FAQs

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Question 1:

How does the vocal tuition at AML Golden Voice Studio differ to most
other singing schools?

Answer 1:

At the AML Golden Voice Studio vocal tuition is based on very sound
and logical, concrete ideas of natural breathing physiology and natural
vocal mechanics. Students embark immediately on a much more deeper and
profound discovery trip and technical vocal study of the correct natural
singing mechanism. Depending on the nature of each pupil’s vocal
abilities natural vocal technique is strongly stressed and developed
until the vocal instrument begins to respond instinctively. At this
stage of vocal development music in all styles begin to be introduced
and students learn to work their vocal techniques into song.


Question 2:

How long does it take to complete the study of natural vocal technique?

Answer 2:

Some very reputed traditional masters of the great school of Bel Canto
of the former centuries averaged it to be 8 years approximately. However
from experience this is not always the case for every individual . In
most instances some voices are more closely linked to nature than others
and therefore need less correction and within early months are experiencing
major signs of improvement and only need minimal work to complete the
voice and its technique. Voices which have been vocally injured from
bad singing techniques or tuition can take to a year or more (minimum
1 lesson per week) of correction and then will start to find it’s
correct balance and show major signs of improvement. If the pupil wishes
to speed up the evolutionary development of their voice and vocal learning
then it would be appropriate to undertake more than 1 lesson per week.


Question 3:

Is Natural Vocal Technique limited to only few particular singing styles?


Answer 3:

No it is not!!! If anything it only exposes your voice and its abilities
to sing in all musical styles and genres ranging from modern to classical
and religious to non-religious music of all eras (traditional and contemporary)


Question 4:

What does one learn at AML Golden Voice Studio?

Answer 4:

At AML Golden Voice Studio one learns (in the following order) :

  1. How to sing perfectly in tune! (The most fundamental musical prerequisite!)
  2. How to breath and support the Natural Voice naturally while singing
  3. How to strengthen and extend the vocal range and complete the full
    development and merging of registers in the chest, medium and head
    notes of the Natural Voice
  4. How to sing freely and comfortably without vocal strain and discomfort
    or vocal forcing.
  5. How to develop one’s full acoustic vocal power and resonance
    and the art of non-violent emission of the Natural Voice
  6. To sing in all musical styles: from Modern and Contemporary to Classical
    and Grand Opera
  7. To sight-read music and read musical scores.
  8. To sing in rhythm and maintain correct musical time
  9. To connect emotionally to one’s voice with believable expression
    and interpretation and musical accent.
  10. To achieve complete FOCUS of tone throughout the entire range of
    one’s voice
  11. To develop refined vocal skills and musical feel and groove for
    different styles
  12. And more…

Question 5:

Is there any age limit to be able to access lessons at the studio?


Answer 5:

There is a strong expectation of a determined maturity and commitment
on the part of the pupil. Generally, children under the age of 8 years
are not mature enough to withstand the 1 hour duration of a lesson.
And given the seriousness of the technical study and commitment of our
teachers it would – more often than not – not be a most appropriate
environment for children underage.

NB: AML Golden Voice Studio is not a KARAOKE school of singing!!! It
is a school where interested pupil clientele come to learn the correct
ART of HOW TO SING NATURALLY!!!


Question 6:

What products does AML Golden Voice Studio offer?

Answer 6:

The Studio offers many different types of classes and lesson packages.
To access more information one can log onto our websites and find the
appropriate information listed.

http://www.goldenvoicestudio.com.au/

http://www.singingmelbourne.websyte.com.au/


Question 7:

Does AML Golden Voice Studio help to promote its talents?

Answer 7:

The studio is focused on vocal tuition primarily and endeavours to
promote its vocal student talent by organising regular Vocal Performances
for students (of all levels) scheduled throughout the course of the
year in the form of Vocal Soirée Nights with a Grand Finale END
OF YEAR CONCERT!!! Enquiries for vocal talents are common on a regular
basis from all sources within national and international industries
and the studio director will always be most welcoming to make appropriate
referrals to industry clientele.


Question 8:

What is your view on cigarette smoking and alchohol drinking? And what
advice do you offer singers to help preserve vocal longevity plus healthy
vocal conditions so that they may maintain a very convincing, high standard
of vocal performance?

