The Foundations of Singing - (not only) for Rock Singers
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The Foundations of Singing - (not only) for Rock Singers

Learn the essential techniques for a strong and powerful tone and add depth to your voice
4.8 (15 ratings)
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Created by Tim Buse
Last updated 5/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 24 Articles
  • 21 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will learn how to use your diaphragm correctly and gain control over your breathing
  • You will know how and when to use your support system to make your notes more stable and give more resonance and depth to your voice
  • You will be able to use the concept of placement to sing in various tonal colours
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  • Being able to play video and audio files
  • No previous singing experience necessary

There are so many different approaches to singing out there, that it can get very frustrating. I myself have been to quite a lot of teachers when I was young, just wanting to know where to start, but there was never one way. Frustrating, I get it...

I personally believe that there can be no good development without getting proper feedback. This is why this course includes an invitation to an exclusive group of singers on Facebook. There you can post your singing exercises, videos, any singing / music related questions about this course or in general. I will give you a full feedback on your video/question and I'm sure some of the other members of the community are there to give you some feedback and advice as well.

Singing is such a vast topic with so many different aspects to it, that finding a place to start is probably the most important part in your musical development. From there you have a much better understanding not only of the foundations of singing, but also of where you want to go next.

For me there is a natural progression when it comes to learning. You start at the very basics and once you have internalized these, everything else starts to make more sense. Of course you will still have to practise, hell I'm still constantly practising and adding stuff to what I can do. 

The concepts of this course are easy enough, but sometimes hard to apply, because we have to re-adjust our body and learn to control and move areas of our body we sometimes didn't even know existed. This is why I am trying to deliver the understanding of these concepts in a way that it's easy to grasp and easy to apply. This course is designed to teach you the understanding and application of the underlying concepts, hence it is a very technical course, where you won't spend hours singing. But once you understand and can apply the techniques, you will be able to sing for hours with good tone and all.

Imagine you're wanting to become a dancer. Without learning proper technique, your dancing will be limited and those with better technique will always advance faster than you. This is because they can build on their foundations. So while this (and I admit that) isn't the super-fun part of learning, it is essential for the development of your craft and the foundation for everything else you're learning about singing and the best way to start.

You will also need to practise a lot, depending on how fast you can apply the concepts. Unfortunately no one can do that for you- yet, maybe there are robots for that in a couple years time ;) - but I'm sure that with the right motivation and a strong mindset, you will be able to become the best singer you can be and you'll be constantly adding technique and expression to your singing repertoire based on the fundamental singing techniques.

And I would love to be able to guide you on your way!

To end this, here's what some of my students over the years have said about my teaching:

Tim is a fantastic teacher - he doesn't just teach the best techniques, he has always been able to identify the best ways for me personally to overcome any challenges specific to my own voice to help me sing the songs I want to sing. He has me hitting high notes I never thought possible, and with power too!

- Matt K. (UK)

Tim is an outstanding, professional and well experienced singer/musician. When I first started with him I was a sad case, limited range and vocal techniqe. But after each lesson with him and good practice at home I started seeing more and more results. Expanded my vocal range at least an octave, my control over my voice was becoming better and my technique was improving. What I loved about the sessions with Tim is that he's not one of those teachers who just waste your time explaining you how to do something, but he first makes it straight and obvious for you and after that shows you how it's done. No excuses whatsoever, the way it should be.

- Achilles Z. (Bulgaria)

I was stuck with my vocal abilities when I decided to take some lessons by a rock vocal coach. I just googled rock vocal coach in London and basically he was the first who came up. To be honest, I didn't have to look for another coach after that. Technically, I just needed a few lessons to take my voice to the next level...well...without him I wouldn't be able to do the things I can do now. He basically opened/showed me a way to a completely different singing technique that helped me with A LOT of things. Reaching high notes, better support... the list could go on and on. How I like to describe it is that he made a 'click' in my voice and since then my way of singing has completey changed for the better. It's like I discovered my voice again through his technique... and still discovering. I just can't believe what I can do now with my voice, which I'll always gonna be grateful for. Thanks Tim!

 - Lorence J. (Hungary)

Tim has helped me immensely throughout my journey as a vocalist. Thanks to him, I reached notes I've never reached before and was able to explore different areas of my voice that I wasn't familiar with! Totally recommend him!! 

 - Cat P. (Portugal)

It's quite a journey for me to London every time, but I'm looking forward to every single lesson with Tim. The lessons have a solid structure, I always learn new aspects of singing and I can see the improvement from lesson to lesson. I was only able to sing up to a E4 previously. Now I can hit notes like B4 and even sometimes a C5 without straining my voice and with a strong tone.

 - Simon B. (UK)

Just like those guys, I hope you will find success in what you do and if I can help you achieve it, even better :)

Looking forward to seeing you inside,


Who is the target audience?
  • Everyone who wants to learn the essentials that all singing (and especially rock singing) is based on
  • Every new singer, who is unsure about where to start when learning to sing
  • People who need a different perspective on Breathing, Supporting and Placement
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Curriculum For This Course
47 Lectures
2 Lectures 04:29

In this video, you will get to know me and you will know what you will learn in this course.

Preview 03:56

In this document, you can get the link to accessing our Facebook Group for feedback on your videos or questions to this course and/or its content.

How to get singing reviews and max out the course potential
11 Lectures 01:07:41

In this video, you will be introduced to the important topic of 'diaphragmatic breathing' and you will learn how to breath correctly.

Introduction to Breathing Technique

In this video, the first phase of the breathing cycle will be explained in all detail. You will learn about the pitfalls and what could go wrong, and you will have a better understanding of where and how to inhale correctly.

Phase I - Inhale

This exercise video familiarizes you with the concept of engaging your diaphragm while singing (or speaking, whispering etc.)

