I had never heard of Estill Vocal coaching and I wasn’t quite sure what it was all about. However from my very first vocal coaching session with Andy I began to discover a whole new approach to using my voice and to singing.
Andy has helped me to develop my voice to a standard I would never have achieved had I not met Andy and had the privilege of his teaching and coaching. Andy has helped me to become completely in tune with all the important aspects of developing and using my vocals; he has taught me how to have excellent control of my voice. I understand the anatomy of all the head, neck and abdominal muscles and how to use these muscles and other techniques to strengthen my voice and improve my vocal ability.
Andy’s approach to teaching I feel is quite unique. He has a extremely patient and understanding approach, he has a way of making you feel like you are his only student even though you know he has many many students on his books.
He is always encouraging and has always reminded me that in order to be a successful vocal artist, which has always been my goal, I need to take a very holistic approach, I need to be motivated and committed to my craft and very much treat my vocal folds and whole body like that of an athlete.
Andy always reminds me that the end goal, which is that of singing and performing is ‘the reward’ and is the easy part; but to achieve the end goal first requires the hard work and effort of continuing to implement all the exercises and techniques needed to keep my voice and vocal folds in the best condition they can be.
I am now 19yrs old and I am a professional singer songwriter. I am signed to Forward Music Management in London and I am currently writing my own new material. In between writing and promoting, last year I successfully secured a permanent position as a professional lead female vocalist for an American Cruise Line; and I have the privilege of travelling all over America and the Caribbean singing and performing.
I perform 6 nights per week for 3 to 4 hours a night; this requires a huge amount of effort and can at times have a huge strain on my vocals. In order to be able to sustain this amount of singing for 6/7 months at a time requires discipline and hard work; and I can call on Andy whenever I need to for advice and support.
However because of my Estill vocal coaching and my ability to look after my vocals with the use of the techniques and exercises I have learned from Andy, I am able to sustain the level of singing and effort required without my vocals becoming tired or strained. My vocal range and vocal control is the best it’s ever been and my confidence in my vocal ability and performance just continues to grow.