WORKS/ PUBLICATIONS

NYSC Musical video – Good People of Nigeria (www.youtube.com)
NYSC musical album – www.muziboo.com
A Documentary of NYSC projects (www.youtube.com)
http://www.nigeriadailynews.com/news/21670-fashola-pays-tribute-to-10-slain-corps.html 
http://odili.net/news/source/2011/nov/13/501.html
http://naijatalkshow.blogspot.com/2011/11/i-rejected-job-offer-from-oil-company.html
http://www.thenigerianvoice.com/nvnews/51305/1/corps-member-and-ex-star-quest-lady-gives-pupils-f.html
http://www.lagosstate.gov.ng/index.php?page=news&nid=1216
http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-22494.0.html

VOICE CLASSES

VOICE CLASSES
All individual voice classes are private. Group classes can also be booked for. Individual classes are once a week, an hour per class and for duration of three months per level. The levels are: beginners, intermediate and advanced. Fee is determined after an interview and audition is done for the applicant.
Applicants going for auditions, tours, recording and performance can also register with us for professional grooming.
We usually have a singing workshop and performance opportunities for all students on the last Saturday of every month.

Voice lessons cover the following topics and more:
Breathing and breath control
Posture work
Vocal technique
Music theory
Ear training
Call and response exercises
Range expansion
Vowel and consonants
Diction exercises
Lip trill or tongue trill/ vocal fry
Filming and video playback to analyze performances
Humming
Vocal technique
Identifying head voice and falsetto
Legato singing
Staccato singing
Adding power to head voice and falsetto
Increasing chest voice range
Middle voice
Different vocal sounds
Chromatic scale
Piano playing etc

A student may be required to attend the voice lessons of other students, as learning from the mistakes of others is a valuable tool.

All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable fee of N1, 000 for registration and N30,000 for the three-month voice training course. The teacher will determine your level i.e beginner, intermediate or advanced. See contact for payment details.

SINGING TIPS

THE SECRET TO GREAT SINGING MOST SINGERS ARE NOT AWARE OF

Have you ever watched Mariah Careh hit those high notes spectacularly? Whitney Houston do those vocal runs? Michael Bolton scream beautifully? Are you in awe about how they produce their golden tones and  control their voices perfectly well? Do you sometimes wonder why their voices ring and your doesn’t?

Do you waste time and money thinking of how to achieve these elements of vocal freedom I have just mentioned? Here’s your last stop. Celebrity vocal coach, Laura Etemah or any of her associates can get you to your long awaited vocal destination. The little secret involved in understanding resonance and its application in singing will be thrown open to you within a few days of your training.

You will learn a lot about the mask. What do I mean by this? The mask consists of the hard parts of your articulatory system which includes the front teeth, soft and hard pallet, behind the nose and the eyes and even up through the back of the head where vibrations can be felt when a singer hits super-high notes. These are parts of your body where you feel strong vibrations when proper vocal attack is applied on the mask. This is what most voice teachers struggle to get across to their students. With proper attack, breath support is in balance, vocal cords are stabilized and the throat is in a relaxed state.

No matter your voice type, voice texture, style of music or range, you can achieve this. No matter what you sing with your voice, you only sound better and stronger. Voice attack from the mask helps singers develop a great range and a fantastic tone.

Let me conclude by bringing your attention to the fact that this placement cannot be forced to happen. You only strain you voice with the application of force. This is absolutely unnecessary. You cannot achieve this feat by trial and error. Everything has already been made easy for you by my SING LIKE A SUPERSTAR book and instructional CD. Both of which contain specific exercises and information that will teach you how to achieve mask placement.

All you have to do is give us a call for directions on how you will get your copy. See contact for more details.

WAYS BY WHICH SINGERS TRAIN THEIR VOICES

From my 10 years of involvement with singers, I have been able to identify three different ways by which singers take up their learning process. The most common way is by listening to the recorded works of virtuoso singers and singing along without the direction of a vocal coach. I do not support this type of learning because it can be injurious to the voice. A beginner who does not have a good grasp of the fundamentals of singing, breathing techniques, vocal techniques, vocal anatomy, and good musical ears cannot benefit from this method of learning because it  could compound already existing singing issues by singing with bad technique. You may pick the wrong material and strain your voice on the high notes or even experience inconsistencies with your voice on the long run.

Another trial and error method employed by a different  group of singers is applying vocal technique instructions given by an inexperienced voice teacher. This is a bit better than what the first-group singers do. The danger here is that a singer could try to mimic a star artiste with the wrong vocal placement (bad attack). Though this method can sometimes work, the long-term effect is that one experiences voice deterioration which leads to diminished courage in one’s ability.

 I have come to discover that the most reliable way to learn how to sing is first of all get a good vocal teacher who will teach you how to get your sound into the cavities in your head. Most singers are surprised to know that they have cavities in their head because they think the human head is a solid mass. These cavities are invaluable in every singer’s career. If you can learn to use your mask to beautify your sound, then you are not too far from your goal. This is what brings about vocal release, a sweet sensation you get when singing with proper technique.

At Lee Vocal Studios, the best and independent voice training and Music school in Lagos, Nigeria you will be taught how to assume the specific body configuration that will enable you achieve that forward placement into your mask which most voice teachers have not been able to achieve with their students. It’s not all about singing scales and making weird sounds; though these have their own purpose in a student’s vocal development. The number one celebrity vocal coach in Nigeria will help you through the specific things you need to learn that will give you the winning vocal placement within a few days of study in the vocal studio. You will experience a sudden release in your voice. This is otherwise known as vocal freedom.

