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Singing Success Review

The Importance of Professional Vocal Tuition

If you are considering singing as a full time occupation or intend to be singing as a hobby over a long period of your life time, it is vital you learn how to do things the right way. You need to ensure you don’t pick up the usual bad vocal habits that many singers develop early on in their careers.

A prolonged period of singing using bad vocal technique could result in serious damage to your vocal chords and ultimately, completely ruin your chances of success in the long term future.

One of the main things I was concerned about when I started out singing, was that I did not want to be one of these people you hear about who ruin their voices without even realising. I’ve heard stories like this many times before from friends and acquaintances in the local music scene.

Many years ago I was enquiring about singing lessons and was speaking to the guy who’s been running the local music shop for the last twenty years. He was explaining to me how important it is to get proper training and started telling me about the lead singer of a popular local band who had a great voice and sang for years with no trouble at all. One day he went to a gig and his voice just completely caved in. He was croaking like a horse, had severe throat pain and had to jack in the gig.

After a trip to the doctor and a throat specialist, it turns out his throat had been seriously damaged due to years of bad technique and negligence. Over time, nodules had developed on his vocal chords, he was unable to sing and barely able to speak. He said the poor guy had to have three throat operations, still has trouble speaking and will never sing again.

I was pretty shocked when I heard this but have since heard quite a few more accounts of similar things happening to singers in the local community and also famous singers in the public eye.

It’s not just amateur vocalists, there are many famous people who’s lives and careers have been turned upside down by serious vocal problems that have arisen due to vocal negligence and bad technique.

Singing injuries and other problems like developing throat nodules are common issues that can affect any singer and have a devastating effect on the lives of those who do not take precautions to avoid them.

Damaged vocal muscles and nodes on vocal chords often need operations to correct them and it is generally the case that singers who have these operations take months or even years to recover. Although some people do make full recoveries and return to singing, unfortunately many do not. In many instances the voices of those who do recover never rarely sound the same.

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This was always one of my main fears when it came to singing. As a performer, I knew that anything I purposefully did to my body because of my lifestyle such as drinking or smoking etc. would be my own doing, so any damage I did to myself because of this would be my own fault and no one else’s.

That’s fair enough, but what I couldn’t deal with is knowing that simply by singing and using wrong or bad techniques, I could easily end my own career purely through bad judgment and ignorance.

If I was to use or develop my own warm up and vocal techniques and use them for the rest of my life, then if those techniques were wrong or flawed, a few years down the line they could ruin me for good.

For this reason, I chose to give Singing Success a go.

My View on Singing Success

I had read about it and been told about it by a couple of other singers in my community, so along with various other singing tutorial courses, I decided to check out the Singing Success web site and took a look at the testimonials by various famous singers and recording artists.

The course had a lot of good reviews which I carefully read, but I think what did it for me was the recommendation by Keith Urban. I thought if it’s good enough for him, then it’s good enough for me.

Another deciding factor that helped me take the plunge was the money back guarantee offered by the program.

The site states :

‘Sing Any Song You Want, in Any Key You Like by Adding a Full Octave to Your Range – GUARANTEED or Your Money Back! We will give you 6 months to try this Amazing Program.
If it doesn’t give you at least an extra octave and the results you’re looking for, send it back and we will refund your full purchase, NO QUESTIONS ASKED!’

That sounded like a pretty good guarantee.

The course is $200 which is quite a lot of money, I thought if it doesn’t work, they can have it back. What’s to loose !

Finally, I thought spending a bit of money now, could save me a lifetime of grief. So I gave it a try.


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I’ve been using his tutorial cd’s for over two years now and originally before I tried the course, I thought I was a reasonably good singer. As soon as I began the tuition, I realised how much I needed to learn and just how bad my vocal technique really was.

I won’t kid you. It’s hard at first. You just start on the first cd and take it slowly one at a time.

Mastering fundamental techniques such as lip trills and tongue drills while going through all the exercises with Brett and accompanying students is pretty tough at first, but once you start to get the hang of it and learn to relax and go with your voice instead of fight against it, you’ll start to see results pretty quickly.

Within two or three weeks, my vocal range had increased 5 semi tones (almost half an octave) and the whole underlying core of my technique and singing ability had become more solid and stable. There is no doubt about it, you will start to feel more confident in yourself as your voice starts to connect right the way up through your vocal range. Your singing voice develops new richer qualities and matures in a style that you would not achieve without proper vocal training. I’m pretty certain you will be quite impressed with the results.

