You are a vocalist!

Our home studio where the magic happens. It’s also where I teach.

No seriously, that’s the first step…

The more you see yourself that way and practice from that the perspective, the more this becomes your reality. There a few other details though, and that’s where I can help.

HERE is a short video introducation and demonstration.

I’m a guitar player that needed to become a singer and struggled. I would have a hard time making it through gigs, lose my voice, etc. I knew something was wrong.

I went on a hunt for teachers and methods to help me and dedicated myself to improving. I worked with coaches from all backgrounds and philosophies, doing virtual and in-person trainings. And I practiced. Alot!

I was also on stage a lot and saw steady improvement and now find myself able to sing WHAT I want. It’s a great feeling.

Here’s some things that became clear:

*First, most all of the teachers and coaches I tested were essentially saying the same thing from different perspectives

*Also, it became clear that practice boiled down to working diligently and consistently on a method (really any method) UNTIL…you found comfort. There was a feeling that came when things worked right. Since singing is natural, and really something we come out of the womb doing (babies have this stuff down. Think about it), we just need to work around our ingrained habits, get back to what we really know…and let it happen.

*The ability to sing with freedom is a natural birthright. We can do it. It does take work and focus, but it can be done.

Email at: to set up a free first session. I promise it will give you some things to work on that will help and that anything we set up after that will not break your bank.

things I believe…

Inceasing range is about physics, and is not something limited by biology…really.

Forcing and straining to sing in full voice well above your traditionally assigned limits is more a matter of physics really. My big aha moment came when I realized how many of my soaring vocal heros were technically “baritones” or even “basses.”This was one big thing that put me on the hunt for the keys to doing this right and safely. More than that, this idea that anyone sings “high” may in itself be a belief that may result in bad habits and vocal issues. I think down as the notes go higher. The resonance does seem to go up higher and in different places, but stretching and reaching for notes did nothing but cause me problems, cause tension and set me back.

Singing high and with power (and even grit and distortion) is not damaging

There is an unbelievable feeling when support, resonance and proper air flow happen all together in a good way and these powerful, soaring notes come out of your mouth. You know it, when you feel it. And you NEED to feel it and experience it before you can do it consistently and with minimal effort.

The mysteries of “support” and breathing for singing boil down to basically 3 key and simple things

It seems every vocal coach has a secret sauce that is the key to getting breathing and support right. When you sing, “do you tighen your stomach,” “push down like you are going to the bathroom,” “stretch the belt,” “pull in?” For me, the answer is…yes. Any and all work, but they all essentially are describing the same thing from different vantage points. There is a feeling that comes when you get this right and add in some other basic things that make a differenc. Getting that feeling is one key thing we will focus on. One thing I promise though is that I am not going to overwhelm you with a lot of technical stuff and physiology. The coaches that do I think confuse people needlessly more than help. IF that is something you want to know, I’ll point you in some directions, but I don’t think it’s necessary to improve your singing.

I can help people find their groove. I could do it. You can too.

I was a non singer who learned to sing better. Am I where I want to be? No. But that is true with regards to anyone seeking mastery with any discipline and singing is an art form. There is no end. There is always more to learn. In fact, as I discover things, have new levels of awareness and aha moment, I will let my students know. I struggle with vocal coaches who appear to have the “elixer of the Gods,” with regards to singing. I don’t believe it’s possible. Keep rockin!

Send us an email to set up a free first session, or call us at the phone number below…

More about who we are…

Here is my band website:

My wife (bass and vocals) and I are part of 3 bands officially. But Big Road is our main one. We are also usually joined by our son Justin on sound (and sometimes guitar) and occasionally by our son Shane, who is the real music knowledge base in the family.

And our son Shane:

Our guitarist son Shane has degree in music from McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN and lives in the Twin Cities. He is a member of the bands Joe and the Mechanics and A Better Hand. You can find their music on Spotify or whereever you find music you like.

We are working on having Shane as a guest guitar teacher. Look for that…

Let’s make something together.

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