Success Stories: The Singing Zone
Singers of all styles, levels and ages (in 132 countries) have benefited from the Sing With Freedom Program and Singing Zone membership access. Here are just a few Singing Zone Success Stories from our enthusiastic vocal students.
Click on the categories to the right and you see more stories, reviews and testimonials that may relate to you. And many more post on our blog, Facebook page etc. You realize that there is of course no such thing as a "typical" result.
"I Perform With Greater Freedom Than Ever Before"
My range has already improved in both the higher and lower registers with much better quality, and I perform with greater freedom than ever before. I'm sure The Bristow Voice Method will help you too.
Grammy Nominee and Platinum Selling Artist
"Per Is Like The BRUCE LEE Of The VOICE!"
I have been singing songwriting for 17 years. I am from South Africa and I just moved to LA. Been doing the course for 8 Months now, what a miracle!!!!!!!!!! And it has helped to let my instrument be what it is supposed to be. [Per is] like the BRUCE LEE of the VOICE! I know what you have discovered in yourself, all there is to be discovered in the voice, and I would really be so honored to be a vessel to pass your knowledge through in a much more personal way. I'll thank you on behalf of the whole world for what you have shared. The world of singers has been waiting for the truth to be revealed.
Sean Van Blerk
"My Voice Has Never Felt More Free!"
To produce a vocal tone totally naturally without pushing or pulling, I have to say, the “Sing with Freedom” program really has got it nailed. I believe that “Sing with Freedom” is like the “Organic” singing program without any artificialness. It takes on a totally new approach and lets you interact with your voice as an internal source rather than something that needs creating at every semi tone.
The bit that got me most was how much of a part the tongue and the neck muscles play in shaping the tone…..many teachers/coaches overlook this problem and rather than addressing it, give their students more scales, which only worsens the problem as they already have an incomplete technique. My voice has never felt more free and my tone and never been so resonant.
"The Sing With Freedom DVD's Are Fantastic"
The Sing With Freedom DVD's are fantastic! I would highly recommend them to anyone who wants to improve their singing. Per's approach is unique and it has really helped me to relax and get the best out of my voice!
Triple Platinum Selling Artist
"Already Singing With Freedom! It's Amazing!"
I work fulltime as a freelance vocalist in Australia, and I realised that even though I could sing well, there were still many areas that I needed to develop.
For the record, I have spent $$$ on singing lessons & other courses and I must admit, when I stumbled across your course, I didn't know whether it was going to really help me get the results I so desperately wanted. I figured the worst case scenario would be I might learn a little and get a bit of improvement.
Well, can I just say that after just 2 weeks of doing your course (I'm still on Lesson 2) I'm already doing what your DVD's say – Singing With Freedom! It's amazing! I'm finding my voice is flowing more easily throughout my range and with more agility & I'm NOT THINKING ABOUT IT!! Very Cool.
Oh, one last thing. I really love the way you teach musicianship in The Singing Zone. You've made music theory so simple and easy to understand, & interactive in a really fun way!
"To Deliver Consistent Performances Night After Night"
After singing professionally with a rock band as well as a solo performer for 20 plus years… I always found it challenging to try and keep some kind of consistency in my night to night performance.
Well over the years some of the bad nights led to vocal polyps and nodules. After accepting that I would either need surgery or some kind of miracle …the answer came after searching the internet in the form of my now good friend Per Bristow and “The Singing Zone”.
I now still perform 4 and 5 nights a week for 4 and sometimes 5 hours a night. Using Per Bristow's method has put me in touch with my inner relaxation and power to deliver consistent performances night after night with full tone and clarity. Thank you Per Bristow !!
"I Have NEVER Had Such A BRILLIANT Vocal Lesson EVER!!"
I have just gone through the first lesson with Per. I have NEVER had such a BRILLIANT vocal lessons EVER!! I have been singing professionally for decades and have had ‘coaching' in the past. I have NEVER experienced such a FUN TIME and happy feeling as I had with PER on this ‘trip' with regards to how to handle RELAXATION, and ‘tension' within the vocal chords and body. I cannot imagine ANYONE being able to better this coaching method as it feels so EASY and GREAT FUN and a WONDERFUL TRIP into AWARENESS of what a person can achieve with the correct guidance. Per is the most PERFECT OF ‘GUIDES' and I felt a wonderful happy feeling just watching the video and working with Per as though he were actually in the room with me at the time. I am VERY PLEASED to have this gentleman helping me in my career as a singer, thank you Per very much indeed!
