Brett Manning's Singing Success Review
You may have heard of Brett Manning's Singing Success program. There is a Singing Success affiliate program, so there are many sites promoting the CD/DVD programs and online video tutorials. I was looking for a program and came across a glowing review. From there I went to the Singing Success web site. After reading the descriptions and many testimonials from successful professional singers, I signed up for the online video tutorials.
The online tutorials are in the form of video segments with an instructor and a student. Usually there is a narrow focus for each lesson. Typical videos run between twenty-five and fifty minutes. There are hundreds of videos classified as either Beginner or Advanced. There are shorter, edited versions, available to non-members on the site and on YouTube. You can also sign up for Free Stuff in the form of an email newsletter with links to HD video.
Although I have not seen the Singing Success package that includes 12 CDs, a tutorial DVD, and a work book, reviews suggest that the advantage of the program is that it is well structured and progressive. The online video lessons, on the other hand, are not structured. You can pick and choose what you want to work on at any particular time. What may be lacking in structure is more than offset by the experience of sitting in on a one on one lessen, where you can see and hear what the instructor is looking for in the exercises as a real student is learning the techniques. Chances are good that the tips and corrections that the instructor gives to the studio student will also apply to you. It is not quite the same as having a personal instructor, but very close.
Brett Manning has also released a new program called Mastering Mix for advanced singers and various other targeted programs. Of course, almost any decent program will offer benefits if you practice. I am better at looking for new tools than actually practicing enough! However, I will give the online video lessons a fair shot and perhaps I too will be able to offer some promising before and after examples :-)
You can hear some of the before examples at www.gregdixon.net.
Please check out some of the resources at the Singing Success website and YouTube, such as this interview with Hayley Williams of Paramore:
And Brett Manning's Three Top Vocal Tips