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Singing Technique

A singer who is not used to this sort of training will feel the techniques are a bit weird when first beginning the course. As you get to grips with the exercises you’ll soon realise the importance of the training as you start to develop and learn to sing in a professional manner.

As you become familiar with the teaching method you will also spot exactly the same techniques being used by other professionals in the media and on television.

I often see techniques being taught by top professional coaches to students on programs such as The X Factor, Fame Academy, Pop Idol etc. and you’ll immediately be familiar with the techniques they are teaching. You will understand how they do it and where they learned their skills because you’ve been doing exactly the same thing at home.

I remember years ago, watching Beyonce on a television program when she was just starting out. She was asked which one important piece of advice she would give to young singers out there wanting to improve their singing techniques and help them become stars.

She started doing this funny blubbering thing with her mouth. I couldn’t work out what she was doing at the time, but many years later after discovering Singing Success, I realised she was simply doing these weird and wonderful lip trills that form the foundations of every great singer’s ability. At first these techniques seem bizarre, but they play a huge role in a singers vocal training and turn normal people into incredible vocalists. Nowadays you’ll see professionals and students doing this sort of thing on TV all the time.

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Since taking on the course, apart from massively increasing my range and improving my vocal power and ability, the main thing that makes me feel good about my singing is that I now have the confidence to perform and practice safe in the knowledge that I am not damaging my voice, throat or vocal chords through ignorance and bad singing habits. I know that as long as I continue to employ the techniques I’ve learned using Singing Success, that my future career as a vocalist is pretty much guaranteed.

I really believe that the choice I made to invest in my future has given me piece of mind and allows me to look forward to an injury free career.

All I’ve got to do now is keep singing.

My advice is give it a try. You’ve got a six month ‘No Questions Asked’ guarantee, and if you don’t like it, send it back.

There’s nothing to loose and everything to gain.

If you would like to have a look at Brett Manning’s web site and get some free stuff, videos and tips, then click the link below to check out the Singing Success web site.

Take a look at Singing Success.

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21 comments to Review : Brett Manning’s Singing Success. Does It Really Work ?

  • Diego

    Hey buddy.

    Thanks alot for your review I was very happy to buy the singing success program… that feeling of joy lasted until I saw the price. Now I am confident that it will work and in the remote case it doesn’, then I can give it back.
    I have only one question for you, did you train just with the CD tracks and the included DVD or viwed also some videos of his page?

    Thanks Again!

  • Hi, yeah, all these singing programs are way to expensive, but just send it back if you don’t get on with it… or you could always memorise the techniques and send it back anyway, I’m sure many people do.

    I just put up with it cause I paid £14 for one singing lesson about ten years ago and it was a complete waste of time, so I figure if I listen to the CD a hundred times or so, then I’ve got my money’s worth.

    I veiwed as much free stuff as I could, there and all over the net when I started out as you can never have to much advice. Most of the time now I just use the warm up exercises near the end of the program before I do my main singing practice, but I go back and do the full course every now and then when I need a push. I put the whole lot on my ipod so I can go through them wherever and when ever I feel like it, along with loads of other songs that I sing live and have to practice.

    I find if you get bored singing at home, the best way is to just go out and find some feilds in the middle of nowhere and treck for miles whilst you go through the exercise tracks and your own songs for a couple of hours.

    Do that for a couple of weeks and you’ll be flying.

    Cheers

  • Hi buddy, I also have the singing success program. btw the nay-nay part is quite tricky, but challenging to do 😀
    thanks for your review. you increase your range within two weeks, that’s WOW!! how often do you practice the vocal?

  • Ideally every day, but it depends how much I’m slacking. At the moment I’ve been concentrating on my new Artisan business http://www.originalartisan.com and haven’t had much time to practice, but every time I get back on it, the exercises help me regain control much quicker than just plain singing.

    It’s like anything, excercise your voice properly and you are going to improve steadily instead of just winging it with a few songs. That reminds me, better get back to the vocal training, Summer’s not far off.

  • I totally loved this review. I know there are so many people that will benefit from this review and from Singing Success. Brett Manning is awesome. Best of luck to you!

