Welcome to Vocal Evolution!
Thank you for joining us, and taking your first step towards great singing!
Here are the instructions for preparing for your first online lesson. If you are in a hurry, scroll all the way down for the summary.
1. SCHEDULE YOUR LESSON TIME SLOT IN YOUR CALENDAR
It is recommended that you get yourself ready at your computer with all the necessary technical setup done around 10 minutes before your lesson to reduce the chances of you having to rush due to unforeseen circumstances and then start your lesson feeling stressed out.
Even though we do our best to block in transition times and end before the next lesson, we may end up giving a client just a bit more time and end up having to start a bit later. Sometimes it may be you, and sometimes it may be the client before you. Please understand that, and be prepared that we may start late!
2. PREPARE A SONG TO WORK ON (MUSIC + LYRICS)
Do you want to improve your range? Strength? Low notes? Or pitching?
Pick a song that allows us to work on that one thing you wish to work on the most. (It is not a good idea to work on too many things in a single lesson.)
Most clients come to me to improve their mix (mix voice) and upper register, and if you're one of them, it would be the best to pick something that you struggle with slightly, for our first lesson together.
If it's too easy, you won't see much of a difference, and if it's too difficult you're just gonna feel crappy from not being able to achieve anything substantial, and may even doubt your talent.
- A backing track that can be played on your phone (if your laptop is the device for our video conferencing) and
- Lyrics (either together with the backing track in a karaoke video or printed out on paper)
3. SET UP ZOOM
1. Download and install "Zoom Client Meetings" here:
2. Zoom was made for speech by default, so watch this video to optimize your settings for online singing lessons, and follow my guide accordingly (sound on!):
- Quick guide: Go to Settings > Audio > Advanced
> Check the box for "Show in meeting option... Enable Original sound"
> Select DISABLE for "Suppress Persistent Background Noise"
> Select DISABLE for "Suppress Intermittent Background Noise"
> Leave it as AUTO for "Echo Cancellation"
4. PRIMARY DEVICE (video calling) + SECONDARY DEVICE (to play music)
Primary device for video calling: Ideally a computer (laptop/desktop). Second choice tablets (e.g. iPad), and third choice phones.
Secondary device for playing music: Ideally phone + external speaker for best experience.
5. MICROPHONE, SPEAKER, CAMERA
For audio, you have 3 main choices (the first is the easiest and most reliable):
(i) A pair of earphones with microphone (the ones that come in the box with our phones). Wireless in-ears with mics are not recommended as the mics are too far from the mouth and the audio won't turn out well.
(ii) Your native laptop/computer speaker and mic. I have found those of MacBooks to be of great quality, and they do the job quite well. Standby (i) as mentioned above in case this setup doesn't work well.
(iii) External speakers (or your computer's) + external mic (can be either condenser mic or earphones). If you have pro-level devices for music production, use them! I will be able to hear you more clearly.
For video, just make sure I can see you and the lighting and angle aren't too bad. It would be best if you can stand up for the lesson!
6. YOU HAVE A STABLE INTERNET CONNECTION
No details needed.
7. SUMMARY - BEFORE LESSON CHECKLIST
1. Be ready 10 minutes before your lesson
2. Song: Backing track on your phone (with external speakers for best experience) + lyrics
3. Zoom is open on your computer. I will send you the link either in advance or just before our lesson.
4. Earphones + mic ready (or on standby) and they are the selected input and output in Zoom
5. A glass/cup/bottle of water next to you
6. Optional but encouraged: Pen and paper for taking down notes