Voice Lessons Charlotte NC Voice Lessons Charlotte NC Expert Voice Instruction & Coaching Expert Voice Instruction & Coaching Expert instruction in multiple styles. Robert Wendell offers the Charlotte area music training services that range from teaching beginning singers to coaching accomplished professionals in multiple styles: Classical Blues Jazz Scat Rock Country Improve vocal health! Improve vocal health! Eliminate range and voice break problems for any style! Eliminate range and voice break problems for any style! Increase vocal ease, richness, naturalness, range, power, flexibility, and beauty Increase vocal ease, richness, naturalness, range, power, flexibility, and beauty of musical expression! of musical expression! Robert's students range from eleven-year-olds to late middle-aged adults and are interested in widely varied musical genres. The video below focuses on a young boy who Robert successfully prepared with one lesson a week in only two months to qualify for the Northwest School of the Arts and who is also now playing the role of Peter Pan in the Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts production of that musical.
Are you a pop singer? Train for recording studios! Get used to recording with a microphone and ear buds. Classical singer? Expert guidance in Italian, French, and German repertoire, style, expression and diction! Improve vocal agility for baroque ornamentation, fast, clean, complex runs, melismas, etc. Mr. Wendell has a master of music degree with decades of vocal instruction, choral directing, and teaching general musicianship skills. He is a strong sight singer, professional classical, jazz, and blues singer and instrumentalist. Appointments are available for adults and children. We are located in South Charlotte approximately half way between Pineville and Matthews at 7905 Shorewood Drive, Charlotte, NC 28277. Tech Info for Vocal Geeks Tech Info for Vocal Geeks Although the articles presented here represent principles of basic vocal function applicable to any style, these principles are historically the product of vocal pedagogy (voice teaching) as applied to singing as a classical art. It is important to understand, however, that efficient, beautiful, natural vocal function is universally applicable to any genre, including all the popular genres. No one has to sound like a classical singer to use the voice well. These articles are likely more interesting for voice teachers than for voice students, but are offered here for those students or potential students interested in the technical aspects of good vocal function. For some it may seem highly technical while for others it will seem easily accessible to anyone with an analytical mind and a good grasp of basic science. It is not necessary to understand all these technical details, however, to acquire practical skill in good vocal function. A Fountain of Deep Vocal Kno A Fountain of Deep Vocal Knowledge wledge It is important to honor the sources of valuable knowledge we have had the good fortune to acquire. The vocal tradition and source of Robert Wendell’s deepest knowledge and personal experience of ideal vocal technique was passed to him through his studies with the late Lav Vrbanic. As you can read in the image of the brochure below, for twenty-six years Professor Vrbanic had been chair of the vocal department at the Zagreb Academy of Music in the former Yugoslavia, widely known as one of the premier music schools in the
world. Later he served for five years on the faculty of the New England Conservatory (NEC). He acquired the latter position by invitation of NEC’s then current president and well-known American composer Gunther Schuller. Robert studied privately several times a week for three years under Professor Vrbanic at NEC. Mr. Vrbanic had an incredibly profound knowledge of the traditional Italian school, the German approach known as Stimmbildung (i.e., voice setup, formation, building) and modern voice science. He understood each in the light of the other, and so integrated them effectively into his teaching. In Europe, Vrbanic was widely considered one of the four or five greatest vocal instructors in the world. Robert has a Master of Music in performance from the University of Florida, Gainesville in choral conducting and well over two decades of experience in teaching voice and directing choirs. He has a choral training workshop of his own design he has delivered in several locations over the years. He has been teaching voice in Charlotte since 2006. A Personal Note to You A Personal Note to You Welcome to my Website and thank you for your visit. I hope you find what you learn here interesting and informative. One visitor asked me whether I have had students who started off with a bad sounding voice and improved enough to sound really good. This visitor stated that her voice was not bad, but she just wanted to have some idea of how much improvement was possible with my approach. The short answer to her question is "yes", but that doesn't really tell you much, does it? I've had many students who came to me with a very strained way of producing a tone that sounded as strained as it was, a somewhat unpleasant, rasping quality, with some hint of pinching the voice to get a sound out of it. This typically comes from lacking vitality in their breathing and trying to make up for it with the vocal mechanism, which cannot work...ever. Most singers, even experienced ones who have had producers and regular recording dates, come to me with some sort of unnecessary strain or effort in their voices. Most also have at least minor pitch problems with a few students for whom this was pretty severe. Some of them came to me after trying online vocal training that simply did not work for them. Others came to me with the hope that I could help them, since the university professors they had been studying voice with had not.
We should let the voice ride easily on the power in the breath the way a surfer finely adjusts the board to guide the power in a wave. The surfer just finely balances and subtly tweaks positions while all the power comes from the wave. The voice is the surfer and the respiratory system is the wave. All the power comes from the breath and its coordination with the voice. The voice must just relax and finely adjust to use that power efficiently. I use highly effective techniques that strongly predispose your voice to relax and "float" on the breath. You also get a simple exercise to practice at home that involves only the breath without vocalizing to help smooth, strengthen, and condition as a habit the way your respiratory system supplies air to your voice. It doesn't take 30 seconds to do, and you do it maybe 3 or 4 times a day, every day. You can even do it sitting at a stop light. At your lessons, we use techniques that relax the voice, coordinate it and the breathing to reveal your natural voice and let it come out. These techniques physically discourage strain and any temptation to impose artificial postures on the vocal anatomy. The result is a rich, full sound that feels really good to the body, sounds wonderful to the ears, and it's a lot easier...much more efficient. That means you get a bigger, richer, fuller vocal tone with a minimum of effort. There are many common exercises that claim to do what I'm describing here, such as lip and tongue flutters, etc. But my techniques involve much deeper principles of ease and relaxation while encouraging vitality where it counts, in the respiratory system, a fine poise that is similar to the vitality you feel in a kind of mild giggly or laughing sensation. They also condition the right adjustments for efficient sound production throughout your range, which these same exercises also extend, surprising you with how high you can suddenly go and so easily. It is also pleasant to discover that on low notes the same exercises eliminate that breathy, fuzzy sound and replace it with a clear, solid, vibrant quality with silvery, ringing overtones. So please feel free to give me a call at 704 341-0250 and arrange an introductory one-hour lesson for only $25 to get a taste of this for yourself. I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon and hopefully meeting you in person. All the best, Robert For more information For more information please visit http://www.voiceinstructioncharlotte.com http://www.voiceinstructioncharlotte.com please visit