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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Love Jaimes method- but is it toó 'heavy duty' for delicate folk-style singing?

Hello everyone, just wanted to share my dilemma And hopefully get some feedback- con the one hand i want to strengthen my tone to sing songs by van morrison or the more powerful john mayer vocal performances. But, i still want to retain the light And natural 'conversational' singing of folk songs like tallest man on earth or john prine. And i'm wondering, because Jaime's vocal exs really 'beef-up' your vocal tone, would i lose that 'sing like speaking' light tone i have when singing folk? Thanks! David

Re: Love Jaimes method- but is it toó 'heavy duty' for delicate folk-style singing?

David, pretty sure you emailed me. You're worrying over nothing. My method has nothing to do with 'heavy'. You might perceive that though because I am a rock singer who can shatter glass, hahaha. The Isolation exercises are designed to build muscle, increase range, enhance the entire spectrum of vocal tones from falsetto to a blend to full voice from clean to gritty, and develop dynamics from the tiniest sounds to the loudest sounds. So, your singing will not suffer; it'll only become easier for you to sing along to artists like Jeff Buckley, who I loved sing Last Goodbye debuted on MTV back in the early 90s:)

Re: Love Jaimes method- but is it toó 'heavy duty' for delicate folk-style singing?

Awesome, thanks a lot for the Speedy reply! Sorry about the extra email, i was being a bit impatient lol

I posted one other concern on Facebook, but to save you bother i'll leave it here...

Basically, I'm a Street Singer who sings in public for 2 hours everyday, and ive been doing roger love-style 'goog' and 'mum' etc. exercise for months.

Is it ok for me to continue those exercises alongside the V24 programme, or would i be better off dropping the roger love exercises and just doing your ones to avoid confusing my vocal cords with the two different styles of warm-up? Or could they compliment each other?

Thanks Jaime!