"Best Thing I Ever Did!!"
I got tired of singing and took a break, but I wanted to fall in love with it again. I got online and saw Per Bristow and the buzz around it. So I thought I’ll just take the plunge and see what it’s all about. It’s the best thing I ever did.
"I've Been Using Your Concepts With My Barbershop Chorus"
I sing a lot of contemporary rock music and barbershop, and I am the director of a barbershop chorus named the New Mexichords. I love these classes! They are so helpful! I am able to learn so much more watching this in real time. I really love your voice method, and I've been using some of the concepts with my barbershop chorus.
Director of Barbershop Chorus
"Could Now Sing 19 Gigs in 12 Days"
I just came of a run of 19 shows in the last 12 days and I would not have been able to do that if I hadn't signed up for your program.
Dallas “Doc” Doctor.
Pro Rock Singer and Guitarists
"I Never Imagined Singing Lessons Could Be So Effective Online"
I so appreciated the lessons I had with you, Per. You helped me expand my chest sound and put more power in my voice in such an easy, relaxed way! And from a distance, at that! I never imagined singing lessons could be as effective online as they are in person, but they were, and amazingly comfortable and effective. Thank you. Per. You really did take my singing to ‘the next level’, as they say, in a very short time.
"I Have Experienced The Breakthrough Of My Life!"
I have experienced the breakthrough of my life as far as singing. I would have never imagined singing to feel this easy and free. I sing Gospel and R&B music and always had to transpose songs down to my range and never really creating that dynamic impact that I could feel on the inside. Now in such a short space of time I could sing those songs so effortlessly that it feels as though I am cheating!
"Very First Lesson Was Eye-Opening"
Per is the REAL DEAL. The lessons are professional and not overly produced. Very down to earth and yet lets my singing reach the skies. The very first lessons was so eye-opening, and in all of them I have learned something useful. I enjoyed vocal fry. And I really was blown away by being able to have the vocal range discussion with Per over Skype. Love this program, Love Per Bristow!
"Now I've Been Able To Do 9 Gigs In A Week"
Now I’ve been able to do 9 gigs in a week! Before doing your program I would do one gig for 3 hours and the next day I couldn’t sing.
"Thank You For Your Precious Help"
I'd like to thank you for your precious help. You have helped improve and my vocal faculties. I now feel my voice is more powerful and free to sing in different genres. I'd like to suggest your Bristow Voice Method to any other professionals or amateurs who want to develop.
Universal Recording Artists
"Gained So Much Insight"
I've been a professional singer for over 15 years and wanted to see if I could get something out of your program. I love learning and getting better. I did not have any issues/problem with my singing voice before, but I truly gained so much insight as to what is happening inside. Feeling what's happening inside, is a wonderful thing I learnt.
I was not looking for more strength or flexibility, but I would say I surely am experiencing my fuller potential these days, in terms of strength, flexibility, resonance, and every other aspect because my main limiting factor is lifted now – Fear of being imperfect. I greatly thank you for that. Without that emotional freedom and freedom from fear, I think whatever you learn or release, there will still be a limiting factor when you perform.
"Your Training Really Works"
I am extremely thankful for the fantastic training that you provide in strengthening the voice and in helping the voice recover. A couple of weeks back I actually lost my voice (first time that has ever happened) due to a cold that was going around and I applied your vocal exercises from your training for people suffering sore throats and it helped me get through a gig that week. Your training really works and I use the information to get me through a performance, so thank you
"I Have Learned So Much More About My Vocal Cords"
I haven't been taking a lot of singing lessons in my life and even though l have spent many years on stage l have never been confident because of my lack of “formal training”. l am totally reassured now. l have learned so much more about my vocal cords. Now l can visualise how they work, my range has improved, and the sound is clearer.
I used to be in musicals and cabaret shows in Europe, now that l am a bit older and that l live in Australia l am working as an acoustic trio. We do a lot of french music (l am French so easy transition for me) but also l sing in Spanish Portuguese (fado),Italian,Japanese etc… l love working on new sounds and l have always loved to sing in different langages.
"I Knew There Was More Within Me!"