  • Cherie

    Hi there. Thank you for your very detailed review, much appreciated! I was considering getting singing lessons because I thought maybe it was best to have someone there to “guide you”, and who will notice if you made and error if you don’t notice it yourself. It’s funny though, because my Dad gave me “Singing Success” about a year ago, I played with it a little but haven’t done much with it since. I think I’d be a fool not to use it (considering it’s there!) so I might dabble in it again and see where it takes me. So with daily practice (maybe an hour or two a day in a studio) I would see results fairly quickly? And is Brett a good guide along the way? Thanks! :)

  • Hi Cherie, thanks for your comments. I think you’ll find as with most training programs, you get out of it what you put in. The more you use the CD, the more you’ll understand what he is trying to help you achieve. It can take a while before things ‘click’ and there is a lot of repetition, but it will get you used to doing what you need to be doing with your vocals instead of blindly making your own way.

    Singing is one of those things that although you know what you are supposed to do, it doesn’t happen out of the blue. Once you start learning how to practice properly and become more aware of things like tension in the vocal chords, ‘where’ to sing from and what to watch out for, you’ll find you start to sing in a more controlled way and you should be able to feel when things are working well, or not so well.

    The least you should be doing is making use of the warm up section before you sing your own stuff. A decent warm up is always important even if you don’t use the main bulk of the SS program as often.

    I’ve been singing again a lot lately and there’s no doubt about it, the CD training is definitely a huge help rather than just banging out loads of songs everyday and hoping your voice improves. You need a good mix of both really.

    Thanks

  • LOL I have this too and freaking lazy to practice….but to my surprise now I can hit 4 octaves easily in 3 weeks whereas I couldn’t even hit 1 before. this program is wonderful but if you’re practicing more diligently you’ll get faster results.

  • natalie

    hey! i’m using singing sucess too, but i was wondering how often did you use it? like 1 hour everyday? cause i still haven’t gotten any results from it

  • Hi Natalie,

    In my opinion, singing success should be used in conjunction with your normal singing practice. You shouldn’t just do a few exercises from SS and expect results on their own. You should use the techniques learned via the exercises and apply them to all the songs you sing on a daily basis.

    Getting your vocal chords to work in the right manner won’t just come straight away with a few exercises, but they will help you understand how your vocals should operate throughout the song. The exercises and warmups help you attain correct positioning of your larynx which should eventually become automatic in your everyday singing.

    As for practice regime, it depends how much I have been singing recently. Sometimes I’ll go back to basics and go through the main bulk of exercises for an hour or so, then sing for one or two hours more, sometimes I’ll just use the 20 minute warm up and then sing for a couple of hours on top. When I’m concentrating on certain songs, I pick certain exercises. Sometimes I just go through the exercises using my guitar with no CD.

    Whatever you do, you need to keep your routine fresh and interesting so chop it up a little. Use the CD to get an initial understanding of how to sing, then do what you like. You may find, you are already damn good and don’t need it, if so send it back for a refund. :-)

    I hope that helps.

  • Josh

    Hey Kier,
    Have a few questions. I got this singing package basically to increase my vocal range. I can go from an E2 to a G#4 and I’m sad about that because I can almost never hit the high notes that artists can. So anyhow I listened all the way to CD4. I could do the lip trills but not the tongue trills. That “dr” sound is a bitch. Anyhow I’ve been practicing CD4 for a couple of days and I haven’t seen any change and quite frankly I’m pretty depressed about it. :( I’m not sure if I should try to go as high as I can in my mix voice before cracking into falsetto because that isn’t seeming to do much good. :( I wanted to talk to somebody who’s done this thing and increased his vocal range. Can you help me? :(

  • This program is really really amazing!
    I bought this program like two months ago
    Singing Success CD by Brett Manning
    and the Mastering Mix DVD
    But i haven’t even start the Mastering Mix.
    I want to start step by step from the basic
    After about 1 months i practice many techniques from the first CD i really feel that my head voice is even more accessible now.i used to get into falsetto everytime i want to sing high.
    And i can hit D above male’s High C(D5) now
    Before i practice,i can only hit Bb4 in my head voice
    really recommended!

