Abram Poliakoff is a singer, guitarist, pianist, teacher, conductor, and composer. He received a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Arts from USC’s Thornton School of Music and has been teaching music for 8 years. He is currently both the Associate Artistic Director and a tenor in the L.A. Choral Lab, which recently released its first studio album Sonic Visions in the fall of 2019. Abram teaches and performs a wide range of genres including Classical, Jazz, Folk and Popular music in the Los Angeles area. He has also sung with the San Francisco Opera and Pocket Opera in the Bay Area. His teaching mission is to help his students utilize vocal technique to find their authentic and healthy voice while maximizing genre flexibility and a naturalness of expression.
Ed Sheeran has a romantic and vulnerable pop singing style that many singers want to imitate. His voice can sound sensitive, soft, and breathy in his chest and head voice as well as somewhat rough with occasional purposeful strain, abrupt registration, and cracking in particularly impassioned moments. We are going to spend all of our time in this tutorial identifying and practicing many of the stylistic elements that Ed Sheeran uses while singing!
Abel Tesfaye, the singer known as The Weeknd, has a smooth and balanced pop tone that lives in the high mixed voice register of his voice. His ability to navigate the mixed voice region with an effortless and yet impressive control allows him to keep up with the dancey upbeat energy in his music. Yet he maintains a cool and unconcerned, sometimes purposefully numb, affect all at the same time. This highly efficient vocal style and carefree attitude is something that many singers want to emulate.
Making your voice sound and feel strong not only takes developing a consistent routine, but also the right types of exercises that keep your voice well rounded. In this lesson, I'll outline both effective and harmful practices that singers often use in the attempt to strengthen their voice.