I love what you offer. It's what I've been waiting for. Even though I have worked and been paid for my music, I knew there was more within me! My project this winter was to record a song I had written with an opera singer from the 70’s, and gift it to the lady who had inspired the song on her 80th birthday. Right away I saw the results. I even had to learn the opera singers part (harmony) and it all worked out thanks to your lessons.
I have had a successful career entertaining bus and rail tours and traveling as a “singing cowgirl.” Now that I'm no longer performing I enjoy expanding my voice so I can record the hundred of songs I have written over the years and want to gather up. I very much appreciate having found you and your approach.
"A New Instrument Of Music That I Can Play"
After 1st lesson: “Wow … I gotta comment .. This is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME !!! Oh yes – so much more than just singing … Thank you !!!”
After completing course: “What an experience this has been… I sang Silent Night at the family Christmas gathering and my son (20) says to me: “Ya know dad – you can sing – and you should expand your venues to other styles of music”. What a difference from years before when folks said – “just play the piano – don't sing”.
I really want to thank you for helping me see something within me, the singing voice, that was always there … A new instrument of music that I can play … And it is such a fascinating instrument, the singing voice … So much more than the piano, or guitar. I have spent most of my life expressing my emotions through the piano and guitar. And now, to be able to express my emotions with my voice … Wow !!! Thank you … Even at 51, I realize now that ya can teach an old dog new tricks !!!
"It Has Not Only Saved My Voice, But Saved My Career"
"I Was Dealing With Vocal Fatigue And Hoarseness"
"One Of The Most Wonderful Things That Has Ever Happened To Me Musically"
Your voice method is one of the most wonderful things that has ever happened to me musically. I am thrilled to hear my voice change month by month and simply to experience more freedom is a wonderful thing in life.
"I Love That I Can Go At My Own Pace"
I have been singing professionally for 40 years and there is ALWAYS room for improvement. With your program I love that I can go at my own pace with my own schedule as my life can be rather ‘interesting' at times!
I can't remember which lesson it was, but there was the thing about lower chest/lung expansion that has changed EVERYTHING for me…. that was worth the entire course! My boyfriend is using the DVDs as well and he is singing again after MANY years off… WE BOTH JUST LOVE PER!
"Truly Enjoyable And A Revelation"
I am an Indian Classical Musician performing for over 20 years and it's been a great experience going through your lessons. It is interesting to see how I can adapt your technique to our kind of music. I did some of your voice exercises before a concert and it was really amazing. Your lessons are truly enjoyable and a revelation. It was the perfect warm up.
"It's Been Such A Refresher From Past Training"
I have really really enjoyed your lessons and your laid-back and free-spirited attitude of teaching – it's been such a refresher from past training I have received. Please keep on doing what you're doing and inspiring us aspiring pop stars!.
"75 Years Old… Getting Puzzled Looks"
I am 75 years old and have just joined an over 70s choir, hence my purchase of the DVD set. This is the first time I have ever sung in public and the first two DVDs have really changed the voice for the better. I am getting a few puzzled looks at practice both from those singing beside me and the musical director. So far I have not disclosed the secret of my improvement, although I might do so to one or two of my buddies. Since getting the DVDs I have been promoted to singing the opening verse of Gilbert and Sullivan's “Drunken Sailor” and second verse of “Swing low sweet chariot”. Who knows maybe when I finish all the DVDs I might get to sing a solo! Thank you for the help and pleasure the DVDs have given me.
"Most I've Ever Improved With My Voice"
I recently started to use my voice again after about a year of not singing. I was back in the studio and totally loving it, but didn't feel as free as I wanted to. I felt I needed more help, which is when I saw your ad about “a freer voice”. I've had loads of training – part of my degree is in music and I even have a diploma in popular music performance – but no one has ever shown the most basic yet most effective thing I have now learnt about my voice: How to feel my own vocal cords, exactly how they work, and why they work the way they do. It's a completely new approach to singing that I've really taken on board and connected with. I'm really happy with my improvements. I actually think this is the most I've ever improved with my voice in such a small space of time.
"I Have Found My One True Voice!"
I have studied with some of the most well-known vocal instructors in Los Angeles, but NO ONE compares to Per's tapestry of training tools in vocal pedagogy. With Per's freeing approach and compassion, I have found my one true voice and I am seeing the results in my professional singing career. He is not only the ‘Buddha of the Voice', he is without a doubt Los Angeles' most extraordinary vocal coach.
