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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air management

Hey jaime... You talked about that breathing should be relaxed.... And on the other side you said that it does not take a lot of air.... And according to the first chapter in the book i read that air is the fuel of your voice.....i just want to know that..... When i support and push down.... Then shouldnt i release any amount air???.... And if no... Then should i have to focus the air towards the soft palate for the release of tone..... Because as i have noticed with my own voice..... When i exhale(or just say sing.... But just like a sigh which feels relaxed)......i feel almost tension free including my inhalation sensation....but this has only demerit... And that is..i cannot sustain long notes(maybe it will improve with practice time)... So.... Please.... Direct me in the right direction....i know singing is a simple terminology. And relaxed...... But i am confused.. And i want to end this confusion once and all

Re: air management

Answer is in the other post. As well, when you sustain your exercises, i.e. take 1o seconds to do a Transcending Tone instead of 5 second, you train the body to use less air to achieve the same notes;)