Expert vocal instruction in multiple styles.
Robert Wendell offers the Charlotte area voice training services that range from teaching beginning singers to coaching accomplished professionals in multiple styles. Robert offers lessons for anyone. Students range from eleven-year-olds to late middle-aged adults interested in widely varied musical genres. Those interested in classical training will receive the highest level training as well, including not only superb vocal function, but expertise in excellent Italian, French, and German diction for the repertoire in those languages. He will help you Improve vocal health and eliminate range and voice break problems for any style! You will increase vocal ease, richness, range, power, and beauty of musical expression! Contact Robert today to enroll, or find us online at www.voiceinstructioncharlotte.com
Robert elaborates below on his training:
I've had many students who came to me with a very strained way of producing a tone that sounded as strained as it was, a somewhat unpleasant, rasping quality, with some hint of pinching the voice to get a sound out of it. This typically comes from lacking vitality in their breathing and trying to make up for it with the vocal mechanism, which cannot work...ever. Most singers, even experienced ones who have had producers and regular recording dates, come to me with some sort of unnecessary strain or effort in their voices.
Most also have at least minor pitch problems with a few students for whom this was pretty severe. Some of them came to me after trying online vocal training that simply did not work for them. Others came to me with the hope that I could help them, since the university professors they had been studying voice with had not.
We should let the voice ride easily on the power in the breath the way a surfer finely adjusts the board to guide the power in a wave. The surfer just finely balances and subtly tweaks the angle of the board while all the power comes from the wave. The voice is the surfer and the respiratory system is the wave. All the power comes from the breath and its coordination with the voice. The voice must just relax and finely adjust to use that power efficiently.
I use highly effective techniques that strongly predispose your voice to relax and "float" on the breath. You also get a simple exercise to practice at home that involves only the breath without vocalizing to help smooth, strengthen, and condition as a habit the way your respiratory system supplies air to your voice. It doesn't take 30 seconds to do, and you do it maybe 3 or 4 times a day, every day. You can even do it sitting at a stop light.
At your lessons, we use techniques that relax the voice, coordinate it and the breathing to reveal your natural voice and let it come out. These techniques physically discourage strain and any temptation to impose artificial postures on the vocal anatomy. The result is a rich, full sound that feels really good to the body, sounds wonderful to the ears, and it's a lot easier...much more efficient. That means you get a bigger, richer, fuller vocal tone with a minimum of effort.
There are many common exercises that claim to do what I'm describing here, such as lip and tongue flutters, etc. But my techniques involve much deeper principles of ease and relaxation while encouraging vitality where it counts, in the respiratory system, a fine poise that is similar to the vitality you feel in a kind of mild giggly or laughing sensation. They also condition the right adjustments for efficient sound production throughout your range, which these same exercises also extend, surprising you with how high you can suddenly go and so easily. It is also pleasant to discover that on low notes the same exercises eliminate that breathy, fuzzy sound and replace it with a clear, solid, vibrant quality with silvery, ringing overtones.
I live for the moment when my students first feel and hear what it's like to produce a tone this way. Their faces light up and they're amazed at how effortless it feels and how wonderful it sounds. I have a young high school student who in his most recent lesson at the time of this writing just burst out laughing he was so happy to feel how great it felt, how good it sounded, and how incredibly natural and easy it was. He could hardly believe it was his voice, but in fact it was his real voice, the way it naturally sounds when used correctly.
I explained to him that all the effort he had been making was fighting the laws of nature that govern the vocal anatomy and how it functions with relation to the laws of sound, that is, acoustics and the freely operating aerodynamics principle that most efficiently activates sound in your larynx. When you let those laws work for you instead of working against them, it almost literally feels and sounds like magic.
If you haven't already, please look at the reviews here and many more at my Website. Those reviews come from students' personal experiences of what I've just described. So I have indeed helped people with a really poor sound and even a very bad pitch sense sing well and in tune. My approach accomplishes this very much more quickly than simply having you sing songs while doing relatively little to help you improve the way you use your voice. This approach is wonderfully healthy for your voice and works for any style.
So please feel free to give me a call at 704 341-0250 and arrange an introductory one-hour lesson to get a taste of this for yourself. Please remember to get your $!5 discount when you bring the coupon above I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon and hopefully meeting you in person.
All the best,
I've been seeing Robert for a little over a year now, and my vocal abilities have drastically increased because of it. His exercises target specific aspects (like pitch or vocal production), and over time he incorporates all of them together to bring your voice to its fullest potential. After my year with Robert I've become more sensitive to slight pitch changes, my pitch has improved dramatically, and my higher register is stronger and clearer. I would recommend Robert to anyone of any skill looking to improve their singing, as he knows exactly what hes doing, and hes more than happy to explain what the exercises do or answer any questions regarding music theory. His methods expedite the learning process and make your voice sound incredible almost effortlessly!
Mr. Wendell is the most knowledgeable vocal instructor I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Not to mention, he's actually a great singer himself and very accomplished which was always big for me. I was already a professional singer playing gigs a lot but I always felt like I wasn't as good as I wanted to be. But I couldn't find an instructor that was good enough to help me because honestly I sang better than them in most cases.
Since working with Robert, I have had a complete transformation. My range has increased and the ease at which I can do so and I have become a very well rounded singer. I look forward to learning something new every lesson with Robert. It's amazing the things he is able to hear in your voice and help you change so that it's a rich and full sound. People that have heard me before and after are shocked with my progress and I'm highly praised for my vocal ability even more now. Additionally, I have developed great confidence in my abilities.
Robert has a true passion for music and you can't go wrong choosing him as your instructor. It really is about the music for him and he wants to share that with the world. I would recommend him to anyone, beginner or expert.
Robert Wendell has a unique style of teaching that is completely revolutionary in the field of voice instruction. His style and method of teaching will work for ANYONE. He will cut through all of the beliefs you have about your own singing and reeducate you on your vocal mechanism. He will unlock the voice in you that is dying to get out. And he'll do it with an extremely educated background and a delightful sense of humor.
I have had numerous voice instructors, including instructors in collegiate settings. All of my lessons went the same way. I'd sing, they'd critique, I'd sing a little better, then the lesson would end. The next time I arrived, all of the progress that was made from the last lesson seemed to have vanished, and I'd feel like I was starting over again. I gave up and resigned myself to the thought that I am "just one of those people who can't sing."
I was wrong and I can sing. The truth is we can ALL sing. My belief in my singing "ability" combined with conventional vocal instruction caused my inability to sing, or rather my inability to improve at singing.
After taking vocal instruction with Robert Wendell for less than a year, I can confidently say that I am a singer. Which is great because I love to sing and I never had the confidence to do it before.
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Founded and directed from 1994 to 2004 the Cantus Angelicus Choral Society in Iowa. Invited to international choral festival in Europe in early summer 2001, flew to Vienna and toured Hungary.
Master of Music, University of Florida
Thumbtack Best of 2015 Award