"I've Been Able To Sing Music That A Year Ago I Could Never Have Done"
Active Choir Singer, Hobby Singer
"Before I Would Screech It Out"
"The Lessons Are Fun And Inspiring"
Senior Citizen, Active Singer
"Your Program Made All The Difference In The World"
Professional Rock Singer
"I Love Performing On Stage Now"
I really didn't know what to expect from your coaching and didn't believe that coaching through DVDs can really make a difference. But I am living proof that it does!!!
First of all, I realized that I needed a lot of breath to sing. At the same time, my range was very very limited. All in all, I was doing everything wrong! So, I got your DVDs and started them ASAP. The first and the second DVD corrected a lot of my problems. My singing wasn't breathy anymore. I was putting less tension on my vocals.
I had a radio gig a month after I started your program and that went pretty well thanks to you!!!
I was very pleased with the results and moved on to the third DVD and it took me a while to do all the exercises because I wanted to do them correctly. In two months time, I saw tremendous results. My range has increased beyond my expectations and I love performing on stage now, to show off my new voice of course. I have no problems focusing on my guitar playing while singing because singing feels “effortless” now! My stage confidence has increased a lot and my friends and my immediate circle love my new songs. Thank you once again, you really have the power to change peoples' lives!!!
"You Saved My Shows"
I just recently finished a tour in Asia and the Middle-East. Before that, I could only sing a couple of nights a week and would always need a few days to recover because I barely had a voice. Singing cover tunes by Whitney Houston, Kelly Clarkson, Aretha Franklin, and other power songs can really take its toll on your voice if you're singing the way I was singing.
Then I joined a 1 year tour that would require me to sing 6 nights a week! I panicked! Wondering how I was gonna pull this off. Well, as the Universe has it, your program came across my path, so I took the chance and signed up. And within the first 4 or 5 sessions, there was a remarkable difference! It worked! I sang 6 nights a week for a year and never had a night that I couldn't perform. You saved my shows!
"First Couple Of Lessons Was Like Being A Kid In A Candy Store"
Singer in Duo
"I Can Now Express Myself Freely Without Strain"
"You're Never Too Old"
If it wasn't for your course I probably would not have got back into singing. Your never too old to start again as you put it, being older has given me more life experiences that can be expressed through my singing, just needed the tools . Your sense of humour and the ability to make one feel at ease was truly helpful and your philosophy about life is inspiring to say the least. You helped me so much with the bottom end of my voice that I didn't know I had. A have a new sense of freedom in my voice for Jazz and a new approach to life and singing that is both freeing and fun. May we never stop learning! Thanks Per
"The Best Program I Have Ever Seen"
I've been singing at a semi pro level for about 24 years, including 3 years of private instruction and several CD-based and DVD-based programs. This is the best program I have ever seen. I was experiencing greater ease and relaxation when singing after the first DVD. I find that my voice not only sounds ‘freer' but also I don't encounter as much vocal ‘stiffness' the next day. It's becoming easier to get my voice ready for the next evening's gig!
"Given Me Both The Confidence And Ability To Perform For Anyone!"
Per's Online Course has given me both the confidence and ability to perform for anyone! In the past 6 weeks, I've gained a sense of awareness of my voice that I never thought possible! Every day is now new and exciting! I look forward to the possibilities that are ahead of me! Thanks Per!!
"It Feels Soooo Good!"
I am a singer-songwriter currently performing lots around London. I found myself exploring Per's method because I was baffled by how inconsistent I felt my voice was when performing, and also because I have noticed that my studio performances can sound very constricted. When I started the course, I was excited, but also still skeptical- I read all the success stories, but would these exercises really work for ME? Can you really be taught by someone who can't give you personal feedback? Anyway, the more I work with the exercises, and through them, develop my awareness of which muscles I'm using and any tension that is there, the free-er and more powerful my voice is sounding, and it feels soooo good! I can't tell you how exciting it is to be given tools to free my voice!!!
"The Freedom Is What I Am Really Enjoying"
The freedom is what I am really enjoying. The simple effective approach has revolutionized how I even start to make a sound. Even as I coach other singers now I notice first and foremost how much tension is present in their voice and body. Per, buddy, I love you and your joy of life. Someday I hope you can see one of my Christian musicals I am staging to see how your joy has become my joy!
