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  • What vocal coaching program is better?

    What vocal coaching program is better between Kevin Richards Breaking the Chains, Brett Mannings Singing Success, Aaron Anastasi's Superior Singing Method and Eric Bruner's Sing With Power?

    I really didn't find many reviews for Aaron Anastasi or Kevin, although Kevin seems much more popular. About Eric Bruner I've just heard. I think it's in the bottom of my list, but still, I'm not sure. I need some reviews, so that I would know which one I should buy. Thanks! 

  • #2
    Depends on what you want out of a program. Stay away from Kevin Rchards and Singing Success like the plague!

    I'd recommend Ken Tamplin or Jamie them.
    I like when they say a movie is inspired by a true story. That's kind of silly. "Hey, did you hear that story about that lady who drove her car into the lake with her kids and they all drowned?" "Yeah, I did, and you know what - that inspires me to write a movie about a gorilla!"

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    • #3

      If you live in the New York City Area, try Craig Derry's Vocal Boot Camp.

      $199/month for unlimited group vocal classes (6 days a week).


      Here are some Youtube videos:

      Vocal Boot Camp class:


      Craig Derry bio and vocal demonstration


      Class Performance from a student:



      Craig Derry Group Classes Schedule / Location
      1674 Broadway New York, NY 8th Floor

      (646) 597-9104


      Vocal Work Out Classes
      Monday,Wednesday & Friday:
      100-120 Noon
      60-7:30 PM | 7:30-90 PM | 90-110 PM
      Tuesday & Thursday: 90-110 PM
      Sunday:  4:30-6:30 pm | 6:30 - 8:30 PM


      • #4

        In my opinion Bretts program is much better than any of the others it's by far the best but must be understood to be apprieciated. Unfortunatly you only really see the wood for the trees once you become a good singer which can take more time than most people are willing to spend it's hard to see the difference in coaches when you are just starting out. Spend some time watching his short videos on you tube he is a very gifted teacher. Ultimatly you have to decide what you think is right for you, see where it leads you.


        • Jersey Jack
          Jersey Jack commented
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          Nothing wrong with Brett Manning's program--I got quite a bit out of it.  But he is not aiming at rock or metal singing, so if you're looking for that, look elsewhere.  Brett is very good for modern country or classic soul styles.

          Kevin Richards is more classic rock-oriented, but not full-on metal.  I haven't looked too deeply at his program, but from I've seen it seems helpful.  For metal I hear that Robert Lunte and Jaime Vendera are good, but I don't have much interest or experience in this area.

          Ken Tamplin is quirky, but his material is really good.  I believe I learned more from him than any other online instructor.

      • #5
        I like when they say a movie is inspired by a true story. That's kind of silly. "Hey, did you hear that story about that lady who drove her car into the lake with her kids and they all drowned?" "Yeah, I did, and you know what - that inspires me to write a movie about a gorilla!"

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        • Jersey Jack
          Jersey Jack commented
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          For solid basic material (such as propoer breath support) I also recommend Jeannie Deva.  She's now working through ArtistWorks to provide vocal lesson videos (with feedback to student videos) for $30 a month.  You can view some sample lessons here and, if you're interested, sign up:

          She's really focused (and really good) on breathing in the beginner's lessons.  And she includes a fair amount of material on the way the voice works.

        • staticsound
          staticsound commented
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          PrivRyan wrote:

          So what do you use?

          Pop won't be too bad. It'd help with what I want to do actually.


        • Scott Doolittle
          Scott Doolittle commented
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          Thanks for suggesting Ken Tamplin.

      • #6

        Brett Mannings program is good for building a good foundation and "getting" the styles. It's worth it's price and from there you can go to for example Jaime Vendera if you want more heavy style.

        BUT: The most impotrant is that you USE IT and sing lots every day, it won't do any good collecting dust...


        • #7

          I can also vouch for Tamplin.  I just got his program last week, and I can already see an improvement in my voice.  He also offers a crap load of bonus material.  He really makes it worth your money.


          • #8

            Do not get lessons with Kevin Richards. He is a good singer with great technique but he is unproffessional and unreliable. He cannot meet his own standards that he places on his own students.


            He only attended one lesson out the four he was supposed to attend to. By his own proffessional standards, which is in his policy, it states, "Two consecutive absences will result in removal from the schedule with no refunds, makeups or credit. Please note that it is up to the student to communicate directly with Mr. Richards well enough in advance to plan any absences or rescheduled lessons."


            What makes this situation even worse was that he either forgot to come to the lessons or he just decided to hang with his daughter last minute. On no occasion did he give me 24 hours notice. This is requirement for his own students, "24 hour cancellation required to avoid forfeit. NO EXCEPTIONS."

            For more information on his policy, look here.


            • GregoryRussell
              GregoryRussell commented
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              "I promptly refunded his money and asked him why he chose to file a complaint before he spoke to me possibly re-arranging a different time that we could both make more easily."