Answer 8:

Apart from the obvious singing requirements of a healthy, physical
constitution, a perfect ‘Open Throated’ Natural Singing Technique, a
gifted knowledge of music and styles, plus a deeply refined and emotional
connection to one’s voice and performance skills, every serious singer
artist must have an iron discipline in maintaining a programme of healthy
living habits. EXERCISE is most important and therefore an essential
requirement and is first on the list. All general forms such as Gym,
running, swimming, yoga, martial arts, non-injurious sports and so forth
are good for the body as long as they are practiced in moderation and
not in exaggeration in order to keep the body’s physical organs and
strengths well toned and energetic to serve in the singing performances.

We are all well informed through worldwide media campaigns just how
bad cigarette smoking is because of its addictiveness and its countless
toxic chemical properties that it encompasses and possesses. Cigarette
smoking is real poison to the human body and is a very powerful congestant
and irritant to the head cavity sinuses , throat organs and lungs. It
can cause hypertrophy (tissue swelling) and edema (reddened tissue swelling)
conditions within these organs and entice terrible infectious and fatal
health conditions. The vocal cords – which constitute delicate fibrous
skin tissues – are the most affected and because they require clean
oxygen and humidity plus a correct ‘Open-Throated’ Natural Vocal Technique
all the time to maintain balanced vocal health, they are the most compromised
organs of all. Great breathing also requires a pair of very healthy
lungs with clear air ducts. Smoking – in most ailing cases – is known
to irritate the bronchial tubes. The instrinsic lung tissues thereby
become affected within them with a vicious cycle of phlegm production
and possible infection which can then be very annoying as the body’s
natural instinctive immunary processes react by dislodging the unwanted
matter via the throat passages. At times its very sticky nature can
cause hours of frustration during the clearing attempts thus causing
interference in the vocal mechanism during singing attempts.

Alchohol is unfortunately plagued nowadays with so many artificial
impurities such as colourings, flavourings, preservatives, etc. It truely
is a question as to what it is about it that really is injurious to
our health. Alcohol and other stimulants such as caffeine found in coffee
and tea are well known to deprive the body of its hydration processes.
The glandular system becomes somewhat lethargic and secretes less production
of saliva causing a slow down of healthy activity within the bodily
fluid functions. Since the vocalising organs require a consistent salivary
mucosal protection barrier both in the throat and sinuses for a healthy
state and environment to work in, it is quite clear that both alcohol
and smoking are the enemies of these primary organic requirements.

Many of the common preservatives within the 200s category especially
22o (Sulphur Dioxide) – used commonly in red and white wines, dried
fruits, common food products, and other alcoholic drinks – are substances
to be avoided together with alcohol especially within the singing period
itinerary as they are renowned for being the culprits of immediate body
dehydration. The result of consuming them – in general cases – is a
lack of vital shine and ring in one’s vocal tone quality plus voice
lowering. In other more severe instances a voice can become totally
hoarse and raucous and in very allergically sensitive and intolerant
individuals severe cases of head migranes, nausea, traumatic wheezing
plus asthmatic attacks and dulled mental functions have been common

and apparent. The remedy is to drink lots of water and soothing teas
with honey and lemon for throat. And to pass the bodily fluids as often
as possible to dilute the contaminated blood of the rejected chemical
substances until all the symptoms totally subside and abort the body.
Many of the preservatives in the 600s especially 621 (Mono Sodium Glutamate)
can trigger the same severe headaches and nausea plus traumatic wheezing
and asthmatic attacks in allergically sensitive and intolerant individuals.

A note on singers who suffer from strong allergic responses or are
gravely subject to varying intolerances. The most common food elements
that can cause such undesirable reactions: Dairy, Gluten Grains (Wheat,
Rye, Barley, Oates), Yeast, Nuts, Eggs, etc. It is very difficult to
sing well and comfortably when allergies plague a singers health constitution.
This is primarily because there are many edemic and hypertrophic physical
responses in the bioorganic system causing the attraction of copious
amounts of white blood-cells in localised lung, throat, and sinus areas
stimulating abnormal increases of mucous and phlegm productivity due
to immunary response . This overproduction of health hysteria within
the body can cause major energy and vocal tract problems for the singer
artist.

