To access the voice lessons, tap the Training tab at the bottom and expand the Voice Training section unless it’s already expanded. Each entry you will see below it is a training program with multiple voice lessons inside of it, intended to be practiced as one integral unit in one sitting.
If this is the first time you’re using Erol Singer’s Studio, select “Introduction“ first to go through an orientation program. After that, go through the Breathing Essentials program, and move onto a new program only after you’re completely comfortable with all programs that precede it. Try not to skip ahead; breathing technique is crucial to singing well. We recommend practicing only one program per day, and repeating the program until you’re comfortable singing all the lessons within it.
Note that if your selected vocal range is very narrow, the lessons may not take long to finish, as the app won’t be able to play through many keys in your range. In this case, you can repeat each lesson within a program multiple times before you finish the program. Just make sure that you always start with the warmup lessons and finish with the cool-down lessons; just like the rest of your body, your vocal cords need these to reduce risk of strain or injury.
If you have difficulty matching the notes in a lesson or have difficulty in some parts of your range, you can use the piano keyboard at the bottom of the lesson to practice in a single key. Simply press your finger on the keyboard to select the key (root note) and slide it up to change the tempo.
When you first open a lesson, be sure to hit the i button on the bottom bar and read the instructions for the lesson. You will also find both male and female audio examples for most lessons, which you should listen to before you try the lesson yourself. We have selected musical theater students for our samples in order to demonstrate good technique and attainable performances for you. The audio samples go through three key changes to give you a clear idea of your cue when the piano is playing, and how to form the vowels and other sounds. It is highly recommended that you use the same vowels/consonants/sounds you hear, since these are all carefully selected sounds that ensure you utilize certain muscle groups and relax others. We encourage you to read the instructions often so that you know what to practice to develop your vocal technique.
When you are comfortable with all the lessons in a training program, be sure to move on to new programs. Although it may sometimes be easier to stay in your comfort zone, for progress you will need to practice new material and not keep repeating what you’re already comfortable with. You can (and should) also review older programs every once in awhile to make sure you’re keeping the skills you’ve already learned.
A Special Note on Lip and Tongue Trills
Due to the nature of lip and tongue trills, the sounds you make contain a wide range of frequencies, without necessarily a definitive note. The goal of trills in vocal training is to improve smooth, tension free transitions between vocal registers, and therefore your focus during the trill exercises should be a relaxed throat and tension free muscles.
Although trills contain a lot of non-musical sounds, they also contain a hum in your throat that has an average pitch buried under all the noise from the trill. The app can do a good job of picking up the notes in your humming if the microphone is placed properly (e.g. close to the throat, away from the lips to eliminate any puffs of air hitting the microphone). However, we highly recommend that you don’t worry about your pitch in lip and tongue trills, or having the app detect it accurately. Instead, focus on smoothly transitioning from note to note while keeping your throat as relaxed as possible. Worry about your pitch in all the other lessons, which contain vowel sounds that have a well-defined pitch that the app will display very accurately for you.