"It Helps Me To Loosen Up"
I've sung almost all of my life and performed for most of my adult (I'm 68) and So far these lessons have been very interesting and different from anything that I've ever known. It helps me to loosen-up…I did a concert this past Sunday and it was one of my better performances. I love the program because it isn't just the newer methods but it is fun too!
"WOW! WOW! WOW!"
I'm a jazz singer mainly and I worked for many years with what we call head voice. Lately I was starting to loose a lot of strength in my middle and even in the high voice and even my speaking voice had problems. Well the amazing thing is that in your first singing lesson I understood for the first time how the vocal chords are working. I couldn't believe it!! The way you explain it, it's so simple, but it's so effective. And at the same time it made me physically experiment the breathing release and it was like WOW! WOW! WOW!
It's so different compared to what I had learned before. I Could also keep a note so much longer than I ever did before. Your course has put me back on track. I was starting to sing less and less because I felt that my voice was going away and I didn't like the sound of my voice anymore. Since I started your course, I'm very happy because I can see and feel the improvements. It's very motivating and exciting to sing again.
"My Voice Would Become Hoarse After Rehearsals"
Per, you have made my voice feel the freedom that I had always wanted! Before I learned the Bristow Voice Method, my voice would become hoarse after rehearsals and I'd stop singing for weeks waiting to get my voice back. After just doing two weeks of your lessons, my voice wouldn't tire. My range has improved and I have more confidence to gracefully slide into my higher registers and my songwriting has improved drastically. I've learned so much about singing! Thank-you Per – you rock
"There Is No Limit!"
I am 88 years old, female, and very active as a pressed flower artist, calligrapher, and officer and elder of my church. I sang in Sweet Adelines choruses for many years, and as soloist with a wintertime band over the past five years. I loved your course. Relaxing the throat muscles, expanding the chest–I was amazed how that helped me sing better, reach the high notes easier, and sing for a long period of time without straining or tiring. I have been asked numerous times about my ‘professional singing career,' and answer with a laugh that I am not a pro. What is the age limit for singing well? My answer: ‘There is no limit!
"I Am Getting More Confident"
I just want to drop a line and say how much I enjoy your course even though I am only a few days into it. I am 63 years old and am doing something I have wanted to do for an absolute eternity. I have been recently widowed, (7 months in 4 days) and I'll be having a memorial golf day for my wonderful husband and I want to sing on this special day with my granddaughters. I do not profess to be a singer of any level. I just want to sound good enough on the day, as there will be around 100-120 invited people playing golf and then lunch, drinks, presentations and a show from me and my granddaughters, ( a surprise for all). I am very nervous and hope I don't chicken out on the day, but I am getting more confident as I go along, and now more so with your course. Thank you again Per.
"Cannot Believe The Sound Coming Out Of My Mouth"
With absolutely no formal training I have sang my entire life until I was nearly 21 years old. My voice did get progressively better, but I hit a wall. That is when I began looking into technique. But what I found was confusing and conflicting information. Thankfully, I stumbled upon your course. Naturally I was skeptical at first, but after the course I have been singing better than ever.
I am constantly in awe of my voice to the point that I cannot believe it is actually coming out of my mouth. Music is such a huge part of my life and I cannot thank you enough for making such high-end vocal training available and affordable. You have single-handedly taken me from an average singer to a great singer, and I can think of very few people who have impacted my music as much as you have. I'm recommending this course to anyone who is ready to become the singer they've always wanted to be. Thanks again for all of your help Per.
"I Love To Sing Again!"
My professional singing career had become so depressing because of the tension I was fighting and the fear it brought with it. I started fearing the bad things: every mistake I make, every high note not nailed, every run failed. After going through your home-study program I am feeling a lot more freedom in my singing. I am now over 100 performances into our show “Imagine”, a gospel/R&B style review of the Beatles music, and they recast me this contract from the Baritone role to the Tenor I role!!!!
Thanks to your program, I didn't freak out and let the highness of the vocals intimidate me and I'm really starting to open up my high range. I'm the only one right now not losing his voice. I feel inspired to improve my show every night using what I learned in your program. I love to sing again! You are a great teacher, Per. Thanks.
"What An Eye-Opener!!"