One of the most common allergic responses in most humans is HAYFEVER!!!
This allergy is a difficult one to shrug off. The allergy is a direct
response to springtime pollen from common fauna. Singers can either
experience minimum or maximum allergic reactions to this type of allergy.
The common symptoms include: itchiness and hives, breathing difficulties
due to bronchial lung inflammations, exacerbation of asthma symptoms,
secondary upper repiratory infections, sinusitis (inflammation of the
sinuses), rhinitis (post-nasal drip condition), sneezing, runny nose,
watery eyes, mucous congestion, headaches due to heavy sinus pressure,
swelling and inflammation of lymphatic system, irritation of nervous
system, and more. One should note that HAYFEVER is well known to mimic
the symptoms of colds and flus. The suggested traditional medical remedies
are: antihistamines, antibiotics, decongestants, analgesics, steroid
nasal sprays and so forth. The only problem in becoming reliant on any
of these traditional remedies is that there may develop some other very
negative symptoms and longterm side-effects if used on a longterm basis.

The alternative Naturopathic view is one of healing the body’s responses
from a holistic measure. It would be advised to approach a qualified
Naturopath who may give professional advice on how to heal this problem.
From my very own personal experience I adopted the pathological approach
of allergy desensitisation. Signifying that I ingested Australian Bee
pollen granules (collected from the australian native fauna and purchased
in the local city health store) at first in tiny doses and later in
increased doses over fortnightly intervals allowing my body to accoustom
itself to the pollen’s presence in the body’s system. Over a period
of 6 months or more I noted that I was able to increase the dose of
granules ingested and was no longer experiencing any of the hayfever
symptoms which I had for a lifetime experienced. I now no longer have
hayfever symptoms at all. If there was any slight suggestion of a reaction
I found that as soon as I ingested the pollen granules again – for a
short period – any slight comeback symptoms totally disappeared. I will
add that I was also on other health supplements including: omega 3 ,
Vitamin C (high dosage), olive-leaf extract, and more. If anybody wishes
to try this I would advise to go very very slowly on the pollen granules
and test one’s allergic responses on less than a quarter teaspoon per
day. If one is a chronic asthmatic sufferer, hayfever sufferer or pollen
sufferer then it would be advised to be under professional supervision
while desensitising oneself in this manner for very serious repercussions
could occur in exceptional cases.

(CAUTION!!! Bee products and nuts can cause extremely severe symptoms
in some individuals and can result in DEATH.

PRACTICE EXTREME CAUTION!!! AND CONSULT YOUR HEALTH SPECIALIST IF
IN ANY DOUBT PRIOR TO COMMENCING ANY TREATMENTS.

For people who cannot digest and break down lactose found in milk
and milk-based products it should not be of any surprise to them if
they find their voice going croaky on them in varying degrees. Individuals
may experience complaints of significant stomach pains and diarrhoeia.
There are new products coming on the market shelves which offer a much
needed alternative to lactose-based products such as lactose-free milk
products, soy-based products, rice-based products and more. This is
obvious great news!

Allergic reactions can also be exacerbated by toxic chemical compounds
and substances (of products) found in simple detergents for dish washing,
floor cleaning, clothes washing, and so forth. Individuals may even
suffer allergies with dust, toxic chemical substances (used in paints
and industrial production), pollution, animals, insects and more. Whatever
the case may be, if one suffers an allergy or a concoction of allergies
one must first address their health issues with appropriate assistance
from traditional and alternative medical experts before commencing a
serious programme of vocal studies. Singers should have routine ear,
nose and throat check-ups at least once yearly to ascertain that all
is functioning well. Medical examinations on one’s sinuses must be always
included and if nasal sprays are prescribed for sinus sufferers the
afflicted individual should make aware to their physician that the nasal
drops are not to contain chemical substances that may cause irritable
dryness to their sinuses, throat or vocal cords.