So what are you waiting for? Now is the time to discover the amazing voice inside of you and achieve so much more with your voice, be you a solo artiste, band singer, choir member, Music director, voice teacher, recording artiste, back-up singer or rap artiste. At Lee Vocal Studios, we welcome singer of all musical styles.

 

DJ GOSPORELLA EXPLODES AT THE CHRISTIAN MUSIC CONFERENCE

Hey guys! This year’s Christian Music Concert organized by Tenstrings Music Institute was a huge success. A lot of tips and lessons were on ground for upcoming artistes in Nigeria thanks to the director/ proprietor of the school, Mr Emmanuel Akapo. PMAN was not left out as they sent a representative to educate the participants on the Nigerian music law and related topics.  As the event came to its high point, DJ Gosporella, the No. 1 gospel DJ in Nigeria was given the mic to share some of his experiences in the industry. This man is soooooo in the spirit as we all got to know that apart from his disc jockey biz, he also has a talent or let me say a calling to pastor-hood. He is so grounded in Bible knowledge and things of the “hollies.” At a point I thought I was in church. But it was fun. There was no dull moment. But the guy don suffer sha. It wasn’t all rosy for him. We all were happy for him as he shared his “bragging rights,” mentioning that he was called by God into the business and God has not disappointed him since he stepped on the path of “gospelizing” his work. He encouraged the youths at the event to search their hearts to find their innate talents, pray over it and look to God for directions on how to impact lives with it. The event ended with performances by Tenstrings graduates and photo shoots.

STAGE FRIGHT – THE DREAD OF STARS

The Dread of Stars
Check this out: You are lucky to have found a super record label and they agree to sign you on. You have a great voice and have received a lot of compliments which have of course made you feel like the best thing in the entertainment industry. A 16-track album that turned out so good and hit the airwaves with energy and got your pockets rocking hard. “Big boy” your close friends call you and “waddup” everyone would holla when you drive by in your new hummer.
Everything seems to be going well and you’ve got a line up of shows to do for the season. Shopping, rehearsing, clubbing, hooking up signing autographs and all what naughts…the superstar life on a fab lane. The show comes and you arrive the venue. You hear the burst of the audience as your name is announced. “Awesome,” you think as you lift up yourself to mount the stage. But what happens as you get on stage? A huge crowd all screaming and trampling on each other just to have a snapshot and get to see your face. This is the pure taste of stardom! What so many youths could sacrifice anything to have! You have been blessed with it. You get carried away as the DJ plays the intro and then you are thinking of the first line of your own song! Are you nervous? I hope not.

Of course you should be singing the third line by now and all that you keep repeating is “everybody put your hands up!” Please! Please! Please Mr singer! Enough! I could be bored with that because my hands have been up  even before you came on stage.  Mmmmh! E be like say yawa wan gas. Your manager is on stage pretending to be a stage worker. He comes to change your mic knowing very well that nothing is wrong with the one you were initially using. And he whispers , “Ol boy wetin dey happen nau? You no fit sing again? Make I bring water?” You send him a huge smile as if to show gratitude for the mic change and you say, “I don forget the song.” He beckons you to walk with him towards the DJ as though there was a mix-up and he quickly sings the first line. You are grateful and the DJ scratches his disc and the show begins.
This is the effect of the worst case scenario of stage fright…going blank on stage! This can really be disheartening and can affect the rest of your performance. And bet you, the audience will detect  and detest it! This is a popular case with artistes who are ungrounded. Mind you, it can happen to anyone.  A whole lot of stars you know today, home and abroad still have stage fright and invest a lot to learn how to manage it.
Here and now, I will share tips to help you manage this sticky and universally dreaded nerve.
Tips to help you perform with confidence on stage
The Beauty of Purpose
It is sad that the majority of aspiring singers are singing because they want to become stars. This is a self-centered purpose and only leads you further away from that goal. Your mindset as a singer matters a lot. You should have one question for yourself on your mind as you mount the stage. And that should be: “how can I reach out to these ones who have come to be entertained? How can I inspire them with my talent into greater things of life?” Many singers have superb voices and you can easily stand out of the crowd with this extra something, this mindset of wanting to touch lives or give back. Remember, most shows are paid and you want to give your audience some value for their money, else you lose them. Hence, note that performance shouldn’t be about you but what you want your audience to experience from listening to you.

 Composture
This comes with confidence. The voice is an emotional tool and your audience can easily tell from the sound of your voice if you are not confident, have self-doubt or if something has gone wrong and you are trying to hide it. I have seen cases where people walk out of the hall when they notice a singer or a speaker did not come prepared or is exhibiting stage fright. In other words, if you are not comfortable with yourself as you perform, you make your audience feel uneasy, defeating their purpose of coming for your show.
Your self-confidence streams through if you have done your home work thoroughly and that includes: warming up your voice properly, practicing your lyrics, maintaining a positive attitude towards your ability, avoiding drugs, rehearsing and interpreting your song, giving it your own meaning and flavour and most importantly having in mind to always be aware of your audience. Never back them. Involve them in your performance as much as necessary and you would have touched and transformed more  lives than you can ever imagine.
More to come in the next edition. Meanwhile if you are an aspiring or professional singer and you have vocal issues or questions on vocal empowerment/ training, send ma an email.

Keep singing!