Sound abated vocal booth at Kimberly Steele's home studio.
Why Recording Your Own Voice Matters
Back in the era of 4- and 8- track tape recordings, I learned that hearing my own voice forced me to correct my bad vocal habits very quickly, far more quickly than if I had not been recording my voice. As a recording artist, I have opened my professional, state-of-the-art home recording studio to students.
The Song is the Unit Voice lessons revolve around a concept I call "The Song Is the Unit". After testing you for your vocal ability and range, I will choose a song from a vast canon of pop, jazz, and showtunes for you to study. Once you've practiced the song and gotten familiar with it, your job as a student will be to create a vocal cover of that song in my recording studio. Once we have several takes, together we will choose the best segments of your vocal takes to create a single, top shelf vocal take. Though I am very good at pitch correction (autotune), I do not pitch-correct student's vocals as I feel it is cheating and does not help you learn to sing. The final product is your top shelf vocal. Ideally, as your teacher I will choose five songs for every one song that you choose. Once you have completed five songs under my tutelage, you may choose your own song within the limits of your range and the song's availability as a karaoke track. Want to hear my students sing? Here are some examples.