Alternative medical theories (from recent laboratory testing) now
contest that suffering individuals from strong allergic responses may
be directly linked to LEAKY GUT SYNDROME. They profess that undigested
proteins and food particles and elements of waist matter are known to
escape through the permeated intestinal wall caused by an overgrowth
of candida (consequently caused by what is believed to be the consequences
of one having lived on few or many medical antibiotic programmes for
previous illnesses and infections). Strong strains of good Acidophilous
bacterias must always ensue antibiotic programmes to replace the killed
good bacteria. This implementation will rebalance the flora in the digestive
tract and ascertain the avoidance of bad bacterias proliferating and
causing an overgrowth of candida, intestinal infection and intestinal
permeation. Once one has been diagnosed with the aforementioned ailment,
allergies may become very apparent in the sufferer and therefore a strong
regime of dieting and health products primarily containing methionine
(amino acid) will be required to restart the healing process (on a cellular
level) of one’s damaged intestinal wall. Once this physical condition
is totally repaired the singer may commence to experience partial or
total relief from their previously unbefriended allergies.

People who suffer acidic reflux to the larynx (Laryngeal Reflux) will
be gravely impaired in their act of singing due to edema and hypertrophy
of the throat organs. This condition not often detected from birds-eye
view with the laryngoscope most often hides its real damage in the subglottal
section of the vocal tract. Acidic Reflux is composed of rising liquid
or stomach gases and fume compounds escaping upwards from the stomach.
It is known to be commonly caused by a loosened stomach sphincter valve
or a hiatal hernia of the oesophagus near or on the same valve. Laryngeal
Reflux instigates thickening and reddening of throat tissue, recurrent
loss of FOCUS OF TONE, difficulty in high range singing, voice lowering
and fluctuations, loss of clarity and ring of tone, huskiness, gravelliness,
raucousness, lack of vocal power, strength and resonance, overproduction
of thick mucous membrane (Phlegm) thoughout vocal tract and lungs thus
hindering strong flow of resonance production and refined vocal balance,
loss of voice (in serious cases), and much mental and emotional frustration.
There are new medical approaches tackling these problems and individuals
must seek medical assistance and resolve these matters well before attempting
to sing. Singing under these disadvantaged pathological throat conditions
can aggravate and impair the vocal tract and voice in varying degrees
depending on the gravity of the case. Thoracic Reflux caused by the
same loosened stomach valve does not affect the voice primarily due
to the fact that the laryngeal sphincter mechanism is secured whereas
in a Laryngeal reflux patient this section is not secured.

A special note for singers:

AVOID extreme temperatures when drinking!!! As a general rule IT IS
WISE to never drink liquids at VERY HOT temperatures. Too much heat
in the throat can either burn (in some extreme cases causing severe
reddening and edemic conditions) or swell the vocal organs thus making
them and the voice feel heavier and more lethargic than usual to vibrate
and manoeuvre. This may consequently activate within the singer a possible
struggle with refining the FOCUS OF TONE and may also stimulate an undesirable
difficulty and struggle with high range singing.

It is also important to AVOID its opposite counterpart: EXTREME COLD
temperatures!!! Instinctively muscles do contract and tighten up in
very extreme cold temperatures sending the nerves in the throat organ
into numbness and paralasis-like behaviour for a temporary period of
time until the throat’s natural heating mechanism recuperates and balances
its internal thermal temperatures. This could thus cause (for a short
bout of time) a possible loss of vocal sensitivity to touch of breathflow
passing through the vocal tract making the singer feel numb to their
own voice. Some more sensitive throats may take hours to recuperate
from a majorly afflicted throat as such. Some singers have even experienced
raucous and husky voice.

The CORRECT RULE OF THUMB is to always drink at LUKEWARM and LUKECOLD
temperatures!!! The vocal organ will not be traumatised and will therefore
feel as though it were unnecessary to trigger its instinctive defences
thus allowing the throat’s mio-neurological responses to function properly
and assist in a healthier mechanism of vocal production .

Singers should also avoid eating very irritating spices that may traumatise
the throat in various degrees. They are most commonly ingested in rich
foods from all cultures. The most common and popular among them are
hot chilli and hot curry. For people not habitually accustomed to eating
these rich spices it can cause very adverse reactions to the sinuses
and throat with possible overstimulous and overflow of mucosal fluid
and irritation to the aforementioned membranes and throat organs. In
some instances temporary edema and swelling can be noted and felt in
very extreme cases thus causing some of the same or similar previously
mentioned vocal symptoms to recur.

