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I love to sing. Yeah, I’m one of those 40-somethings who sing along with the radio and my iPod no matter where I am. At home cooking or cleaning, in the car driving my kids all over town, sitting at my computer writing — it doesn’t matter. I just love to sing. I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. And I used to have a pretty good voice, too. In high school, my chorus director even asked me to be a member of the school’s show choir. People complimented me on my singing voice.
Fast forward 20-some-odd years through marriage, college and kids with no further voice instruction and you can understand that I have undoubtedly lost some of those vocal skills over the years without continued instruction. I still sometimes sing in front of people and usually receive compliments on my voice, but I can tell I don’t sound as good as I used to.
I have been considering purchasing a product like Voice Lessons To Go for awhile now, just for personal use to re-strengthen and improve the quality of my singing voice. When I came across this voice lesson and breathing exercise CD I was pretty excited to get started.
I use a MacBook Pro for my computing needs. Upon inserting the CD I was immedately given the option to import the tracks into iTunes, which is really handy if you’d like access to the lessons to listen to on your iPod while driving or otherwise away from your home computer or CD player.
The CD features 41 tracks containing 23 vocalization and 14 breathing exercises as well as an Introduction and a track concerning the importance of posture. The vocalization tracks include piano accompaniment.
Voice Lessons To Go is narrated by Ariella Vaccarino, an accomplished opera singer who attended USC and has sung on many films. She is in high demand in Los Angeles, CA as a voice teacher and has been teaching for 19 years.
There are four volumes in the Voice Lessons To Go series:
Vol. 1 – Vocalize and Breath
Vol. 2 – Do Re Mi Ear and Pitch Training
Vol. 3- Pure Vowels
Vol. 4 – Stamina
Ms. Vaccarino is also the creator of Voice Lessons To Go-For Kids! and is the author of Vocalize! (a sheet music compilation of her own vocal warm-ups). She is also the founder of the service, Your Vocal Assessment, where you can submit your voice and questions for professional feedback and advice — check that out HERE.
After using the CD for a couple of weeks, I realized that my voice was more out of shape than I thought, but I have seen some really great improvement in my range, tone and breathing so I am encouraged to continue to use it. I haven’t imported the tracks to my iPod, yet, but now that I know I will continue to use it I think that I will.
Disclaimer: I received this product for free to facilitate review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.