What courses & programs do you offer?
Unlike music schools which offer “pop vocal courses” and such, Daniel trains voices quite differently. While most vocal teachers and coaches teach you how to sing in a certain language, style or genre of music, Daniel gives you the vocal co-ordination to sing whatever you want to sing. We work to strengthen the voice and remove your vocal breaks – giving you a single connected voice from low to high. We don’t offer a course, program or a package of lessons but work with clients’ specific needs.
How many lessons do I need?
This really varies from singer to singer. It’s important to understand how we train the voice. Vocal technique is not hard to get into but the refinement and strengthening of the voice takes time and patience. Some clients take a few months of lessons and yet others never leave but take lessons on and off for a lifetime. It really depends on what you want to do with your singing. Those who sing and perform professionally understand the important of technique and preserving the voice from vocal damage. These singers often book phone lessons or have Daniel follow them for their performances and song recordings.
I think I’m tone deaf. Is there any hope for me?
That’s a good question! Not everyone who can’t carry a tune or pitch properly is truly tone deaf. There are those who sing flat and sharp due to excessive tension. Others may sound off pitch and off key because of their inability to properly “registrate” their voice. The key to solving these problems are getting through the “vocal bridges” in one’s voice and blending chest voice and pure head voice with a mix or middle voice … and keeping a stable larynx (voice box).
Do you teach pop, rock, r&b and other styles?
No. Vocal technique and style are two differently things. We believe vocal technique must come first then followed by style. Many singers like to do “vocal gymnastics” for example with licks, thrills and runs (often called riffs). You can experiment with these if you have proper vocal technique that eliminates your vocal breaks so that your sound is consistent and smooth. Style creates effect and texture. Style is usually caught not taught.
Do you only work with people who sing English songs?
Definitely not! Daniel has trained people who sing in English, Chinese, Malay and even a small bit of Italian. Remember that vocal technique means we teach you HOW to sing and not WHAT to sing.
I have my own tone and style. Can I train but maintain my individuality?
Now that’s a superb question! Every singer has his/her own tone, style and special quality that sets them apart from the rest. Most singers lose that edge however when they train with vocal coaches who manipulate their voices and make them sound like someone else! The secret to training a voice without manipulating it is to help build the voice to go through the “vocal bridges” in a singer’s range without pulling up the bottom (yelling) or flipping (falsetto). Singing then becomes a natural extension to the speaking voice.
Can you help me become a professional and cut an album?
Becoming a professional singer requires more than just being able to sing well. A lot of hard work and commitment is required. In the music industry today, it also helps if a singer can dance well and has a unique style. If a singer has potential, then we can link up to the right people in the industry to help you make your dreams a reality.
Do I really need vocal technique if I can sing well?
Vocal technique is fundamental to keeping your voice healthy to sing for a lifetime. We often see the glamorous side of pop stars and yet, no one talks much about the problems some of them face. Very professional singers have had numerous operations for vocal nodules, polyps, cysts and other vocal diseases. Others also depend on steroid jabs to reduce inflammation. A few others also do not sing live but playback pre-recorded tapes (“lip syncing”). All these are the result of bad vocal technique.
Is it true that only gifted people can become singers?
Yes and no. Anyone who can speak and isn’t tone deaf can sing. However, having a listener friendly tone is also important. Don’t confuse this with having to be someone else though. Many singers copy other singer’s vocal tone and style. Not everyone can sing like a Josh Groban – but that’s the point – we don’t need another Josh Groban.
What’s the ideal age to get vocal training?
There’s no real ideal age. However, younger people tend to pick singing up faster. If a singer has been singing for years then the amount of muscle build up may be increased and therefore takes a longer time to unlearn. Also, if you want to become a professional singer, it’s often better to start young.
Head voice and falsetto are different?
Head voice and falsetto are definitely not the same at all! Falsetto is a co-ordination where the vocal cords are separated and therefore a sound that you cannot lean or press into. True head voice is a co-ordination where close to a third of the cord is vibrating while the rest is “zipped” up. In falsetto, there is a break when you come back down into your lower notes while in head voice, there is no break. It’s a seamless connection from low to high and vice-verse. Falsetto is also the reason why many feel they have no breath support and need more diaphragm breathing exercises in order to sing well. Browse our Technique section for more.