Success Stories from a few of the many professional singers and up-and-coming artists who have engaged in the singing training.
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!
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 !!
As an elementary school teacher who sings a lot in various groups and solo at church, I was tired of losing my voice after rehearsing, and decided to try out the program. It's been very helpful, and exceeded my expectations. I already know how to use my voice in a healthier way, and my singing has improved. I didn't expect my speaking voice to improve, but it has as well.
Manhattan Beach, CA
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
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.
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!
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
I have been singing professionally for some 40 years and II was so pleased to see a program that was not stuffy, was dealt with in a non patronising way and in a personal, engaging format.The whole ambience of the site is encouraging and inspirational . The feelgood factor is a big plus and this is what so many people need , the confidence to step out of comfort zone and dare to open up the voice .
When I first joined , I immediately experienced an improvement in my range – lower and higher , back to hitting top A and Bb without having to resort to falsetto.
The aspects I have benefitted from most revolve around isolating the tongue and controlling the vocal chords . It has helped me get more natural tone into my singing without ‘working' too hard . The articles on voice health are excellent as are the brilliant warm up exercises , which I use before and after performance . I use visualization and meditation techniques and have found the articles on the site hugely beneficial . I am encouraging my students to join the ‘Zone' as I feel they need to be part of something bigger.
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
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.
The Cariboo Song Rider
British Columbia, Canada
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 feel the program is very affordable considering what person voice lessons cost. My voice has opened up and is more comfortable to use. Less strain. I finally feel I'm bringing my singing and speaking voices in line with my spiritual belief. Wonderful feeling to have that alignment. I enjoy the supplemental written lesson; nice to have that review and your point of view to which to refer later. WOW – Each lesson seems to build on the next. I can't say one stands out as much as any other. All the lessons work as a group very well… your focus on awareness instead of correction/control really brings about so much more transition for me. I am primarily an accompanist, yet I do consider singing to be an important way to be intimate with my soul.
Professional Singer / Accompanist
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!
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!
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.
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
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!
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!.
I've been singing for years in the contemporary country market, writing songs and playing guitar. I have a lot of heart, a very good quality to my voice and I perform well. I could be satisfied but the truth is I can't sing with my whole voice or with the power I'd like. I saw your ad and thought I'd give it a go. I'm loving your course and I'm getting it! I'm making progress quickly. I'm really quite amazed actually. The main thing I know is everything I need to free my voice is in your course. There's comfort in being able to trust that!
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.
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 playing guitar professionally for about 13 years now, and I always wished I could sing as well as I could play guitar. With my previous vocal lessons, I have always been told, “control the breath on the way out', ‘use the diaphragm' etc, which actually gave me tightness in the larynx and chest, as I was ‘tensing up' in order to control my voice, which led to huge frustrations, so much so, in fact that I hung up my guitar and decided to take an indefinite break from music, as I just wasn't enjoying myself anymore.
Thanks to your approach, I've released the pressure I put on myself to be ‘perfect' NOW and am just enjoying the process of exploration. As soon as I started to practice the Sing with Freedom exercises, I felt the resonance that I've been wanting, and it continues to develop. I am into my second month of the program now, and am enjoying my new found vocal freedom and relative pitch practice. I appreciate your methods and passion for not only making people better singers, but better people in the process.
The program has been beyond my expectations. I opened for myself a whole new world of sounds that been living inside of me, and I even didn't know about it. I experienced my body release singing, be vulnerable, be aware, and feel no fear to sound bad. I learn that my frustration comes to help me to learn more. Now I never get upset more then 1-2 minutes. And then I try to do it again. This affected all aspects of my life. And this is just a little part of what I have learned. I found this program is fantastic not only for professional, but also for personal development as well.
Thank you for teaching us how to believe, how to not be afraid, and how to discover genius within ourselves. You are just by being the way you are is a great example for all of us how to not give up, how to do what we love and love what we do. And we love you!
It has only been a few months since I came across The Singing Zone, and I would like to say thank you for the work that you do. I was really overjoyed and pleasantly surprised to find your resource/method online. It is a badly-needed breath of fresh air, and reflects an awareness I have not before come across in the area of singing/performance.
I sing professionally 5 or 6 shows a week and began studying voice when I was 6. Doing your program I was amazed as I noticed improvement even after LESSON 1. The improvements I have experienced are not just in the area of the “mechanical” vocal procedure, but also in my total attitude toward and my understanding of the whole physical and spiritual process of singing. Your comments and analogies have really HIT HOME with me on so many topics. You are excellent at putting the intangible and virtually invisible portions of the singing process into words. That's an art form, in itself and you have mastered it.
I would have to say that the course has exceeded my expectations. After 5 months, I've noticed lately that my voice is ‘there' most of the time I sing! I've gained so much awareness that I can hear and feel exactly what is happening with my sound as I sing.
Singer / Voice-Over Artist
I am still only half way through the program and I have just purchased the entire DVD set but I feel I have improved considerably. People say to me they are amazed how I just keep singing big song after big song and never back off. I have sang and held some notes I have previously not been quite able to get. I am very happy with my improvements so far but even happier and encouraged by other people's comments. Other people don't have to comment, but when they do there must be something good happening.
I just started a 4 month tour of 15 concerts and i feel so much more confident on the performances. I feel now so much closer to be able to perform alone and having to hide with the band. Thanks to the ‘speaking' lessons and your private skype lesson, speaking between the songs is so much easier. And i also can talk to people after the concerts without getting hoarse.
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!!!
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
Los Angeles, CA
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'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!
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!!!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.