Which yardstick to use when choosing a Singing Teacher?

This is an extract from by ebook you can download for free!

Many people who approach voice training rely on chance as if they were gambling on lottery numbers. Often they do not have any means, sometimes not even an idea, for assessing the teacher in front of them and to whom they will entrust their voice. This is where it is good to explain what are the yardsticks for measuring the skills of a vocal coach. 

The first yardstick is to evaluate his/her voice. And that is where the shoe pinches! In fact, very often I find myself in front of people or other vocal coaches who want to evaluate skills based on how someone sings. Many people are surprised because they can’ t find on YouTube or other similar websites any trace of my “singing” performances as if it was mandatory to show them to be hired. They can’t find any because I have chosen not to show them. 

In fact, the ability to judge someone else’s vocal ability is inextricably linked to one’s own personal experience. Since normally people who want to learn how to use their voice do not consider themselves to be able to sing already, it should be clear to you that this may not be the right yardstick for judging a vocal coach. We might consider a voice full of flaws as beautiful and we might not like a technically perfect voice. It’s a bit like taking a first-grade child before a fifth-grade child who can do multiplication in his or her mind. For the first grade child, the fifth-grade one would be considered as a “genius” or a “magician”. 

But if we take the same fifth-grader and confront him/her with a eighth-grader things will be reversed in the presence of a second-degree equation. 

The yardstick is always relative. Few people are able to assess the skill of the master they have in front and, most importantly, when they no longer have something to learn from him/her.

Judging without a background is possible, but the final result will be related to chance, which often brings with it real disasters. A bit like judging the solidity of a bridge without knowing anything about the laws of physics, dynamics, and materials.

Since each of us can speak, it will certainly be easier to judge the skill of a vocal coach while he/she is speaking than while he/she is singing. If it has some pronunciation defects in the langue he/she is speaking, a marked local accent, apnea during speeches, haste in exposing things, reddening of the face, excessive sweating or shows that it is not at ease during a first meeting, then you will have many elements to understand that maybe, even if you like how he/she sings, he/she is not a good teacher.

Since in life you will always find a better teacher or someone who knows more about it than us, it is good to understand also when you have learned everything from a teacher. In fact, it is unlikely to be able to exceed one’s own master, in time one can only hope to equal him/her. Clearly, the better the teacher is, the faster the learning will be and the greater the final level reached.

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August 7, 2019 By Leave your thoughts , , ,

The Art of keeping a healthy voice

Recently a big publisher asked me to prepare a manual to be included to one of its monthly magazines to share my experience with readers.

The manual is ready and waiting for publication I decided to make it available as an e-Book also to readers of my website.

You can download it completely for free, just click on the cover and follow the instructions

Good reading to everyone and I look forward to your comments!


April 9, 2019 By 1 Comment , , , ,

A Vocal Coach with a 32-hour working day

This morning, standard time has finally come into effect here on the east coast of the United States.

Each week I am lucky enough to travel the world and enter the homes of my students who are scattered all over the world. But this means having an agenda that must take into account the various time zones and the different adjustments that occur behind the scenes. I will talk to you about the different holidays that each country observes in a next post!

I prefer customers from Hawaii. Partly because of the colors of the rooms and voices, and partly because they never change the time. They always use the Hawaiian time so with them I just have to be careful of the time of the country where I am, that is, in which of the six time zones in the United States or in which of the eleven time zones in Europe I am.

The Hawaiian Islands are in the time zone minus ten hours compared to Greenwich Mean Time, which is the zero time zone.

Then I have all the customers scattered around the U.S. ranging from the time zone of the West Coast, for example Los Angeles, minus eight to that of the East Coast, like Boston and New York, minus five.

Obviously there are two americas and I’m lucky enough to work with Argentines and Brazilians, other countries with very involving colors and rhythms, which are in the time zone minus three.

Then we move on to Europe, with England in time zone zero and the bulk of my Italian, French, Swiss and German customers in time zone plus one.

Then we move on to another hot country, Saudi Arabia, which stands at more than three, and Oman, which stands at more than four.

Russia is a complicated country, the Moscow area stands at more than three, while the rest of the country reaches even more than twelve. Luckily my customers are all mainly Muscovites.

My most demanding customers, those who are in “modern” China, essentially Hong Kong and Beijing, follow closely. Like the Hawaiian islands, they never change their legal/solar time and they stay in the time zone plus eight. I’ve also had customers in Japan, but generally they prefer to come here to the United States for Full Immersions.

Last, but not least, my favourite customers arrive, the New Zealanders who are in their time zone plus twelve and who are the first, or last, to change daylight saving time and solar time.

In practice, my typical workday takes place in 32 hours of work, scattered around the world, in three different languages!

The time changes for this year are also over. It starts again on March 11th when Canada will be the first to adopt daylight saving time and will end on April 1st with New Zealand.


November 5, 2017 By Leave your thoughts , , ,

Foliage on Lake Winnipesaukee

The foliage period, when trees start to change colour and prepare for winter, attracts many tourists to the Boston area.

This weekend, those who have chosen to do Full Immersion with me are lucky enough to be able to take a ride around Lake Winnipesauke on a train that takes tourists to White Mountain, along a four-hour loop route, to see the explosion of color in the surrounding forests and the valley.

Today I have the pleasure to accompany them and since by now I am also known by the local people here in New Hampshire, I am lucky to be able to have the opportunity to visit the locomotive. Something that has the atmosphere of an ancient and powerful mistery. In America the railway lines are almost all powered by diesel engines, there are no electric poles, so the experience is even more enjoyable, thanks to the low frequency hum of the engine.

This year it’s too late, but you still have time to book for next year!


October 15, 2017 By Leave your thoughts ,

Online Singing Lessons

Since January 2010 I’m teaching also Online with excellent success.
Obviously the Online teaching is quite different from the face to face version, but still can guarantee a good level of success in quite short time.
In this case you will still have a preliminary online session with me, where we will find if and how to proceed. My lessons are not in karaoke style and they are always considering your vocal health at first. I receive a lot of emails from peoples that tell me many stories about their adventures into the world of voice teaching. If you find yourself without voice or with voice lowering just after a voice lesson, you have to use your brain. That’s a symptom of disease and that the lessons are not healthy for you! The technical prerequisites for an Online lesson with me are not bare and simple. You will be contacted by my technical staff and you will instructed on how to proceed


June 6, 2010 By Leave your thoughts