Prior to the act of singing, singers should try to avoid very large-proportioned,
rich, heavy meals. The reason is obvious: if the stomach sack is busily
occupied with the breaking down processes of rich, solid food molecules
the body’s digestive processes are majorly and alternatively slowed
causing the singer’s diaphragmatic mobility and elastic capacities to
be severely compromised. Thus (as a consequence generally) the singer
experiences a possible case of shortening of breath. This could in turn
jeapordise the singer’s breathing, tonal focus & control and musical
phrasing. Another important reason for avoiding heavy foods within the
proximity of a few hours prior to singing is to preserve the body’s
physical energies for the performance. Also, eating at late hours of
the evening just prior to going to bed is not rightly recommended –
especially on a night before the next day’s performance! Much energy
is lost in the heavy food digestion activity causing one to feel lethargic
and fatigued (and in some cases mentally slowed) and requiring much
rest to recuperate lost physical energy. This energy loss would be otherwise
more appropriately better spent and distributed in the singing performance
– which has been commonly compared by most great singing artists as
a veritable Aerobic Gym Workout.

The CORRECT RULE OF THUMB is to have small, light meals repeated throughout
daily intervals. Enough to quench the hunger. But no food ingesting
within the vicinity of 1 to 2 hours prior to singing. Otherwise digestive
activity while singing will cause the singer to feel impeded in their
breathing (affecting proper vocal balance and control) and signs of
apparentness may somatisize publicly via digestive noises either from
mouth or digestive tract.

Another very important rule for a singer is to always try to avoid
humidity and dampness to avoid getting sick. This means always aiming
to stay completely dry. So after sweating profusely in a gym or wherever,
one must cover up to avoid a cold wind draft. If a cold chill from a
cold wind draft gets direct access to one’s sweaty throat organ or sweaty
chest it can cause major repercussions to the health state of one’s
voice and breathing if lung infection settles in.

Try to avoid getting wet in the rain! Remember the main rule: which
is to stay dry at all time! Carry an umbrella with you if the weather
is hinting at possible rain. If one does get wet in the rain one would
be wisely advised to get to a warm shower as soon as possible and dry
oneself until one is totally skin dry and then dress up in dry clothes.
Avoid repeated wearing of clothes that one has already sweated in or
that have been rain dampened and seem to be deceivingly dried hours
later by normal room temperatures. The humidity is still in the grains
of the material fibres and will therefore penetrate to the skin. Humidity
alters the body’s natural thermal temperatures and can cause all kinds
of internal thermal imbalances to the body’s system especially in some
individuals who are health sensitive. In some cases common colds or
flus may arise if the suggested precautions are not heeded to.

During showering or bathing in a bath tub, on exiting from the bathing
compartments, try to stand before a heater while drying oneself with
a towel and wait till your entire nakedness becomes skin dry. Then procede
to dress with clean dry undergarments and overgarments.

I would advise that CLEAN HYGIENE is a must for a serious singer. Therefore
inhaling a sick person’s breath at close proximity or inhaling their
sneezed-up environment while shaking sick people’s hands (or germ carrier’s
hands) and greeting sick people with an affectionate kiss to the lips
or cheeks when they have admittedly or unadmittedly alarmed the singer
of their contageously viral ill-health conditions, is not a wise thing
to do especially in times of no-risk-taking before performances are
near or at hand. It is wise to leave immediately the contageously infected
environment and spend one’s time in a more secluded and healthier place.

Before performances or shows!

A singer who wishes to remain in full control of their vocal abilities
– after having precautioned themself and heeded to the aforementioned
advice by putting it to immediate practice – should avoid using their
voice totally and grant it complete rest (unless absolutely necessary
otherwise) from up to a day prior to performances and shows. Small vocal
warm-ups on the day with internalised ‘Open-Throated’ humming is sufficient
enough to flex and warm the muscles in the vocal organ and body. Avoid
exaggerated vocal warm-ups with straining muscular scales and runs.
Remember if one knows how to sing correctly the voice will be there
in the performance when called upon and required.

