time to learn to sing?
Or maybe you can't afford the luxury of weekly singing lessons?
Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced vocalist, this course will provide you with an excellent framework to be the best singer you can be.
For the cost of 2 one hour vocal lessons, you can have a whole course on singing at your fingertips that you can watch over and over again.
I'm Roma Waterman, vocal coach, author, speaker and professional singer/songwriter. After recording 9 albums, touring Internationally and being a vocal coach for TV Shows and for professional and amateur students, I know what it takes to sing well. It would be a privilege to help you achieve that goal too.
This course includes:
Complete the course at your own leisure - take your time for a thorough learning experience, or complete it in a few days and have a resource you can go back to over and over again!
The best vocalists are not only those who DO, but those who KNOW why they DO.
This course will not just show you how to warm up and use your voice effectively, but will also explain why. With easy to understand lectures with videos, diagrams and presentations, you will achieve all your goals to have singing success!
This is also a great course for church singers, church choirs, vocal groups.
In this lecture I want to show you how to get the most out of this course - by introducing yourself in the discussion forum, posting video links to you singing, and knowing that I check in everyday to see how you are going.
You can also post your song demo's here for me to review or for other student feedback!
In this lecture I'll go over a summary of what we you will be learning and what you will be able to do should you complete the course. From Voice Physiology, breathing anatomy, 3 pillars of the voice, right down to vocal warm ups and the extra's that are included!
A brief description of who I am so you can get to know your teacher!
A brief description of what you will learn in this section on voice physiology.
A description and explanation of:
* the larynx;
* tongue and head.
This lecture also includes diagrams showing where everything is located. Once you understand how it all works together, you will have an excellent background for the purpose of breathing and vocal exercises.
A description of how the vocal folds produce sound, including photos of real live vocal folds! You will learn how they come together for phonation (singing/speaking etc), and what they are doing at rest. You will also learn where they are placed in the throat. This lecture will help you understand why good vocal technique is important, and behind a sore or inflamed throat (and how to avoid it if you can!)
Breathing is much more complex than we realise. We do it every day without thinking - but what is really happening when we breathe, and is there a certain way to breath for singing? This lecture will demystify what is taking place in the body when you breathe. A description of how the intercostal muscles, the diaphragm, lungs and ribcage work together to produce breath effective for singing and speaking. Includes diagrams.
Try this simple exercise to see what happens to your breathing when you change your posture. You will be able to see what hinders your breathing and what brings more freedom from breath.
A summary of what we have learned of voice physiology and breathing anatomy during this section. This will include an overview of the anatomy of throat and head, vocal folds, intercostal muscles, diaphragm, lungs and rib cage.
Let's test how well you know your voice anatomy with this simple quiz!
There are three pillars that keep your voice strong, confident and healthy. The three pillars of the voice are:
In this short lecture will cover what we will learn in the next few lectures based around these pillars.
Learn about the importance and benefits of good posture by trying this simple test. You will be able to identify any problems and how they are affecting your voice. Make sure you have some space to make some noise as I want you to try singing some notes with tension and without - so you can see and feel the difference.
Learn the basic principles of the Alexander Technique to help you understand where some functional problems may lie. The Alexander Technique is an excellent technique that will help you rectify these problems to improve both singing and posture. Learn also about the health benefits of this technique - many can be improved and even cured just by correcting your posture!
In this lecture you will see the difference between good and bad posture. Includes pictures and explanations:
Incorrect posture picture 1: Slumped back tilts pelvis backward;
Incorrect posture picture 2:arched back tilts pelvis forward;
Incorrect posture picture 3: correct - body is buoyant and balanced.
You will be able to compare your posture with these pictures and see how if you need to make any improvements.
Incorporating the principles of the Alexander Technique, you will be able to realign your body using this simple exercise. Depending on whether your backside or shoulder blades hit the wall first, you will be able to identify what is preventing you from having a buoyant and balanced body and rectify it accordingly.
A downloadable PDF of "The Wall" posture exercise. At the end of this lecture you will have realigned your posture. You will have become aware of any functional problems preventing you from standing correctly for ease of singing.
A summary of everything you will have learned once completing this section.
Test your knowledge about posture with this quiz!
An introduction of what you will learn in this section around breathing, breath support, and some simple exercises to get you breathing correctly!
There are three ways to breathe:
We will discuss each one, and how they affect your voice. At the end of this lecture you will know which one is correct for good singing technique.
At the end of this lecture you will be able to perform the book on floor exercise, which will help strengthen the intercostal and abdominal muscles. This is a great reminder of what parts of your body need to be moving and working to create good breath support. Simple yet effective!
This is premium breath exercise that will make you more aware of what muscles are required for good breath support. As you complete this exercise you will be strengthening the abdominal and intercostal muscles which in turn will help you have more control over your breath and vocal tone.
A great exercise for helping you extend how long you can control your breath. This exercise allows you to measure how well you are doing and encourages you to extend the length of time you can take before taking a breath. Allows strengthening of muscles as you become more in control of your body.