I have been playing and singing in a rock and blues band for nearly 12 years, and I usually sing high stuff (e.g. AC-DC, Guns ‘N Roses, Jimmy Barnes etc.). In the last year, however, I've had problems singing those high notes. So I hopped on the Internet and came across Per Bristow's website and signed up for his course. What an eye-opener!!! Not only did my voice get back to the level I was performing before, but it also improved beyond that – especially the comfort with which I'm singing these high notes now and also the very low range. Thanks Per!
"My Voice Is Freer Than It Ever Has Been"
I have been singing for many years and following Per's online singing course was a great experience. I learned a lot about my voice, on how to work and vibrate my vocal cords. This understanding is an open door towards the release of sound. I feel my voice is freer than it ever has been. Thank you, Per, for this precious help and wonderful time.
"Spent So Many Years Protecting My Voice"
I've spent so many years protecting my voice from cracking when singing through my “bridges”, that it was at first difficult to just let go and allow my voice to be free – like a baby does – without the fear and the apprehension. Your course was great, and what I drew from the lessons was how the voice can be allowed rather than forced. The strain and push (at least for me) came from trying to force and squeeze the notes, because of the apprehension that if I let go I will crack.
The reality set in that if I practice the techniques and exercises you gave, the vocal folds actually strengthen themselves via that “letting go” process, and the voice won't break when going through the bridges. Now I'm able to feel the difference between the relaxed voice and the strained voice. And you know what? The relaxed voice is much easier and the one preferred. Thanks Per for all your help and assistance.
"I Have Never Learnt As Much"
First of all, I would like to say a big thank you for your product. From lesson 1 alone I learnt so much about my voice. I come from having 3 singing teachers, multiple online products and honest to God I have never learnt as much as I have from those 50 minutes of instruction!
"Taken My Performance To The Next Level"
Hi Per: Thanks so much for making your course available to the public. I have learned a lot in a very short time. I used to force the notes out and I easily became hoarse. Now I sing the notes with ease. I get comments like ” Wow, Your voice is so powerful, and you seem to do it effortlessly”. I have learned to relax more and let most of my power come from my chest area. Every singer is different, but I prefer the chest sound. The exercises that you recommend really help keep my vocal chords relaxed and loose. I am now able to sing louder and stronger with far less effort or strain. Any singer, amateur or pro who really wants to improve their voice should take your vocal course. I am the vocalist for a Neil Diamond Tribute band. We book gigs all over the country. Your course has helped me take my performance to the next level. Many thanks Per.
"I Was Having Problems With Hoarseness"
Hello Per, I purchased the course because I sing karaoke every weekend and I was having problems with hoarseness. My singing was already good and it has really gotten better since I have taken the course. I sing so many types of genres of song including Rock, R&B, and even some hip hop. The amazing thing now is I can complete a night of singing some of these taxing songs with little or no hoarseness the following day. I practice learning new songs constantly and have learned a great deal from singing so many ranges of songs. I purchased the song in the summer of last year and about a month ago one person said after one of songs “that was awesome.” Several other people applauded me on the same song, and it's great to be told you were awesome and not be hoarse the next day.
"At First I Was Skeptical"
I'm 36 yrs old and at first I was skeptical that a singing/voice course could be done without the instructor hearing what I'm singing. I did not intend to become a professional singer, only to improve the dynamics of my speaking voice during presentations and build the confidence to sing some karaoke with customers in Japan without sounding awful! After the first three lessons and regular practice I started to notice a difference… speaking and singing with less effort and more range. While I was singing along to a song at a bar, a friend commented,
“I didn't know you could sing.” Honestly, I didn't know either. I am still working through the rest of the course and I'll let you know how the karaoke goes. The strange part is that your ears are probably better than you think so not having someone listening early on doesn't seem to be an issue. This course gives you exercises to be able to sing better regardless of experience. It's like someone showing you how to hold a pick and hit clean notes on a guitar. Even if you already play guitar, the exercises will only make you better.
"Now I'm Enjoying My Singing Again!"
I think the main thing I've noticed is that I have a new, little inner voice (which is getting louder!) that tells me to “RELAX!” when I'm singing, and the other older voice that said “THAT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH!” does indeed seem to be getting quieter!! I believe this relaxation is the key to my improvement. I've always had a “musical ear” and been able to maintain fairly good pitch, tone, etc. (especially in what I call my “safe zone”) but I've always been critical of myself when my voice breaks or cracks when I try to stretch my range, or if I can't quite get the “high” note.
