Welcome to The Voice Connection Sound Off; a forum for users of books like Raise Your Voice, Melody to Madness, The Ultimate Breathing Workout, and Unleash Your Creative Mindset, as well as a place for Vendera Vocal Academy members to interact.

This message board was created so that singers could come together and "sound off" to help support each other during vocal development and the creative process of unleashing the creative spark that occurs when writing and producing music. Currently, myself and vocal coaches Ben Valen, Ray West, and Ryan Wall are here to respond periodicially to your questions, with new vocal coaches coming soon. But, feel free to help each other too:)

This board is here for you to ask questions about my and my fellow coach's books, videos, and MP3 programs, as well as offer others help with our vocal techniques. You may also post videos of yourself and your band to share your music and ask for critiques.

Please refrain from negative comments, profanities, spamming, and inappropriate criticisms of vocal methodologies, vocal coaches, and singers. All negative posts will be deleted and subject to banning without question. I will not respond to negative posts, because, as Mark Twain once said, “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” With that said, positive criticism is welcome because that is how you'll grow as a singer during the training process.

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Smoking, drinking and drugs

In RYV, Jaime says that smoking, drinking and drugs are really harmful and should be avoided. But all of my favorite rock stars (Freddie Mercury, Paul Mccartney, John Lennon, Steven Tyler, Eric Burdon, Shaun Morgan etc.) have all of those bad habits so i thought that it gives the voice the raspy-soulful effect. Am I wrong? I rarely drink and dont smoke or do drugs and my voice is so pure (I dont want it to be pure I like raspy sounds) so that really makes me want to start those bad habits lol :D Anyway I'll be very happy if someone proves me wrong thanks :)

Re: Smoking, drinking and drugs

Drinking, smoking and doing drugs is very very bad for your voice. They did it because they didn't know any better.

Learn how to do grit properly. The technique is outlined in RYV and if those instructions don't work for you, other respectable methods should have grit techniques (e.g. CVT, KTVA, 4 Pillars.)

Don't ruin your beautiful voice by destroying it with drugs. _

Re: Smoking, drinking and drugs

The music business is really tough. These idols didn't smoke and do drugs out of wanting a raspy voce. They did it probably for fun at first and got caught up in the whole thing when certain aspects of their lives turned ugly. They did it because of unhappiness and personal issues. It certainly not an example we should follow; too much of a great (and foolish) risk to take!!

If you want a raspy voice, learn to control your voice better so that you can produce that kind of tone without damaging your vocal cords. Jaime has a wonderful screaming program check it out! Other programs such as Melissa Cross' "The Zen of Screaming" are also recommended.