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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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.