I found that trying to be a “perfect” singer was so difficult to attain, and quite draining!! And so, for me, Per seems to have given me some much needed “permission” to be my NATURAL self again. No worries if I don't get it right FIRST TIME anymore!!! I know now, that practice doesn't have to be formal, or like a chore. Now, I can be MYSELF again. Now I'm ENJOYING my singing again. That in itself is the biggest achievement I've gained since studying this course. Thank you again, Per, for everything.
"Like Really Being In The Same Room With You"
Hello Per, Firstly let me tell you how much I've enjoyed and benefited from your course. I have found the video's to be most beneficial to me. Watching you on my computer is like really being in the same room with you. I love the way you wait while allowing us to try various techniques. I feel like I could almost ask you a question right there and then! You are inspiring and thank you so much for your help.
"Have Never Felt Learning To Sing Can Be So Effortless And Simple"
I have been singing for the past 9 years and took voice lessons from 3 different teachers before. But nothing can compare to what Per's online lessons have taught me. I always felt learning to sing is far to hard and complicated. But then, the truth now becomes that I have never felt learning to sing can be so effortless and simple. It's truly God's blessing to have Per. Awesome!!!
"Makes Me Feel Free And Good About Myself"
I found your lessons during a Google search for I don't even remember what. I'm not a singer. As a matter of fact, I've never sang before more than to my daughter (she's 9) and my girlfriend. To be honest I never really plan on singing for a band or professionally in any way. I do however love to sing. It really, when everything is clicking, makes me feel incredible and in a weird way free. Through your lessons I have learned a lot about the vocal chords. How they work and how to make them work. I have become more comfortable with my voice. I have also learned a few things about myself and taking life with a little less seriousness. The tension speech about the vocal chords really hit home in other places as well. Thank you for that!
You do a wonderful job making me feel like it is a one on one lesson. Again you won't see me on American Idol at any time but there is a 42 year old, wholly crap I'm old, that can carry a tune now albeit just for my daughter. It still makes me feel free and good about myself. In the end that is all that really matters.
"I Love The Bristow Voice Method!"
I love the Bristow Voice Method! I play guitar and I found that it's not that great to just play guitar, you need to be able to sing too to get the full appreciation. I was very embarrassed of my voice and I tried some other voice lessons, but they were all female, which didn't fit my range and made them feel worthless. I searched high and low to find a male giving singing lessons, and I found the perfect fit with Per Bristow's Voice Method. He used easy techniques as well as teaches how things work tapping into my intrinsic learning, making learning to sing educational and fast. The Voice Method increased my range, enriched my tone and made me more confident. Thank you Per.
"I Can Sing With A Wider Range Now"
I'm just a beginner but your singing course was very helpful. I can sing with a wider range now and the lessons were fun and felt very personal. All in all, the interactive singing course was a wonderful, educational, and rewarding experience. Thank you again.
"I Feel Like I've Been Liberated"
The biggest change that I got from this course was not just in my singing but mostly my attitude. I was very self-conscience about singing in front of people, and I used to shake my head when I heard other people singing along with the music at the supermarket. Now I've relaxed (which instantly improved my singing). I sing all the time to exercise my vocal cords, even in the supermarket. I feel like I've been liberated to explore my own abilities. I've found that singing is very therapeutic. It releases stress and calms me down. This course was definitely a life enhancer for me. Thanks for everything, Per.
"The Exercises Are Fun"
Per, I just recently completed your online course. I have learned to relax more when singing and to not worry as much about being on pitch. I am not a singer by profession, just took the course for my own benefit. I have more confidence that I could sing with other people and have fun with it. Keep up the good work! I have enjoyed your voice lessons a lot. The exercises are fun and you present the material in an easy relaxed way.
The written material and video complement each other well and gives me, the singer, a better understanding on what is going on. I have a greater understanding and appreciation of voice fundamentals. Your voice lessons presentation of the basic voice building blocks have given me a much better baseline. I have created a new relationship to the different muscles that defines my voice. I have had a great time studying with you and am looking forward to your blogs discussing the secret of mastering your own voice.
"I Love Your Approach To The Voice: Freedom!"