Another great exercise for isolating the muscles required for breath support, by 'panting' like a woman in labour! You will become more aware of what muscles are needed for breath control while strengthening them.
A downloadable sheet with all the breathing exercises. At the end of this lecture you will be able to complete a 5-10 minute breathing warm up!
An outline of what you will have learned once completing the breathing lectures.
Try your "breathing for singing" knowledge with this quick breathing quiz!
An outline of what you will learn in this section on resonance and vibration.
At the end of this lecture students will understand the difference between resonance and vibration, where it is created in the body, and where the vibrating chambers are located.
These exercises - The Witch, Teasing Boy and the cat -the "meow" can really help you feel resonance and vibration. A great warm up exercise for correct placement.
The "Hmmm" is a great exercise for feeling the 'buzz' of the voice in the lips and nose. By performing this exercise you allow the voice to resonate in the face and therefore warm up the resonating chambers ready for singing.
This is an excellent exercise for warming up the resonating chambers used for singing. It's also a great exercise for helping 'smooth' out register breaks. You will feel you have done a gentle yet effective resonance warm up with "The Glide".
A student asked in the discussion board about some quick tips on how to feel resonance in the face. Here's two of my favourite exercises for feeling the voice in the mask of the face and moving your voice away from pushing from the throat.
A summary of what you will have learned once completing the resonance lectures. These are:
* What are resonance and vibration
* Several exercises to warm up the resonating the chambers: The Witch, The Teasing Boy, The Meow and The "Hmmm" sound, and The Glide.
Test your knowledge on Pillar 3 - Resonance.
An introduction of what you will learn in this section.
In this lecture I share some simple tips to make the most of your warm up time. Do these things and you will have a good warm up everytime you practice!
These two exercises are simple yet so effective for warming up the voice and the resonating chambers. By performing them you allow for correct voice placement.
The "Mmm" sound is great for bringing the voice forward into the lips and face. Now that you have got those resonating chambers working from the previous lectures, this exercise and the ones following will help you to warm up your voice on vowels and other consonants.
A fun exercise with a focus on the 'ooo' sound - again there is an emphasis on feeling the vibration of the voice in the resonating chambers of the face and mouth.
Now that you have warmed up your resonating chambers, you can try singing on other vowels to continue warming up the voice. The "Aah" sound is one of the hardest to produce - but you should be able to perform this without pressure or force if you are doing all these exercises in succession. This is because we have placed major focus on exercises that keep the feeling of the voice in the face, nose and mouth.
In this lecture I will cover some 'extra' tips for warming up efficiently. It's not just about singing notes and standing correctly. Don't forget to be well hydrated and practice in front of a mirror! I'll explain why here!
Test your knowledge on important tips to ensure you understand why and how you should do vocal warm ups!
A description of everything included in this section and how to use it.
Many people have emailed asking how to download the mp3's with the new interface change on udemy...hopefully this will help! I am using a Mac, which I believe may be a little different than PC users. If you have a different way of downloading this please let me know. Hope this is helpful!
This is the first half of your complete vocal warm up. These exercises focus on resonance and breathing.
This is the second component of your complete vocal warm up. It focuses on warming up the voice on some fun exercises using vowels and consonants.
This 25 page document includes all the sheet music for the scales in your complete vocal warm up Part 1 and Part 2. I have also included some extras for you! You can use this to practice with an instrument, to give to your current singing teacher, or if you teach yourself, you will have all the resources you need to teach them to your students.
This document includes all the exercises (including breathing and resonance) in order to perform a complete vocal warm up. Print this or save it to your computer and you have a handy reference as a reminder.
Some simple tips for you to combat tension in the jaw and neck whilst singing.
This final lecture goes through a complete summary of everything you have learned, plus an overview of all the resources attached to this course! A final goodbye - thanks so much for completing my course!
Would you like a personal singing lesson evaluation? Find out how here.
I have put together some recommended reading resources to help you continue your singing journey. More knowledge - more power!
This E-book contains all the notes from each lecture and all the diagrams that you can print off and keep!
I am an award winning singer/songwriter and author. I've been a vocal coach, session singer, and artist for over 20 years, which has included being a judge for the early audition process on the X Factor in Australia.
I've been a vocal coach for many TV Talent contestants on X Factor, Idol and the Voice, and I am very passionate in helping people release their authentic sound and style. I love helping people be themselves in their creative industries, and I believe I can help you achieve this as well!
I'm the author of several books, including 'The Handbook for Working Singers'. I've also released 8 albums, including "Your Complete Vocal Warm Up" - a vocal warm up CD for beginner to advanced singers.
In the last two years I have become an online instructor and teach thousands of students all over the world in the areas of voice presentation (for podcasting and teaching), vocal coaching, songwriting, theology and other teacher training such as social media marketing and digital product creation.
I have learned to reinvent myself and now I want to help others do the same - in whatever field you are in - there's more for you - my role is to help you discover what that is!