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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Things I've been told/ New member

I'm new here. I have just finished reading the first 96 pages of Raise Your Voice and am about to begin week 1. I wanted to share something that led me here in an effort to get some feedback about it as I move forward to correct it. I have tried to learn to sing for a while. I have shared videos of me singing with my friends to get feedback on how to improve. Sometimes the feedback they give me does not make sense, so I am now here trying to find professional help to explain to me what I need to do.

Things I have been told: open your throat, you sound like you're holding back, you're hitting the notes but it just doesn't sound good, maybe try an easier song, why don't you just stick to playing guitar, sing from your diaphragm, you sound like you have no power.

I find it difficult to get any help from my friends because they are not musicians and they themselves struggle to figure out how to explain to me what I need to do to improve. Do any of these things sound familiar? Will they be addressed in the course directly?

Re: Things I've been told/ New member

Yes, what you mentioned does sound familiar. I have heard many people tell other singers in my circle those exact things. I have been pretty lucky, I have had friends and relatives who have, for the most part, supported me. Most feedback is things that are obtainable and understandable. And if you are asking for feedback, then it seems as if they are supporting you as well. They may not know exactly what it is that they do or don't like about a particular song or maybe just a part of the song. If they are not singers themselves, it is hard to get real feedback.

As far as those who are telling you to STOP singing, give them a big raspberry! Don;t quit! Don;t let them get into your head! They actually may be jealous or maybe, for real, they don't like your voice. Think about it. There are singers out there that do not appeal to you, so it goes with maybe someone around you. However, they should never tell you to quit. That's just plain mean!

To answer your question, YES, he addresses all of this! You will love the program. I know I do!

I would suggest using one of those songs that you were critiqued on and send it into Jamie. Can;t hurt!!! Let him give you some feedback!