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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Questions about breath support

Hi Jaime. I am a beginner of RYV. I feel dizzy sometimes when I practice the maximum breath potential. My floating ribs doesn't really expand to the side. What did I missed? And I feel like my back is slightly bent when the air is going to my back. Is that normal? Do I have to apply the downward sensation to breathe in? Thanks.

Re: Questions about breath support

It might be tough at first. Be patient and diligent:) Use the tips in the book such as the belt around the ribs or the book on the belly. No you do not have to push down as you inhale. That is only during support:)