Mandy Jean is a session singer, performer and vocal teacher presently living in Berlin. Voxtrain is an idea that was birthed by her and her husband Heinz, a musician and entrepreneur. Their goal is to make singing training accessible and affordable for anyone who has a dream to sing.
Both Mandy Jean and Heinz are qualified in the musical arts, making them a skillful and accomplished couple. Complementing them as software guru is Ozzy, who is also a performing musician and singer, turning this team into a talented trio.
Mandy Jean gives us her advice on how best to use this unique online tool for singers who want to develop their voices effectively. This is what she has to say:
Take it slow
“When going for a weekly vocal lesson to a voice teacher, you would never do ten exercises in a lesson. Your teacher would probably make sure that you are warmed up first, and then focus on a specific part of your voice for the rest of the lesson. This means you might do a maximum of two to three exercises in one lesson, which you can then take home and focus on for the rest of the week until your next lesson. To get the best results out of Voxtrain, you should approach the programme in a similar fashion. Don’t rush through the lessons just because you think you got it first time round. Take it slow, one or two lessons a week is perfectly adequate.”
Do it regularly
“Voxtrain is not just about understanding your voice, it is also about vocal fitness. This takes time and regular attention. Instead of exercising your voice for two hours every Saturday, try exercising for fifteen minutes every day. You will get much better results this way. Remember that all habits originate in the brain. Neural networks are formed as you repeat activities over and over again. Voxtrain has a very handy feature called Vox Workout which gives you quick and easy access to a fifteen minute workout using the exercises that you have unlocked in the lessons. No books, CDs or DVDs. It’s all there, ready for use on your personal Voxtrain login.”
Record yourself singing
“My daughter recently told me that she thought that her voice sounded like a boy’s voice when she sang. I soon realised that she was experiencing something that every singer experiences, but only understands once they hear themselves on a recording. You see, your voice sounds different to you inside of your own head than it does to other people. This is because your bones conduct frequencies and make your voice sound richer and deeper inside. Once the sound leaves your head, it no longer has the bones that cause this resonance and therefore becomes thinner in tone. This is why there is the difference between the sound on the inside of your head and the sound on the outside.”
“The best way to get to grips with your true sound is to record yourself singing. You may cringe in the beginning, but you will soon get used to it and even start to like it. Recording yourself singing gives you a more realistic take on your voice. Have you ever heard someone saying, “I heard that going differently in my head.”? Recording your singing will help you to bridge the gap between what you are hearing in your head and what is actually coming out of your mouth. Auto correction is a great skill to have as a singer. This is exactly why we have designed Voxtrain with a recording feature where you can record yourself singing all of the exercises so that you can repeat and auto correct yourself in those difficult places.”
Catch the rest of Mandy Jean’s tips in part 2 of this article.