Exercise: Short and Long 'HEY'

In this video, you will learn that there is not one correct way to engage your diaphragm. Learn all three positions in order to fully understand the concept of engagement, even if one of those is your most comfortable or best position. 

Inhaling on all positions

In this video, the second phase of the breathing cycle is explained. Knowing how to hold your air correctly is quite vital in order to avoid strain and tension build-up when going into the third phase of the breathing cycle.

Phase II - Hold

In this exercise, you will learn how to keep your throat relaxed while you are holding your breath. This is a common sourse for strain, so be sure that you do this exercise until you really feel that you can control the muscles in your throat and relax them.

Exercise: No tension release

This exercise is about engaging the diaphragm and let's it do "push ups". This will increase control over and strength in your diaphragm, which is vital for notes that are out of your comfort zone.

Exercise: Holding Diaphragm Pump

This video explains the third and final phase of the breathing cycle. Exhaling is synonym for singing and any other vocalization, because what else is singing than exhaling with sound!

Phase III - Exhale

In this exercise video, you will learn how to complete the breathing cycle, ending with a release of different sounds (legato and staccato) without any strain or tension in your throat.

Exercise: Release on 'F' - 'AH' and vowels

In this video, you will learn to efficiently use your breath and optimize your breathing.

Optimise your breath

In this video, you will learn how to play the breathing game. This is a challenging game-like exercise with a scoring system, so you can keep track of your breath efficiency development. 

Exercise: The breathing game

This Quiz will test you on how good your understanding of the breathing cycle is.

Breathing Quiz
3 questions
7 Lectures 28:11

In this video, you will learn everything you need in order to be able to know what your support is. Support and breathing go hand in hand, and this builds absolutely on what you have learned so far in the breathing module.

Using your support

This video will show you that not only your diaphragm can give you support.

Preview 03:46

In this video, you will get to know the concept of bursts. These are a very handy way of shortly increasing your vocal power when needed for dynamic articulation or larger interval changes.

Preview 03:17

In this video, a first bursting exercise is demonstrated.

Exercise: Bursting I

In this video, a second bursting exercise is demonstrated.

Exercise: Bursting II

In this video, you familiarize yourself with the concept of the Slow Push. This is a useful tool (or image) to have when you need to sing longer phrases or just want to stabilize your notes. 

The Slow Push

In this video, we are practicing the Slow Push.

Exercise: Using the slow push

A couple of questions about the Support Section of this course

Support Quiz
3 questions
3 Lectures 24:55

In this video, the concept of placement is introduced. You will learn what it is, where you can feel it, how you can hear and differenciate the different positions from each other and how you can change between them. 

Finding and establishing your Placement

This video concentrates on changing the tonal colour and gaining security in directly accessing a chosen placement.

Changing your vocal colour

In this video, we will see how you can change notes and still be able to hold on to the desired placement while changing your notes.

Changing your pitch with placement

A little quiz, testing your understanding of the term and its application.

Placement Quiz
3 questions
Course Summary
1 Lecture 03:44

This is your course summary. All explained concepts are summarized in short and the whole singing process will be revisited from beginning to end.

Course Summary
Bonus Material
23 Lectures 20:40

In this section, you can download 20 audio exercises that will help you develop your voice and establish the proper use of the mentioned concepts. The instructions to the single exercises can be found in the PDF.

Audio Exercise Instructions

Exercise 01/20

Audio Exercise 01: Short HEY

Audio Exercise 02/20

Audio Exercise 02: Long HEY

Exercise 03/20

Audio Exercise 03: Holding your breath - release on long AH

Audio Exercise 04/20

Audio Exercise 04: Holding your breath - release on AEIOU

Audio Exercise 05/20

Audio Exercise 05: Exhale on FFF

Audio Exercise 06/20

Audio Exercise 06: Exhale on MAY

Audio Exercise 07/20

Audio Exercise 07: Connecting your vocal cords - HUM

Audio Exercise 08/20

Audio Exercise 08: Connecting your vocal cords - HUM to AH

Audio Exercise 09/20

Audio Exercise 09|1: Breathing Game - 1st set

Audio Exercise 10/20

Audio Exercise 09|2: Breathing Game - 2nd set

Audio Exercise 11/20

Audio Exercise 09|3: Breathing Game - 3rd set

Audio Exercise 12/20

Audio Exercise 09|4: Breathing Game - 4th set

Audio Exercise 13/20

Audio Exercise 09|2: Breathing Game - 5th set

Audio Exercise 14/20

Audio Exercise 10: Diaphragm Bursts - No Release

Audio Exercise 15/20

Audio Exercise 11: Diaphragm Bursts - Continuous FFF release

Audio Exercise 16/20

Audio Exercise 12: Diaphragm Bursts - Vowel stresses

Audio Exercise 17/20

Audio Exercise 13: Moving Placement - Placement slide

Audio Exercise 18/20

Audio Exercise 14: Moving Placement - Placement steps on vowels

Audio Exercise 19/20

Audio Exercise 15: Keeping Placement - Vowel rotation all three positions

Audio Exercise 20/20

Audio Exercise 16: Slow Push OH

Showing an alternative way if you're not able to engage your diaphragm by using the HEY exercises.

Alternative method to finding your diaphragm (2-step motion)

Three Diaphragm Positions
About the Instructor
Tim Buse
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155 Students
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Singer, Vocal Coach, Entrepreneur

Tim has been a successful vocal coach for over ten years, working with more than 1,000 rock and metal singers from all over the world. His love for the voice, singing and his experience made him one of the most sought after rock and metal teachers in the UK. He is currently working on creating an online platform for singers, providing them with all his experience in teaching and the opportunity to connect with singers from across all continents.