From: Avoiding Bad Vocal Technique
by Camille van Niekerk

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We can broadly define a bad vocal technique as anything that hurts you or prevents you from singing with your best, most free and beautiful tone. But we’re gonna get a little more specific. This tutorial will cover the three bad techniques that I see with a majority of voice students. Part 1 covers pushing for high notes; we’ll talk about what to do instead, and practice with a few exercises. Part 2 is about neglecting either head voice or chest voice. And part 3 will cover the bad techniques that result from trying to sound good. Now, of course we do want to sound good, but some weird stuff can happen when we’re trying so hard. These techniques are most common with beginning students, but any level can benefit from these exercises and reminders.


Instructor: Camille van Niekerk

Camille van Niekerk is a singer, writer and vocal instructor in Southern California. Camille began studying voice and performing in musicals at age seven. In 2010, Camille began working towards her BA in Music Education at Azusa Pacific University. She then earned her teaching credential from San Diego State University and taught classroom choral and instrumental music. Shortly after moving to LA county, Camille began her private vocal studio, providing vocal coaching, ear training, and recording for students of all ages. She is constantly refining her skills and methods for greater versatility and effectiveness. When she is not teaching, Camille enjoys singing with the L.A. Choral Lab and Ensoma Creative. She lives in San Diego with her husband and loves going to the beach, practicing yoga, reading, and cooking.