              The answer to this one is fairly straight forward and is no different to what I outlined in my first post. I actually did send a email out twice (a week in advance before the last two attempts each week). He said, like ive indicated, that the time was ok and he would attend. However, on the second time of sending an email out, he didnt respond for about a week, and was answering other questions on his youtube channel for free. And also posting videos. All of this has been outlined already, if you have been following my posts.

            • Consume
              Consume commented
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              Wow! I go away for a while and come back to this train wreck. lol



            • Cory Anderson
              Cory Anderson commented
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              Yes i know it's late and This guy would probably have gotten something by now....But I recommend Brett and singing success........For me they are the Best.
              Also the guy from RockTheStage NYC has a good voice...Just saying

          • #9

            i might be able to help here. i bought per bristow's program the singing zone a while back and i got good results from it. he teaches the vocie in a way that any absolute newbie could begin flexing the vocal chords and get them in shape to do what you want them to do.

            i bought the basic course, because i was intrigued after reading his articles online. he doesn't bother with scales, drills, and stuff. for the first few months it's just about getting the  vocal folds to stretch and eventually get them under your  control.

            i did not upgrade, however, so i don't know his approach to "colour" those high and low notes once you can produce them. my results were very clean, very neutral-sounding high notes. i've taught myself to get my desireded mix of tones in my high and low notes.

            so, yeah, check it out. it's a very refreshing approach to studying the voice. and no, i'm not an affiliate. cheers and please keep singing!

            I write articles about voice and singing at No Note Singing


            • #10

              I posted this in another thread but it is relevant here as well. There is so much confusion and mystery regarding how the voice works and how to train and improve it.

              All efforts used in singing, except mental effort, is destructive, for it interferes with and retards the free action of the vocal organ. If the singer has to make any perceptible effort of breath or throat action to reach a certain note or certain effect, he may be sure that the vocal organ is more or less weak, for when the vocal organ is proportionately strong in all its parts, then all tones and shades come with the utmost ease, requiring only mental effort to produce them.

              The part of the vocal organ which decides the volume, beauty, compass and most shading and articulation, is the tongue. The tongue sets into action the entire vocal mechanism. It is the only part that can contract with perfect ease and rapidity. Its muscles are attached at one end to a firm inflexible bone, the chin, and at the other end to the freely moving larynx and to other muscles. It lies between the hard and soft palate above and the larynx below, and works like a lever, trying to draw the palate and larynx toward each other. Now in just the degree that the tongue possesses strength, can it awaken force in the other parts of the vocal organ, because no muscle can exert greater power than is supplied by the resistance against which it acts and reacts.

              You must realize that you must train the vocal organ and not the voice. Any voice method that does not primarily consider the instrument which produces the voice, is at best haphazard and unscientific.

              Knowing how to strengthen the vocal organ is difficult matter for two reasons. Firstly, because the very important hyo-glossus muscle is invisible and secondly, because it is nowhere attached to a fixed bone like other muscles; it cannot be felt. However, methods of strengthening the vocal muscles have been around for almost a century and is the most important effective way of building a great voice. Still this is almost unknown to almost every vocal teacher out there.

              Students of ordinary methods can repeat scales, yawn, sigh, hum, practice breathing, lip rolls, vowels, and tongue twisters ad nauseam but without direct attention to the mechanics of the vocal organ, and training to ensure that the larynx remains in a stable, balanced position allowing all parts of the vocal organ to co-ordinate smoothly, progress is limited and in many cases harmful.

              A voice must be built - not simply trained. For only by building up the strength and by gaining full control of the vocal organ can a real voice be developed.

              One such method is called the Feuchtinger method.

              Best kept secret in the industry.


              • #11

                I have very good experience with Seth Riggs and his Speech Level Singing method. You can read my review:



                Creative Songwriting


                • #12
                  Nowadays, Coaching isn't as cheap as online training. You can get alot of free guides to sing online. And there are some paid products which I recommended, cheap and effective more than Coach offline. Supporting is like coaching but a lot less price. And everything is already ready for you to harvest.

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                  • #13

                    I only have experiene with Brett Manning's program (singing success as well as masterin vibrato). In my short time using it, I am impressed by his comprehensive knowledge of how to use the voice, as well as how to apply, for example vibrato, in a multitude of ways to adapt to many styles. As well, there are lots of different exercises he uses, again in the vibrato course, that hits many angles to help you along. So far, it seems promising.

                    As an aside, a relatively unknown program I use supplementary is the "virtual voice" course. Its cheep (i think now 40 dollars per year) for a full year of monthly feedback and lessons and exercises. not a bad deal imo. 


                    • #14
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                      • #15
                        Im a little biased here. I believe every voice is unique, and needs specific instruction, otherwise you will end up sounding like a carbon copy of the video you watched. The problem with that? Thousands of others are watching the video too, which means you will have the same knowledge/ability as others. This takes away the vocal thumbprint. I would recommend finding a local music store, (or even a college with a music program) Find a person that has a similar voice style as yours, and pay them to give you lessons. This is more tedious and time-consuming, but the payoff will be GREAT.