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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Hello from Sydney... New singer.

Hi everybody. My name is Adam. I'm 38 from Sydney, Australia.

I grew up on music, learned the guitar, played in bands, and even attempted a little singing.

...Eventually I got older. I became a dad and thought my music days were over.

That was until, I very nearly lost my life, 15 months ago, due to substance abuse issues. This event forced me to clean up my life and look for something a little more positive to focus my energy on. So my heart drove me to singing. I've always been so passionate about music and singing. Ever since I saw Robert Plant when I was a kid, I've wanted to be a singer... But I always told myself "Who do you think you are? You're not a REAL singer"

However... after discovering how fragile life can be, I realised it's time to do something I really enjoy... "Just do it!"

Thanks to my background in music, I didn't find it too difficult to put a decent band together... In fact, I was fairly surprised to discover such great musicians wanting to play with such an amateur singer!

Having said that, I've decided to do it properly this time, and learn how to sing like a real singer... I've always sounded a little like Ozzy Osbourne... Thick tone, pushing the chest up, no vibrato, no breathiness at all, no falsetto or mixed voice... But now, I really want to become a more diverse singer, as well as learn sing in a manner that doesn't wear my voice down (I do find it very difficult to sing without tension... Even now)

My favourite singers are Rob Halford, Steve Perry, James LaBrie, and Phil Anselmo.

Today I purchased my copy of Raise Your Voice (and I'm saving up, to hopefully get a few Skype lessons.)

I sing every day, and I hope to become a great singer. It has been a very enjoyable and interesting journey so far.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story 😊