Avoid shouting and yelling beyond one’s normal speaking volume at all
times and also whispering especially close to performances. A good rule
of practice is to take up reading in silence or listening to the radio
or watching a movie at the cinemas or on DVD, or go for a walk or sight
seeing or maybe even sit in a park in silence and meditate, etc. Anything
to distract one from using one’s voice since it is such a delicate instrument
and can tire easily especially if worked to its complete vocal extremities.
Also the spirit of the singer needs rest before performance initiates.
Prayer and meditation are great calmers and assurances for a rested
and revitalised vocal tract and nervous system. This is crucial for
immaculate vocal, emotional and mental control.


Question 9 :

What does it take to be a great singer or vocal artist?

Answer 9:

First and foremost in order to consider embarking on such a feat one
needs to address their health. If one is a sinus sufferer or an allergy
sufferer (slight or chronic – eg. Hayfever and other allergy ailments
aforementioned) or if one suffers serious throat ailments or conditions
that affect the healthy state and function of the throat (eg. laryngeal
reflux, polyps, nodes etc) then these very serious issues must be addressed
before even attempting to spend a dollar on valued tuition. Singing
under these conditions or any similar related one’s that highly compromise
the vocal production mechanism no matter how grand and accurate the
technique of one’s vocal production will alway’s be an immediate wear-and-tear
experience on the part of the singer and a constant up-hill battle of
discomfort and depression.

A singer must also possess a healthy emotional state of mind and spirit.
One must remember that without a healthy functioning nervous system
the muscles in our body and throat cannot operate in a very steady and
concentrated manner. A very nervous person for instance tends to tense
certain muscles throughout their body causing them involuntarily to
become stiffened. These muscles lose their required flexibility and
the throat fully aware of the body works reacts by stiffening its own
apparatus thus losing its flexibility to phonate properly.

Provided that one’s physical constitution is healthy and free of any
ailments (especially the skull’s sinus cavities, throat and body organs
that partake in the act of singing) then singing already is a possibility.

The aspiring singer must firstly master a perfect ‘Open-Throated Natural
Vocal Technique’ that frees them from total conscious vocal effort.
This was the normal requirement insisted upon by all the great teachers
of former centuries of the renowned Italian "Bel Canto" schools
before our late modern era. Vocal technique was taught for many years
before a vocal student had the opportunity to sing their very first
elementary song. This is why the "Golden Era" (1700s- 1940s)
was flooded with great opera stars and artists of all genres and styles.
Nowadays lessons are rushed to meet the academic demands and requirements
of institutions (such as term or semester vocal examinations and so
on). Proper Vocal Technique is compromised and jeopardised for the sheer
sake of presenting a required examination program of vocal repertoire.
The singer is left to struggle and hope for the best with very little
understanding and great lack of knowledge and know how of their vocal
instrument.

A singer should seriously consider mastering a musical instrument (preferably
the pianoforte) and perfect their musical knowledge by completing serious
music theory courses.

The pupil’s sight-reading skills must be mastered to follow any musical
score of any genre by taking up solfeggio, sight-singing and music practice
classes.

It must be also noted that since excellent singing requires both visual
and aural perceptive skills the student must be exercising these areas
daily. The visual mind requires constant sight-reading for piano and
singing in small doses repeatedly throughout the day and the ear requires
the same amount of listening to music of all genres from very early
age even as early as the age of 2 years old. The mind immediately perfects
its subconscious capacity to identify the harmonics of pitches and sounds
and therefore correct pitching and tuning unfolds.

Remember that in modern times a singer with great feel and a terribly
husky voice but sings in tune still sells records or CDs in the music
stores or online whereas a singer gifted with a remarkable voice but
sings out of tune or off pitch is heavily frowned upon!!!

When the vocal technique and the musical ability are mastered and refined
then the singer must make the final step to connect with their soul.
Every sound and rhythm must be lived and made love to with their entire
being (truthfully and not artificially) with good taste and refinement
plus great feel and groove for the style they are singing in during
a vocal perfomance. When the singer has managed to marry and merge the
vocal technique (body) + Mind (musical knowledge & ability) + Spirit
(emotional and interpretative invention and reaction) the artistic singer
is born!!!

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