It is almost a cliché to say, but our daily tasks makes us feel busy. We want everything and we especially don’t want to miss anything. In my vocal studio, I notice more and more that adolescents love to sing and want to learn how to sing better. For me, those are two separate things and I try to point that out to them. If you like to sing, I encourage you to do it everywhere you can without thinking or judging. Just to retain the joy of singing! If you also would like to learn to sing better? Practice your singing voice conscious, short and frequent! Consciously take the time to work on a piece of a song you want to improve. Find out WHAT you want to improve and know HOW you can do that. Your vocal coach can help you with this proces, so you can do it yourself at home while practicing your songs.
Practice short passages from a song
For example, practice a (short) passage from a song you want to improve, it doesn’t matter which technique you want to work on like placement, respiratory flow, phrasing, etc. First of all be conscious about what you should do to improve it. If you’ve put that in mind, you start to sing the passage. After you’ve sung it once, ask yourself how it felt and how it sounded. Was that what you wanted? No? Try to check again what you can do to improve, so that you learn how it feels and sounds when the passage goes well. Do not stay in the trial and error mode and don’t spent time on asking yourself what went wrong. Generally this has a negative effect and it’s time- and energy consuming. You might even end up in starting to hate that song or worse, singing itself! Try to turn your mindset to positive thinking; how can I improve myself so that it goes well? If you already have the desired result after the first time, try this again a second and third time. Observe, listen and feel while singing that passage. Keep focussed! At Vocal Studio at ROBB we help our students to learn this type of vocal practicing, so that students learn how to adjust and improve themselves at home.
Practice your singing voice conscious, short and frequent
Which learning style suits you best? You may ask yourself? As a singing teacher I think it’s important to know which learning style suits my student, in order to respond to this style during the singing lessons. You can find a number of theories about learning styles on the internet or in the old school libraries. Personally, I think the learning styles Kolb made are very interesting and useful. Kolb uses the following four learning styles (Source: “Handbook for Teachers,” Geerts and Kralingen)
– Accommodaters; strong in “hands-on” practical doing
– Convergers; strong in practical “hands-on” application of theories
– Divergers; strong in imaginative ability and discussion
– Assimilators: strong in inductive reasoning and creation of theories
He also distributed a learning process into four stages:
– Concrete experience
– Reflective observation
– Abstract conceptualization
– Active experimentation
In a learning process all four phases are used, and this cycle can be started at each stage. To decide what stage is most appropriate to start with, depends on the learning style of the student. An example; an accommodator is likely to have a practical “hands-on” mentality and would like an concrete experience. He or she will benefit starting a learning process at the stage “concrete experience”. He or she will initially have less interest in an abstract or a reflective approach, but perhaps at a later stage of the learning process he or she will gain interest in these approaches. According to Kolb you go through all four of them in a cycle. Of course there are theories which refute this and say that the cycles are rather random.
Learning styles and learning processes are complex and can therefore differ per person. There are many online tests one can do to get an idea which learning style suits you best. To me these tests are a tool, but the total absolute truth?
At Vocal Studio ROBB we always start with an interview and an extensive questionnaire, to get an overall impression of the potential vocal student. So we can connect with the students needs during the singing lessons and when a particular learning process do not seem to work, we’re able to switch quickly towards another approach where necessary.
Are you curious about what learning style suits you best? Then do the Kolbtest on this website.
Have fun, sing and learn!
A short blog about the voice and its uniqueness; From my teaching practice I regularly novice singers who like to sing like their favorite singer (es). My response is often; “Why would you want that?”. Some answers I get are; “Because her singing is beautiful” or “Because he has a cool voice.” Of course, “beautiful” and “cool” herein are subjective concepts and
what is a “good” or “cool”, the other is not mandatory. I also give then that there already exists one such singer (es)! So why would we want to create a second?
Of course you can of your favorite singer (es) learning, for example, by listening carefully to what they actually do with their singing voice. They just do not go blindly imitate. Because what makes precisely that your favorite singer (es) has such a special voice and become familiar with it?
His or her own voice plays a leading role. What we consider important in Vocal Studio ROBB, is that you have your own unique voice and singing skills -Timbre plus you learn to discover and continues to develop. Here we will help you with it! Step by step we are going to work on realistic and achievable goals. More info? Please contact us!
We’ve been asked for vocal lessons in Breda and surroundings on a regular base. We would like to inform you that our Vocal Studio is in a small town close to Breda where vocal coach Rob van den Biggelaar works with all kind of vocalists, professional singers and people who’ve just started singing. So if you’re from Breda and surroundings and searching for a good professional vocal coach at Breda who can lift your voice to a higher level, you’re at the right place at Vocal Studio ROBB. We work with several contemporary vocal methods and techniques and in particular the relatively new TVS method from the USA. This method guarantees results on vocals techniques and uses good workout routines to maintain your voice and to develop it further. If you want more info please send us an e-mail, give us a call or check the website www.zanglessenbreda.nl.
“In learning how to sing backing vocals and harmonies, I’ve made great progress. The repertoire was entirely free of choice, what motivates me. Rob thanks for your expertise and enthusiasm!”
<em>”At the beginning I got myself a number of goals that I’ve worked on together with Rob, in which he helped me to accomplish them. His way of working on learning how to train your voice works very pleasant. Rob is flexible, but also makes clear goals, so you know where you stand. During the lesson hangs a nice, relaxed atmosphere. I felt at least well at ease.”</em>
This summer I will graduate as vocal Master Course Instructor for the Netherlands and Belgium in a new vocal method from the USA (TVS method). Saturday, June 14, I’ll organize a vocal master class, which is given by fellow vocal coach and creator of the TVS vocal method: Robert Lunte (USA). Are discussed, among others; TVS training methods and techniques, the TVS onsets, vowel modification in singing, formant tuning, song interpretation and vocal effects. The cost for this 5-hour master class is 80,- Euros per person total (this includes tea/coffe and lunch). The master class starts at 09.30 am and ends 15.00 p.m. The location: The Pekhoeve (Ulvenhout, NL). You can sign up by: http://tinyurl.com/TVSEventUlvenhout Watch the promo video for the master classes in Europe 2014 here.
As from this moment you have the opportunity to follow online skypelessons with me. Send me an email to plan your lesson!