I am from South Africa, and as a child I used to stutter every time I talked. Somehow I got over that but I think a lot of stress and strain developed in my vocal chords during that disturbing time of my childhood which I have not been able to get total freedom from until I took this course. Also I used to get hiccups constantly and now I know how to get rid of them, as it is surprisingly mentioned in this course as well. So I want to say thank you Coach for allowing me to learn so much from you and your experience. I appreciate the fact that you are ‘REAL' with people and that you are making the student feel save and free to make mistakes. I love your approach to the voice: Freedom! Allow your voice (and your life) to be all it can be by giving it the space it needs to be free!
"I Now Sing With Little Effort"
My name is Colleen and I am a professional singer. I sing for private parties, fundraisers, Legions and the list goes on. I thoroughly enjoyed your online course. I learnt things about singing that I didn't know before. My voice began to flow and I now sing with little effort. I used to push my voice which is not a good thing. Thanks Per. I learnt a lot from his 6 week course.
"Rediscovered The Effortless Way Of Singing"
I've taken Per's online course. He does practice what he “preaches” in his ebook. His method really is quite different from the way most classically trained singing teachers teach. It's all about releasing i.e. freeing the voice. The online lessons helped me start to rediscover the effortless and enjoyable way of singing that came so naturally to me when I was a kid (I guess I picked it up from my Dad who used to sing and play the guitar a lot when I was young). Sound really was an extension of me (to quote Per's ebook).
I lost most of that effortlessness after a prolonged episode of laryngitis when I was in my twenties and traditional singing lessons with breath control etc. didn't help that much to restore my free voice. I highly recommend Per's course.
"Amazed At The Depth Of Understanding I've Gained Already"
Thank you for your excellent singing instructional DVDs. Just finished two of them and I am amazed at the depth of understanding I've gained already. With your unique approach of pairing explanation with well thought out exercises, you have succeeded in pinpointing many aspects of singing that I would have expected to be simply impossible to explain. I'm quite amazed at the way I feel after each exercise.
"You Explained It All In A Few Sentences"
I just finished my masters in vocal performance and I have a full load of voice students at a community college. You explained in a few sentences things that I did not fully understand from my stack of text books and voice teachers. The mechanics of singing are much clearer to me now. I have changed many of my teaching blunders and it has helped me with my own singing.
"A Wonderful New Dimension"
I'm a voice teacher myself, and find that the materials add a wonderful new dimension to my personal studies and for my ability to communicate with my own students. I love what Per has done. He is able to describe complex vocal pedagogy phenomena simply and with an energy, honesty, and enthusiasm rarely found even in music conservatories.
"Claims Of Unusually Fast Progress Did Not Ring True"
As a singer who regularly performs in public I was curious to learn about Per Bristow's voice method. Claims of unusually fast progress did not ring true since it was my understanding, and indeed my personal experience, that it takes about seven highly committed years with a good teacher to be able to deliver a song or vocal performance, without amplification, to an audience.
I am now in a position to say that had I been introduced to Per Bristow's approach at the outset, I have little doubt that my progress would have been a good deal quicker than that. For instance, it took ages before I was made aware that the muscles for chewing, swallowing, tongue mobility etc., had to be tamed so they no longer interfered with the delivery of a free vocal line. Per Bristow deals with stuff like that right away. Yes, I endorse Per Bristow's approach to singing.
"I Have Made The Discovery Of My True Authentic Voice"
Thank you so much for the great lessons. I am enjoying my DVD #1 tremendously. Right off the bat I am getting an easy tool and muscle awareness that has changed my consciousness also about speaking. The voice comes “all of a sudden” from a very different place, a different source. It has some gentle power to it. I feel like for the first time in my life (49) I have made the discovery of my true authentic voice. Thank you for your genuine passion as a teacher.
"The Sacagawea Of Voice Training"
I consider Per Bristow the Sacagawea of voice training. My range, pitch and endurance were all very limited. To be completely honest after the very first lesson I noticed a drastic difference in my vocal freedom, I believe the first change was a greater sense of resonance that came simply because my vocal cords were, for the first time, more able to vibrate freely. I spent 3 years singing for a chorus back in school, and none of those exercises or routines led to anything like this.
"After Only 5 Minutes Of Your First Lesson"
Thanks for sharing your principles about singing. I have taken voice lessons for a year now, and after only 5 minutes of your first lesson a lot of things fell into place. After finishing the first lesson I had so much fun that I had to write to you. I know that a lot of my surroundings will smile and think that I am crazy, going around tilting my head back and forth (I will probably also smile at it), but I know that I one day will smile back at them, after a great performance. I will always appreciate what you have done.