  • Zach

    Hey Kier, first off, great review! I like the fact that the information was coming from a nonbiased source, and so far, every review on the internet I have read has been wonderful! I’ve just saved up the money for this program and have just 1 question before I make the commitment, I know singing success can turn good singers into great singers, but what about a not so good singer? I have been told I can hit notes, but my singing voice sounds “weird”, and some have said it sounds like im “stressed” when singing. Also my vocal range is not that great. could this program turn me into a good singer? Thanks again for the great review!

  • Hi Zach,

    Thanks for visiting, I wouldn’t say that this program turns good or bad singers into great singers, it’s more of a case that it shows the user (whatever their skill level) the correct practice techniques and methods so that anyone who’s willing to put the effort in, has the means to train themselves into being a better singer.

    I imagine most reviews on the net will be biased selling gimmicks promising how this program will instantly turn you into an amazing singer.. it won’t, you have to put the practice in and do your vocal ‘chores’ to get results.

    It should also teach you the importance of singing in a relaxed manner and getting rid of all that stress that will be inhibiting your performance.
    Try it out and see how you get on. If you like it, keep it, if you don’t get on with it, send it back.

    Good luck.

  • Sean

    Hey guys , Just wondering how you balance your singing gigs , practice and rest ,,,,
    I never seem to have time to practice because I am always resting my voice after gigs

  • Hi Kier, really nice review.

    I’ve found Singing Success to be the best vocal training program I’ve come across as a singing teacher. There seem to be a lot of flakey ones out there promoting techniques that can do more harm than good (one in particular that advocates a ‘breathy tone’ – hmm, just what students need, to cultivate vocal nodules).

    I think Brett Manning is pretty smart using the 6-month money back guarantee. As long as students follow the lessons carefully and practice regularly, they’ll get results. I suspect the only ones who return it are those who have let it sit in a box gathering dust for the duration!

    I notice the $200 price tag has put off a few of the people who have commented above, and just wanted to let you know that Singing Success is currently 40% off for a limited time. That takes the price down to just under $120, which is pretty good. Not sure how long the sale is on for, but the discount usually happens a couple of times a year.

    Happy Singing!
    Nicole

  • Hi everyone!
    I have been using SS for nearly a year now. It has hugely helped me, mainly with increasing my range (head voice in particular) but also with agility and placement. There are a couple of things it falls short on, i.e. correct breathing or diaphragmatic control is not dealt with that much. Now I mainly use CD 8 as a warm-up before singing my own songs. I also use a voice coach as there is nothing that compares with having someone listen to you and look at you. Overall I would say that Singing Success is an excellent programme and as all the others say – the more often you practise, the more you’ll get out of it because you will notice all the small improvements as well as the big breaks. I have gone through all the technique CDs and practise almost every day but admit there is one part of the programme I haven’t really gone into at all – the exercises on style. So a welcome reminder for me to start tackling those exercises!

  • Paul

    Hi, i loved your review. I am particularly interesten in extending range. Can you tell me how much your range did extend?

    Thx!!

  • Hey guys

    This is a great review; as are the comments! Really passionate singers! I coach singers using a mix of speech-level singing and estill models in the UK and can offer any guidance/ tips over Skype for 50% off should you have any questions about how your voice is developing – or if not why not!

    Please email me if you have any questions about singing

  • Ken

    It’s vocal workout program, if you merely practice one or few days per month, don’t expect results. You should be using this consistently, or at least 2-3 times weekly to improve your singing skill. It’s kind of a given that you need to keep exercising. But, just don’t over-trained. After all, it’s a great program. I found the ‘mastering-mix-review’ on ‘becomesingers.com’ to be very useful on explaining the program contents

  • Snow

    I have just a few questions on this….

    And I do see answers on perusing this page, but I gotta ask

    THE FIRST IS: How long do you have to practice these exercises? I used to give it an hour a day every day and some days could be so busy that I only get thirty minutes…. Is that okay? I’d like a good hourly and weekly frequency to be established.

    SECOND IS: I’m aware of the concept of underworking the voice or overworking it. How do u know where to stop pushing it? I go for overworking, but I do know that at some point I start doing something wrong as I strain to hit the very highs. Do you ignore the high notes till you’re ready for em? Or just push a little toward em when u practice?

    ALSO, I don’t use a studio, and can’t find a trust worthy coach in Nigeria. Is that a good way to go about the program? Do I need to get a listener at some point?

    Thanks in advance for your answers…. Even though they may have been answered before

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